Friday, April 25, 2014

Beyoncé Beats Obama, Miley And The Pope To Land The Cover Of Time's '100 Most Influential People'

Beyoncé leads annual list of 100 people who have inspired others

'She doesn't just sit at the table - she builds a better one,' Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote in her profile of the singer


Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Amy Adams, General Motors CEO Mary Barra and the NBA's first openly gay player Jason Collins also on list

Beyoncé has landed the cover of Time magazine's annual '100 Most Influential People in the World'.

The pop queen beat other names on the list - from President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis and Miley Cyrus - to feature on the coveted cover.

Further covers placed inside the magazine feature actor Robert Redford, the NBA's first openly gay athlete Jason Collins, and General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

Time's 'Most Influential' list names people who have inspired others, regardless of their moral standing. The list also includes a profile by another star, explaining why the person deserves a spot.

'She's the boss,' Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg explained in her profile of Beyonce.
'Beyoncé has sold out the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour while being a full-time mother. Beyoncé doesn't just sit at the table. She builds a better one.'

She goes on: 'Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, 'What would you do if you weren't afraid? appears to be 'Watch me. I'm about to do it.' Then she adds, 'You can, too.'"

Sandberg and Beyoncé previously collaborated on a campaign in which they called for a ban on the word 'Bossy' to describe women.

Beyoncé appears in the 'Titans' section of the list alongside Pharrell Williams, Hillary Clinton and Jeff Bezos, while other sections include Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons.

Time listed Kerry Washington, Amy Adams, Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez about the most influential artists of the year.

Late Night host Seth Meyers, country musician Carrie Underwood, 'Happy' singer Pharrell Williams, Russian President Vladimir Putin and singer Miley Cyrus also feature in the magazine.

And interestingly, each person on the list is profiled by another famous figure; Malala Yousafzai wrote about Hillary Clinton in this issue, while Amy Poehler wrote about Seth Meyers, and Dolly Parton wrote about Miley Cyrus.

Beyoncé, who made wowed critics and fans this year by suddenly releasing a secret album featuring 14 songs and 17 videos, also nabbed a spot on the list last year.

Director Baz Lurhmann wrote of her: 'When Beyoncé does an album, when Beyoncé sings a song, when Beyoncé does anything, it’s an event, and it’s broadly influential.

'Right now, she is the heir-apparent diva of the USA -- the reigning national voice.'
The TIME 100 issue hits newsstands on Friday.