Frank Ocean, Miguel Make Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People List
Who is the most influential human being on planet Earth? Well, Time magazine’s new list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World isn’t actually numbered, but Jay-Z landed on the cover of the issue — and he was only one of five musicians to make the tally. The other four? The inclusion of Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake wasn’t all that shocking, of course, but seeing Frank Ocean and Miguel — who killed it on ‘SNL‘ this past weekend — was something of a surprise, and a welcome one.
How fitting that he released his “declaration” on Independence Day. I think Frank’s career will be defined by his fearlessness and his artistic freedom. He has the talent, the ability and the brilliance to have an impact for a long time. He will follow his muse wherever it goes — he’s not the kind of artist to adhere to everyone else’s schedule. That’s what makes him special.
And of Miguel, Time’s own music critic Douglas Wolk had this to say:
The survival of the black pop tradition isn’t just a matter of preserving its history — although Miguel does that too: the soul seducer’s Grammy-winning hit single “Adorn” ingeniously evokes Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” and “Let’s Get It On.” What has nourished that tradition over the past 70 years, though — what has kept it not just alive but thriving — is what makes Miguel’s recent music so special: constant innovation, formal daring, unexpected sources of inspiration, and emotional directness. His audacious, hazy album Kaleidoscope Dream aims for the psychedelic as much as the erotic.
Who else was branded most influential? Check out the full list here.