Underwood won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist. It had one of the biggest ever opening weeks by a female artist and earned Underwood two Grammy Awards.Her next album, 2009's Play On, was a commercial success led by the single "Cowboy Casanova".1 on the Hot 100 since country group Lonestar's "Amazed" did so in 2000. 1 on the Billboard Pop 100 and on the Canadian Singles Chart, topping it for seven consecutive weeks, becoming the longest-running single of 2005 in Canada.It sold nearly one million copies and was certified gold by the RIAA and double platinum by the CRIA. Underwood's third single, "Some Hearts", was also released in October, but exclusively to pop radio.She competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.In the summer of 2004, Underwood auditioned for American Idol in St.During the top 11 finalists' performance on the March 22, 2005, Idol episode, Underwood sang a rendition of the number-one 1980s rock hit "Alone", made famous by Heart, and Cowell predicted that Underwood would not only win the competition, but she would also outsell all previous Idol winners.Underwood's music career began with the release of her first single, "Inside Your Heaven", on June 14, 2005. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with Underwood becoming only the third artist to bow in the top slot since chart policy changed in 1998.
She was nominated for "World's Best Selling New Artist" at the 2006 World Music Awards.Recognized by Billboard as Country Music's reigning Queen and by Rolling Stone as "the female vocalist of her generation of any genre", she was listed by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014.Underwood is the top country artist of all-time on the RIAA's Digital Singles ranking and the highest certified country album artist to debut in the 21st century.Louis, Missouri, singing Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me".After she sang "Could've Been" by Tiffany on the top 12 girls night, judge Simon Cowell commented that she would be one of the favorites to win the competition.