This is friendship on 100.
Adele, monarch of the music charts, was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2016 among Leonardo DiCaprio, Caitlyn Jenner, Nicki Minaj andPriyanka Chopra in the full annual list that was unveiled on Thursday, Apr. 21. Each honoree’s listing was coupled with an essay written by a familiar face in Hollywood; Adele’s counterpart being her good friend and lover of cheeseburgers, actress Jennifer Lawrence.
The Hunger Games star revealed that she and Adele were first acquainted after Lawrence snuck backstage during the singer’s performance of “Skyfall” at the 2013 Oscars. She explained that she was just as affected by the lyrical impact of 21 as the rest of the world.
“Suddenly there were words to that before-indescribable pain, frustration, sadness, then revolution that all comes from a breakup,” writes Lawrence in her humorous essay. “I felt understood, I felt stronger, and above all, I hadn’t sung in front of a mirror with a hairbrush since Destiny’s Child.”
Lawrence goes on to praise the maturity found in 25, describing Adele as a wise “damn gangster”.
“The way she is able to capture herself, and then in turn us, has turned her into a star that’s not a star we look at, but a giant star with its own gravity that we are drawn to.”
The actress praises her ability to be an equally compassionate mother, friend, and partner. “Adele is a gift, an international treasure, but she’s also sweet, funny, intelligent and beautiful,” writes Lawrence before concluding with a simple aside. “Bitch.”
Among the witty musings on such cultural icons is a piece written Tina Fey about Ronda Rousey and an essay for Minaj by Lil Wayne. Read Lawrence’s tribute to Adele in its entirety over on TIME and get the full list, here.
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— TIME.com (@TIME) April 21, 2016