Recognized by Billboard as Country Music's reigning Queen and by Rolling Stone as "the female vocalist of her generation of any genre", she was listed by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014.Underwood is the top country artist of all-time on the RIAA's Digital Singles ranking and the highest certified country album artist to debut in the 21st century.But they do like it out here,” he said of the road.
In 1996, Capitol Records was preparing a contract for Underwood but canceled it when company management changed.
For two years during the summer, she performed in Northeastern State University's Downtown Country show in Tahlequah.
She competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.
She is the only solo country artist in the 2000s to have a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, the only country artist to debut at number one on the Hot 100, and the woman with most number-one hits in the history of the Billboard Country Airplay chart (15).
She is the most successful American Idol winner, per Forbes.