Taylor Swift, Celine Dion, Ariana Grande, K-Pop stars BTS, R & B singer Khalid, reggaeton artist Ozuna and producer of "Surviving R. Kelly" dream hampton were the prominent music-related artists featured in the last list "Time 100" of the "Most Influential People in the World," published on Wednesday morning. Swift is the only musician presented in one of the six different edition covers; she and Gaga appear in the "Icon" category, while the others appear in "Artists".
Several musicians wrote synopses about the honorees: Swift's was written by his friend Shawn Mendes ("Taylor makes any older person feel young again and any young person feels they can do anything"); Gaga's Celine Dion (who was seen in the audience at the singer's recent debut in Las Vegas); Khalid is from the label Alicia Keys; Ozuna is from fellow Puerto Rican Daddy Yankee; and Grand is a friend and label Troye Sivan ("Through the maddest storms and whirlwinds I can imagine, Ariana Grande remains the most real person I've ever met"); Justin Timberlake on the golfer Tiger Woods; BTS by collaborator Halsey ("For BTS, world domination is just another eight count in contemporary dance of life").
Perhaps more prominent, Beyoncé wrote about Michelle Obama: "I am very grateful that my daughters and my son live in a world where Michelle Obama shines as a beacon of hope that inspires us all to do better and be better."
Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote on the list – which includes a record of 48 women – "We all have teachers, some we know intimately, others inspire from the page or the screen. That goes for even the most talented people on earth. Our annual Time 100 edition is filled with honors from teachers to students; in many cases, the surprise is who is playing that role today.
"In many ways, these connections – forged between industries – are the heart of TIME 100, which now, in its 16th year, is much more than a list. It is a community of hundreds of global leaders, many of whom support and challenge each other. And at a time when many of our problems require interdisciplinary solutions, they are also uniquely positioned to effect change. "
See the complete list, tributes, videos and photos: time.com/100