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Beyonce, Jimmy Fallon, Jay-Z make Time's 100 most influential list
Time magazine weighed in with its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and three celebs with Hudson Valley ties have serious pull: Beyonce and Jay-Z, who filed for their marriage license in Scarsdale, and former Saugerties resident Jimmy Fallon.
Beyonce was designated as an “Icon” on Time's list for her talent and ubiquitous pop culture presence. Director Baz Luhrmann, who worked with Beyonce on the soundtrack to his upcoming film “The Great Gatsby,” paid tribute to the superstar: “No one has that voice. No one moves the way she moves. No one can hold an audience the way she does. And she keeps growing and evolving in the ways that she expresses herself as a singer, as a performer and now as a mother.”
He added that “she and Jay-Z are the royal couple of culture.”
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The other half of the megawatt duo, Jay-Z, was honored as one of the list’s “Titans.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hailed the rap mogul as someone who “embodies so much of what makes New York New York” for his personal, musical and entrepreneurial ties to the city, including his partial ownership of the Nets and his smash hit “New York State of Mind.” Bloomberg hailed Jay-Z as “an artist-entrepreneur who stands at the center of culture and commerce in 21st century America.”
Fallon, who made the cut as one of the list’s “Artists,” was praised by pop superstar Justin Timberlake for his “lightning wit — mixed with a kindness you don’t normally find in comedy — [which] is what makes you feel so comfortable having him in your home every night.” Timberlake also revealed that he and the future “Tonight Show” host erupted into an extended improv riff during Timberlake’s recent wedding reception, and he called it a “moment that everyone will remember forever.”
Additional local ties to the Time 100 include Chappaqua resident Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, who wrote an essay honoring President Barack Obama, and daughter Chelsea Clinton, whose wedding took place in Rhinebeck and who shared her thoughts on 15-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.
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