Add it to her long list of accolades: Inaugural poet sensation Amanda Gorman is among the 2021 members on the Time100 Next list of most influential people.
Just weeks after she graced the cover of Time for an interview with former first lady Michelle Obama, Gorman is back, receiving a tribute written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose groundbreaking musical “Hamilton” was referenced twice in her inauguration poem.
” ‘What was the poet’s name?’ ‘Who was that incredible young woman?’ I’ll never forget hearing those questions roll through the audience of the Geffen Playhouse in 2018 when Amanda Gorman stepped off the stage,” Miranda wrote for Time’s list, released Wednesday.
“It was a star-studded Hollywood fundraiser for arts and education programs, a night full of boldface names. But as Amanda delivered her tightrope-taut verse with impossible poise, the room was hers. Sitting in the second row that night, I became a fan for life.”
The Time100 Next, an annual list that serves as an extension to the Time100 list, aims to highlight “the 100 individuals who are shaping the future of their fields and defining the next generation of leadership in business, entertainment, health and science, sports, activism, and more.”
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“Bridgerton” breakout star Regé-Jean Page, who is set to host “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, received a tribute from the show’s executive producer Shonda Rhimes.
“You might dream of him, the one we call the Duke of Hastings. But in reality, Regé-Jean Page is finer than fiction and better than any dream,” Rhimes wrote. “He is that rare actor, one who brings an intensity, an intelligence and a precision to his work, providing endless depth to any scene…. Few actors craft their moments so beautifully—or steal our attention so quickly.”
Kylie Minogue sang praises of 25-year-old pop singer Dua Lipa, best known for hits including “New Rules” and “Don’t Start Now.”
“Dua Lipa is a shining star, blazing a dazzling trail through the pop cosmos,” Minogue wrote. “Just under four years ago, she released the first of her two albums. Today, she is dancing hand in hand with the zeitgeist, having carved with laser-like precision her place in the cultural landscape.”
Other entertainers in the 2021 class include:
- Singer Anitta
- Actress Ana de Armas
- Rapper Lil Baby
- Author Brit Bennett
- Singer Phoebe Bridgers
- “Say So” hitmaker Doja Cat
- Country star Luke Combs
- TikTok star Charli D’Amelio
- Singer/songwriter Davido
- Singer duo Chloe x Halle
- TV writer/creator Misha Green
- Actress Shira Haas
- Actress Florence Pugh
- “Never Have I Ever” star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
- “Hamilton” actor Anthony Ramos
- “Driver’s License” singer Olivia Rodrigo
- Comedian Amber Ruffin
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- “Euphoria” actress and LGBTQ rights activist Hunter Schafer
- Actor Lakeith Stanfield
- Actress Anya Taylor-Joy
- Actor John David Washington
- “Nomadland” director Chloé Zhao
See the full list of Time100 Next honorees here.