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17 Facts About Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter and actress.

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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.

American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller, produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by FremantleMedia North America.

An idol is an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed or any person or thing regarded with admiration, adoration, or devotion.

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Her achievements led her to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country-music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, which was founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, located in Muskogee, Oklahoma, honors Oklahoma musicians for their lifetime achievements in music.

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She has earned numerous accolades, including seven Grammy Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, nine American Music Awards and a Guinness World Record.

The American Music Awards is an annual American music awards show, created by d*ck Clark in 1973 for ABC when the network's contract to present the Grammy Awards expired.

The Academy of Country Music Awards, also known as the ACM Awards, were first held in 1966, honoring the industry's accomplishments during the previous year.

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an honor awarded by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry.

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Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005.

Some Hearts is the debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Carrie Underwood, released in the United States on November 15, 2005 by Arista Nashville.

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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.

"Before He Cheats" is a song written by Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear and the third wide-release single from Carrie Underwood's debut studio album, Some Hearts.

"Jesus, Take the Wheel" is a song written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson, and recorded by American country music artist Carrie Underwood.

Nielsen SoundScan is an information and sales tracking system created by Mike Fine and Mike Shalett.

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Underwood won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist.

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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.

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Her next album, 2009's Play On, was a commercial success led by the single "Cowboy Casanova".

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Underwood's fourth album, Blown Away, earned her a Grammy Award and was that year's second best-selling release by a female artist.

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Her first compilation album was a chart and sales success and earned her a Grammy Award.

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Her fifth album, Storyteller, made her the only country artist to have all first five studio albums reach either numbers one or two on the Billboard 200.

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She has sold more than 65 million records worldwide.

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Recognized 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 top country artist of all-time on the RIAA's Digital Singles ranking and the highest certified country album artist to debut in the 21st century.

The Recording Industry Association of America is a continental North and South American trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States.

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She 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 15 number-ones, the woman with the most number-one hits in history of the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

A billboard is a large outdoor advertising structure, typically found in high-traffic areas such as alongside busy roads.

Country Airplay is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States since January 20, 1990.

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She is also the biggest American Idol earner of all time.

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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.

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