Wilson, Big & Rich Make EW’s Power List

Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich are the only country artists or executives to be featured in Entertainment Weekly’s annual “Power Issue.” The other music acts mentioned are Jay-Z, Lil Jon, OutKast, Prince, Usher and Kanye West. According to EW, “Country had lately become the province of soccer moms, but delightfully rowdy freshman efforts from Wilson and B&R made the format safe for truckers again — as well as much-needed teens and twentysomethings (and coastal music execs, suddenly taking Nashville seriously again).” The cover of magazine’s Oct. 22 issue features actor-director Mel Gibson.