It’s time! What time? Well, time to honor the 2011 TIME 100. That is, the 100 most influential people in the world, awarded by TIME magazine. Though a bulk of the list is made up of political leaders and global newsmakers (see: Julian Assange, Barack and Michelle Obama, Michele Bachmann), plenty of the entertainment industry’s bigwigs have come along for the ride as well. Not surprisingly, the list’s got Bieber and Royal Wedding fever: Tween sensation Justin Bieber and soon-to-be-wed Kate Middleton and Prince William make the cut. But TIME has also channeled their inner Gleek, placing Chris Colfer — a.k.a. Kurt Hummel — on the list as well. Other pop culture names to make the cut: Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, Parks and Recreation‘s Amy Poehler, singer Bruno Mars, Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin, National Book Award winner Patti Smith, Academy Award winner Colin Firth, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, and Blake Lively, the Gossip Girl actress who shocked us all with her powerful performance in The Town. And, of course, what list would be a list without the Big O herself? Oprah Winfrey, now in her final season of her talk show, is also included in the TIME 100. See the full list here.
Who is influencing you during this 2011, PopWatchers?