Fresh off two big victories at the 2010 CMT Music Awards, Carrie Underwood seems to be today’s hottest female in country music. On top of those wins for Video of the Year and Performance of the Year, Carrie is coming off her second ACM Award for Entertainer of the Year. Add on top of that her other awards for her songs, albums, and vocalist abilities and Carrie seems to have achieved something special in country music.
It’s time to start considering Carrie Underwood the greatest female country artist of all time.
Wondering if it’s too early to give that recognition to the young star?
Perhaps, but let’s take a closer look at her career up to this point and have a discussion about where she fits in the mix…
Carrie Underwood – Greatest Female Country Artist of All Time
Let’s begin by looking at Carrie’s recent win at the ACM Awards. With her second consecutive honor as Entertain of the Year, Carrie became the first female artist to ever win Entertainer of the Year twice.
It’s amazing. All the greatest females in country – Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Shania Twain,, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, the Dixie Chicks, Pam Tillis, Wynonna, and many others I’m probably forgetting – Carrie is the only one to win Entertainer of the Year twice.
Carrie went through some grueling training as she worked her way through the hit competition show American Idol. Where other winners on the show have failed to sustain careers, Carrie has shown that she is tops when it comes to American Idol alums. The show required artists to perform each week at a high level otherwise face the wrath of the viewing audience. That pressure likely prepared the young Carrie for the requirements of touring and performing often. If you’ve seen Carrie in concert you know what a great show she puts on and how deserving she is as Entertainer of the Year.
When it comes to album sales, Carrie is right at the top of the list for sales even in spite of the fact that sales of physical recordings are declining. Carrie’s debut album – Some Hearts – sold in excess of 7 million copies in the US. Her sophomore album – Carnival Ride – sold over 3 million copies in the US and her third album Play On has sold over 1 million copies. In five short years, Carrie has sold tons of albums, tons of merchandise, and most importantly tons of concert tickets.
Now, when it comes to success on the country singles chart, Carrie is tops again. Nearly all of her singles to date have reached #1 on the country singles chart. Only Don’t Forget To Remember Me (2006) and her cover and duet with Randy Travis I Told You So (2009) didn’t reach the top. They reached #2 on the Billboard country singles chart, but did reach #1 on the Canadian charts. Carrie’s current single Undo It is quickly rising into the top five and is likely to become her 12th number one hit to this point.
Carrie is even beginning to co-write much of her best material just as Shania Twain, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton did before her. It’s amazing when artists can be known for more than singing, especially female artists that are typically cast as great vocalists only. Today there are a number of quality female singer-songwriters like Carrie, Miranda Lambert, Ashton Shepherd, and Taylor Swift.
The great female artists that came before Carrie like Dolly, Reba, Shania, Faith, Martina and others have sold more records and have had more #1 singles, but Carrie is beginning to reach their league in each category.
Carrie Underwood Today
Today, Carrie seems to be making a positive impact on country music for her singing, fashion sense, kindness, and general hard working nature.
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Each single Carrie releases today seems to shoot straight to the top of the charts. Her albums are met with hoards of fans lining up to get their copies immediately, and she’s continuously in the news as people want to read all they can about their favorite country queen.
Carrie Underwood’s Future Impact
We won’t see the full impact of Carrie’s career until the next generation of country stars come through and cite her as a major influence and inspiration.
It is hopefully a long time before Carrie Underwood is putting the final touches on her career in music. The best seem to find passion in music until the day they die. Some of the greatest are still at the top of the country world today – George Strait and Reba.
After about 20 years or so experts, fans, and fellow country artists begin looking back at the careers of the great ones. So mark your calendars for the year 2025 and you’ll notice people taking a look back at the amazing career of Carrie Underwood.
Will she be recognized as the greatest? Is she already the greatest?
Conclusion and Great Female Country Artists
Now, to say that Carrie Underwood is the greatest of all time shouldn’t take anything away from the greatest female artists in country music history. There will always exist debate over who exactly is the best of all time and multiple artists are deserving of the honor.
At this point, after looking at things from one perspective, I have to say that Carrie Underwood is my pick for greatest of all time.
What are your thoughts? Am I completely wrong?
Who deserves the honor?