Taipei, April 18 (CNA) NBA sensation Jeremy Lin has been invited to this year's Time Magazine gala to honor the most influential people in the world selected by the weekly, according to foreign media reports.
Lin, the first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, will attend the festivities along with an eclectic mix of celebrities, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, at Lincoln Center on April 24, the reports said.
Global pop diva Rihanna will perform at the gala, which will also feature a keynote speech by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Each year, Time invites its readers around the world to vote online for "the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes who they think are the most influential people in the world for that particular year."
Lin, who rose from obscurity to global superstardom after leading the struggling New York Knicks to a seven-game winning streak in February, ranked ninth in the online poll to identify the Time 100, garnering nearly 90,000 votes.
He was the top-ranked athlete in the online voting, edging out Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi, who plays for Barcelona.
Time's editors will take into consideration the online voting results in finalizing the TIME 100, but the final list will be chosen by the magazine's editors. The list will be revealed on the TIME.com website on April 18 U.S. time.
(By Sofia Wu)