'Country Queen' Miranda Lambert Is Among Time's 100 Most Influential People

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Time unveiled its list of 100 most influential people of 2022 — and the list includes reigning Academy of Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year, Miranda Lambert. She’s the only country artist to make this year’s list, which comes at the heels of a new album (Palomino), in the midst of a revived era of her co-headlining tour with Little Big Town, with a highly-anticipated Las Vegas Residency in the works and more.

“I’m so honored to join this year’s class of #TIME100. I only ever wanted to sing and write songs and thanks to y’all I’ve gotten to do that and so much more. Thank y’all for being on this journey with me💖,” Lambert shared on Instagram on Monday morning (May 23). Fans and fellow artists flooded the comments with congratulatory messages for Lambert, applauding her for “as always … representing women & country music so well!”

Elle King, singer-songwriter and Lambert’s duet partner on “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” spoke to the achievements and characteristics that make Lambert so influential: “…she’s all about making everybody feel welcome. And there is not one inauthentic hair on her head.

“Of course, in this industry, you’ve got to have good music. And Miranda is a true country queen,” King continued. “Her shows are incredible; from start to finish, she gives it her absolute all. It was an honor to collaborate with her on our duet last year, which broke decades-long country records. But the reason that I like Miranda so much is because she is one of the absolute funniest people I’ve ever met. When she and I get together, we don’t lose our voices because we’re singing or because we’re drinking. It’s because we laugh the whole time.”

Lambert is one of several innovators on the list, along with Zendaya, Taika Waititi and others. The list also includes artists like Andrew Garfield, Sara Jessica Parker, Pete Davidson and Mila Kunis. It includes icons like Mary J. Blige, Adele, Jon Batiste and more. See the full Time list here.