TIME just released their annual TIME 100 list, a feature which profiles the most influential and culturally significant figures in any given year. The 2019 list includes personalities like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, BTS, Rami Malek, Mahershala Ali, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and more.
Lady Gaga broke onto the music scene with “Poker Face” from her debut album Fame, which topped the charts 10 years ago this month, as The Inquisitr reported. She also starred in A Star Is Born alongside Bradley Cooper, and performed the hit song “Shallow” with him at the 2019 Oscars.
Grammy-winning singer Celine Dion — a Canadian — penned Gaga’s blurb.
“She’s definitely one of the most inventive artists we’ve ever seen. Her artistic expression has no rules, no boundaries.”
American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is known for her raw and personal songs, and is the youngest artist ever signed by Sony/ATV Music. Shawn Mendes, another Grammy-winning musician from Canada, wrote Taylor Swift’s blurb.
“Taylor makes the job of creating music for millions of people look easy. It all comes from her—her belief in magic and love, and her ability to be as honest and raw as possible.”
Another addition to the list is K-pop group BTS, who have taken the music industry by storm with their positive lyrics, charitable behavior, and elaborate choreography. According to Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Halsey, BTS’ success comes from their passion.
“For BTS, world domination is just another 8-count in the contemporary dance of life.”
Talking— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) April 16, 2019
Rami Malek, an Oscar-winning actor, made his break in the techno-thriller television show Mr. Robot. He gained his Oscar win by playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Fellow actor Robert Downey Jr., who appears in the upcoming movie Avengers: Endgame, believes that Malek’s success stems from his principled leadership.
“He’s understated and kind, complicated and relatable; he’s downright mercurial. Crucially, he’s a good man evolving alongside his potential. As a fan and friend, that’s what I’m particularly proud of.”
.@RobertDowneyJr on Academy Award-winning actor @ItsRamiMalek: “He’s understated and kind, complicated and relatable; he’s downright mercurial. Crucially, he’s a good man evolving alongside his potential” #TIME100 https://t.co/Sd5y9zwpku— TIME (@TIME) April 17, 2019
Another notable actor on the list is Mahershala Ali, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Juan in the coming-of-age drama Moonlight. Most recently, Ali appeared in the new season of HBO’s neo-noir show True Detective. According to producer and award-winning actor Octavia Spencer, Ali has been “captivating audiences” with his acting for years — though he’s only begun to rack in the industry’s highest honors recently. Spencer has worked with Ali, both as a producer and as an actor, and says that his high level of skill makes his on-the-fly acting feel like a clinic.