Female Vocalist and Album of the Year
It’s a long way from Checotah, Okla., to co-hosting the CMA Awards, and for Carrie Underwood — to borrow
the title of her 19 Recordings/Arista/Arista Nashville sophomore album produced by Mark Wright and
nominated for Album of the Year — it’s been a wild Carnival Ride. It all began with “American Idol” and
Underwood’s win in season four of the FOX-TV show. Since then she’s become the most successful artist to
emerge from the star-making vehicle. Her 2005 debut album Some Hearts has sold more than 7 million copies.
Underwood has sold nearly 10 million albums in less than three years. She’s been equally successful at Country
radio with nine No. 1 hits.
Underwood has received nine CMA Awards nominations since her first nod in 2006. Of those nominations, she
has won four Awards, including two wins in the Female Vocalist category, the Horizon Award and Single for
“Before He Cheats.” This fall Underwood has been headlining her “Carnival Ride Tour” with stops in 51 cities.
Underwood fans got an early Christmas gift when a special holiday edition of Carnival Ride, hit Wal-Mart
shelves in October featuring a second disc with five holiday tunes.
The Female Vocalist nominee is hosting Country Music’s Biggest Night with Brad Paisley. “I am so excited to
host the CMA Awards, a show I grew up watching, and am so thrilled to spend this night with the fans and
Brad,” said Underwood. “It’s going to be a party!”