Each year, Time publishes the Time 100 : a list of leaders, artists, innovators, athletes, icons and heroes the magazine has named "the most influential people in the world." The mag allows readers to vote on who they think should be included in the tally, and this year, David Bowie is among the candidates.
The reclusive 66-year-old rocker is among the few music artists for whom readers can vote , and he's easily the oldest one. Other contenders from the music world include Justin Timberlake , Beyonce , Jay-Z , Frank Ocean , "Gangnam Style" rapper PSY and acclaimed soul/funk singer Sharon Jones .
Bowie also is up against such luminaries as Barack Obama , Pope Francis , Aung San Suu Kyi , Ben Affleck , Hillary Clinton , LeBron James , Serena Williams , Tina Fey & Amy Poehler , Jimmy Kimmel , George Lucas , Quentin Tarantino , Jon Hamm and Paula Deen . Voting ends April 12 ; the full list will be revealed on Thursday, April 18.
Briefly describing why Bowie is notable, Time refers to him as an "ageless pop god and Tilda Swinton look-alike." Academy Award-winner Swinton appears as Bowie's wife in his latest video, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," and appeared in the singer's place at the opening of a new London museum exhibit dedicated to him.
So far, while Bowie is in no danger of finishing first in the poll, he was a very respectable 26th place as of Tuesday evening.
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