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Carrie Underwood

All you need to know.

Full Name: Carrie Marie Underwood

Date of Birth: March 10, 1983

Born: Checotah, OK

Occupation: Singer, songwriter

Status: Married to Mike Fisher (2010)

Children: 1 (another on the way)

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From American Idol to the A-list, singer Carrie Underwood has come a long way from her humble start. The Oklahoma native is a superstar, showing that a reality show can catapult an unknown country girl into the limelight. With a voice that's arguably one of today's best and a look that keeps our eyes glued on the golden goddess, Underwood is the country-pop princess we're glad took home the Idol crown. Here's more to know about Underwood and why she's still America's favorite.

Season 4 Standout

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Fans first got a glimpse of Underwood and heard her remarkable sound on Season 4 of American Idol. The country cutie may have been a stranger to the spotlight, but her voice told another story. Even the ever-scowling Simon Cowell couldn't help but smile when Underwood stepped on stage. Underwood was declared the season's winner, making 2005 her breakout year. She went on to record her first single, "Inside Your Heaven," and it debuted at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 – the first country music single to ever score this debut spot. Underwood was soaring and her flight still hasn't stopped.

Her Top Tunes

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Underwood has recorded dozens of songs which showcase her versatility and passion. For fans, it's hard to pick a favorite, but some songs have won the popularity contest. Some of Underwood's most notable hits include "Before He Cheats," "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "Cowboy Casanova," "So Small," "Last Name," and "Cry Pretty." Whether a beautiful ballad or an up-tempo tune, Underwood belts it out with an energetic ease. She's a natural, with talent that's rare and remarkable, always leaving fans wanting for more.

She has won seven Grammys, 10 Billboard Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 13 AMAs, and more. Space on the shelf is getting slim.

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Underwood is married to hockey player Mike Fisher. Engaged in '09, they tied the knot the following year. They have one child and another on the way. Family life is something Underwood shares with her fans, proving her down-to-earth personality hasn't been clouded by fame.

Stellar Style

Underwood's style is fashionable and fun. She's sweet and sexy, current and creative. She nails it on the red carpet and takes the stage looking spectacular. Check out some of Underwood's most unbelievable fashion moments.


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The Best Moments from the 2018 Country Music Awards

Country music's biggest night delighted fans.

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Whether you're a boot-wearing, truck-driving, dip-chewing, diehard country music fan, or someone who — in the right mood — can casually enjoy the sound of a banjo, you can probably appreciate the spectacle of the Country Music Awards.

On November 14th, Country Music's biggest night returned for a star studded good time in the heart of Nashville. If you missed CBS's live presentation of the awards show, don't worry, because we've compiled a list of the night's top moments to help you feel like you were boot-stomping along with the rest of the crowd in the Bridgestone Arena.

Garth Brooks Opens the Show

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Garth Brooks opened the show with a heartfelt moment. He dedicated the night to the twelve victims of last week's shooting at the country night at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California "On behalf of our country music community, I want to say that tonight's show is lovingly dedicated to the 12 individuals who we lost far too soon just a week ago tonight at the Borderline in Thousand Oaks, California," Brooks said, as phone lights illuminated the somber crowd. "Tonight, let's celebrate their lives." Afterwards, the stadium honored the fallen country music fans with a moment of silence.

Carrie Underwood Reveals the Gender of her Baby

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For the 11th year in a row, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosted the ceremony, and delivered another of their famous spoof songs. Paisley then tried to talk Underwood into revealing the gender of her second child. "Seriously Carrie, give me a little baby hint? Johnny or June? Keith or Nicole. Garth or Trisha. Tim or Faith. George or Tammy. Waylon or Willie?" After continuous prodding, Underwood finally revealed that the baby is a boy. "Oh my gosh — Willie, it's a Willie ok!?"

Keith Urban Gets Emotional 

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Lionel Richie presented the coveted entertainer of the year award towards the end of the evening, and announced Keith Urban as the winner. Urban, who last won entertainer of the year in 2005, immediately became emotional while accepting the award, and said, "Thank you so much . . . I am shocked beyond shocked," he told the cheering crowd. He mentioned his wife, Nicole Kidman, who was also in tears in the audience ("Baby girl, I love you so much"). "I just feel very, very blessed, very grateful that I get to do what I do. . . God bless country music."

Kacey Musgraves Wins Best Album 

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Kacey Musgraves won the album of the year award for her hit record, Golden Hour. Musgraves is the first female artist to win the prize since Miranda Lambert in 2014.

Chris Stapleton's Big Night

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Chris Stapleton took home the most awards of the evening, winning male vocalist, best song, and best single of the year for the powerful hit "Broken Halos." His win for best male vocalist means the singer is undefeated in the category, having received the award every year since 2015. Stapleton also gave one of the best performances of the night with his moving collaboration with Maren Morris and Mavis Staples. The three joined together to sing Stapleton's song "Friendship" then transitioned into The Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There."

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Do Networks Even Know What a Musical Is?

Big TV networks keep on announcing new musical broadcasts, but they still haven't figured out what to do with them.

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On Monday, Fox announced the cast for its next live musical production, Rent. And while we now know the answer to the question of who will play Mark, Mimi, Joanne, and Maureen (Jordan Fisher, Tinashe, Kiersey Clemons, and Vanessa Hudgens, respectively) one question remains: have the networks figured out what to do with a musical broadcast?

The TV musical, in its current iteration, anyway, came on the screen with 2013's The Sound of Music Live! on NBC. On paper, it had all of the ingredients necessary for baked-in success: the made-on-television face and voice of Carrie Underwood, Broadway staples and Tony Award-winners Audra McDonald and Laura Benanti, and a warm-and-fuzzy holiday air date in early December. And yet things never quite came together.

While Underwood and her Grammys had already proven her vocal talent, her acting left something to be desired. Despite tepid reviews, ratings were huge, and NBC announced plans to similarly stage a live version of Peter Pan the following year. In 2016, the network continued to franchise live TV with The Wiz Live!, and Hairspray Live!, and have announced a production of Hair for 2019.

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NBC seemed to think that adding the word live and an exclamation point to the titles of these shows would conceal the fact that each broadcast felt plagued by rigor mortis. That's because they were all missing the defining feature of any live performance: an audience. An audience provides the stakes on which a show can bet success. With an audience, the verdict is instantaneous. Even a muffled cough or the sound of someone shifting in a seat would have been enough to give Music a pulse. Instead, the cast performed in the vacuum of a soundstage, with no one to play to but a room filled with canned air. Every crescendo, every pause for laughter—even what, under normal circumstances, would have been a show-stopping performance of "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" by Audra McDonald—was met with silence. That silence, so loaded with the melodrama inherent to musical theater, was deafening. A recreated stage production performed for cameras in lieu of people only heightened the sense that something was missing. And so the only aspect of a live performance that successfully translated to the screen was the most awkward and uncomfortable theater going sensation: when the audience fails to respond. Without an audience, why bother broadcasting live at all?

Creating event TV isn't a terrible idea. With streaming services and archives of past hits fighting for viewers' attention, it stands to reason that networks want to give viewers incentive to make an appointment with their big screens. Add to that the potential for simultaneous conversation on social media, and the result is a foolproof formula to be land center stage, in the spotlight.

Peter Pan doubled-down on the television-specific effects, with larger set pieces crafted for the flying lost boy and a CGI Tinkerbell. While Pan offered more nationally recognizable names in casting, like Allison Williams (at the height of her Girls fame) and Christopher Walken, it still lacked the electricity of a live audience. The Wiz fared slightly better, with even bigger names (Queen Latifah, Common, Mary J. Blige, Amber Riley, Uzo Aduba, and Ne-Yo) along with more fluid stage direction and closely-edited numbers that left little time for the cast to freeze in near-silence, breathing heavily and awkwardly after the more choreographed numbers. 2016's Hairspray Live! upped the game with the talent of Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenowith, and an earnest but understated Ariana Grande, but struggled in its opening numbers with camera errors and missed cues.

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It was around this time that Fox bid for its own piece of the TV musical game with the unnecessarily subtitled The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again. Problems engendered from the lack of an audience were exacerbated by the fact that it wasn't broadcast live, though it was presented as a one-night-only event. (That Fox chose to air Rocky Horror, a piece of pop culture known for its participatory elements, without an audience is so egregious and beyond reason that it left this viewer feeling like she was, in fact, under sedation.)

Fox certainly got closer to capturing some kind of energy by pulling back the camera during its live broadcast of Grease to give viewers a sense of the hectic transitions and set changes inherent to theater, if it was a little distracting. It will be interesting to see how they attempt to pump Rent with a similar frenetic spirit, as a rock musical based on La Boheme that takes place amidst the AIDS crisis isn't exactly screaming for the perky interstitial treatment.

There's something beautifully democratic about the TV musical and its ability to bring live theater to those who don't live on a coast. Yet by robbing those viewers of, at the very least, a simulated communal experience, networks like NBC and Fox are denying them an integral part of what makes these shows so exciting, the very impetus for keeping that appointment with their TVs. Erasing all hints of an active crowd, a living breathing entity to react to what's presented on stage, only serves to isolate viewers, which seems anathema to the entire enterprise. Which is not to say it can't be done. Perhaps the most successful in the latest slew of musical broadcasts—in both ratings and critical reception—was NBC's live staging of Jesus Christ Superstar, which was due in large part but not in totality to the operatic nature of the piece. What did Superstar have that each broadcast before didn't? An audience.


Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.


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RECAP | Everything that happened at the American Music Awards

From Taylor Swift's politics to Cardi B's epic return, the AMA's did not dissapoint.

The 2018 American Music Awards aired last night, and I think we can all agree that this year was particularly epic.

Tracee Ellis Ross hosted for a second consecutive year, and once again struck the perfect balance of funny and mean. She opened the show with a dance routine and a monologue, during which she promised to highlight black designers and hoped that she would end up on 'The Shade Room,' or what she called the 'black TMZ.'

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Carrie Underwood Roasted Again for Her ‘Sunday Night Football’ Opening Song

A Building Tradition Football Fans Love to Hate

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On Sep. 9 right before NBC Sunday Night Football, Carrie Underwood kicked off the night by singing a new theme song — fans, however, were unenthused by the musical precursor.

Right away, 'Game On' features the Pepsi-Cola logo which immediately gives off a scummy advertisement feel — then it goes on to highlight Underwood in some kind of rave-y, epilepsy-inducing warehouse, singing and dancing to a simple song with a basic rock/country tune.

The theme video also featured select players drinking Pepsi and highlight reels from past games — there's really nothing different about this theme song in comparison to past years. It just seemed like something the network had to throw together to appease sponsors and feature celebrity appearances.

Both Underwood and football fans took to Twitter to complain — some hated all of her theme songs while others just wanted last year's back. Other Twitter users love Underwood, but dislike what she's doing with 'Sunday Night Football.'

However, it isn't just negative emotions — some fans were super excited to see Underwood on stage for another year and pumped her up on Twitter.

Compared to last year, this theme really wasn't that different — ' Oh, Sunday Night' featured the Verizon logo first, then a more "I love America" feel with the flag hanging off the side of a building. However, the song was catchier even though Underwood ended up on a stage — which then made it seem like we were watching the theme to the X Factor.

Underwood has been singing the theme since 2013 — before that, we had Faith Hill from 2008 to 2012 and Pink in 2006. To be perfectly honest, they all sound pretty much the same — the singers didn't even change that much in style.


Perhaps the network just want to play it safe — people tend to have adverse reactions to change, especially in a tradition as old as football. But wouldn't you want to hear, oh I don't know, maybe an R&B version of the theme song? Some say don't reinvent the wheel, but I say we should at least experiment with it.


Amber Wang is a freelancer for Popdust and various other sites. She is also a student at NYU, a photographer and intern at the Stonewall National Monument.


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