She said, "After high school, I pretty much gave up on the dream of singing.I had reached a point in my life where I had to be practical and prepare for my future in the 'real world'".She has received acclaim including seven Grammy Awards, 15 Billboard Music Awards, 12 ACM Awards, 12 American Music Awards, 8 CMA Awards, and a Guinness World Record.In 1996, Capitol Records was preparing a contract for Underwood but canceled it when company management changed.They hit it off, then the darling couple got engaged in December 2009.They tied the knot on July 10, 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgia, and then went off on a tropical honeymoon.Recognized by Billboard as Country Music's reigning Queen and by Rolling Stone as "the female vocalist of her generation of any genre", she was listed by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014.Underwood is the top country artist of all-time on the RIAA's Digital Singles ranking and the highest certified country album artist to debut in the 21st century.
She is the most successful American Idol winner, per Forbes.
Her fifth album, Storyteller (2015), made her the only country artist to have all first five studio albums reach either numbers one or two on the Billboard 200.
One of the most successful artists in any musical genre, Underwood has sold more than 65 million records worldwide.
After she sang "Could've Been" by Tiffany on the top 12 girls night, judge Simon Cowell commented that she would be one of the favorites to win the competition.
During the top 11 finalists' performance on the March 22, 2005, Idol episode, Underwood sang a rendition of the number-one 1980s rock hit "Alone", made famous by Heart, and Cowell predicted that Underwood would not only win the competition, but she would also outsell all previous Idol winners.