Time magazine released their annual 100 Most Influential People list this morning. Those named to the list encompass a multitude of disciplines and when describing this year’s list Time had this to say,
“There are world leaders and local activists, artists and athletes, scientists, moguls and a number of people who are running for President of the United States. One way or another they each embody a breakthrough: they broke the rules, broke the record, broke the silence, broke the boundaries to reveal what we’re capable of. They are seekers, with a fearless willingness to be surprised by what they find.”
One of these seekers is Nicki Minaj who earned one of the coveted cover spots along with other key players Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Priyanka Chopra, and Christine Lagarde.
This year’s list was broken down into five categories: Pioneers, Titans, Artists, Leaders, and Icons. Pioneers who made the cut include comedian Aziz Ansari, Caitlin Jenner, and actress Gina Rodriguez. Titan honorees feature Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Curry, and Pope Francis. Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, and Oscar Issacs are recognized as artists. Time chose Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders as some of this year’s honorees under leaders. Lastly Adele, Usain Bolt, and Ronda Rousey are a few of the figures being recognized as Icons.
Time’s honorees aren’t just limited to favorable figures. This year’s honorees included some of the world’s most polarizing individuals like Republic Presidential nominee hopeful Donald Trump, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, and Vladamir Putin because they too have clout and can evoke reflection.
“The people on the list, each in their own way, have lessons to teach. We can debate those lessons; we don’t have to endorse them or agree with them. But the influence of this year’s TIME 100, to my mind, is that down to the last person, they have the power to make us think. And they are using it.”
There is no denying that everyone on this list holds some kind of influence in today’s world be it good or bad. You can check out the full list of honorees for Time’s 100 Most Influential People below.