Time yesterday published its prestigious list of the 100 most influential people of the year and several musicians have been included
Directory Time 100 Presents the Big and Good of 2021, from Donald Trump and Liz Cheney to Elon Musk and Simone Biles. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were chosen to adorn the cover.
The list contains “extraordinary leaders from around the world who are working to build a better future,” said Edward Felsenthal, CEO and editor of TIME, in a statement. “They are disruptors, repairers, doers, iconoclasts, problem solvers – people who, in a year of crisis, have jumped into the fray.”
The world of music was obviously well represented, through several different categories. Take a look below at each musician included in the TIME 100.
Dolly Parton (Icons)
The never-ending country music legend was featured by Miley Cyrus in the Icons category, calling her Parton the “definition of humanitarian”. “Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like Dolly Parton?” I’ve never done it, ”Cyrus wrote. “Dolly is not only my idol because of her unparalleled career, she is also my role model because of her steadfast morals and values.”
She went on to note Parton’s wonderful selfless accomplishments, including donating $ 1 million to COVID-19 vaccine research as well as her continued support for the queer community. “People turn to Dolly for advice, and she knows it. She carries this responsibility with the same grace and pride as she wears a two-piece Nudie costume. She recognizes how impactful her choices will be as one of the most iconic and powerful voices in country music, and she leaves no one behind.
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Billie Eilish (Pioneers)
The pioneering pop star was introduced by another artist who topped 2021, Megan Thee Stallion. “Billie Eilish is a unique soul, with a voice, style and attitude of her own unabashedly,” the rapper wrote. “I first met Billie at the Grammys this year. She had already achieved global stardom, which might make some people look, but not Billie.
She was so real and laid back, even though her personality is so big. He is a rare spirit who speaks with his unpretentious heart. I knew I had found a soul mate that night. One who is strong, but continues to learn and grow. A woman who defends herself and defends women everywhere. “
Timbaland and Swizz Beatz (Titans)
Production legends have been honored for their groundbreaking Verzuz series, a virtual DJ battle that was introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Singer Brandy discussed the impact of the couple: “During the pandemic, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz created Verzuz, a streaming series that featured so many talented artists. It’s such a great experience, and with millions of viewers tapping in to watch the fights live on Instagram, it’s clear that it’s also something people really needed – the show got us through. a difficult time.
I go back to both Timbaland and Swizz Beatz: as a hip-hop chef in the 90s, Swizz’s work spoke to me. And Timbaland is one of my all-time favorite producers. When they asked me to go to Verzuz for a battle with Monica – an incredible artist – last year, I was very nervous because I didn’t want it to be competitive; I like to share the light. But they assured us it would be a fantastic experience. It was exactly that. I didn’t want the night to end.
Angelique Kidjo (Titans)
The Beninese singer-songwriter and activist was profiled by Alicia Keys. “The grace she exudes towards her fellow creators and towards humanity is a reflection of her dynamism, kindness and generosity,” she wrote. “Angelique is as real as they come.” Its inclusion in TIME 100 comes after she represented the African continent at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, performing “Imagine” with John Legend, Alejandro Sanz and Keith Urban.
Kane Brown (Artists)
The rising country star was honored by Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish, who cited Brown as a wonderful role model for the new generation of country artists. “Kane Brown has this unquantifiable ‘it’ factor,” he said. “He’s so laid back and doesn’t take himself too seriously, but he also cares a lot about his job and others.”
Rucker continued, “I’m sure there are kids out there looking up to Kane right now, just like when I watched Charley Pride. Kane sets the bar so high for the next generation. I hope the kids will see it and think now, “I can do this. “
Bad Bunny (Artists)
The Puerto Rican superstar was discussed by fellow reggaeton artist J Balvin who recalled watching Bad Bunny climb to the top. “I met Bad Bunny in Puerto Rico about five years ago. Benito was then a promising artist, making a lot of noise in the streets and on SoundCloud. When I saw him I was like, ‘Oh, he’s another weirdo like me. I’m not the only one now.
Balvin ended by noting the enormous impact his friends had on Latin culture. “He’s an artist, period. A true artist. Now it is at its peak, taking Latin culture to another level. The records he broke are incredible. He is different. Special. People wait for someone to die to say, ‘Oh, that was a legend.’ But I say to Benito now: you are one of the greatest artists in the history of Latin music.
Lil Nas X (Artists)
Kid Cudi paid tribute to his fellow rapper by noting the similarities between the two artists. “Lil Nas X is a new twist on some of the themes I was riding on when I first started: being true to yourself and not caring what someone says. What they do is what we do. need right now. To have a gay man in hip-hop doing his thing, smashing records, that’s huge for us and for black excellence. The way he’s not afraid to put people uncomfortable is so rock’n’roll, he’s a real rock star.
Cudi continued, “When I saw the tweet on Nas album Montero not featuring black male artists, and he replied that “maybe a lot of them just don’t want to work with me”, it made me sad. There’s a homophobic cloud over hip-hop, and he’s going to break that shit. We have to be with him. I will do whatever I have to do to let him know, you have my support. When we do our song together, trippy as the video is, let’s be sexy with it.