TIME magazine gets a lot of free publicity every year with their annual Person of the Year cover.
This year was no exception — they went with Pope Francis, an undeniably buzzworthy choice.
The publication has since honored another prominent figure as the coolest person of the year, and that individual was none other than The Roots‘ drummer and Jimmy Fallon bandleader Questlove.
The 42-year-old performer had a fantastic year — he became an author (of two books ‘Mo Meta Bluesand a Soul Train homage), participated in hilarious and viral clips, left his mark on social media and will be moving along with Fallon to take over the reigns of the legendary Tonight Show next year.
TIME’s Joel Stein writes: “Questlove knows that being cool means risking being uncool. He wears bow ties made of Legos. His band sings about social issues. He says he and Black Thought, the lead MC of the Roots, used to argue about Questlove’s earnest curiosity and lack of posturing.”