This blonde bombshell is one of our favorite modern country singers. Carrie Underwood is a prolific award-winner (she's got 7 Grammys and back-to-back ACM Entertainer of the Year awards) hailing originally from Muskogee, Oklahoma. From her time on American Idol to her extravagant wedding to hockey player Mike Fisher, here are 20 things you may not know about the Southern starlet.

Our Favorite Southerners: Carrie Underwood

  1. She was born March 10, 1983, in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
  2. She is the daughter of a sawmill worker and an elementary school teacher.
  3. Carrie had no formal singing lessons.
  4. She first sang in church at just 3 years old.
  5. At 14, Carrie auditioned for record label Capitol Records.
  6. They began a contract, but cancelled due to change in management.
  7. She graduated as salutatorian of her high school in 2001.
  8. Carrie spent part of her college summers as a page for Oklahoma State Representative Bobby Frame.
  9. Carrie earned college credit for American Idol – her time on the show served as an internship.
  10. At 26, Carrie was the youngest artist to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  11. Prior to American Idol, Carrie had never been on an airplane.
  12. Carrie’s fans are affectionately known as Carrie’s Care Bears.
  13. She’s a big fan of horror stories.
  14. Stephen King’s Christine inspired her video for “Two Black Cadillacs.”
  15. Carrie stopped eating meat at 13.
  16. In 2005, PETA named her “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian.”
  17. She’s the only country musician to have her first five studio albums reach number one or two on the Billboard 200.
  18. Carrie’s the first-ever female to win back-to-back ACM Awards for Entertainer of the Year.
  19. In 2010, she married hockey player Mike Fisher in Atlanta, Georgia.
  20. Their wedding cost nearly $500,000.

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