NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 13th annual TIME 100 gala, celebrating TIME’s annual list of the world’s most influential people takes place tonight, Tuesday, April 25, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The event will feature performances by John Legend and Demi Lovato, honorary tributes from members of this year’s list and remarks from Time Inc. President and CEO Rich Battista, TIME Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs and Time Inc. Senior Vice President of News, Luxury & Style Meredith Long. TIME is a Time Inc. (NYSE: TIME) brand.
Current members of the TIME 100 attending the gala include David Adjaye, Riz Ahmed, Thelma Aldana, Natalie Batalha, Samantha Bee, Bob Bland, Jason Blum, Gretchen Carlson, George Church, Viola Davis, Ava DuVernay, Fan Bingbing, Ashley Graham, Gavin Grimm, Barry Jenkins, Leslie Jones, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Barbara Lynch, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Tom Perez, Sarah Paulson, Ryan Reynolds, Margot Robbie, RuPaul, Raed Saleh, Linda Sarsour, Cindy Sherman, Raf Simons, Bernard J. Tyson, Hamdi Ulukaya and Colson Whitehead.
TIME Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs writes in her editor’s letter in the issue: “Our annual list of the 100 Most Influential People explores the intersection of accomplishment and renown… Some years the list has the feel of a loose, lively dinner party, people who mostly don’t know each other but would get along if they did. This year is a bit more complicated. These past 12 months have sharpened our edges as political debates in the U.S. and Europe, the Middle East and Asia, turned jagged and primal and seem almost perfectly designed to divide us more deeply… And there are several people on the list whose influence is the subject of heated debate, from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to FBI Director James Comey to White House adviser Stephen Bannon. Each has champions and critics; all are shaping the course of this turbulent year… In divisive times, it’s tempting to nestle in a comfort zone, surrounded by people who look like us, think like us, pray like us, vote like us. Yet many of the men and women on this year’s list are calling us out, using the technologies that connect us to expand how we see the world.”
The sponsors of the 2017 TIME 100 gala are Citi, Aston Martin and Johnnie Walker.
Citi is the presenting sponsor of the gala. Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
Aston Martin, a first-time gala sponsor is an exclusive luxury sports car company with a unique British heritage. The iconic brand fuses the latest technology, exceptional hand craftsmanship and graceful styling to produce pioneering models. Displayed in the event Atrium is the new Aston Martin DB11 - showcasing a fresh and distinctive design language, pioneering aerodynamics and powered by a potent new in-house designed 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Built upon a new lighter, stronger, and more space-efficient bonded aluminum structure, DB11 is the most powerful, most efficient and most dynamically gifted DB model in Aston Martin’s history.
For the second year in a row, Johnnie Walker, the world’s leading blended Scotch whisky brand, is proud to raise a glass in recognition of each individual’s inspiring story of personal progress. Johnnie Walker believes together that the TIME 100 honorees represent a collection of powerful stories highlighting countless achievements, unwavering optimism and tireless progression. Throughout the evening, members of the TIME 100 will toast with Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the rarest and most exclusive blend from the Johnnie Walker portfolio.
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