Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.org, penned a tribute to Queen Bey, praising her for “[raising] her voice both on- and offstage to urge women to be independent and lead.”
Sandberg writes: “In the past year, Beyonce has sold out the “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” while being a full-time mother. Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ appears to be ‘Watch me. I’m about to do it.’ Then she adds, ‘You can, too.'”
Other notable nominees on the Time 100 list include Benedict Cumberbatch, described as an “alarmingly talented English star,” TV’s Late Night host Seth Meyers, Oscar nominee Amy Adams, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, singer/producer extraordinaire Pharrell Williams, “Scandal” TV star and mom-to-be Kerry Washington and pop star Miley Cyrus.
Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay athlete, is named as a top influencer, too, with a supportive tribute written by Chelsea Clinton. The activist and mom-to-be calls her former Stanford classmate “a leader and an inspiration,” lauding him for maintaining, above all else, a sense of “integerity.”
Pope Francis makes the list, too, with President Barack Obama (an honoree himself) praising His Holiness for “his message of love and inclusion” and having “inspired us all” by example.
The complete Time 100 list of influential people can be seen in the magazine, on stands this Friday.