Image courtesy of TIMEPlatinum recording artist Nicki Minaj and Grammy-winning emcee Kendrick Lamar have made TIME magazine’s annual list of the “100 Most Influential People In The World.”
It’s a double honor for Minaj, who not only is included in the magazine’s “Icons” section, but also graces one of only six special covers for the edition. Her Young Money boss Lil Wayne penned an accompanying essay, calling Nicki an “icon,” “boss,” and “role model.”
“She’s reached far beyond everything I would have imagined. Man, she’s so influential and doing all the right things,” says Wayne. “She’s an icon, a boss and a role model to all these young girls out here on how to do it the right way. Her work ethic speaks volumes and has yielded these results. The scary thing is she’s still going. Ha! Nicki Minaj will go down as one of the best to do it in the history of music.”
Kendrick Lamar is featured under the “Artists” category in TIME. His piece is written by Black Lives Matter activist Alicia Garza, who mentions the Compton native’s To Pimp a Butterfly album as “a new genre of movement music.” Garza applauds the rapper for helping the public to “face things that are uncomfortable” and for allowing the community to “grapple with the questions that we all need to answer.”
Other notables selected for TIME‘s “100 Most Influential People In The World” list include President Barack Obama, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Steph Curry, Ryan Coogler, Idris Elba, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Usain Bolt.
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