Last night on the 40th Annual Country Music Association Awards, season 4 American Idol winner Carrie Underwood walked away with two huge awards: the Horizon award (CMA version of Best New Artist) and the Best Female Vocalist of the year. In the latter she was up against Martina McBride, Sara Evans (who had a particularly awful performance), Gretchen Wilson, and of course Faith Hill (whose performance was equally awful).
This is the perfect punctuation to a near perfect year for Carrie, whose newest single Before He Cheats just recently hit number one on the Hot Country Songs Billboard chart, making it her third number one single in a row. Carrie's debut CD Some Hearts has nearly sold 3.6 million copies. With the radio success of her single and the big wins last night, I'm willing to bet her album will be certified 4X platinum any day now, which clearly makes her CD the best selling debut from any American Idol winner ever. Simon Cowell's of course sitting pretty high and mighty right now, as he predicted this would happen two years ago.
Her close friend from her season of Idol, Anthony Fedorov, accompanied Carrie to the ceremony where she also performed her song which, despite the less than stellar performance, should still spike her radio airplay and her sales. A year after the disc was released, Some Hearts sold 35,000 copies last week, over 10,000 copies more than Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics which not only had a top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 (something Carrie never had minus her Idol single) but also was only released a few months ago.
The most notable thing though, aside from Carrie's two wins last night, was the reaction from country diva Faith Hill who showed poor sportsmanship after losing Best Female to Carrie at the end of the night. Hill, who had just performed before the award was announced, stood backstage awaiting to hear the winner, and after Carrie Underwood's name was called, she threw her hands up in the air, yelled "WHAT?!" at the camera, then stormed off.
Some are saying she didn't hear the name, which is why she said "What?" Her reps are saying (according to USA Today) that she was just joking and didn't know she was on camera. Although, if that's the case… why did she look directly AT the camera when she did it? Not to mention the fact that right before they announced the winner, you could clearly see Faith mouthing "I'd better win".
I personally feel like Faith isn't the type of person who would react that way, and it did look quite exaggerated to the point it could have been a joke — I honestly hope that's all it was. Either that or maybe she was paying tribute to Kanye West.
You can view pictures of Carrie as well as fellow Idol alumnus Kellie Pickler on the red carpet at the CMAs, video of Carrie's performance, and stills from throughout the night over at Breath of Fresh Ink.
Here's the infamous Faith Hill moment: