Lil Wayne wrote an essay for Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lawrence for Adele and Jason Robert Brown for Ariana.


1000% shocked Taylor Swift did not make the cut, but moving on.

Time released its annual 100 Most Influential People list, honoring pioneers, artists, icons, titans and leaders for their mega star power and its potential to create and make difference.

Adele, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar represented the music community on the list.

Someone of similar superstar stature pens an essay for each honoree.

Lil Wayne wrote one for Nicki Minaj. “I always wanted more for my artists and saw Nicki’s potential from the first moment I laid eyes on her,” Weezy said. “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. Ha! Nicki Minaj will go down as one of the best to do it in the history of music.”

Jennifer Lawrence submitted one for 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. *****.”

Jason Robert Brown, who gave Grande her breakout role, anticipated backlash for Ariana’s name making the cut. He wrote, “you’re going to be underestimated, you know. That’s how this goes, especially when you start young. Underestimated because you’re a girl, for one thing. Because you’re short and cute. Because you’re a child actor. Because you’re on Nickelodeon. Because you’re a white girl who wants to sing R&B. Because you wear cat ears and lingerie. Because you’re dating an actor, dating a boy-band singer, dating a rapper. You’re going to be underestimated.”

Alicia Garza, an activist and a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, submitted an essay for Lamar. “The first time I heard To Pimp a Butterfly was on a crowded plane heading to Jackson, Miss. With headphones on, there I was, bobbing my head and having audible conversations with myself because that album made me feel—moved and troubled, challenged, uplifted, angry, skeptical and raw. Far from creating “conscious rap,” Kendrick Lamar has evolved a new genre of movement music that asserts no answers but raises hard questions and brings us together to take them on. Thank God for his trip to South Africa, which he says made him want to put everything he was seeing and experiencing into an album that could translate that experience to someone in the ghettos of Compton, Calif. 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.”

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