Carrie Underwood Makes the Time 100 List of Most Influential People

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Time magazine is out with its Top 100 Most Influential People, and both Carrie Underwood and Miley Cyrus made the list.

 The Time 100 pairs the artists and dignitaries on the list with guest contributors, who have written profiles of the people being honored. Carrie’s guest writer is her friend and co-host of the CMA Awards show telecast Brad Paisley. “Not only has she earned her place [in country music], she’s raised the bar: a prolific songwriter, a trend-setter and an Opry member,” Brad writes. “But it’s her decency as a person that is so impressive.”

Dolly Parton, a longtime friend to Miley and her family, saluted the pop star by talking about how smart and talented she is.

“She knows what she’s doing,” Dolly writes. “She was very proud of the work she did as Hannah Montana, but people were gonna leave her there forever. And she was just smotherin’ and chokin’ in it. So she felt she had to do something completely drastic. And she did.

“She made her point, she made her mark, and more power to her. ‘Wrecking Ball’ is a great song. The whole album is great. So I’m hoping that now she can relax and show people how talented she really is,” Dolly continues.

“’Cause the girl can write. The girl can sing. The girl is smart. And she doesn’t have to be so drastic,” she adds. “But I will respect her choices. I did it my way, so why can’t she do it her way?”

The august list recognizes individuals for activism, innovation and achievement. The complete list appears in the May 5 issue of Time magazine, available on newsstands Friday, April 25.

And for a complete look at Carrie’s remarkable career, pick up the May 5 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands April 28.

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