Time magazine took stock of this year's movers, shakers and headline-makers, and added Frank Ocean and Jay-Z to its list of "People Who Mattered in 2012." The music stars join other noteworthy figures of 2012, including slain teen Trayvon Martin, British royal Kate Middleton, former President Bill Clinton and Olympic star Gabby Douglas, just to name a few.
Frank gets props for his Grammy-nominated Channel Orange album, with its "polished yet tragic themes of unrequited love and loneliness." But what Time regards as particularly notable is the open letter that Frank posted on his Tumblr blog, revealing that his first love was another man. "In the hip-hop community, not exactly known for being gay-friendly, Ocean’s candor was a breath of fresh air," writes Time.
As for Jay-Z, Time points out that he had a very big year, which got underway with the birth of his daughter Blue Ivy Carter. He helped bring the Nets to his hometown, Brooklyn, New York, and when Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on his Tribeca neighborhood, Jay reportedly bought a generator to keep the lights on for everybody. In addition to curating the Made in America festival in Philadelphia, Jay also put in work around election time, helping raise major money for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. According to Time, Jay "changed what it could mean for celebrities and politicians to work together."
Along with its "People Who Mattered in 2012" list, Time also revealed its Person of the Year: President Obama.
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