(AllHipHop News) 2020 was a breakout year for Megan Thee Stallion as a mainstream music artist. The Houston-bred rapper scored two #1 singles on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart this year (“WAP” with Cardi B and “Savage” with Beyoncé). Plus, she won several industry awards.
Megan’s meteoric rise to fame was further solidified when the Suga EP creator was selected for the cover of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020 list. Empire actress Taraji P. Henson penned the article about the 25-year-old performer.
“It’s invigorating to see her become a platinum-selling artist with the viral hit ‘Hot Girl Summer’ and multiple No. 1 songs in the past year, ‘Savage’ and ‘WAP.’ But you would be a fool to think that’s all there is to her,” wrote Henson. “She’s deep. She’s enrolled in college. She’s an entertainer. She’s a free spirit; I see that in her. The industry might try to pigeonhole her in this rap game, but she’s got a plan that’s much bigger. And we got her. I just want her to keep winning.”
Megan Thee Stallion celebrated appearing on the front of the 97-year-old news publication. She posted on Instagram, “STILL I RISE🖤 YOUNG BLACK WOMAN FROM HOUSTON TEXAS ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD 🌎.”
Other celebrities chosen as one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People of 2020 include The Weeknd, Michael B. Jordan, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson, Dapper Dan, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, Tyler Perry, Billy Porter, Naomi Osaka, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, and Donald Trump.
“This year’s list looks far different than any of us could have predicted just six months ago. The TIME 100 has always been a mirror of the world and those who shape it. While you will certainly find people who wield traditional power on this year’s list—heads of state, CEOs, major entertainers—it also includes many extraordinary, lesser-known individuals who seized the moment to save lives, build a movement, lift the spirit, repair the world…. Their work challenges each of us to wield our own influence toward a world that is healthier, more resilient, more sustainable, and just,” says Time CEO and editor in chief Edward Felsenthal.
Felsenthal continues, “As a rule, the TIME 100 focuses on the living, but looming large over this year’s list is the impact of individuals such as Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, whose killings galvanized a reckoning around police brutality and systemic racism; Aimee Stephens, whose case led to a historic Supreme Court decision protecting the rights of LGBTQ Americans; and Li Wenliang, the Wuhan physician who tried in vain to warn Chinese officials about the coronavirus and later died of it. The issue also includes a memorial to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, including the tribute that fellow Justice Antonin Scalia wrote when she was on the TIME 100 in 2015.”