Miranda Lambert has officially been named one of TIME magazine’s most influential people of 2022.
They just announced this years class this morning, with other honorees including the likes of Kris Jenner, Zendaya, Tim Cook, Mary J. Blige, Andrew Garfield, Bill Clinton, Joe Rogan and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, that are all apart of the final 100-slot list.
For her excerpt, Miranda’s friend and collaborator on their recent #1 hit “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home), Elle King, wrote that her authenticity, commitment and willingness to support other up-and-coming artists is part of what makes her so unique in today’s country landscape:
“Not a lot of people will take your hand, nudge you right into the spotlight, and share it with you, especially if they’ve already spent decades as one of country music’s most acclaimed performers and songwriters.
But that’s exactly what Miranda Lambert did in 2019, when she asked me to be a part of her ‘Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars’ tour, during which she brought along a new generation of artists to share her stage. It was Miranda’s idea to bring us all together, she wanted powerful female voices to front the whole thing.
That’s her vibe: she’s all about making everybody feel welcome. And there is not one inauthentic hair on her head.”
Miranda is the only country artist on this years list, and acknowledged all of the people on her team that help make it all possible, saying she never could’ve dreamed any of this would happen when she first started out in her career:
“This is further proof that God dreams bigger than any of us ever do.
I’m so honored to join this year’s class of TIME100 as this recognizes that our team, our band, our crew, fellow songwriters, producers and collaborators are being acknowledged for shaking things up and coloring outside the lines to bring even more people under our Country music tent.”
She took to her Instagram page to share her official TIME magazine cover, which is absolutely stunning and includes her signature beige cowboy hat and vintage netting covering most of her face.
Miranda was included in the Innovator category:
The Texas native recently released her 8th studio album Palomino, put out two collaborative albums last year in The Marfa Tapes and Hell of a Holiday, is currently the only female with a bar on lower Broadway in Nashville called Casa Rosa, in addition to having her own clothing line, Idyllwind, and a foundation called Mutt Nation.
I don’t know about a cowboy, but like Elle mentioned in her full write-up, Miranda certainly is a country queen… there’s really no doubt about that at this point: