WATCH: Carrie Underwood Honors Eagles with ‘Desperado’ Cover at 2007 Grammys

by Emily Morgan

Following Carrie Underwood’s “American Idol” victory in 2007, 23-year-old Underwood took the Grammy Awards stage to pay tribute to Eagles’ lead singer Don Henley. 

For her performance, Underwood chose to honor the legendary lead singer with a stunning cover of their hit song “Desperado.” 

Co-penned by Henley and Glenn Frey, the song served as the title track for the Eagles’ second studio album, but the band never released it as a single. 

Today, fans remember “Desperado” as one of the Eagles’ most popular songs. 

Underwood was the perfect person to put her spin on the classic rock tune. Her powerhouse vocals and stunning range make her one of the greatest female vocalists of all time. 

Carrie Underwood has consistently proven why the small-town Oklahoma songstress came out on top during the singing competition.

Carrie Underwood Honors Legendary Band With Phenomenal Performance

Even though her tribute performance was over a decade ago, it proves that her vocal ability truly has no limit. 

Before her tribute, Underwood, backed by fiddler Johnny Gimble and other musicians, performed a version of the Bob Wills classic “San Antonio Rose” to honor Texans Bob Wills and Henley. 

Rascal Flatts also paid tribute to Henley with a contemporary version of the Eagles’ “Hotel California.” 

Carrie Underwood returned to the stage with a rendition of “Desperado,” which portrayed Underwood’s vast array of talent while paying respects to former legends. 

Rascal Flatts finished the segment with their version of “Life in the Fast Lane.”

Afterward, Underwood won her first Grammy award for “Best New Artist,” beating out other artists that included James Blunt and Chris Brown. As of now, Underwood has seven Grammys under her belt. 

Many others have covered “Desperado,” included Linda Ronstadt, Chris LeDoux, Johnny Cash, and Miranda Lambert. 

Her first single, “Inside Your Heaven,” was the first country music single in history to hit the No. 1 position on the “Billboard Hot 100.”

Her debut album, Some Hearts, gave fans iconic hits such as “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats,” which gave Carrie Underwood the title of the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history.