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American Idol Winner Carrie Underwood

American Idol Winners -- Did They All Find Success?

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Carrie Underwood was the first American Idol winner to release a country album. Did country music fans welcome her with open arms?
American Idol Winner Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood performs on The Tonight Show. Photo courtesy of NBC.
  • Carrie's first song, "Inside Your Heaven," debuted as the best-selling song in the country. 170,000 copies were sold during the single's first week in stores.

  • Carrie's first album, which included the singles "Jesus Take The Wheel" and "Some Hearts," has gone five times platinum.

  • Carrie landed advertising deals with Hershey's and Sketchers after winning on Idol.

  • Carrie won the best female vocalist award at the 2006 CMA Awards, beating artists including Faith Hill.

  • Her other honors include winning the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the 2006 American Music Awards.

  • Carrie was selected was one of People magazine's Most Beautiful People of 2006.

  • In a PETA poll, she was voted the world's sexiest vegetarian.

  • Carrie completed her college degree after winning Idol.

Did you know?

  • Carrie was 21 years old when she tried out for American Idol.

  • Carrie is from the small town Checotah, OK.

  • Carrie plays guitar and piano.
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