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Beyoncé cover girl of Time's 'most influential' edition

Beyoncé is this year's cover girl for the annual list of "Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World" released Thursday.

The magazine also created inside "covers" featuring actor Robert Redford, GM CEO Mary Barra and Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player.

The Time 100 is the magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. This year's issue features tributes written by high-profile guest contributors.

Why Beyoncé on the cover? As website Idolator writes: "Over the past year, Bey has completed a global tour, released a visual album under cover of night which single-handedly revived the music industry while shattering its status quo and oh right the music was also incredibly good. "

Some of the profiles and celebrity contributors that may get the most attention include:

Always provocative, this year's list features many celebrities and politicians. Among the more recognizable names on the list are:

  • Amy Adams, actor
  • Jerry Brown, Governor of California
  • Christy Turlington Burns, supermodel, advocate
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, actor
  • Miley Cyrus, singer
  • Pope Francis, religious figure
  • Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator, New York
  • Eric Holder, United States Attorney General
  • Carl Icahn, investor
  • Travis Kalanick, CEO, Uber
  • Megyn Kelly, host, FOX News’ The Kelly File
  • Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea
  • Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, songwriters, Frozen
  • Matthew McConaughey, actor
  • Steve McQueen, director
  • Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  • Seth Meyers, host, NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers
  • Barack Obama, President of the United States
  • Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
  • Charlie Rose, television host
  • Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran
  • Arundhati Roy, writer, activist
  • Richard Sherman, football player, Seattle Seahawks
  • Edward Snowden, activist
  • Kathryn Sullivan, director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Donna Tartt, author
  • Carrie Underwood, singer, songwriter
  • Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin
  • Kerry Washington, actor, activist
  • Pharrell Williams, singer, producer
  • Serena Williams, tennis player
  • Robin Wright, actor
  • Xi Jinping, General Secretary, Communist Party, China
  • Janet Yellen, Chairwoman, Federal Reserve
  • Malala Yousafzai, author, activist

Time has produced a complete list on its website.

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