Beyoncé one of the World’s Most Influential People 2023

Beyoncé is that girl. The music legend has been selected one of TIME’s 100 World’s Most Influential People of 2023. She is featured in the Titans section, alongside Angela Bassett, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Lauren Powell Jobs, and Lionel Messi.

Steve Lacy, a Grammy winner, was also named to TIME’s yearly list. Chlöe, whose debut album, In Pieces, is out now, wrote his bio.

Jessica Sibley, TIME’s CEO, said, “We are thrilled to recognize this year’s list of the world’s most influential people. We look forward to convening the TIME100 community—one of the largest leadership communities in the world—to spotlight and hear from individuals who are wielding their influence to drive positive action toward a better world at the TIME100 Summit Featuring TIME CO2 and Gala this month in New York City.”

Edward Felsenthal, TIME’s editor-in-chief, and Samuel P. Jacobs, TIME’s digital director and executive editor, said in a joint statement “One of the most inspiring initiatives for us at TIME over the past few years has been convening TIME100 honorees from around the globe. What began nearly two decades ago as an annual list of the world’s most influential people has become a community of leaders from across fields, who join together in venues from Singapore and New York City to Dubai and Los Angeles, to spotlight solutions toward a better future.”

Honey Dijon, a house producer/DJ who worked with Beyoncé on one of four “Break My Soul” remixes, dedicated an homage to her.

“In 2003, Beyoncé performed her hit single ‘Crazy in Love’ for the BET Awards. Her performance embodied the legacy and culture of Black artists from Josephine Baker to Tina Turner, James Brown, and Prince. The way she commanded the stage and led her band was transcendent. That performance secured her place in the pantheon as one of the greatest Black female artists of our time,” Dijon penned.

“After being approached to work on her 2022 album Renaissance, I realized very quickly that I was contributing to yet another historic moment—not only for dance music, but also as a celebration of the foundations of Black music. From R&B to house, gospel to techno, hip-hop to vogue, Beyoncé wove a tapestry of music on Renaissance that celebrated all facets of Black music, including the immense contributions of the Black gay and queer community. Then she became the most-decorated Grammy winner ever. Beyoncé’s fearlessness, talent, beauty, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire Black female artists for millennia.”

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TIME will honour the 2023 honorees at the 17th annual TIME100 Gala, which will take place on Wednesday, April 26, at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. The event will air on ABC on Sunday, April 30 at 8 p.m. ET.

Beyoncé’s inclusion in the TIME100 comes on the heels of her being the most decorated artist in Grammy history, with 32 wins. At the 65th Grammy Awards, she received four awards, including Dance/Electronic Music Album for Renaissance, her 2022 album. She was recognised as the first Black woman to win this category at the 47th Grammy Awards in 2005.

Beyoncé’s seventh studio album is titled Renaissance. It’s the first instalment in a trilogy. The platinum-selling album features the hit singles “Break My Soul” and “Cuff It,” both of which topped multiple Billboard and radio charts and earned awards.

Next month, Beyoncé will embark on her Renaissance World Tour. It begins on May 10 with a European leg before returning to the United States on July 8 for the North American leg. Tickets are now on sale.

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