Adele Wrote An Incredibly Heartfelt Letter Of Tribute To Rihanna For ‘Time’s 100 Most Influential People

04.19.18 4 months ago

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Time released its annual Time 100 list today, showcasing the most influential people in the world, and there are some pretty fantastic tributes. Cyndi Lauper wrote about Kesha, Taraji P. Henson wrote about Cardi B, Mindy Kaling wrote about Issa Rae, Lupita Nyong’o wrote about Trevor Noah… the list goes on and on. However, there was one essay in particular that just couldn’t be ignored: Adele‘s heartfelt letter to Rihanna.

The way one of the world’s biggest pop stars gushes about her peer is something any friendship wishes it could be. She begins her two-paragraph tribute admitting she can’t remember the first time she met RiRi because she was “probably numb from the shock of it.” She goes on to recall the “Work” singer’s early career and how “she has designed and conquered an entire lane of her own. The innovative and groundbreaking world of Rihanna that no one else will ever be safe in and get away with copying. She makes her own rules and bends ours.”

She continues by describing the personal admiration she has for Rihanna. “She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after,” she writes. “But it’s also very clear in that glow that she genuinely doesn’t give a f-ck; she’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever.”

Read the full essay below:

I actually can’t remember the first time I met Rihanna; I was probably numb from the shock of it. She is one year older than me, but I feel like she’s been around forever. The progression of her superstardom feels steady, well deserved and extremely natural. She burst onto the scene with the absolute banger that is “Pon De Replay” in 2005, so young and breathtakingly beautiful. But the first time it felt like she made everyone sit up was with “Umbrella.” It crossed her over to every platform and into everyone’s lives. It felt like she had truly arrived, and she hasn’t slowed down since. Even more, she has designed and conquered an entire lane of her own. The innovative and groundbreaking world of Rihanna that no one else will ever be safe in and get away with copying. She makes her own rules and bends ours.

Whenever I’ve met her, she’s been the most gracious, loyal and funny goofball of an icon. She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after. But it’s also very clear in that glow that she genuinely doesn’t give a f-ck; she’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever.

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