Rihanna Named One of TIME’s Most Influential People & Adele Wrote The Most Beautiful Tribute

The list includes some of our other favourites, Trevor Noah, Cardi B, Issa Rae and momma Oprah Winfrey!

In an announcement that has got everyone pleasantly surprised, this year’s most influential list of people is truly representative of the current times. Yes, popular culture is one of the keystones in today’s media and business landscape but, there are people, like Rihanna whose undeniable success has touched millions. The 28-year old singer has topped charts all around the world, created one of the most diverse beauty ranges of our time, FENTY BEAUTY and has also come under the spotlight for her philanthropic efforts for women and children.

Rihanna made the Icons list with stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Chadwich Boseman, Ke$ha, Virgil Abloh and Maxine Waters.

Here is the letter that Adele,Grammy-winning singer and songwriter wrote for Rihanna, the unassailable artist.

I actually can’t remember the first time I met Rihanna; I was probably numb from the shock of it. She is one year older than me, but I feel like she’s been around forever. The progression of her superstardom feels steady, well deserved and extremely natural. She burst onto the scene with the absolute banger that is “Pon de Replay” in 2005, so young and breathtakingly beautiful. But the first time it felt like she made everyone sit up was with “Umbrella.” It crossed her over to every platform and into everyone’s lives. It felt like she had truly arrived, and she hasn’t slowed down since. Even more, she has designed and conquered an entire lane of her own. The innovative and groundbreaking world of Rihanna that no one else will ever be safe in and get away with copying. She makes her own rules and bends ours.

Whenever I’ve met her, she’s been the most gracious, loyal and funny goofball of an icon. She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after. But it’s also very clear in that glow that she genuinely doesn’t give a f-ck; she’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever.

Here is the complete list of honourees.