Time Magazine has unveiled the tenth annual Time 100, its list of the hundred most influential people in the world. And this year’s crop shows that, while the music industry may be collapsing, it still holds plenty of capital! Justin Timberlake and Beyonce both made the cut under the “Icon” category, while Bey’s husband Jay-Z made the list as a “Titan” — as did Justin Bieber‘s manager, Scooter Braun. Christina Aguilera, Frank Ocean and Miguel were all included in the “Artist” section.
Head below to see which big names wrote the blurbs honoring each of the artists.
Jay-Z’s entry was written by none other than New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. “He’s an artist-entrepreneur who stands at the center of culture and commerce in 21st century America, and his influence stretches across races, religions and regions,” Bloomberg wrote of Hov. “He’s proved that the American Dream is alive and well.”
Baz Luhrmann, director of The Great Gatsby, took on Bey’s tribute after working with her on the film’s soundtrack. “She’s gone beyond being a popular singer, even beyond being a pop-cultural icon,” Luhrmann noted. “When Beyoncé does an album, when Beyoncé sings a song, when Beyoncé does anything, it’s an event, and it’s broadly influential.”
JT was honored by one of his big influences, Stevie Wonder: ”His star power comes from the fact that he sounds like he’s having fun when he makes music, and he can read a song — meaning as a singer or songwriter you can feel the emotion.”
Ultimate diva Celine Dion wrote Aguilera’s blurb, gushing, “Without a doubt, she’s one of the most talented artists the world has ever seen and heard, and I think she’s going to continue to amaze us for many, many years to come.”
As for Frank Ocean, John Legend penned an essay focusing on Ocean’s uniqueness. “I think Frank’s career will be defined by his fearlessness and his artistic freedom. He has the talent, the ability and the brilliance to have an impact for a long time. He will follow his muse wherever it goes — he’s not the kind of artist to adhere to everyone else’s schedule. That’s what makes him special.”