Time Magazine has released its annual 100 Most Influential People in the World list and both Rihanna and Adele, two of music’s biggest and most successful superstars have made their way onto this prestigious list with President Barack Obama, Tim Tebow and Matt Lauer along with 95 others.
Time tapped various celebrities to describe each singer and famed fashion designer Stella McCartney gave Rihanna’s testimonial. She wrote: “She’s one of the coolest, hottest, most talented, most liked, most listened to, most followed, most impressive artists at work today, but she does it in her own stride. She works hard, very hard. She gives to her fans, friends and foundation not just herself but her energy and spirit.”
Meanwhile, Pink praised Adele for her voice and recalled how she discovered the British songstress. “When I first heard Adele, I was on tour, alone in a hotel room in London, watching her sing from a rooftop on YouTube — a song called ‘Hometown Glory.’ I thought, ‘Who is this creature? This voice! Her tone! Why is the entire world not watching this video?’ I’m always so happy when the world catches on to something great. Especially when it’s authentic talent, great songwriting and a unique package.”
Rihanna has been tapped to perform at the Time 100 Gala, where the best of the best are set to attend. However, it begs the question – will Rihanna’s usual performances be suited for an event of this prestige? There is no doubt that she will be the best dressed but we’re still on the fritz about her performing ‘We Found Love’ or any one of her other singles for such a crowd. Regardless, it’s going to be a stellar show no matter what she performs!
The only American singer who made the list was Raphael Saadiq, who received praise from Elton John and he will be taking the stage with Rihanna on April 24th at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where more than 350 people are expected to attend.