FRejoice at the announcement of her eighth studio album Palomino—and ahead of her fall Las Vegas residency—beloved country star Miranda Lambert touched down in New York City to offer a taste of Nashville to the attendees of the 2022 TIME100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Lambert, herself a TIME100 honoree this year, kicked off the evening’s festivities with a performance of two songs: the rousing “Actin’ Up” off her latest album, and the emotional “Tin Man,” which she said she wrote during a difficult time in her life.
“I’m lucky I’m an artist because I get to use whatever stuff I go through,” she Wednesday. One audience member might have cried at the end.
“I don’t really know what got me here besides three chords and the truth, because that’s what I live by,” she said. “I look out at the crowd and I’m scared to death a little bit!”
Lambert stopped on the red carpet before taking to the stage to reflect on the year, the accomplishments she has made, as well as the changes in her genre. Lambert is a long-standing champion for women in country music and has toured with a group of young, up-and coming stars.
Miranda Lambert performs at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s TIME 100 Gala in New York City on June 8, 2022.
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“It’s a huge deal to me. I was actually shocked, but I’m so thankful to be a part of this and know all the work i’ve done over the last 20 years in this industry has gotten me here and i’m doing some change for good,” Lambert told TIME.
Lambert’s authenticity is her trademark. “That’s what country music is,” she said about her commitment to truth in her art. “And that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do,” she said. “I’m one of the lucky ones whose gotten to do this for almost two decades now in country music, so I’m just going to continue to share my message and hope it helps others.”
Lambert’s PalominoHer debut album, Country Album #1 in America in 2013, was her highest-selling album.
Returning after two years on pause, the TIME100 Gala is TIME’s annual celebration of the TIME100 list of the world’s most influential people, released this year on May 23. Gala participants include icons, leaders, change-makers and celebrities across all sectors and countries for a fun evening of conversation and celebration. This year’s Gala features live performances from Lambert and Mary J. Blige, two honorees on the 2022 TIME100 list. Further attendees from this year’s list include actors Andrew Garfield, Ariana DeBose, and Amanda Seyfried, musicians Jazmine Sullivan, Jon Batiste, and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, athletes Eileen Gu and Dwyane Wade, director Taika Waititi, and legal activist Chase Strangio,
TIME will be partnering with ABC on June 12 to offer viewers a unique television experience at the TIME100 Gala. TIME100: The World’s Most Influential PeopleThe ABC program airs at 8 PM EDT Sunday June 12, 2012. It features Simu Liu as host, Quinta Brunson as director, Sevgil Musatieva, a Ukrainian journalist, and many more.
—Julia Zorthian contributed to this report.
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