Beyoncé Knowles is the cover girl for Time magazine's 2014 edition of the 100 Most Influential People.

This year's list includes just one Canadian -- climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe -- but there are still plenty of familiar faces from world news and popular culture.

Nikhil Kumar, senior international editor for Time magazine, said Beyoncé's strong commercial year and outspoken stance on feminism made her an easy choice for the cover.

"She had an amazing year," Kumar told CTV News Channel. "She's such a well-known star worldwide that it made perfect sense."

The "Single Ladies" singer and burgeoning entertainment mogul developed her latest album in secret and caught the world by surprise when she unveiled it through social media in December.

Fitting, then, that it was Sheryl Sandberg – the chief operating officer of Facebook – who wrote Beyoncé's entry on the list.

"Beyoncé has insisted that girls 'run the world' and declared, 'I'm not bossy, I'm the boss,'" writes Sandberg. "She raises her voice both on- and offstage to urge women to be independent and lead."

Sandberg wasn't the only big name writing for Time. This year, the magazine got creative with the authors for its profiles.

Kumar said Time's approach for each profile was simple: "Who's the best person to write about them?"

That's why so many of the articles are written by celebrity friends of the subjects.

United States President Barack Obama wrote the entry for Pope Francis, Dolly Parton penned a profile for goddaughter Miley Cyrus, soccer legend Pélé paid tribute to successor Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball star Dwyane Wade served up praise for tennis icon Serena Williams.

Time's yearly list – which is not ranked – includes figures from politics, entertainment, business, sports and the field of science and technology.

In terms of world leaders, it was a familiar roster of headline-makers. Barack Obama, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were just a few of the big names on the list.

Time's top 100 also includes figures like CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden, education activist Malala Yousafzai and Syrian journalist Obadah Al-Kaddri.

There were plenty of names from Hollywood as well, including Matthew McConaughey, Amy Adams and 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen.

Academy Award-winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez also earned top 100 honours for their work on the animated film Frozen, which includes their song "Let It Go."

Snapchat co-founder Bobby Murphy, Jawbone wearable-tech entrepreneur Hosain Rahman and founder Jeff Bezos were also on the list.

Openly gay basketball player Jason Collins, decorated pro golfer Lydia Ko and smack-talking football cornerback Richard Sherman made the list under the sports category.

You can browse the entire list over at Time magazine's website.