Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, John Legend and Demi Lovato have a lot of influence. How do we know? Because Time magazine put them on its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
The magazine has tapped a different celebrity to pen essays about each person on the list. For Ed, Time naturally asked his BFF Taylor Swift to pen a few words. “He is protected by an impenetrable and ever-present armor of enthusiasm that has helped him endure any setback, letdown or underestimation,” she writes.
Scandal star Kerry Washington writes about Alicia, “[She] doesn’t hide her truth, her flaws, her dreams or her journey. It is that authenticity and vulnerability that endear her to us. We are drawn to her honesty, we respect and adore her, and in doing so, we move closer to embracing our own true selves.”
Hollywood legend and and activist Harry Belafonte calls John Legend “a wonderful artist,” and also praises the Oscar-winning singer for using “his platform to push for meaningful social change,” adding, “the depth of his commitment is to be admired.”
John also graces one of the magazine’s five special covers.
Media personality Ariana Huffington writes of Demi, “She has…been a public role model, unashamedly chronicling her struggles with substance abuse…and eating disorders…[She] is a remarkably talented artist and performer. But her courage, honesty and willingness to use her own experiences to help others are what make her a true star.”
Others on the list: Viola Davis, Ryan Reynolds, Leslie Jones, Jordan Peele and Samantha Bee.