Nicki Minaj is on one of the six covers for Time Magazine's annual 100 Most Influential People issue.
The other five covers are Leonardo DiCraprio, Mark Zuckerberg, 'Hamilton' the musical creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, IMF head Christine Lagarde and Indian actress Priyanka Chopra.
Introducing the 2016 #TIME100 https://t.co/Ff5aV1SvIZ pic.twitter.com/Xg3gEYFXcR— TIME.com (@TIME) April 21, 2016
Kendrick Lamar didn't get his own cover, but did make the 100 list.
Lil Wayne writes Nick Minaj's introduction in the issue, and these are his words:
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.Would you consider Nick Minaj one of the 100 most influential people in the world?