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Carrie Underwood 3rd Grade 1992
Checotah School, Checotah, OK
Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

1992

Um, adorable much? This is Carrie Underwood's 3rd grade school photo from The Checotah School in Oklahoma.

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Carrie Underwood 6th Grade 1995
Checotah School, Checotah, OK
Candid, playing piano
Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

1995

Musical beginnings! Underwood plays piano in this 6th grade photo taken at The Checotah School in Oklahoma in 1995.

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Carrie Underwood Senior Year 2001
Checotah High School, Checotah, OK 
Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

2001

If blowouts like Underwood's were available when we were seniors in high school, we certainly weren't aware of them. This is her senior yearbook photo at The Checotah High School.

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2005

Here, Carrie poses for an "American Idol" press photo, clad in a sweet lilac blouse.

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"American Idol" Season 4 - Performance Show - April 19, 2005

2005

Underwood adopted a Sandy-from-Grease vibe midway through her "American Idol" career. And we totally dug it.

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"American Idol" Season 4 - Performance Show - April 26, 2005

2005

Underwood embraced her country roots with her outfit, but her hair tells a different story. It's rocker-chic and so fabulous.

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American Idol Finale: Results Show - Press Room

2005

Remember these curls from the finale? Underwood's hair had all the energy of her epic winning number.

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2005 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals

2005

With "Inside Your Heaven" topping charts across the nation, it's no surprise Underwood looks so joyful in this photo. We're swooning over the softer curls she's showing off here.

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Carrie Underwood

2006

Has she really always been this fashionable? Here, Underwood arrives at the 41st Academy of Country Music Awards on May 23, 2006.

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Olympus Fashion Week Fall 2006 - Day 1

2006

We're obsessed with this retro-inspired half-updo.

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Carrie Underwood

2007

A side ponytail and long bangs. Not everyone can rock this look, but of course, Underwood nails it.

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Max Azria  - Backstage - MBFW Spring 08

2007

During Fashion Week, Underwood looks polished, professional, and pulled together. You'd hardly know she's a country rockstar.

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2007 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Awards Party - Arrivals

2007

Underwood looks like she matured several years in this photo, with less bouncy, more grown-up curls that frame her face beautifully.

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Carrie Underwood

2007

Underwood's 90's-inspired updo is pretty fabulous. 

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Carrie Underwood

2008

At the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, Underwood gave us serious hair envy when she brought back the side bangs. 

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Carrie Underwood

2008

With even more prominent bangs, Underwood rocked the CMA red carpet in 2008.

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35th Annual People's Choice Awards - Arrivals

2009

Looking sun-kissed and beautiful, Underwood opted for a stunning half-back updo at the People's Choice Awards in 2009.

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2009 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons - Arrivals

2009

So many layers -- and still she pulls it off!

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Carrie Underwood

2009

Underwood looked practically regal with her hair pulled away from her face at an Academy Award viewing and after party in 2009.

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Carrie Underwood

2009

Underwood returned to the folksy look for which she's best known in this gorgeous 2009 photo.

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Carrie Underwood

2009

We can't get over the stunning contrast between's Underwood's sleek, straight bangs and buoyant curls.

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Carrie Underwood

2009

And then she cut it off! Here, Underwood's hair is noticeably shorter, and with part of it pinned up, she's practically a whole different woman. 

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The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals

2010

Underwood arrived at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards looking unbelievably flawless. We think this look might be one of our favorites.

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iHeartRadio Music Festival - Day 1 - Press Room

2011

Wait, is this even her?! Underwood's new, thinner bangs give her more of an edgy look than ever.

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46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Show

2011

Fiery and red. We love it!

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Singer Carrie Underwood arrives at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

2012

Okay, STOP EVERYTHING. We want to go back in time and stare at this exquisite chignon. Half messy, half elegant, all gorgeous. Yes, yes, yes.

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2012 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals

2012

Underwood almost went full-on platinum blonde in this photo from 2012.

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65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

2013

Sporting a darker look, Underwood looks about as gorgeous as a girl can be. We'd like to see her try a real brunette color one of these days!

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48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Arrivals

2013

How does she make "messy" look so good? We want Underwood's secrets.

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47th Annual CMA Awards - Arrivals

2013

Volume goals. 

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Image: Carrie Underwood as Maria

2013

Underwood looked positively angelic as Maria von Trapp in the live three-hour version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, "The Sound of Music," broadcast on NBC in December 2013.

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Peter Som - Front Row - MADE Fashion Week Fall 2014

2014

We're so in love with her nearly-undone, down-to-earth looks.

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Singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood attends the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2014

This hairdo Underwood wore to the Billboard Music Awards in 2014 is a showstopper.

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2015 CMT Music Awards - Arrivals

2015

Shaggy and chic. Only Underwood can pull it off.

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49th Annual CMA Awards - Arrivals

2015

Underwood turned heads at the 49th annual CMA Awards in Nashville.

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New Year's Eve 2016 In Times Square

2015

Rocker hair met New Year's Eve hair when Underwood performed during the New Year's Eve celebrations at Times Square in 2015.

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The 58th GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

2016

Underwood's modern, clean hairstyle nearly stopped traffic on the red carpet in 2016.

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2016 American Country Countdown Awards - Press Room

2016

If this look is any indication of what's to come for Underwood, then we're in luck. She's pulling out all the stops, with a hairdo (and outfit!) that's brighter and bolder than ever.

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