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Brandi Carlile's career soared to new heights in 2023

Troye Sivan, Sasha Colby, Brittney Griner, Kim Petras, and Jonathan Bailey were also honorees for the Out100.

Brandi Carlile's appearance on the cover of the 2023 Out100 was a long time in the making, as the singer-songwriter had already been a favorite among queer people since her debut album was released in 2005.

Over the course of 18 years, Carlile has released seven studio albums, all of which entered the Billboard 200 charts. Her most recent release, 2021's In These Silent Days, peaked at an impressive no. 11 in the U.S. and received wide critical acclaim. There's no denying that Carlile has been at the top of her game, but she's finally getting the recognition she deserves for her work in recent years.

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In 2019, after releasing her sixth studio album, Carlile won her first-ever Grammy Award. By the Way, I Forgive You and her song, "The Joke," collectively received six nominations and three wins that year. Since then, she's gone on to receive another 13 Grammy nominations, seven of which turned into wins, and two Emmy Awards on top of that.

Several of those accolades came in 2023, which also included a Carlile song in the soundtrack of the live-action Barbie movie. The singer covered the Indigo Girls' iconic "Closer to Fine" along with her wife, Catherine, as a complement to the original song appearing several times throughout the film.

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The month before Barbie blew away the box office, Carlile celebrated her birthday hosting an annual music festival at The Gorge Amphitheater in Washington. Among other artists, the lineup included the legendary Joni Mitchell — marking the first time that fans were able to buy tickets to see Mitchell perform in 20 years.

Watching someone so visibly queer — and who has been out her entire career — continue to soar to new heights in the midst of increased hostility toward LGBTQ+ people throughout the United States has been very meaningful, to say the least. In her interview for the 2023 Out100, Carlile acknowledged that being visibly queer during this time feels "maybe tinged with a little more fear than I had early on in my life and career."

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Step into the Out100 Vault & celebrate 30 years of history-making LGBTQ+ folks!
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Step into the Out100 Vault & celebrate 30 years of history-making LGBTQ+ folks!

It's been 30 years since the annual Out100 list started highlighting the best and brightest of the community. To honor that milestone, let's take a look back at the many LGBTQ+ people who have changed the world.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Out100, Out’s storied annual list of LGBTQ+ people who have changed culture — and the world.

In celebration of this milestone, we are so proud to launch the official Out100 Vault, which highlights the Out100 covers from our archive as well as fresh essays and insights from past honorees.

The preservation of the LGBTQ+ past has never been more important, as the recent right-wing attempts at queer book bans and censorship demonstrate. For over three decades, Out has fought against mainstream erasure, telling the stories of the artists, warriors, and changemakers who made our history and our movement. Looking to the future, we hope you find inspiration from them in the ongoing fight for visibility and equality.

And if you, or someone you know, deserve to be on this list, please let us know through the Reader’s Choice submission page. Your stories and accomplishments need to be heard, and Out as always is here to tell them.

Sincerely,


Daniel Reynolds

Editor in chief, Out Magazine

Raffy Ermac

Editor in chief, Out.com

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Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.