To any doubters who said Carrie Underwood‘s Female Vocalist of the Year win at last year’s Country Music Awards was only based on her American Idol win — it’s time to eat your words, as the country cutie took home that trophy for the second consecutive year, confirming her status as a bona fide superstar.
“God has blessed me with so many wonderful things,” beamed Carrie, whose single “Before He Cheats” was also a victor at last night’s Nashville ceremony. “If you told me a few years ago I had been nominated with the people I’m nominated with, I would have called you absolutely insane.”
Before the ceremony, Carrie confessed to OK! that the first person she was going to call if she won an award wasn’t her new beau Chace Crawford, but someone even nearer and dearer to her heart. “My mom! I have my phone in my handbag here. Last year, as soon as I walked off stage, she was the first person I called.”
The night’s other big winners included Kenny Chesney, who earned his second Entertainer of the Year honor, Male Vocalist champ Brad Paisley and Sugarland, whose win in the Vocal Duo category ended Brooks & Dunn‘s winning streak at six years.