's Alan Ball on
's Jill Soloway
: "Jill's singular, audacious voice...continues to speak loudly for all who yearn for an authentic life--and we are all the better for it."
Carrie Underwood on Audra McDonald
: "I had the pleasure of getting to know Audra during our time on NBC's telecast of
The Sound of Music Live
! and I can honestly say that simply being in her presence was a gift. She is mesmerizing. I would often find myself messing up lines or songs because I was in awe of everything she was doing as the Mother Abbess."
John Lewis on Tim Cook
: "Tim is unwavering in his support of an individual's right to privacy and is not only embracing equality and LGBT rights but advocating for change through his words and actions."
Martha Stewart on Kim Kardashian-West: "
Why? Why? Why? we might ask ourselves...The Kardashians are a totally modern construct. They are a blended family, of Armenian descent, with biracial pairings (Kim is married to Kanye West) and a reportedly transgender parent."
Elon Musk on Kanye West
: "Kanye's been playing the long game all along, and we're only just beginning to see why."
14-year-old trans activist Jazz Jennings on Laverne Cox
: "When Laverne and I met for the first time, it was honestly so exciting. She started screaming like a little girl, because she thought of me as a celebrity! She told me to keep up the good work, and how happy she was about my success. Now I want to do the same for her. Laverne, I love you and I'm so proud of you and you're definitely making a difference."
Tom Ford on Julianne Moore: "
For my 50th birthday we went white-water rafting in Idaho, where we had no baths or toilets for five days. She seemed just as comfortable in the wilderness, stripped of the trappings of stardom, as she is in front of the camera."
Mariska Hargitay on Taylor Swift
: "I'm always trying to find the best words to talk to my kids (and myself) about growing up, but you can't top her beautifully articulated advice. The haters
gonna hate, but, well, shake it off...Also, it doesn't hurt that she named her cat after me."
Taylor Swift on Ina Garten
: "It was five years ago that I first heard of Ina Garten from my friend Lily Aldridge, a jet-setting model and new wife, who told me she'd found the perfect fish recipe that she could make in only 15 minutes in a
cookbook. The next day, I went out and bought one."
Hillary Clinton on
he never hesitates to hold powerful people's feet to the fire: bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants."
Antonin Scalia on Ruth Bader Ginsburg
: "Having had the good fortune to serve beside her on both courts, I can attest that her opinions are always thoroughly considered, always carefully crafted and almost always correct (which is to say we sometimes disagree)."
Finally, can we discuss Justice Ginsburg's lace glove moment?