Beyonce *What a difference a surprise album makes.

Apparently Beyoncé has reaped the benefits of her self-titled opus as People magazine has put her at the top of its “5 Most Important People in Music Right Now” list.

With the unexpected release, the publication noted that Bey has “forever changed the release game.” Add to that a successful world tour and a visual album filled with hit singles like the Jay Z-assisted “Drunk in Love,” and Mrs. Carter has earned her place on the list.

Not be outdone is Pharrell Williams, who captured the number two spot, courtesy of hits like “Happy,” “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk and his featured role alongside Robin Thicke and T.I. on “Blurred Lines.” The singer/songwriter/producer also collected praise from People regarding his Oscar nomination for “Happy” and his new role as a coach on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Rounding out the five is Kendrick Lamar, who People says is “leading the West Coast rap renaissance” with thoughtful and complex lyrics displayed on his debut album “good kid, m.A.A.d city.”

Speaking on Lamar, People acknowledged that the rhymesayer “commands such respect that after he lost to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for the Best Rap Album Grammy, Macklemore texted Lamar: ‘You got robbed. I wanted you to win.’”

The latest issue of People, which includes the full list of “The 5 Most Important People in Music Right Now” is on stands now.