Ariana Grande, Adele, & More in the 100 Most Influential List

Posted at April 21st, 2016 | by Shivani Goel | in Music

The Times List of 100 Most Influential People includes a number of stalwarts of our society from all scopes of life. Artists, Icons, Leaders, Pioneers, and Titans from all over the world have comprised of a diverse and astounding list of 100 people and most names should be familiar to everyone. A few Indians have also made the cut like Priyanka Chopra and Sundar Pichai.

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From the International music industry we have Kendrick Lamar and Ariana Grande under Artists and Nicki Minaj and Adele under Icons, and here are some reasons why they’re a part of the list.

On Kendrick Lamar, “Kendrick should be applauded for inviting us to face things that are uncomfortable, for celebrating our will to survive and for being audacious enough to grapple with the questions that we all need to answer if we ever hope to get free.”

On Ariana Grande, “That voice—powered by nothing but your remarkable empathy, your ravenous intelligence, your cool discipline and your voracious ambition. They’re going to underestimate you, and you, my beautiful friend, are going to make music.”

On Nicki Minaj, “She’s reached far beyond everything I would have imagined. Man, she’s so influential and doing all the right things. 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.”

On Adele, “She’s an extremely private person, so I will do my best to honor her privacy. But we all see her success. Her undeniable talent and beauty. But what you don’t see is what a wonderful mother she is. What a wonderful partner and friend she is. That she makes her son’s Halloween costumes. Adele is a gift, an international treasure, but she’s also sweet, funny, intelligent and beautiful.”


Check out the full list here.




Shivani Goel

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