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What a great way to get our Thursday started.

The 2016 Time 100 list is out and it features some of our favorite celebrities. Nicki Minaj, Priyanka ChopraLin Manuel-MirandaLeonardo DiCaprio, Mark Zuckerberg, and a few more of Time’s “Most Influential” head up six different covers, all black and white and all fit for royalty.

This is the 13th year Time has published this list and we have to say, this year it’s especially great. In addition to making the list, each honoree is the subject of an essay.

Grammy award-winning artist Lil Wayne wrote this about his mentee Nicki Minaj:

You know, in New York they used to have these street DVDs. It just so happened that I appeared in one, and when I looked at the finished product, Nicki Minaj was on a part of the DVD. I was like, “Woooooow!” She was just being Nicki without the glitz and glamour. When I heard the first two and four bars, it wasn’t even about her rapping better than any female rapper. It was about, man, she’s rapping better than other rappers—period.

I always wanted more for my artists and saw Nicki’s potential from the first moment I laid eyes on her. She’s reached far beyond everything I would have imagined. Man, she’s so influential and doing all the right things. She’s an icon, a boss and a role model to all these young girls out here on how to do it the right way. Her work ethic speaks volumes and has yielded these results. The scary thing is she’s still going. Ha! Nicki Minaj will go down as one of the best to do it in the history of music.

We couldn’t agree more. In an accompanying video, Nicki also shared a message of her own:

“I would tell women starting out in business, if you know you’re great at what you do, don’t ever be ashamed to ask for the top dollar in your field,” she says. “If I’m great at what I do, I can’t be denied. Some things may be overlooked but no one can deny my brand, and that’s the words of wisdom I would give to other young women,” Nicki said in part.

Watch the clip above, see the covers here, and pick up the new issue at newsstands this Friday.


Most Influential: Nicki Minaj, Leonardo DiCaprio, Priyanka Chopra, & More Land “Time 100” Covers  was originally published on globalgrind.com

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