NME People Of The Year 2016

It’s nearly the end of the year so let’s stop worrying about all of the horrendous things that have happened in 2016 and focus instead on some of the amazing people who’ve contributed something positive to the world.

NME’s second annual People Of The Year list is a celebration of the great and good who’ve entertained us, made us ask questions, challenged the establishment, succeeded in the face of adversity, used their platform to draw attention to the important things in life and inspired us to act and think in different ways. Oh, and Pikachu.

So – if only for the time it takes you to read this week’s magazine- banish all thoughts of death, doom, despair, bigotry, facism and the impending World War III from your brains and remind yourself that there are good people on the planet doing good things, and that these 12 are only a small representation of that.

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Matt Healy
For being a rock star people can believe in

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Beyonce
For her political awakening

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Margot Robbie
For being a badass onscreen and off

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Heloise Letissier
For fiercely celebrating her individuality

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Skepta
For taking grime to the top of the charts

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Riz Ahmed
For being the year’s hardest working polymath

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Pikachu
For redefining gaming

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge
For making British television funny, filthy and poignant

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Girls Against
For fighting sexual assault one gig at a time

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actress Millie Bobby Brown attends the premiere of "Stranger Things" at Mack Sennett Studios on July 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Millie Bobby Brown
For dominating 2016 telly and making it call to be different

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Kanye West
For simply being Kanye

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David Bowie
For shaping the year from beyond the grave