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Carrie Underwood

The former "American Idol" champ is a multiselling, award-winning country music superstar.


What a relief

Country star Carrie Underwood performs onstage at Nashville Rising, a benefit concert for flood relief at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on June 22, 2010.

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Braided beauty

Underwood performs during the CMA Music Festival at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., on June 10, 2010.

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Man by her side

Underwood kisses Mike Fisher, a professional hockey player with the NHL's Ottawa Senators, as she won video of the year at the 2010 CMT Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on June 9, 2010. Underwood and Fisher tied the knot on July 10, 2010.

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She knows the ropes

Underwood, a former "American Idol" champion, arrives at the reality show's season nine finale in Los Angeles on May 26, 2010.

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More hardware

Underwood, winner of entertainer of the year and the Triple Crown awards, poses in the press room during the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 18, 2010.

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Star spangled

Underwood sings the "National Anthem" during the Super Bowl XLIV Pregame Show at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Feb. 7, 2010.

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A-list friends

Underwood mingles with fellow country star Keith Urban, left, and his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, center, in the audience during the People's Choice Awards 2010 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Jan. 6, 2010.

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She stands out

Underwood performs during the 2009 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Nov. 22, 2009. The singer's hits include "Before He Cheats," "Last Name" and "Jesus, Take the Wheel."

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Having a ball

Underwood catches softballs at the City of Hope Softball Challenge at Greer Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., on June 10, 2009.

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That's a lot of dress

Underwood performs "I Told You So" at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 5, 2009. She became only the seventh woman to win the prestigious entertainer of the year honor.

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Is it playing her song?

Underwood poses backstage after winning best female country vocal performance for "Last Name" at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2009.

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Watch your back, Carrie

Underwood, right, poses next to her wax figure after its unveiling at Madame Tussauds in New York on Oct. 22, 2008.

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Take her out to the ballgame

Underwood performs the "National Anthem" before the start of Game Three of the 2007 World Series between the Colorado Rockies and the Boston Red Sox at Coors Field in Denver on Oct. 27, 2007.

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We've got a really big show ...

Underwood joins Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, center, and "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jason Sudeikis in New York on March 22, 2007, to tape a spot promoting the March 24 telecast.

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Kick up your heels

Underwood listens to audience applause as she performs on the TODAY show summer concert series at Rockefeller Center in New York on June 14, 2005.

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Behind the scenes

This photo supplied by Life Magazine shows "American Idol" finalist Underwood, right, as she tries on a dress that stylists hope will give her a more sophisticated look, backstage at the Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Underwood and her competition, Bo Bice, were competing for the "Idol" crown on May 25, 2005.

Alex Tehrani | LIFE MAGAZINE
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Only one champ

Underwood, left, poses with Bo Bice, center, and Vonzell Solomon -- the final three on "American Idol" season four -- on May 11, 2005.

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Big things to come

Underwood is shown in a publicity photo for "American Idol" in 2005. The Checotah, Okla., native was a 22-year-old senior at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. She withdrew to continue on the show before becoming the eventual winner.

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