Time's Most Influential Celebrities Of 2015 Include Kanye West, Kim Kardashian And Laverne Cox

04/16/2015 10:46 am ET | Updated Apr 16, 2015

Time magazine released its 12th annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World on Thursday, an expansive round-up that includes Kanye West, Emma Watson, Taylor Swift and Laverne Cox, who finally made the list after last year's snub. West is also featured on one of the five Time 100 covers and in a video where he talks about breaking the Internet.

Here's the full list of all the celebs named 2015's top influencers:

  • Kanye West
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    "Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list. The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t." -- Elon Musk
  • Laverne Cox
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    "She’s done so many amazing things—not just acting on 'Orange Is the New Black' but also loving herself enough to share her story with the world. She’s a pioneer for our community." -- Jazz Jennings
  • Kim Kardashian
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    "Beautiful in an exotic, totally exaggerated way, Kim exudes energy, sexuality, drama, determination, impetuousness and happiness." -- Martha Stewart
  • Emma Watson
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    "Emma Watson’s alter ego Hermione Granger would doubtless approve of her HeForShe campaign and its gutsy, smart take on feminism." -- Jill Abramson
  • Taylor Swift
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    "Taylor Swift: megawatt talent, an extraordinary spirit, an impossibly charming blend of impishness, poise and radiance to spare. All of it combines to rock me back on my heels every time I see her." -- Mariska Hargitay
  • Chris Pratt
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    "Chris Pratt is here to save us—from aliens, dinosaurs and general boredom. America has decided he is its next big movie star, and I understand why." -- Amy Poehler
  • Julianne Moore
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    "Fearless. That is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Julianne Moore. Of course, the words beautiful, elegant, smart, loyal and steadfast can be used to describe her too." -- Tom Ford
  • Amy Schumer
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    "Amy’s got your back. She’s in your corner. She’s an honesty bomb. And she’s coming for you." -- Tilda Swinton
  • Bradley Cooper
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    "It’s hard to make people, especially your friends, forget who you are onscreen. But Bradley’s that good. And I think we’ve seen only a hint of what’s to come." -- Oliver Platt
  • Sarah Koenig
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    "Sarah Koenig talked to me in the bath, in the kitchen and in the subway, and although I knew there were plenty of others ­listening—the series has been downloaded more than 80 million times—she had an uncanny knack for making me feel like she was talking just to me." -- Ewan McGregor
  • Lorne Michaels
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    "When I called Lorne Michaels to talk about writing this piece, he mentioned that he’d been in the TIME 100 once before, in 2008. And I wondered, Who could TIME have chosen in between as having more influence in comedy?" -- Jack Nicholson
  • Reese Witherspoon
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    "Reese is an artist, but she is also a hustler, a quality I recognized in her the first time I met her." -- Mindy Kaling
  • Kevin Hart
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    "After he makes you laugh for an hour, you feel like you’re his friend—you feel his joy and his pain." -- Chris Rock
  • Richard Linklater
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    "The consistent thread in Rick’s career has been a passion for cinema that cannot be defeated or undermined in any way." -- Ethan Hawke
  • Julianna Margulies
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    "When I met Julianna Margulies last year, it didn’t take long to recognize a kindred spirit. It wasn’t just that we quickly began finishing each other’s sentences." -- Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Christopher Nolan
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    "From 'Batman Begins' to 'Interstellar,' I did six blockbusters in a row with Christopher Nolan. I don’t think I’ve done two blockbusters in a row with anyone else. I used to call him the new David Lean, but he’s not. He’s the Christopher Nolan." -- Michael Caine
  • Jill Soloway
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    "Years ago, I read a short story by Jill Soloway about the personal assistant of a successful Hollywood TV actress who is tasked with addressing tabloid rumors that her boss bleaches her anus. ... It was my first encounter with Jill’s singular, audacious voice, which continues to speak loudly for all who yearn for an authentic life—and we are all the better for it." -- Alan Ball
  • Lee Daniels
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    "His eyes and ears are attuned to nuance. He knows how to rattle the nerves of the zeitgeist. He is an undeniable, singular voice, the likes of which we’ve rarely seen." -- Oprah Winfrey
  • John Oliver
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    "John is powerful because he isn’t afraid to tackle important issues thoughtfully, without fear or apology. But he’s unique because he uses irreverent humor to make people think." -- Elizabeth Bierman
  • Audra McDonald
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    "Beautiful. Intelligent. Extraordinarily talented. These are just a few words that describe the incomparable Audra McDonald." -- Carrie Underwood
  • Tim McGraw
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    "A big reader of serious novels and of history, McGraw’s a kind of Renaissance man in a cowboy hat, and it’s clear he’s got a lot of life left to live and art still to make—good news for the rest of us." -- Jon Meacham
  • Bjork
    "If you are really true to yourself and really follow your intuition in the most rigorous way, there is a moment that becomes universal, that reaches everybody. That’s the real magic of Björk—she teaches us the courage to be ourselves." -- Marina Abramovic
  • Alexander Wang
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    "He’s one of the most fun and fabulous people I’ve had the pleasure of working with and knowing. His parties always have a dance floor, and you can always find him in the middle of it." -- Karlie Kloss
  • Ina Garten
    "She shows us how to create memories that we’ll treasure for years to come. For that, we will always cherish the merry and magnificent Ina Garten." -- Taylor Swift

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