Like every year, Time lists the 100 most influential personalities on the planet. In 2019, the magazine once again chose to diversify its ranking by involving more women, 48 in total. On the socio-political side, Time quotes young environmental activist Greta Thunberg alongside US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Pope Francis. In the world of cinema, we can notably mention the star of “Game of Thrones” Emilia Clarke or Brie Larson, aka “Captain Marvel”. And music side? They are six artists who stand out and each of them is honored through a laudatory text written by another singer.
Artists who exceed the status of stars !
At the head of the procession is Lady Gaga, celebrated by Celine Dion as “one of the most innovative artists (…) [who] has no rules, no barriers”. At the same rank as the Mother Monster, Taylor Swift is not named in the category “artist” but “icon”, proof that it has largely exceeded its status of popstar. It is Shawn Mendes who gives him a glowing portrait. A big fan, the Canadian artist made the first part of his “1989 World Tour”: “Taylor gives the impression that writing music for millions of people is simple (…) I quickly learned that the magic of Taylor Swift does not come from lights, dancers or artifices but from its incredible connection with the public who comes to see her “. The other big popstar celebrated is Ariana Grande. The singer has followed two successful albums (“Sweetener” and “Thank U, Next”), has just started a world tour, beats records and stands as one of the voices of the new generation. Her friend Troye Sivan with whom she shared “Dance To This” says she is “changing the industry and is forcing us to understand how music should work in 2019”. “The love she has for her fans and her music guides every step of her way,” he analyzes.
Become a real phenomenon in a few months, the South Korean group of BTS appears for the first time in this list. For Halsey, who collaborated with the boy-band on “Boy With Luv”, “they reached the top (…) and made the effect of a hurricane in the industry”. “The ambassadors of Korean culture” are “seven young boys who think that music is stronger than the language barrier. With positive messages about self-esteem and the philosophical subtleties behind their titles (…) They have become role models for millions of fans. More surprising we also find Khalid. Unknown to the French public, the sensation R & B is a real star in the United States as attested by Alicia Keys: “It is totally unique. He is a wonderful composer, able to take human concepts to make you understand and feel (…) I love the fact that there is no duet on the first album. It’s a beautiful message “Here I am, that’s what I am”. As for the Latin music, which has become so primordial, it is represented by Ozuna, whom we find especially on the tube “Taki Taki” by DJ Snake. Daddy Yankee remembers: “What challenged me was his tenacity, his unique and sublime voice and his will (…) He showed the children that everything is possible, that we can become an international star if we works hard (…) He never hesitates to give back to his community “.