TIME Magazine has released its annual list of the most influential people of the year.
In 2022, of the hundred selected to the coveted list, seven are musicians and singers who have shown enormous power in music – both in singing and in influence and courage.
Huge guest contributors wrote short anecdotes about the winners, who were recognized for their influence on their respective industries, fields or as a whole.
7 singers/musicians who are the 100 most influential people of 2022
Recently hailed as this year’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her outstanding performance as ‘Anita’ in the modern adaptation of Stephen Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’, Ariana Debose finds herself on the shortlist. . With a testament written by Kristin Chenoweth, the Tony-winning actress hailed DeBose as the first openly queer woman of color to win an Oscar for her role. “I think she will win an EGOT one day,” she wrote.
With the massive release of her latest album, Adele has truly cemented her mark on the music industry by singing our deepest heartbreaks. In the words of James Corden, Adele “sings for us” because she is an artist in the purest sense of the word.
Adele’s soulful voice and lyricism make her one of the music industry’s greatest treasures – which is why the Late Night Show host is stepping up to protect her as best we can.
After receiving rave reviews for her most recent effort, “Heaux Tales,” Jazmine Sullivan’s work represented more than her feelings, or what Amber Riley described as Sullivan’s “diary.” Riley added that it captures the stories of so many black women perfectly.
For Riley, Jazmine deserved all the honor she received because she not only inspires ordinary black women, but also huge people like Olive-winning theater singer Amber Riley.
Jon Batiste has been a recent revelation to the world following his massive win at the recent Grammys.
From conducting Stephen Colbert to winning an Oscar and five Gramophones, Quincy Jones has described Batiste as down to earth. With his New Orleans roots, the funk and music inside Batiste easily transcend into music, something that GRAMMY-winning producer Quincy Jones is excited about what’s to come for the young artist.
The queen of soulful hip-hop, Mary J. Blige, was a pioneer in the music industry.
As one of hip-hop’s first female icons, Blige made every young black woman feel seen. As the way Nas put it, “She is what we wanted her to be, and then some. She became what she was meant to be.”
The GRAMMY-winning entertainer explained why Blige received the biggest shout-outs during the Super Bowl’s final halftime performance show — she’s the only woman in a group full of men.
Elle King admired country icon Miranda Lambert for all the right reasons.
Given her years in the industry, Lambert has established herself as one of the modern stalwarts of country music. And for a newcomer like King, someone with such reverence is unlikely to share their stage with a new generation of performers – something Lambert did in 2019.
Like Batiste, Questlove was also a bandleader on a late-night show.
His work with Jimmy Fallon is what made the latter’s show iconic to this day, and the host hasn’t forgotten that. It’s a testament to Questlove’s incredible creativity – which won the musical director not only a Sundance but also a BAFTA and Critics Choice, but also an Oscar for his documentary ‘Summer of Soul’.
Check out the full list of Time’s 100 most influential people 2022 here.
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