Lady Gaga earns top honors on the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual ranking of the world’s most influential people. The 24-year-old pop superstar placed No. 1 on the list of artists who most affect our world, beating out Oprah Winfrey, Prince, Elton John, and Marc Jacobs. She joins the company of leaders such as President Obama, Bill Clinton, and Steve Jobs.
“When I see somebody like Gaga, I sit back in admiration. I’m inspired to pick up the torch again myself,” wrote mentor Cyndi Lauper. “She isn’t a pop act, she is a performance artist. She herself is the art. She is the sculpture.”
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UPDATE: Since first publishing the list earlier today, TIME has edited it to remove the rankings by replacing numbers with bullets. The names are now considered to be in no particular order.