Beyonce and Pharrell Williams Make Time’s 100 Most Influential People List [Video]
On the cover, Beyonce is pictured in black and white wearing a white bikini and a sheer T-shirt. Last year, Jay Z received the cover when he topped Time’s 100 list in 2013.
Each of the 100 honorees received an essay penned by various celebrities and dignitaries.
For Beyonce, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg gave props to the singer for her audacious move last December when she released her self-titled album without notice. The executive also praised Bey’s ability to juggle motherhood and work so effortlessly. She writes:
In the past year, Beyonce has sold out the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour while being a full-time mother. 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.”
For Skateboard P, Justin Timberlake credits the producer’s infectious spirit when he creates magic in the studio. The pop crooner wrote:
He injects that vibrant energy into the music in a way that you can feel. Whether it’s the chord changes that remind you of another time or the melody that instantly grabs you, you are transported to another place. You smile, you dance, you clap along. His music actually does make you happy.”
Finally, country icon Dolly Parton sang the praises of her goddaughter Miley Cryus. She writes:
She knows what she’s doing. She was very proud of the work she did as Hannah Montana, but people were gonna leave her there forever. And she was just smotherin’ and chokin’ in it. So she felt she had to do something completely drastic. And she did. She made her point, she made her mark, and more power to her.”
The 2014 TIME’s 100 Most Influential People issue is on newsstands now with the full list available on its digital platform.
Watch Beyonce Talk About Her Influences with Time Magazine