Carrie Underwood has been named to TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s annual list of the most influential people in the world. GAC reported on Friday that Carrie Underwood had made this year’s list, which recognizes the “activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.”
CMT reported that Brad Paisley sang Carrie Underwood’s praises in the profile he was asked to write for the magazine’s special issue. Though Brad Paisley pointed out Carrie Underwood’s strengths in indicating that she has been fearless in accepting challenges, outspoken for animal rights, dedicated in her support for worthy causes and has excelled in making a name for herself in country music, perhaps the highest compliment of all was Brad Paisley saying that if he had a daughter, “Nothing would make me happier than to hear her say she wanted to grow up to be like Carrie Underwood.”
Carrie Underwood has come a long way in a short time. In just nine years since her American Idol win, the humble Checotah, Oklahoma native has risen to every challenge placed before her. Whether that hard work ethic came from being raised on a farm, from the American Idol competition, or from a personal well of strength, the end result is the same.
Carrie Underwood has gone from being content and grateful to be an opening act for big names such as Kenny Chesney to blossoming into a confident performer, activist and philanthropist. For a young woman who was once shocked to have gone from watching country music awards on tv to winning the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year award, she has gone on to become the ACM Entertainer of the Year twice, has won countless other industry awards, has been accepted into the Grand Ole Opry, and has become one of the most successful women in country music today.
In addition, Carrie Underwood has become involved in many campaigns and charitable causes including anti-bullying, protection of animals, St. Jude’s cancer research, Habitat for Humanity, and has donated money to help the victims of flooding in Tennessee and a tornado in her home state of Oklahoma.
Carrie Underwood has undoubtedly earned her spot on the TIME 100 list. In her age group, 30-39, she is listed among celebrities such as Beyonce, Amy Adams, Serena Williams, and Kerry Washington. The special issue of TIME will be on newsstands May 5. The tablet version became available on April 25 and the full list can be seen at www.time.com/time100-2014.