Kane Brown, Dolly Parton Make Time’s 100 Most Influential People List for 2021
The list, which Time publishes annually, recognizes 100 of the most impactful cultural voices from the past year, each of whom is honored with a brief profile. In 2021, the leading figures across multiple industries include Vice President Kamala Harris, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, gymnast Simone Biles and businessman Elon Musk, among others.
“Dolly is not only my idol because of her incomparable career. She’s also my role model because of her steadfast morals and values,” Parton writes. “At her core, she is the definition of a humanitarian ...
“There’s a theory that you shouldn’t meet your heroes,” Cyrus continues, “but I wish everyone had the chance to meet Dolly Parton, because she’s even better than your sparkliest dreams.”
Darius Rucker, meanwhile, wrote Brown's profile. The Hootie and the Blowfish frogman-turned-country artist recognizes the “Worldwide Beautiful” singer’s musical talent, as well as his role model status for the next generation of country artists.
“Kane Brown has that unquantifiable ‘it’ factor,” Rucker states. “He’s so laid-back and doesn’t take himself too seriously, but he also really cares about his craft and other people.”
Continues Rucker, “I’m sure there are kids looking up to Kane right now just like when I looked up at Charley Pride. Kane is setting the bar so high for the next generation. I hope kids see him and now think, ‘I can do that.’”