Jay-Z and Beyoncé have dominated headlines and even caused political debates on foreign affairs, so it comes as no surprise that the pair joins a slew of stars on Time’s 100 Most Influential People list.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg touched on Jay-Z’s business acumen from building a music empire to expanding into representing athletes, even referring to the mogul as the 21st century reflection of the American Dream. “He’s an artist-entrepreneur who stands at the center of culture and commerce in 21st century America, and his influence stretches across races, religions, and regions,” he wrote.
The “Bow Down” Diva earned Icon status on the list, and there are plenty of reasons why! Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrman credited Queen Bey's work ethic and humility that fuel her ability to transcend music and fashion into much more. “When Beyoncé does an album, when Beyoncé sings a song, when Beyoncé does anything, it’s an event,” he wrote for Time. “Right now, she is the heir-apparent diva of the USA – the reigning national voice.”
But we can’t forget about the other stars who have become household names, like Lena Dunham, whose HBO show has been on the tip of our tongues all season; and Justin Timberlake, who Stevie Wonder says his “star power come from the fact he sounds like he’s having fun when he makes music” or acts in films or TV with pal Jimmy Fallon. Jennifer Lawrence’s skyrocket to stardom and Oscar gold landed her on the list as well as Christina Aguilera, Steven Spielberg, Miguel, Mindy Kaling, Bryan Cranston, Frank Ocean, and more to fill out the Artists section of the list.
With so many of Hollywood’s brightest, a spot on the list may be on par to winning a gold statue.