Carrie Underwood Is The Only Female Artist In History To Win ACM Entertainer of the Year Three Times

Carrie Underwood is making history once again. After tying with Thomas Rhett for the ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year…


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September 17, 2020


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Carrie Underwood is making history once again.

After tying with Thomas Rhett for the ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year title, the superstar has now become the first female artist in ACM history to take home the honor three times.

Underwood previously won Entertainer of the Year in 2008 and 2009 when the award was partially fan-voted.

Backstage, the “Drinking Alone” singer spoke about her big win as well as her ACM Awards performance and getting the chance to honor legendary artists like Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Patsy Cline. She admitted she has a hard time putting herself on the same level as some of the women who came before her.

“I don’t think I can ever look at myself like that,” Underwood said.

“I feel like a tourist, still, you know? I don’t know — I always say that I’m waiting for people to figure me out and leave me behind, or something,” she continued. “I will never look at myself the way that I or anyone else should look at those women [whose songs] I got to sing tonight.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.