Monday, February 12, 2007

Carrie Underwood took home 2 Grammys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "American Idol" champion Carrie Underwood's Grammy victories on Sunday underscored the growing impact the hit TV talent show is having on U.S. pop culture, while the awards telecast even borrowed a page from the series with its own amateur contest.

Underwood, who won season four of the Fox network's blockbuster singing
competition, took home awards for best female country vocal performance
and best new artist
, becoming the latest in a growing list of "Idol"
victors to earn Grammy recognition.

"This is absolutely unbelievable," Underwood said in picking up the coveted trophy for best new artist. She went on to thank God, "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller and various others, including record mogul Clive Davis as well as the television show itself.

"I owe everything to 'American Idol,"' said Underwood, who also performed the Eagle's hit "Desperado" and "San Antonio Rose" during the telecast.

Underwood's single "Jesus, Take the Wheel" also earned a Grammy for best country song, a songwriter's award that in this case went to Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson.

Underwood's victories proved again that "American Idol" has grown from a television ratings sensation, ranking as the most watched series in U.S. prime time, into a fertile incubator for new musical talent.

"The truth of the matter is that at the end of the season, someone great who wouldn't have had a chance otherwise, wins this and gets a shot at a career. So we're really happy about her," Randy Jackson, one of judges on "American Idol," said backstage when asked about Underwood's Grammy win.

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