Time Magazine releases top 100 in 2010 list [SLIDESHOW]

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Question: What do Sarah Palin, Lady Gaga, Barack Obama and Jet Li have in common?

Answer: They’re all on the Time 100 in 2010 list!

Yes, it’s that time (pun intended) of the year again. In this year’s issue, Time magazine “names the people who most affect our world,” broken down into four categories: leaders, heroes, artists, and thinkers.

While this year’s crop includes the usual suspects such as President Obama, Oprah, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Sarah Palin, new additions to the list include Glenn Beck, Scott Brown, and Sandra Bullock.

Interestingly, the text that accompanies Beck’s spot (#12) was penned by Sarah Palin (#9).  “Who’d have thought a history buff with a quirky sense of humor and a chalkboard could make for such riveting television?” she writes.  Her admiration for her fellow FOX News star continues throughout the piece, asserting that he is, above all, “an inspiring patriot.”

Here is a selection of people who made this year’s list: