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Céline Dion praises Lady Gaga for being 'a powerful influence on society' in Time 100 issue

Shawn Mendes also pens a piece on Time 100 icon Taylor Swift.

Shawn Mendes also pens a piece on Time 100 icon Taylor Swift

Celine Dion posing at the Christian Dior 2017 fall/winter haute couture show. (AFP Contributor)

This week, Time Magazine released its annual list of the 100 most influential people. Each person featured on the list is accompanied by a short essay written by a fellow artist, industry leader or political figure.

Pop star Lady Gaga was honoured in the icon category with a glowing write-up by Canadian star Céline Dion. In her essay, Dion praised Gaga for being "powerful, convincing, passionate and sensitive."

"She's definitely one of the most inventive artists we've ever seen," Dion wrote. "Her artistic expression has no rules, no boundaries." Dion continues on by calling her a "powerful influence on society," especially when it comes to empowering her fans and showing support for the LGBTQ community. Dion made headlines three months ago when she was spotted dancing and singing along at Gaga's new Las Vegas residency, Enigma.

Also recognized in the icon section of the Time 100 list was Taylor Swift. Canadian pop artist Shawn Mendes, who opened for Swift on her 1989 world tour, penned a tribute to Swift. "Taylor makes anyone older feel young again and anyone feel they can do anything," Mendes wrote. "If there is one thing I want to achieve in my career and life, it's that."

Other musicians included on Time's list were K-pop group BTS, recent Coachella headliner Ariana Grande, rising R&B star Khalid and Latin artist Ozuna. Canadian actress Sandra Oh also scored a spot in its pioneers category.

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