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Khalid, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter, was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
NEW YORK – Singer-songwriter Khalid is just 21 years old and deeply humbled to be named one of Time magazine’s most influential people.
The Grammy-nominated artist made the list along with the likes of Taylor Swift, Nancy Pelosi, and Gayle King. Fellow musician and Grammy-winner Alicia Keys wrote his tribute, and called Khalid a “beautiful writer” who is in possession of a “full, powerful voice, which in one way or another modest and smooth at the same time.”
“This is so ridiculous,” he told Fox News on the red carpet at the Time 100 gala at the Lincoln Center in New York City. “I’m never going to take off my pin-code.”
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“I’m gonna take good care of this,” he went on. “This pen has so much power. It makes me feel so good.”
Khalid was pulling double duty last night as a performer as a birthday, but he was the most forward to the opportunity of meeting one of his idols: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
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“I’m a huge wrestling fan,” he admitted. “I grew up with him [and] he always like a superhero.”
Khalid, Dwayne Johnson and Gayle King attend the TIME 100 Gala 2019 Dinner at the Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019 in New York City
(Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME)
But someone who has the “Location” singer would be career advice would be Grammy winner and platinum record selling rapper Drake. The two have met a few times before and He said Drake has impressed him with his vast knowledge of his time in the industry and navigating tricky situations.
“He really stayed and he stayed through the process,” Khalid said.
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The “Talk” singer also is not afraid to take risks in his career, despite hearing ” no ” often.
He, along with his fellow singers Normani, Billie Eilish and Shawn Mendes, and says that he trusts his own instincts when it comes to making big career moves, such as the release of his song “Better” sooner than later, which turned out to be his first solo Top 10 hit in the Billboard Hot 100 list in 2018.