Carrie Underwood Headlines Time 100 Gala
The songstress sang before a crowd of celebrities and honorees including Barbara Walters, Martha Stewart, Amy Adams, Alfonso Cuaron, Megyn Kelly, Seth Meyers, Rupert Murdoch, Rand Paul, Charlie Rose and Christy Turlington.
The Oklahoma native was also honored, along with Hillary Clinton, Jeff Bezos, Beyonce, Pope Francis, Robert Redford, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and President Barack Obama.
The event, which recognizes the 100 most influential people of 2014, also included a performance by fellow honoree Pharrell Williams.
“The Time 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world, it’s not a list of the smartest people in the world, it’s a list of the most influential people in the world,” the magazine explains. “They’re scientists, they’re thinkers, they’re philosophers, they’re leaders, they’re icons, they’re artists, they’re visionaries. People who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people.”
Brad Paisley shared his thoughts on Underwood's success, in advance of the ceremony.
"She’s a prolific songwriter, a trendsetter and an Opry member," he wrote. "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. 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."
Congratulations to Underwood on the honor!