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Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American country music singer, songwriter and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005, and has since become one of the most successful artists in any musical genre. Her achievements led her to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009. She has won numerous music awards, including seven Grammy Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards and nine American Music Awards.




Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005. Bolstered by the huge crossover success of the singles “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats”, it became the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history, the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history and the best-selling country album of the last ten years. Underwood won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist. Released in 2007, her second album, Carnival Ride, had one of the biggest ever opening weeks by a female artist and earned Underwood two Grammy Awards. Her next album, 2009’s Play On, was a commercial success led by the single “Cowboy Casanova”. Underwood’s fourth album, Blown Away (2012), earned her a Grammy Award and was that year’s second best-selling release by a female artist. Her first compilation album (2014) was a chart and sales success and earned her a Grammy Award. Her fifth album, Storyteller (2015), made her the only country artist to have all first five studio albums reach either numbers one or two on the Billboard 200. She has sold more than 65 million records worldwide.




Recognized by Rolling Stone as the female vocalist of her generation in any genre, by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and by Billboard as Country Music’s reigning Queen, Underwood is the only solo country artist in the 2000s to have a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, the first and only country artist ever to debut at number one on the Hot 100 and, with 14 number one’s, the woman with the most number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart — from 1991 to present — breaking her own Guinness Book record of ten. She is the Top Country Artist of all-time on the RIAA’s Digital Singles ranking and the biggest American Idol earner of all time. Some Hearts was named the number one country album of the 2000s by Billboard and she was the top-ranked female artist on Billboard‘s Best Country Artists of the 2000s list.

Awards and honors

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Carrie Underwood

Underwood has been the recipient of seven Grammy Awards, seventeen Billboard Music Awards,eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, nine American Music Awards,[353] five Country Music Association Awards, amongst many others. As a songwriter, she has also received a Golden Globe Award nomination and won ten BMI Awards. Underwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, for her many accomplishments in country music, and into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009.In December 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Harmony Award from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra for her achievements in music across many genres. In 2013, she received Artist Achievement Award at the 38th Annual New York Honors Gala held by the T.J. Martell Foundation. In 2014, she was honored by the Country Radio Broadcasters’ Board of Directors with the CRB Artist Humanitarian Award at the 2014 Country Radio Seminar.




Main article: Carrie Underwood discography
  • Some Hearts (2005)
  • Carnival Ride (2007)
  • Play On (2009)
  • Blown Away (2012)
  • Storyteller (2015)


  • Carrie Underwood: Live in Concert (2006)
  • Carnival Ride Tour (2008)
  • Play On Tour (2010–11)
  • Blown Away Tour (2012–13)
  • Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round (2016)
  • American Idols LIVE! Tour 2005 (2005)
  • Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Carnival Ride Tour (2008) (w/Keith Urban)
  • C2C: Country to Country with Tim McGraw (2013) with Miranda Lambert and Eric Church (2016)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Carrie Underwood poses for a portrait ahead of performing at the Country to Country Festival at The 02 on Sunday 17th March at The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel on March 13, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 13: Carrie Underwood poses for a portrait ahead of performing at the Country to Country Festival at The 02 on Sunday 17th March at The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel on March 13, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2005 American Idol Contestant Season 4 winner
2007–08 Saturday Night Live Musical guest
2008–present Country Music Association Awards Herself/Co-host
2009 Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special Herself
2009 Sesame Street Carrie Underworm (voice) “Squirmadega Car Race” (Dec. 28); song: “The Worm Anthem”
2010 How I Met Your Mother Tiffany Episode: “Hooked”
2010 The Buried Life Herself
2010 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Herself
2011 Blue Bloods Herself
2011 Soul Surfer Sarah Hill Film debut
2012 Zendaya: Behind the Scenes Herself Documentary
2012 CMT Crossroads (with Steven Tyler)[142] Herself
2013 The Sound of Music Live! Maria Rainir/von Trapp NBC original production
2014 Nashville Herself

See also

  • List of artists who reached number one in the United States
  • List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. country chart
  • List of best-charting music artists in the U.S.
  • List of best-selling music artists in the United States



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