11 Times Artists Praised Fellow Artists

Time has just released their annual list of Most Influential People, and this year's honorees include many performers, politicians, athletes, and authors -- Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and Michelle Obama, to name a few. In an era where negativity is constantly flooding the media trying to drag celebrities down, it's refreshing to read positive, empowering words about people who are inspiring millions on a daily basis. From the Time write ups to social media posts, we've gathered quotes from some of your favorite artists singing the praises of their faves! See what they had to say below.

Shawn Mendes on Taylor Swift

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"I’ve been a Taylor Swift fan for as long as I can remember. But it wasn’t until I met and got to know her that I understood how wonderful a person she truly is," he wrote for Time. "Taylor makes the job of creating music for millions of people look easy. It all comes from her—her belief in magic and love, and her ability to be as honest and raw as possible. She’s the master of putting the perfect amount of thought into not overthinking, and that’s why her music connects so well."

Alicia Keys on Khalid

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"Khalid is totally unique. He’s a beautiful writer with the ability to take human concepts and make you understand and feel them. He has a full, powerful voice that is somehow unassuming and smooth at the same time. He’s accessible—almost like you’ve met somebody like him before, although there’s nobody else like him. He has his own style, and I think we’re all hungry for individuality right now," Keys wrote for Time.

Troye Sivan on Ariana Grande

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"Through just about the craziest storms and whirlwinds I can imagine, Ariana Grande remains the most real person I’ve met. I’ve always thought the world is privy to actual, genuine emotion—be it heartbreak, empathy, generosity, resilience, strength—and I believe that’s exactly why the world keeps falling deeper in love with Ariana. Wearing her heart on her sleeve and in her work, she oozes those emotions in abundance. Armed with a full comprehension of how the world consumes music today, she is an industry game changer," he wrote for Time.

Halsey on BTS

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"I have known 'the boys'—as I and other fans affectionately call them—for years and had the pleasure of traveling to Korea to hang with them on multiple occasions. Outwardly, they are polished and professional, but hours of laughter, secret handshakes and gifts exchanged show those around them that underneath this showstopping, neatly groomed movement are just some guys who love music, one another and their fans," she wrote for Time. For BTS, world domination is just another 8-count in the contemporary dance of life. But if you think that’s easy, you haven’t seen the love and effort these young men put into each and every step," Halsey wrote for Time.

Celine Dion on Lady Gaga

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"She’s definitely one of the most inventive artists we’ve ever seen. Her artistic expression has no rules, no boundaries. When she first came on the scene with her outrageous style, she didn’t care what the critics said. She marched to the beat of her own drum, knowing that her message of individuality was a way to express her inner strength. What makes her even more special, and such a powerful influence on society, is that she empowers her fans to adopt the very same values in their lives—to stand up for what they believe in, despite what others might think. By doing so, she gives her followers the strength and confidence to believe in themselves," Dion wrote for Time.

Daddy Yankee on Ozuna

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"I still clearly remember the chamaquito who came to my recording studio to ask me to be on a remix to his song “No Quiere Enamorarse." His name was Ozuna, and what got my attention was his tenacity, his sublime and unique voice, and his drive. He was fearless to ask a superstar to be part of his record. He gave me this vibe—I saw a reflection of myself in my beginnings. I could see he had the power to become a star," Daddy Yankee wrote for Time.

Justin Bieber on Billie Eilish

 

"So this happened..... Long and bright future ahead of you," Justin posted on his Instagram story. Eilish has been a Bieber stan for a long time and was pretty starstruck to meet him at Coachella!

Drake and Adele on Each Other

Adele tweeted "Oiii Champagne Papi blew my mind tonight! Best production I've ever seen hands down and way up there with one of my favorite shows of all time. Huge love❤️". So, naturally, Drake had to post a screenshot of the tweet on his Instagram with the caption "Oiiiiiii don’t f*****g get me gassed right now I love this woman and she came to the show 🤦🏽‍♂️😊😊😊😊😊😊 Thank god nobody told me I would have been SHOOK"

Lizzo on Missy Elliot

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In a recent Instagram post, Lizzo shouted out her idol, Missy Elliot. "There’s a lot of promo s**t the label™️ wanted me to post today but I’d rather share these intimate moments and an even more intimate story. 2 years ago I met my hero. I played her my music, she threw beats at me as I freestyled. It was fun and life changing—10 years ago if you told me I’d rap w/ Missy Elliott, I’d think that was impossible...so we took selfies because I thought I’d never see her again. I never posted these pictures because they were just for me.. a secret I held close to my heart. But also... deep down inside I knew one day we’d have something even more special than a selfie. Today is that day. Missy, you are the inspiration of my entire career. When you dropped music videos (🗣give her the vanguard award @mtv @vmas!!!!!) or SHUT DOWN award shows I felt SEEN. More importantly I felt REPRESENTED. You made this chubby, weird, black girl believe that ANYTHING was possible. And now we have a BANGER together 😩— till this day you continue to inspire me to make my dreams come true. Now go f**k it up to the #TEMPO and STREAM OUR SONG!!!! 🔥🎸 Love You @missymisdemeanorelliott💋"

Cardi B on Madonna

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Cardi took to Instagram to say “I met my real life IDOL @madonna .I can’t even believe i performed at her event and it was the most meaningful performance ever.I grew up with my mom listening to Madonna for hours .I performed Material Girl freshman year in High school, listen to her on all my photo shoots to have super confidence and always mentioned her in my interviews .The best part about it is she was everything i thought she would be a Liberal Kick a** feminist b*tch 😱😱I’m soo happy” 

Rihanna on Mariah Carey

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“Her voice is an instrument. It’s unreal really,” RiRi said in an interview with Andy Cohen.

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