Time magazine revealed its 100 Most Influential People in the World on Thursday and this year’s list includes singers Jay-Z, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, and actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Lena Dunham.
For the first time, the special issue – hitting newsstands tomorrow — includes seven separate covers that feature Jay-Z and Lawrence along with other members of the TIME 100. The list once again incorporates profiles of the honorees written by their celebrity admirers.
Justin Timberlake writes about Jimmy Fallon: “Picture this: I’m in the heart of an impromptu speech at my wedding reception in front of 150 guests, pouring it out to my lovely new bride. You could hear a pin drop. I paused for just a moment in between thoughts. And then there was Jimmy, shouting a joke from his seat, sparking an improv between the two of us that went on for a good five or 10 minutes and had all our guests roaring with laughter… It turned into a moment that everyone there will remember forever. Anyone else would have bombed on that stage. And then I would have kicked their ass.”;
New York City Michael Bloomberg on Jay Z: “He’s never forgotten his roots – “Empire State of Mind’ was a love song to our city – and as a co-owner of the NBA Nets, he helped bring a major league sports team back to Brooklyn, not far from his old neighborhood. In nearly everything he’s tried, he’s found success. (He even put a ring on Beyonce.) And in doing so, he’s proved that the American Dream is alive and well.”;
Jodie Foster writes about Jennifer Lawrence: “You’ll remember where you were when you first felt it, how you were stuck to one spot like a small animal considering its end. The Jennifer Lawrence Stare. It cuts a searing swath in your gut. A reckoning. I remember going to the cutting rooms of Winter’s Bone. I thought, Sure, this girl can act. But, man, this girl can also just be.”;
Oprah Winfrey on Grey’s Anatomy producer Shonda Rhimes: “Shonda is a storyteller for our times. Courageous in her approach to the work, she’s never played by other people’s rules… She creates an assemblage of worldly foibles and aspirations. She understands that every dream is valuable and every identity deserves inspection through the looking glass of television.”;
Claire Danes on Lena Dunham: “Lena’s unique lack of vanity or shame allows us to consider that we may also be able to accept and express ourselves fully. This is not only impressive, it’s important. Because it turns out that girls don’t just want to have fun. They also want to be known for who they really are.”;
Among the other celebrities to make the list were Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Bryan Cranston, Daniel Day-Lewis, Mindy Kaling, Jimmy Kimmel, Michael Kors, Steven Spielberg, Kate Middleton and Frank Ocean.