How do I become a Time 100 awardee?? Jon Batiste, that recently won the Grammy Awards with five winners and a brilliant production of “GirlWorks” “Freedom of speech” He stressed the importance of tapping into one’s energy. “Lean into yourself because that’s your superpower” Batiste informed Variety at the Time 100 Gala at Lincoln Center in New York City on Wednesday. “Genius is the one who is most like themselves. The leader is The one who comes from a place of knowing himself and can inspire others.” wedding, held by “Shang-Chi” megastar Simu Liu, labeled TIME’s first in-person festival since 2019. Tonight will also be telecast in an unique television format on ABC on June 12. One of the highlights of the dinner was Liu living up to his Twitter premise to discuss a dairy beverage with multimillionaire Bill Gates. “Now, Mr. Gates, have you ever had bubble tea before? I’m not trying to be rude, I just honestly don’t know what billionaires drink. I’m assuming some sort of liquid NFT or Web3 beverage” Liu stated, as Gates quaffed from a big cup of drink. “A toast to you! Don’t forget to chew.” The star-studded guests included Amanda Seyfried, Taika Watiti, Ariana DeBose and Jeremy Strong. Zendaya baffled the floor in a classic Bob Mackie dress, while Andrew Garfield wore a Gucci jumpsuit. Simu Liu and Taika Waititi. Annie Westervelt for Variety Former NBA actor Dwayne Wade, who was a Time 100 awardee, he applauded his 15-year-old trans girl Zaya on the floor to showcase him a “what courage looks like every day.” “I think we just have to continue to grow as parents and understand that our kids’ lives are not just about us” Wade told Variety. “We didn’t have them for being a mini version of us. They’re going to become who they are in this world and it’s our job to find that out.” Wade wrote the Time 100 article “Abbott Elementary” maker and actor Quinta Brunson. During the feast, Brunson committed her bread to the instructors of America and proposed for their earnings to be expanded. “I play a teacher on TV, but every day I wonder if I’d be strong enough to be one in real life” Brunson states. “You all deserve to be paid more!” Quinta Brunson. Annie Westervelt for Variety Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the crowd via video clip to spotlight Russian President Vladimir Putin’s continued attack of his home country, Ukraine. He focused on the politicians in the space of being “100 % influential.” “Every of us — every single one of us — is the leader of our time” Zelensky stated. “We can reliably defend freedom. We can stop blackmailing any person who has no place on our list at all. If we are up to it, then we must do it, because influence obliges us to do so.” The dinner was closed with a powerful performance from 2022 Time 100 awardee Mary J. In Addition to going off-track. She asked the audience to stand up for her 2001 mega-hit “Family Affair” and in between music, she took a moment to express how she got “we all learned to love each other real good during all this COVID stuff.” To crown stuff off!, she was able to express a quick signal taken straight from her music “Just Fine!” that it was met with monumental clapping. “I guarantee you at the end of the day, everything — and I mean everything — is going to be just fine!” Time 100 premieres June 12 at 8 p. M. M. ET on ABC.