Carrie Underwood Makes Time's Most Influential List

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On Thursday, April 24, Time announced their 2014 list of Most Influential people. Among those on the list was none other than country music super-star Carrie Underwood.

The list is very diverse and features people like Robert Redford, Pope Francis, Kerry Washington, Robin Wright and Barack Obama. On Time's website, the full list can be seen, and a short article, written by someone who knows the person well, is also included.

Fellow country music star, and one of Carrie's closet friends, Brad Paisley wrote Carrie's article, singing her praises.

"I remember Carrie Underwood early on telling me how badly she wanted to earn her place in our industry," he wrote in his article titled The All-Around America Idol. "It was 2005, and she had just won American Idol and had her first No. 1 song."

"Fast-forward to 2014. Not only has she earned her place, she’s also raised the bar: she’s a prolific songwriter, a trendsetter and an Opry member. But it’s her decency as a person that is so impressive. She’s an advocate for causes like animal rights and the Red Cross," Paisley continued.

"She has publicly challenged lawmakers when she’s disagreed with them, and covered controversial issues in her music. She can sing the fire out of a song and tell a joke. I’m always amazed at her comedic timing and instincts when we co-host the CMA Awards. She has faith, a sense of self and loves a good challenge. When most singers tackle a Broadway musical, it’s in front of a thousand people. She did it in front of 20 million."

Paisley finished his article by saying that if he had a daughter, he would hope that she would want to be just like Carrie Underwood. He said that she has made a profound impact on the country music industry and serves as a role model for young girls all over the world.

"So many young girls want to be just like her. In that sense, I see hope for the world. If I had a daughter, nothing would make me happier than to hear her say she wanted to grow up to be like Carrie Underwood."

Carrie will headline a performance at the Time 100 Gala on Tuesday at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The gala will feature past and present people who made the Most Influential list.

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