(AllHipHop News) Time magazine revealed its inaugural Time 100 Next 2019. The list highlights one hundred rising stars in business, entertainment, sports, politics, health, science, activism, and more.
Two Hip Hop neophytes made the final selections. "Hot Girl Summer" trendsetter Megan Thee Stallion and record-breaking Country-Trap performer Lil Nas X were named among the most influential rising stars on the planet.
“I told Nas he was going to be a light in this world and he would shine brighter than anyone else. And he has. He’s brought everyone together, from all musical genres and generations. ‘Old Town Road’ changed my world - and his - forever, wrote LNX's "Old Town Road" collaborator Billy Ray Cyrus.
Awkwafina, Camila Cabello, Zion Williamson, Emily Weiss, Chanel Miller, and Carlos Alvarado Quesada each appeared on a separate Time cover. Other Time 100 Next picks included Jharrel Jerome, Desus and Mero, Billie Eilish, Keke Palmer, Coco Gauff, Marsai Martin, Lilly Singh, Liza Koshy, Bad Bunny, Tristan Walker, Blackpink, Mj Rodriguez, Melina Matsoukas, and Pete Buttigieg.
"When we first published our Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people 15 years ago, it was dominated by individuals who rose through traditional power structures: heads of state, CEOs of public companies, actors from big-budget blockbusters, leaders of global foundations," explained Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal.
He continued, "What has been striking about more recent editions is the growing number of individuals who did not need an establishment to command international attention - people like the Parkland, Fla., students (in 2018) and Greta Thunberg (in 2019). Time has always been a barometer of influence - and the nature of influence is changing.”