Following her victory as the 2005 "American Idol," Carrie Underwood made her first appearance on the CMA Awards premiering the powerful and heartfelt "Jesus, Take the Wheel." Since then, Underwood has gone on to co-host the CMA Awards four times, and she returns to the now-familiar role for the fifth consecutive year in 2012.
"I think I can speak for both of us when I say that we are extremely excited to be back for a fifth year hosting the CMA Awards,” said Underwood. “Each year we work harder so that we can help present the best show possible.”
Underwood's latest album, Blown Away, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart in May 2012, selling more than 200,000 copies its first week, and the album's lead single "Good Girl" became Underwood's 15th No. 1. Beyond enjoying the heights of music stardom, Underwood has expanded her career into film and television, making her acting debuts in the 2011 inspirational film "Soul Surfer" and playing a love-interest to the lead character on CBS-TV's "How I Met Your Mother."
Underwood has won five CMA Awards to date:
- CMA Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) (2006)
- CMA Female Vocalist of the Year (2006, 2007, 2008)
- CMA Single of the Year (2007 for “Before He Cheats”)