Jay-Z embodies the “Empire State of Mind,” according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who praised the rapper in an essay for TIME’s annual 100 most influential list.
On Rod Stewart’s new song “She Makes Me Happy” he wears his heart on his sleeve letting everyone know he’s found the perfect woman.
While Rod Stewart’s last seven albums have been tributes to some of the best music ever released, including five volumes dedicated to the American Songbook, his latest proves he’s not too old to rock.
Obama also received the honor in 2008, when he was President-elect.
The author makes the short list of nominees for this year’s cover, but does she deserve the coveted spot?