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Female Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood’s career rose to new heights in 2016, which is pretty amazing considering she’s been topping the country charts since 2005. A mother and a business woman and pretty much one of the biggest stars in all of country music, Carrie has now been rewarded for her hard work by her fans, who have voted Carrie as the Female Artist of the Year at the first-ever Rare Country Awards.


And for good reason.

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Carrie kicked off 2016 with the hit single, “Heartbeat,” featuring background vocals from country heartthrob Sam Hunt. The two caused quite a stir with their millions of fans performing a sexy mashup of “Heartbeat” and “Take Your Time” on the Grammy Awards stage.

Carrie also delivered a huge production of “Church Bells” at the ACM Awards in April, which marked her first performance on that show in a few years.

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While taking some time off the road this summer, Carrie kept in touch with her fans posting hilarious and heartfelt photos from her family vacation. The beachside trip with husband, hockey star Mike Fisher, and their sweet baby boy, Isaiah, made us all jealous, and millions of you pressed that “Like” button when you saw the snapshots. The trip celebrated Carrie and Mike’s wedding anniversary, and it’s clear their love is stronger than ever.

Congratulations, Carrie, on winning Female Artist of the Year at the Rare Country Awards. Boy, did you ever earn the trophy this year!

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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