Entertainment behind the scenes
Its only been four years since Carrie Underwood won American Idol, but it felt like a long-overdue coronation when she was named entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
The 26-year-old superstar beati out Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and George Strait, four of country music’s top-selling male artists, all of them at least a decade older, to cement her place as the biggest star of country music’s next generation.
She was also chosen top female vocalist by the academy and became only the seventh woman in 39 years to win entertainer of the year, joining such country icons as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Barbara Mandrell.
“Its indescribable,” Underwood told reporters backstage after an emotional acceptance speech in which she thanked God and her fans.
Carrie Underwood has become country music’s biggest star since she exploded onto the scene after winning American Idol in 2005, but so far she’s been passed over as the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, which has gone to only six women in 39 years.