NEW YORK, United States, Wednesday April 30, 2014 – Since Beyonce Knowles exploded onto the international music scene as a member of Destiny’s Child, her career has expanded and diversified to include everything from film roles to fashion and fragrance lines.
As a solo artiste, “Queen Bey” has shattered album records, won Grammys, secretly recorded and released a surprise album on iTunes, married a fellow superstar and music mogu – Jay-Z – and become a mother to Blue Ivy.
Along the way, Beyonce Knowles-Carter has been named People magazine’s Most Beautiful Person, an accolade now topped by her designation as the world’s Most Influential Person by Time magazine.
The magazine’s tribute to Beyonce was written by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, who said the 32-year-old “doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one.”
The pair recently collaborated on a campaign to ban the use of the word “bossy” to describe women at work.
Sandberg, who shared her own perspective on women in the workplace in her book “Lean In” last year, championed Beyonce as “The Boss”.
“She raises her voice both on and offstage to urge women to be independent and lead,” she wrote.
“Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity,” Sandberg added.
The “Drunk in Love” singer bested other entertainment stars like Pharrell Williams, Seth Meyers and Kerry Washington in bagging the Time honour, as well as influential political, business and cultural leaders like Hillary Clinton, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
She even topped Pope Francis, who is featured inside the magazine in a piece written by President Obama, who also features on the list.
The business-savvy superstar was also honoured by Time alongside Bezos and Clinton as a “Titan,” instead of in the “Artists” category, in which singer Miley Cyrus and Hollywood stars like Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey were honoured.
Hillary Clinton stood out for making both the Time 100 list and writing about another honouree on the list, US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The 2014 list sets a new record for the number of women included, with 41 out of the total 100, according to Time.
Also making the list were tennis superstar Serena Williams; “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen, dubbed “a visionary” by one of the film’s stars Lupita Nyong’o; “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington; “American Hustle” star Amy Adams, and intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden.