Kanye West and Tim McGraw were both named as Time’s 100 Most Influential People, and now the two artists have been asked to perform at the Time 100 Gala. The event will take place today at New York City’s Jazz at the Lincoln Center. Time magazine stated this year’s Time 100 honorees were based on people who “could speak to their subject’s influence in all its dimensions.”
Jon Meacham was chosen by Time magazine to write an essay about McGraw for the most influential issue. “McGraw’s a kind of Renaissance man in a cowboy hat, and it’s clear he’s got a lot of life left to live and art still to make,” Meachum wrote. Elon Musk (SpaceX founder) wrote about West, and he stated that the rapper believes he belongs on the Most Influential list. “Kanye believes in himself and his incredible tenacity. He fought for his place in cultural pantheon with a purpose,” Musk wrote. West is also featured on one of the five covers Time magazine unveiled a few days ago. The other Time 100 covers include actor Bradley Cooper, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ballet dancer Misty Cooper, and news anchor Jorge Ramos.
Some of the other people selected for Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People include Taylor Swift, Lee Daniels, Kim Kardashian, Kevin Hart, Bradley Cooper, Reese Witherspoon, Amy Schumer, and Chris Pratt. “Every year we hope the Time 100 will introduce you to influential people you might not have met before and encourage you to find out more about them,” Time editor Nancy Gibbs said. President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are also on the Time 100 list.
A few of the other contributing writers Time paired with the honorees include Mariska Hargitay’s essay on Taylor Swift, Oprah Winfrey’s essay on Lee Daniels, Martha Stewart’s essay on Kim Kardashian, Oliver Platt’s essay on Bradley Cooper, Chris Rock’s essay on Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling’s essay on Reese Witherspoon, and Joel Stein’s essay on Amy Schumer. The entire list of the Most Influential people can be viewed on Time’s website, which also includes the full essays written for the honorees.
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