Time has released its 2018 list of the most influential people on the globe, chock full of fan-favourite celebrities.
Canadian singer Shawn Mendes cracked the list, under the Artist category, with a profile written by his close friend John Mayer. “His enthusiasm is boundless and infectious, probably because of the fact that he gets better by the day,” wrote Mayer. “He’s like Neo in ‘The Matrix’, downloading skills in one sitting. ‘I know falsetto harmonies.’
“When I invited him to share the stage with me in Toronto last year, I unconsciously expected I’d be the one calling the shots during rehearsal,” he continued. “But Shawn isn’t passive. He got in there. He was determined, he pitched ideas, and they were good ones. He knows his right to stand on that stage is every bit as real as mine is, and I love that about him. Because he’s right.”
Mayer concluded, “Shawn has a very strong, clear, wide-eyed view of the world, and I can’t wait to see what he hears next.”
Rihanna is another singer to make the list, with a thoughtful piece written by Adele. “I actually can’t remember the first time I met Rihanna; I was probably numb from the shock of it,” the “Hello” singer said.
“She has designed and conquered an entire lane of her own. The innovative and groundbreaking world of Rihanna that no one else will ever be safe in and get away with copying. She makes her own rules and bends ours.”
Several celebrities also cracked the Pioneer category, including Cardi B, Trevor Noah, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, and Issa Rae.
“The first time I went on her Instagram page, she was so raw, coming at you, like, whoa!” Taraji P. Henson said of Cardi. “I felt like she had the voice of the people, you know what I mean?”
Director Judd Apatow said, “Kumail is one of our most hilarious, unique standup comedians. But what is most exciting about him is that he is the new comedic voice that we need.”
And comedian Kevin Hart revealed meeting his “Night School” co-star Haddish for the first time 13 years ago. “She was young, raw and funny, almost like she didn’t have a care in the world,” wrote Hart. “But when I noticed her car was packed to the brim with her belongings, I asked her if everything was okay.”
“That’s when I found out she was homeless and living in that car. I didn’t know the details of her life at the time, but I knew she had talent, I knew she had drive, and I wanted to help,” he explained. “So I reached into my pocket, and I pulled out $300—it was all I had with me. Then I handed it to her and said, “I think you’ll find a purpose for it.”
Other stars who made this year’s list include Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Gal Gadot, Sterling K. Brown, Millie Bobby Brown, “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler, Greta Gerwig, Guillermo del Toro, Deepika Padukone, and “A Quiet Place” star John Krasinski.
The Leaders category includes excerpts on U.S. President Donald Trump, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “the most dangerous person on the planet” — according to North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee — Kim Jong-un, and soon-to-be husband and wife Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
See the full list here.