Megan Thee Stallion, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez and Halsey are among the honourees on this year’s TIME 100 list.
The TIME 100 list serves as an annual collation of the world’s 100 most influential people, and this year featured a number of musicians, with J Balvin and Jennifer Hudson also making the cut.
Each person who made the list received a tribute from another influential person, with Megan Thee Stallion‘s having been penned by actor Taraji P. Henson.
“She rode the beat like I’d never heard anybody ride the beat in a long time—and I’m a hip-hop head… there was something about this woman. Once you discover her, you become a fan,” wrote Henson.
Meanwhile, The Weeknd’s tribute was written by Elton John, who described him as a “mysterious figure in an era when mystery is rare in pop.”
“He’s not interested in commerciality for commerciality’s sake, but he’s one of the biggest-streaming artists on Spotify. Like Prince, he marches to his own beat. That’s an exemplary way for an artist to be,” he said.
Elsewhere, it was actor America Ferrera who discussed Gomez, explaining that she has “always been more than her music.”
“In a time when immigrants fear for their safety and ICE raids pepper the news, Selena has been an outspoken advocate for immigrant rights in America,” she said.
“Selena courageously uses her global platform in service of her full identity. She is emblematic of her powerful generation, which patently rejects the notion that they belong in any one lane as artists, activists or citizens of the world.”
When it came to Halsey, her talents were celebrated by none other than BTS.
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“Halsey is not only a strikingly talented artist, but also a dedicated partner who sincerely devotes everything to the art we create together,” they said.
“She inspires us, and we’re incredibly honoured to be able to call her our cherished friend. We cannot wait to see what she has for the world down the road.”
Among all the musicians featured on the list, the likes of Bong Joon Ho, Kamala Harris, Michaela Coel and Donald Trump were also profiled. The full list of those honoured can be found here.