Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list was revealed today (April 17), and, as in past years, some of the biggest musical artists in the world were recognized for their impact.
BTS, Ozuna, Khalid, and Ariana Grande are among the musicians dubbed Time‘s “artists” of the year, while Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga are named as “icons” for 2019.
As in past years, each star is featured alongside a touching blurb written by those around them about their widespread influence.
Troye Sivan was responsible for reflecting on Grande, sharing his thoughts about “the most real person” he’s ever met. “I’ve always thought the world is privy to actual, genuine emotion—be it heartbreak, empathy, generosity, resilience, strength—and I believe that’s exactly why the world keeps falling deeper in love with Ariana,” he writes. “Wearing her heart on her sleeve and in her work, she oozes those emotions in abundance…having released not one but two critically acclaimed, record-breaking albums just a few months apart—the latter, Thank U, Next, was written in just a few weeks — Ari is breaking the rules and is a force who understands how music should work in 2019.”
“With positive messages of self-confidence, intricacies of philosophy hidden in their sparkly songs, true synergy and brotherhood in every step of their elaborate choreography, and countless charitable and anthropological endeavors, BTS have put their 14 best feet forward as role models to millions of adoring fans and anyone else who finds themselves drawn to BTS’s undeniable allure,” writes Halsey about BTS; the singer recently collaborated with the act on their hit single “Boy With Luv” after meeting them two years ago at the BBMAs. “For BTS, world domination is just another 8-count in the contemporary dance of life,” she concludes. “But if you think that’s easy, you haven’t seen the love and effort these young men put into each and every step.”
Among the other musical acts, Shawn Mendes pays homage to Taylor Swift while Celine Dion reflects on the greatness of Lady Gaga, and Daddy Yankee writes fondly of Ozuna while Alicia Keys does the same about Khalid.
The full list appears in the April 29 issue of Time, but is now available online.