I agree with unreg, you can't be considered influential if you are only influencing a tiny cult following. And even innovation isn't worth talking about if it doesn't hold up. The most innovative artist of the last decade was dr dre without a doubt. Not his mediocre rapping, but his superior production. All rap and pop ever had was production and it never used to be special, it was cheap and its longevity was a couple of weeks. Dr dre started "taking his time to perfect the beat" and actually putting effort into making what was traditionally "fake" music. Producers of all kind followed suit and this screwed bands because band production can't progress, all it can ever do is make your crappy band sound a bit more proffessional. Rap and pop music has always been 100% produced and as production became better it allowed for these genre's to become better, bands have been left behind. And its all thanks to Dr Dre(and possibly the wu-tang clan) for improving his production techniques and thus forcing his competition to do the same. Thats innovative, completely destroying what once dominated your proffession and influencing everything that would dominate for the next 10+ years.