- By Dennis Petrone
Seven-time Grammy Award winner and country music ally Carrie Underwood takes the stage this month at the Staples Center in her Cry Pretty Tour 360 with special guests Maddie and Tae, and Runaway June. Coming off the back of the 53rd CMA Awards that Underwood hosted and the Country Music Association themed a celebration of women in country, we’re loving this all-female line-up and long overdue moment for the genre.
This is Underwood’s sixth studio album and tour since her national breakout moment back in 2005 on American Idol, and she’s shown no signs of slowing down. In addition to her seven Grammys, she’s also won 11 Billboard Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 13 American Music Awards among others. She’s regarded as one of the most successful artists of any musical drama having sold more than 65 million records worldwide.
With Cry Pretty, Underwood continues to share her message or love. Her vocal support of gun legislation and gay marriage in her songs “The Bullet” and “Love Wins” has brought the artist under heat with traditional country fans. But the devout Christian maintains her position. “I do think that we as humans are inherently good and we need to remember that,” she said in a recent radio interview. “Because we’re different, that doesn’t make somebody else bad, it just makes us different.”
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