Hip-hop titan Kanye West and country star Tim McGraw will perform at this year’s TIME 100 gala, which celebrates the magazine’s annual list of the most influential people in the world, at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York Tuesday.
West, one of the the five TIME 100 cover subjects revealed last week, is an award-winning musician, producer and entrepreneur who first made the list in 2005. “Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list,” writes SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, who will also attend the gala, in his tribute to West. “The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t. Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity—he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut—got him to where he is today.”
McGraw, who also made the TIME 100 list this year, begins a 36-city arena tour in June and has a role in the upcoming film Tomorrowland. “He moves between genres with the same down-to-earth grace that’s always on display at the Nashville high school football games he never misses,” writes Jon Meacham, a TIME contributing editor at large. “McGraw’s a kind of Renaissance man in a cowboy hat, and it’s clear he’s got a lot of life left to live and art still to make—good news for the rest of us.”
Other artists and entertainers attending the event include actress Julianne Moore, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, comedian Amy Schumer, director Christopher Nolan, Boyhood filmmaker Richard Linklater, Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox, The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver.
Notable guests also include West’s fellow cover subjects Misty Copeland and Jorge Ramos as well as Gabrielle Giffords, Matt Lauer, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters, Lorne Michaels, The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, Serial podcast host Sarah Koenig, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and supermodels Naomi Campbell and Karlie Kloss.
Visit TIME.com for news, photos and videos from the gala, or follow along in real-time with @TIME and the hashtag #time100 on Twitter.
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