Which Music Stars Should Be on the 2014 TIME 100?

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While TIME’s editors will choose the TIME 100 — our annual list of the most influential people in the world — we want readers to have a say too. Cast your vote here for the musicians you think have changed the world this past year, for better or worse. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 22, and the winner of our reader poll will be announced April 23. This year’s official TIME 100 list will be announced April 24.

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Justin Bieber

The singer is going through the growing pains of adolescence on a public stage, but he still managed to release an iTunes-only collection of songs in 2013 — while also running into trouble with the law.

Miley Cyrus

Cyrus and her tongue wagging at the MTV Video Music Awards signaled either the end or the renewal of pop culture, depending on whom you ask. She also scored her first Hot 100 chart topper with “Wrecking Ball.”

Daft Punk

The mysterious French electronic-music duo won the Album of the Year Grammy for Random Access Memories, and its lead single, “Get Lucky,” was arguably the best song of the summer.


This Canadian child actor turned rapper had the Internet abuzz thanks to a handful of hit singles, a well-received new album and a surprisingly funny stint as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

Jay Z

Beyoncé’s better half dropped three very important things this year: his 12th studio album, his stake in the Brooklyn Nets and the hyphen in his name.

Beyoncé Knowles

She’s Beyoncé. ‘Nuff said.

Lady Gaga

The pop star continued to make headlines with her outlandish antics — wearing a dress made out of coffee filters, participating in “vomit art” — and dropped a new album, ArtPop, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Kendrick Lamar

The rapper may have lost at this year’s Grammy Awards, but even Macklemore, who took home best rap album, said Lamar “got robbed.”

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez

The incredible husband-wife team wrote one of the most infectious songs of the year, “Let It Go,” from the hit animated film Frozen.


The 17-year-old Kiwi singer-songwriter is redefining what it means to be a young pop star and snatched two Grammy Awards for her album ‘Pure Heroine.’

Bruno Mars

His Super Bowl halftime performance cemented his status as a powerhouse entertainer.

Katy Perry

The singer’s latest album, Prism, has already produced two chart-topping singles, “Roar” and “Dark Horse,” and she’s about to embark on a massive world tour.


It’s been over a year since the singer’s last album, but that hasn’t stopped her from making headlines (see: her racy Instagram feed), guesting on singles (see: “Can’t Remember to Forget You” with Shakira) and topping charts (see: “Monster” with Eminem).


The Colombia-born pop star released a new album, Shakira, and returned as a judge on NBC’s The Voice, all while raising awareness for childhood development in Latin America. She also boasts nearly 90 million Facebook fans.

Harry Styles

The resident darling of the teen set and most visible member of One Direction will go on tour (with his bandmates) beginning in summer 2014.

Taylor Swift

The singer was 2013’s highest-paid musician — raking in nearly $40 million, according to Billboard — thanks in part to her successful Red tour.

Carrie Underwood

The American Idol alumna headlined NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music in December (which netted 18.5 million viewers) and plans to record a new album this year.

Pharrell Williams

The music world’s most ubiquitous collaborator — he’s worked with Daft Punk, Jay Z and Britney Spears, among others — set charts ablaze with “Happy” and blogs ablaze with his Arby’s-esque Grammys hat.

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