Country Throwback: Watch Carrie Underwood Blow Away ‘Live on Letterman’ with ‘Before He Cheats’ in 2012

by Joe Rutland
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Carrie Underwood turned it up another notch in 2012 when she performed her classic “Before He Cheats” while appearing in New York City.

Underwood, in this country throwback, is performing this No. 1 hit during a “Live on Letterman” segment. She had earlier appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS. She did this as an Internet extra and got the entire Ed Sullivan Theater crowd involved in the song.

This song is a staple in the Underwood songbook, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing along with her and the crowd. Take a few minutes and enjoy this country throwback to 2012 with Carrie Underwood and her band.

Carrie Underwood Song Hits No. 1 On Hot Country Chart

It was the fifth song to be released off of Underwood’s 2005 debut album, “Some Hearts.” Now this song set some Billboard chart records, so let’s take a look at them.

“Before He Cheats,” which is about a woman taking revenge on her man, was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country chart for five straight weeks. It reached No. 8 on the overall Billboard Hot 100 chart and it was on the Hot 100 for 64 straight weeks.

At one time, it was the best-selling song by an “American Idol” winner. Now it ranks third. She won a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2007. The song’s writers, Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear won a Grammy for Best Country Song. Also in 2007, Underwood’s song was named Single of the Year by the Country Music Association Awards.

The song had more than 2 million digital sales in December 2007. As we said earlier, it’s become a staple of the Underwood songbook along with “Jesus, Take The Wheel.”

How’s that for a big country throwback for Carrie Underwood. She’s a superstar in the eyes of so many people and remains committed to both country and gospel music.

Underwood Wore Braces For a Bit and No One Caught On

There was a period of time where Carrie Underwood actually needed some dental work done.

Everyone knows that when you grow up, sometimes you have to wear braces on your teeth. Underwood said she also did this as a child, but just a few years ago she needed to do it again.

Carrie Underwood spoke about this period in her life with “Women’s Health.” She laughed when talking about having braces as a teenager. Underwood said she didn’t wear her retainer on a consistent basis. Her teeth started to shift.

Well, when she decided to fix her teeth, Underwood was a famous star and in the spotlight.

But she wore braces on her bottom teeth for three months, even while doing red carpet events.

“I went to an orthodontist and I was like, alright, we’ve gotta make this quick,” Carrie Underwood said. “It’s such a little thing, but it’s only going to get worse, so let’s fix it now. And he did, in like three months.

“So there was a period of my life that nobody knew I had braces on the bottom for like three months,” she said. “And I was doing red carpets and stuff like that just trying not to smile too big.”

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