"Once I made up my mind - I am choosing this life, the life of an artist - I set about figuring out what I needed to do to get to a new place." - Grace Jones

Grace Jones is the kind of legend and cultural icon that doesn't require introductions. She has done it all and is always eager for more. Actress, singer, model or any other role she may have taken on, she's able to remain as relevant today as when she was hanging out with Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minelli or Andy Warhol at Studio 54 in the '70s.

Switching from disco to new wave and more experimental grounds in the '80s, being the muse and partner to French artist Jean-Paul Goude and working the runways for Kenzo and Yves Saint Laurent, her evident path to success was straightforward. Eccentric, elegant and loud, Jamaican-born Beverly Grace Jones has been a reference to artists we all love and cherish - Annie Lennox, Róisin Murphy, Lady Gaga and more. Yet, she claims (as she rightfully should) to be the one and only original star.

1981 marked the release of Nightclubbing, a turning point in her career after a long reign as the gender-defying disco queen of the New York club scene. In 'Art Groupie,' she once promised that she would never write her memoirs. Well, she did: a collaboration with author and music critic Paul Morley, I'll Never Write My Memoirs was published in 2015. Now, the BBC has commissioned her first biopic, The Musical of My Life, which will be released sometime this year.

After a nineteen-year musical hiatus during which she focused on acting and modelling, Jones released 'Corporate Cannibal' from 2008's comeback album Hurricane. Nowadays, she still performs live and collaborates with several artists; her latest feature is 'Original Beast', which Lorde wove into her curated Hunger Games soundtrack.

Being quite impossible for her to avoid controversy, she filled in for M.I.A. at the 2016's Afropunk festival in London after the Sri Lankan artist was dropped due to her comments on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. For her headline performance at the sold-out Alexandra Palace, nearly 69-year-old Grace Jones hula-hooped in high-heels for a solid six minutes to 1985's anthem 'Slave To The Rhythm', and recently repeated the feat at Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Celebration. I was lucky enough to witness this incredible performance when she performed in Hyde Park in 2011, and trust me, it's jaw-dropping.

Pop stars could take a note or two from the overwhelming experience that is seeing Grace Jones in the flesh. With her creative mind alone, she embodies the true definition of fierceness and class, a reference of fearlessness and originality, thus becoming the multi-faced gender-bender, artist and undeniable icon she is today.

Ladies and Gentleman: This is the Essential Grace Jones Playlist: