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Carrie Underwood Explains Why She Was ‘Horrified’ of First-Ever CMA Awards Performance

by Halle Ames
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We all hate looking at cringe-worthy memories of ourselves. Carrie Underwood is no different, saying she was ‘horrified’ at her first-ever performance at the CMA Awards. 

The 2006 show was when Underwood first took the stage, along with the award for Female Vocalist of the Year. The country music star performed her iconic song “Jesus Take the Wheel,” which she released in 2005. 

“I was horrified,” recalled Underwood. “Horrified is the wrong word — umm … nervous? But it doesn’t seem like there’s enough weight on the word nervous, though. There was just a lot of emotions, and I was like, ‘What if they never ask me to come back here ever again? This could be my one and only shot to perform on the CMAs.'” 

Carrie Underwood 2006 CMA Award Speech

The American Idol winner has won 178 awards and has been nominated for another 312. In addition, she is the first American Idol winner to sweep all three major music awards in a single season. The three major awards include the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards, and the Billboard Awards. 

Her win in 2006 as Female Vocalist of the Year might not look significant compared to her many victories, but she was overwhelmed when she heard her name called. She also thought that she didn’t stand a chance against the amazing women in her category. In the clip of her acceptance speech, Underwood is seen with tears in her eyes. 

“You guys, like two years ago, I was sitting at home watching these very awards, watching all these other people win and have the best nights of their lives,” she said during her acceptance speech in 2006. “And this is the best night of my life.”

2020 CMA Awards

On November 11, the 2020 CMA Awards will air on ABC from Nashville’s Music City Center. 

To no one’s surprise, Carrie Underwood is up for Entertainer of the Year against Luke Combs, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, and Keith Urban. 

Underwood announced this year that she planned to step down after 12 years of hosting the CMA Awards. 

[H/T Taste of Country]