Carrie Underwood has been a mainstay in country music since winning Season 4 of 'American Idol' in 2005. Unlike artists who scraped their way to the top, the 33-year-old became an instant superstar, but she has more than the reality show to thank.
In Carrie Underwood's world, a song that only reaches No. 2 on the Billboard charts is a disappointment. Country music's original American Idol has never had a hit chart lower; over a dozen have reached No. 1, with songs from the Storyteller album sure to keep that total growing.
Carrie Underwood is one of the most beautiful women in the world, but she admits she wasn't always so sophisticated and flawless. In recent interviews, the country superstar admits she used to be awkward and prone to fashion faux pas.
Great country women like Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire left an indelible mark on the genre, changing the rules and tilting the balance back toward fair and equal. A generation or two later, a dozen modern country stars and newcomers are doing the same thing.