Time magazine has released its coveted “100 Most Influential People in the World” and a number of entertainers made the cut. Singers Rihanna, Adele, and Raphael Saadiq are listed, along with Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis. Read below to see why they are considered some of the most influential people.
Written by fashion designer Stella McCartney
“She’s one of the coolest, hottest, most talented, most liked, most listened to, most followed, most impressive artists at work today, but she does it in her own stride. She works hard, very hard. She gives to her fans, friends and foundation not just herself but her energy and spirit.”
Written by actress Cicely Tyson
“As I watch Viola’s career soar, I marvel at her strength, stamina and amazing spirit, which I believe comes from her faith in the Almighty. She has taken an opportunity not just to set a standard but to redefine it.”
Written by singer Pink
“I’m always so happy when the world catches on to something great. Especially when it’s authentic talent, great songwriting and a unique package. I am so relieved that Adele possesses the kind of beauty that she does, that she’s crass and funny and that she sings live â€” and incredibly. Her success renews hope in me that the world I live in has good taste â€” that we still occasionally come back to what’s simple, and simply amazing. I can’t wait to hear what she does next.”
Written by singer Elton John
“Raphael Saadiq has been on my radar since the first Tony! Toni! TonÃ©! album, Who? I became a huge fan of the band. When Raphael, 45, began a solo career making albums and producing for a host of major artists, I kept a keen eye on whatever he did, hoping that one day our paths would cross musically. With the release of The Way I See It, I was blown away. It became my album of the year â€” a soul record of the highest quality.”
Other notables who made the list include: President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, mogul Warren Buffett, New York Knicks breakout star Jeremy Lin, Stephen Colbert, and Anonymous (the hacker group that turned the Internet upside down last year).
Read the complete list at Time.com.