One of the most successful music artists, Carrie Underwood has sold 70 million records worldwide. She is the seventh highest-certified female artist of all time on the RIAA’s Top Artists (Digital Singles) ranking, the highest-certified country album artist to debut in the 21st century and the woman with most number-one singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, with 15. Her accolades include seven Grammy Awards, 11 Billboard Music Awards, 15 American Music Awards, a Guinness world record, 14 ACM Awards and nine CMA Awards. Acclaimed by Rolling Stone as “the female vocalist of her generation of any genre”, she was listed by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. Forbes has declared her the most successful American Idol winner. Billboard named Some Hearts the number-one country album of the 2000s and her as the top female artist on its “Best Country Artists of the 2000s” list. She has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Carrie Underwood rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Her debut single, “Inside Your Heaven”, made her the only country artist to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the only solo country artist in the 2000s to have a number-one song on the Hot 100. Her debut album, Some Hearts (2005), was bolstered by the huge crossover success of the singles “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats”, becoming the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history, the fastest-selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history and the best-selling country album of the last 16 years. Underwood won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist.