By Hayden Wright
TIME Magazine issued its annual list of 100 most influential people in the world, and it should come as no surprise that Adele cracked the mag’s “icon” chart as the “International Treasure.” Editors recruited Jennifer Lawrence to pen a public endorsement of her friend’s “once-in-a-lifetime” voice and incredible knack for bearing her soul in music. Lawrence also referenced Adele’s “500-year-old wisdom” which comes “wrapped up in the tough skin of a damn gangster.”
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“What you don’t see is what a wonderful mother she is. What a wonderful partner and friend she is. That she makes her son’s Halloween costumes,” the Oscar-winning actress writes. “Adele is a gift, an international treasure, but she’s also sweet, funny, intelligent and beautiful. Bitch.”
Other music stars who made the list were Nicki Minaj (“The Chart-Breaker”) Ariana Grande (“Never Underestimate Her”) Kendrick Lamar (“He Moves Us”), and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda (“An American Original”). The music stars are nestled comfortably in the company of President Obama, leading presidential candidates, royalty and business titans.
So who’s missing? Kanye West, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Kesha and other artists have had considerable cultural influence over the last year. But with just 100 spots, there isn’t room for everybody.