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Carrie Underwood shot onto the country scene in 2005 after winning “American Idol” and hitting the top of the charts with her signature song, “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” The No. 1 hits kept coming throughout the next year, and Carrie won her first CMA female vocalist of the year award in 2006.

That moment solidified Carrie’s place as a member of the country music family, but she never saw it coming.

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Looking back on that night, Carrie says, “I definitely didn’t expect my name to be the one to be called. It was a surprise, and I think that’s probably why — it’s always exciting when your name is called in any situation like that. Especially when you’re like, ‘I have no…No way. There’s no way. This isn’t going to happen.'”


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You can tell how surprised Carrie was by the expression on her face and the heartfelt words she spoke as she clutched her CMA trophy.

“Oh my gosh!” she exclaims. “You guys, like, two years ago I was sitting at home watching these very awards watching all these other people win and have the best nights of their lives, and this is the best night of my life.”

Carrie would go on to win a total of three CMA female vocalist trophies. She’s nominated in that category, as well as entertainer of the year at the upcoming 50th Annual CMA Awards airing Wednesday, Nov. 2 on ABC. Carrie returns as co-host with Brad Paisley.

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