Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell feature on Time magazine’s ‘Most Influential’ list

Three musicians make top 100 alongside Pope Francis, Barack Obama and Cristiano Ronaldo

Beyonce, Pharrell and Miley Cyrus have all been included in Time magazine‘s list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2014.

The annual list sees the three musicians line up alongside figures from the worlds of politics, technology, sport, fashion and religion. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg pays tribute to Beyoncé in the magazine, while Cyrus is honoured by her godmother, Dolly Parton.

Writing about Beyoncé, who features on the cover of Time (see above), Sandberg says: “In the past year, Beyoncé has sold out the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour while being a full-time mother. Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid? appears to be, ‘Watch me. I’m about to do it.’ Then she adds, ‘You can, too.'”

While Dolly Parton admits that her goddaughter’s lifestyle does concern her: “If I didn’t know how smart and talented Miley is, I might worry about her. But I’ve watched her grow up. So I don’t. She knows what she’s doing.”

Elsewhere in the list there are places for Russian President Vladimir Putin, director Steve McQueen, actor Matthew McConaughey, Edward Snowden, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and US economist Janet Yellen. Kanye West was on the shortlist for the 100 names included in the issue but failed to make the final cut.