Beyoncé doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one”, is what Sheryl Sandberg wrote about Beyoncé as she tops TIME’s 100 Most Influential People list. TIME named Beyoncé a titan, and she has some pretty heavy hitters joining her on the list.

Beyoncé rocked the world last winter when she released her self-titled album with absolutely no promotion. Following the release, she completed a successful world tour, with Blue Ivy and her husband in tow.


Beyoncé was profiled by Lean In founder Sheryl Sandberg who titles the profile “She’s the boss.”

“In the past year, Beyoncé 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.”

Joining Queen Bey on the list includes actors, politicians, world leaders and athletes. But rounding out those in the African-American community, the list includes Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Pharrell Williams, Serena Williams, Jason Collins, Kerry Washington, Richard Sherman, Steve McQueen and Key and Peele.

TIME also recognized several activists, religious dignitaries and actors from various African countries: Thuli Madonsela, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, Ory Okolloh, Ertharin Cousin, Aliko Dangote, Imam Omar Kobine Layama, Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou and Binyavanga Wainaina.

Congrats to all who made the list!

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  • Mary Burrell

    She is famous. So that’s how you make the cover. She is a pop icon.

  • binks

    Honestly, I don’t know about this accolade for her and some
    of these people on the list. I don’t think being popular/successful
    automatically means you are influential. I do think Beyoncé is very successful
    and at the top of her game in her career but outside of the entertainment
    sector I don’t see her influence.

    • Child Please

      Someone said something similar with regards to her influence stating that if they didn’t watch entertainment television, they really wouldn’t know what reach she has regarding the public. Another person said considering they’re not interested in entering the entertainment industry, she has no influence on them. I think she’s well known, but beyond that I’m not sure what kind of influence she has and if they saw fit to acknowledge it, I’d be curious to see what she’s even trying to do with it considering her messages are very mixed.

    • Yes, I’m That Leah

      She’s not influential. No one is going to pass down a Beyonce album to their kids, or discuss her after she retires.

  • Lacefront

    She had to rain on Lupita’s parade huh? Unbeweavable. She couldn’t let another sister get a cover and the glory the same week. Really Time?

  • Ivory

    See this how I know a bunch if y’all are just having your typical fake negro outrage behind Beyoncé being voted most influential on the cover in a bikini. Y’all sitting up here asking what Beyoncé has done but y’all be scared as hell to ask your half black president with his black wide what he has done for you. What a joke. Y’all put him in a political office twice (not counting Chicago) and were too afraid to ask him what he was going to do in exchange for those votes but y’all want to get l brolic with Beyoncé? Really?

    • luv212

      Preach! Also notice that none of the points above refute the FACT that Beyonce is the most influential pop icon of our time.Although I agree that the cover is distasteful, I am not going to sit here and pretend that her accolades don’t matter because she is attractive.

  • God is My Mojo

    I love Beyonce. She’s gotten my money for her amazing concerts and I was one of the first to download that unbelievable album of hers! But I’m also aware that Beyonce represents the strongest of idealistic capitalistic ideals and so does her husband. Those two will never speak for the poor, the underprivileged, or those who are the most vulnerable in our communities and I believe that is why they are resented with so much backlash from many black people.