The singer, 31, is among a host of leaders, humanitarians and entertainment heavyweights – including Pope Francis, Pakistani human rights advocate Malala Yousafzai, Russian president Vladimir Putin and Beyoncé – named to this year’s illustrious Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the most influential people in the world. The Time 100, in its 11th year, focuses on “figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming,” the magazine writes.
Each of the magazine’s honorees is profiled by a guest contributor; Underwood’s bit is by friend – and regular CMA Awards co-host – Brad Paisley, who says the starlet’s career achievements are just part of what makes her special.
“It’s her decency as a person that’s so impressive,” he writes, noting that not only can she “sing the fire out of a song and tell a joke,” but that she’s devoted to causes like the Red Cross and animal rights. “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.”
The singer, who will also perform at the Time 100 Gala in New York on Tuesday, told PEOPLE Country in 2010 that she hoped her own influence would stretch beyond her many awards and No. 1s.
“The legacy I want to leave is to the people who know me best – to my family, to people whose lives I’ve been a part of,” she said. “I hope they can take something away from that, not just musically – set all of that aside. My parents were a good example to me and I want to be a good example to somebody.”