Lorne Michaels: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 85

Lorne Michaels

70, Executive producer of 'Saturday Night Live', 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon', 'Late Night With Seth Meyers' and 'Portlandia'; founder, Broadway Video


Last year's rank: 88

Michaels oversees the two most significant -- and highest-rated -- late-night franchises for music on TV, and still plays a role in booking guests. Fallon and his Tonight Show house band, The Roots, are adept at creating viral videos, such as their performance of "All About That Bass" with Meghan Trainor using classroom instruments (13.8 million views and counting). And an invitation to play SNL is an offer that no artist can refuse. In 2014, the show played host to key release performances by Sam Smith, Charli XCX and Ed Sheeran.