Bolstered by the huge crossover success of the singles "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Before He Cheats", it became the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history, the fastest-selling debut country album in Nielsen Sound Scan history and the best-selling country album of the last 14 years.Underwood won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist.1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, sold more than one million copies and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
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.
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.
Considered one of the most successful artists in any musical genre, Underwood has sold more than 65 million records worldwide.
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.
She was nominated for "World's Best Selling New Artist" at the 2006 World Music Awards.
At the 2007 CMT Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 16, Underwood's "Before He Cheats" won three awards, including Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year, and Video Director of the Year.
Some Hearts was named the number-one country album of the 2000s by Billboard, and she was the top-ranked female artist on Billboard's Best Country Artists of the 2000s list.
Underwood has been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
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.