Saturday, February 24, 2024

Beyonce Named Most Powerful by TIME, and Still She Skips Gala Event


You can suck up to Beyonce all you want. But if Bey doesn’t want to come to your event,it’s not happening.

TIME Magazine put Beyonce on their cover last week and named her the Most Powerful something in the world. It was all to promote the TIME 100. But at last night’s dinner reception for the annual issue, Ms. Knowles was too busy to put on  a frock and come uptown.

Mind you, Beyonce is not on tour and doesn’t live in New York.

From the looks of things, a lot of the TIME 100 didn’t show up. Pharrell did, because he was paid, and he played, for the audience.

The writers of the song “Frozen” came, because seriously, that’s the last we’re going to hear from them.

Most of the Hollywood crowd stayed away, too. Amy Adams made it. But Matthew McConaughey and Kerry Washington were AWOL, as were Robert Redford, Miley Cyrus, and Benedict Cumberbatch, Robin Wright, and Oscar winning director Steve McQueen.

Also missing: President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, and Angela Merkel. They did manage to get New York senator Kristen Gillibrand and Senator Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Kim Jung Un sent his regrets.

Why keep giving this event if few show up? Publicity and promotion. But most of the guests who did attend were “New York fillers”: celebs who live here anyway, and look like they’ve been plucked from a movie premiere list. They aren’t on the TIME100. But they don’t need a hotel room. Seriously: Ronan Farrow? Rand Paul? Padma Lakshmi?

Nothing compares to TIME’s 75th anniversary bash at Radio City eons ago, May 1998. Joe DiMaggio, Muhammad Ali, Henry Kissinger, Dr. Kevorkian, Kurt Vonnegut, loads of movie stars like Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall, Mary Tyler Moore, Mel Brooks all in black tie. Those were the days, my friend. Those were the days.

At least Seth Meyers got to poke fun at the crowd:

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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