Megan Thee Stallion is most likely feeling “All Dat” after being named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2020.
The 25-year-old rapper is among the high-profile “pioneers” to feature on the prestigious list, which recognizes those who have impacted the world by “harnessing the power of influence to forge genuine progress.”
Explaining why the Houston native deserves a place among other high-profile names including Selena Gomez, Michaela Coel and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson described Megan as “the epitome of tenacity.”
Henson emphasized the influence Megan has had in the music industry in the early stages of her career.
“She rode the beat like I’d never heard anybody ride the beat in a long time—and I’m a hip-hop head,” Henson wrote.
Touching on Megan’s personal struggles, she continued: “She’s lost much of her family, her mother, her father, her grandmother, yet she is the epitome of tenacity, of pulling herself up by her bootstraps. She was shot this summer, and still people tried to tear her down.”
Megan has every reason to celebrate after a sensational year that saw her take home the award for Best Hip Hop Video for her song “Savage” at the 2020 MTV VMA Awards, launch a viral TikTok challenge and collaborate with Beyoncé on the “Savage” remix for charity.
Other figures to be honored include The Weeknd, Michael B. Jordan, J Balvin, JoJo Siwa, Halsey, Jennifer Hudson, and Oscar-winning South Korean director Bong Joon Ho.