She has earned numerous accolades, including 7 Grammy Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, and 11 American Music Awards.In 1996, Capitol Records was preparing a contract for Underwood but canceled it when company management changed.
Underwood's music career began with the release of her first single, "Inside Your Heaven", on June 14, 2005. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with Underwood becoming only the third artist to bow in the top slot since chart policy changed in 1998.She also broke Billboard chart history as the first country music artist ever to debut at No.In the summer of 2004, Underwood auditioned for American Idol in St.Louis, Missouri, singing Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me".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.
1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, sold more than one million copies and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
In August 2008, the "Jesus, Take the Wheel" ringtone was reported to have been certified Platinum, making Underwood the first country artist ever to have two songs hit Platinum Mastertone status together with "Before He Cheats", which had been certified earlier in 2007.
Released in 2007, her second album, Carnival Ride, had one of the biggest ever opening weeks by a female artist and earned Underwood two Grammy Awards.
Her next album, 2009's Play On, was a commercial success led by the single "Cowboy Casanova".
At the 2005 Billboard Music Awards, her hit song "Inside Your Heaven" won the coveted Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year award and also Top-Selling Country Single of the Year award, and she won Country Single Sales Artist of the Year.