Lady Gaga has been named the world's most influential artist in a new poll by Time magazine.
The singer saw off competition from TV titan Oprah Winfrey and Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow to take the top spot in the list of 25 stars, which is part of the publication's 2010 Time 100 compilation. Gaga's inclusion features a tribute from fellow pop star Cyndi Lauper, who calls the Poker Face hit-maker's lyrics "incredibly literary" and "sophisticated," and describes her "admiration" for the 24 year old.
Lauper writes, "When I see someone like Gaga, I sit back in admiration... She isn't a pop act, she is a performance artist. She herself is the art."
TV funnyman Conan O'Brien is second on the list, followed by Kathryn Bigelow in third place and Winfrey at four. Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson makes an appearance at number six and young country star Taylor Swift is at nine, while Glee star Lea Michele is a surprise entry at number 13 - above music mogul Simon Cowell and Elton John.
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