By Shawn Mendes for TIME
Taylor Swift's impact on the world is being celebrated.
On Wednesday, the 29-year-old pop star was named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People along with the likes of Michelle Obama, BTS, Emilia Clarke, Ariana Grande, Lady
Gaga and Chrissy Teigen. Swift also scored one of six covers for this year's magazine, the others of which went to Dwayne Johnson, Sandra Oh, Gayle King, politician Nancy Pelosi and soccer
star Mohamed Salah.
In honor of Swift's accomplishment, her friend and peer, Shawn Mendes, pens an essay for the "Shake It Off" singer, praising her songwriting flair, performing prowess and ability to connect
with a crowd.
SHAWN MENDES ON TAYLOR SWIFT
"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.
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.
I was so lucky to be able to open for a handful of her stadium shows on the 1989 World Tour. And I quickly learned that the magic of Taylor Swift doesn’t come from the lights, dancers
or fireworks (although all of that is incredible) but from the electrifying connection that she has with the people who are there to see her. There’s an overwhelming feeling in the air. The
feeling of your heart racing in your chest with excitement—so much so that by the time you get to “Love Story,” all you want to do is pick up your phone and text every person you know to say how
much you love them. The feeling is so thick, you feel like you could reach out and grab it to keep forever.
Taylor makes anyone older feel young again and anyone young feel they can do anything. It’s so rare and so special. If there is one thing I want to achieve in my career and life, it’s that."
Mendes is a Grammy-nominated musician
Source: TIME Magazine