Beyoncé tops TIME’s 100 most influential people

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Beyoncé knows how to walk that fine line between rebellious and classy.

Is anyone really surprised that Beyoncé is TIME magazine’s most influential person? It’s been such a successful year for the pop diva, that this is honestly just the icing on the cake.

As the 32-year-old singer received the magazine’s highest honor, she was praised by Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg. “Beyoncé doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one,” Sandberg wrote. “She raises her voice both on- and offstage to urge women to be independent and lead.”

In December, Beyoncé took the world by surprise when she released a brand new album titled Beyoncé, complete with full-length music videos, and announced it via Facebook and Instagram. You’d expect the lack of promotion to hurt her financially, but Beyoncé completely annihilated the iTunes charts. In fact, she sold around 900,000 albums in just three days!

While the big sum of money is a contributing factor to TIME’s decision, the magazine also chose Beyoncé based on the far-reaching influence she has beyond her professional work. So, yes, Beyoncé sold out arenas in every state, but she has also empowered woman to be independent and take on leadership roles, preaching girl power in her songs. Take, for example, her songs “Run The World (Girls)” and “**Flawless.” Both of these upbeat and inspiring tunes ignited a very powerful movement towards female equality in the music industry and society at large. Having role models like Beyoncé to counteract the negative influence of people like Miley Cyrus is definitely a plus.

So, here’s a big congratulations to Beyoncé, and two thumbs up to girl power!

Featured image courtesy of TIME magazine.