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Carrie Underwood was the first winner of Fox’s “American Idol,” and she has since become one of the biggest stars in country music.

Underwood was nominated for two Country Music Television awards in 2021: Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year. She won both awards, sharing the second with John Legend for their duet “Hallelujah.

” Underwood has now won the Video of the Year category at the CMT awards nine times, according to Us Weekly.

Now the most-awarded artist in CMT history, Underwood got her start by taking a chance and auditioning for the fourth season of “American Idol.”

Winners of “American Idol” preceding Underwood were Kelly Clarkson (season one), Ruben Studdard (season two), and Fantasia Barrino (season three).

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Underwood showed up to her “American Idol” audition with her mother in tow, wearing a pink top and wearing her curly hair down. She nervously paced the hallway before going in to perform for judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. Paula Abdul was absent that day.

After walking into the room where she would perform, Jackson asked Underwood if she was nervous and she said she was because Cowell was “scary.” She also told the judges that she used to play quarterback for the youth football team in her hometown.

Cowell then asked her if she “had something she shouldn’t have” previously, and she looked taken aback before saying that they told her that wouldn’t come up.

Then, Underwood proceeded to tell the judges that she was born with a third nipple.

“It just looked like a mole!” she exclaimed.

Underwood also shared during her audition that Martina McBride was her favorite singer and she could cluck like a chicken.

After she received her Golden Ticket, she turned to the cameras to tell viewers how happy she was.

“I’m so excited,” she shared. “You guys better be watching out for me… They told me I was really good! I threw out my fishin’ line and they liked it, they liked the bait, I guess.”

She also said she hadn’t flown before and that “being on a plane will be absolutely terrifying.”

“I’ve never been on a plane before, and this country girl is going to Hollywood!” she told everyone in the room.

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Underwood is definitely one of the most successful contestants in “American Idol” history alongside Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert.

Underwood isn’t only successful in the singing industry. She’s also a founder and ambassador of Fit52, a fitness app that aims to help people get fit and healthy. According to The Blast, Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, are now offering a 30-day free trial on the app.

Underwood is also a founder of CALIA by Carrie, a best-selling clothing line.

“Fit52 is based on a deck of cards – each suit represents a different target area of your body,” Underwood said of the app.

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Macy Gray blasted for attack on ‘divisive’ American flag after saying it’s been ‘hijacked & doesn’t represent freedom’

MUSICIAN Macy Gray says the American Flag fails to represent all Americans, and so “it’s time for a new flag.”

She addressed her irritation with Old Glory in an Op-ed honoring Juneteenth.

4Macy Gray made her case in an Op-Ed claiming that the current American flag is outdated and should be changed 4The Grammy award musician even created her own idea of a flag with multi-colored stars, off-white stripes and a map overlaid on the red stripes

In it, the Grammy winning R&B artist accused the American flag of getting “hijacked as code for a specific belief,” the piece published in MarketWatch reads.

“God bless those believers, they can have it.”

She then compared the “Stars and Stripes” to the “Stars and Bars” flag that represents the Confederacy. 

“Like the Confederate, it is tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect.” 

She added: “It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us. It’s not fair to be forced to honor it. 

“It’s time for a new flag.” 

OPINION: "Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it’s time for a reset, a transformation. One that represents all states and all of us," writes singer Macy Gray. https://t.co/VTezKfjxdr

— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) June 18, 2021 4Gray suggested the current flag was already flawed because there needed to be 52 stars, not 50 to represent Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico who have been trying to earn statehoodCredit: Getty - Contributor

The effort was met with quick derision by numerous politicians.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem told Gray: "No thanks."

She went on: "Old Glory still eaves as a symbol of liberty and justice for all."

A new flag?! No thanks. Old Glory still waves as a symbol of liberty and justice for all.https://t.co/Rfrn5M3exz

— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) June 19, 2021

Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of Colorado went so far as to say if you're against the flag then go find one you prefer and move there.

"There are 195 countries in the world," Boebert tweeted. "194 of them don’t have the American flag.

"If @MacyGraysLife or anyone else hates the American flag so badly, they should pick a flag they like & go live in the country that flies it!"

There are 195 countries in the world.

194 of them don’t have the American flag.

If @MacyGraysLife or anyone else hates the American flag so badly, they should pick a flag they like & go live in the country that flies it! https://t.co/337AXRyTLS

— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) June 19, 2021

Rep. Andy Biggs of Arisona echoed that sentiment.

"If you don’t like the American flag, feel free to leave," his tweet reads.

If you don’t like the American flag, feel free to leave. https://t.co/i62saDBYaJ

— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) June 19, 2021

The musician preemptively answered what many may soon be asking: Why? 

Gray argued that the flag’s composition is flawed. 

She claims the 50 stars are missing two - specifically citing the statehood pursuits of both Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

And the white “stripes” on the flag she cites Smithsonian evidence that they symbolize “purity and innocence.” 

“America is great. It is beautiful,” she writes. “Pure, it ain’t. It is broken and in pieces.”

4Gray also criticized the flag for its white stripes and suggested they could be "off-white" insteadCredit: Getty

She then asked: “What if the stripes were OFF-white? 

“What if the stars were the colors of ALL of us — your skin tone and mine — like the melanin scale?”

As for the blue square and the red stripes, Gray appeared to keep them in some form. 

The blue square she writes represents “vigilance and perseverance” and the red stripes “stand for valor.”

“America is all of those things,” the Op-Ed reads.  

“So, what if those elements on the flag remained? What if the flag looked like this?” 

And that’s when a fully rendered version of an American flag is included bearing 52 stars in various shades to replace the original white.

The stripes were darkened to almost gray hue. 

And the red striped background was more a translucent shade overlaid on a map. 

To close out her call for a flag fix, she suggested that what she’s pushing for isn’t unprecedented. 

She pointed to how in 1959, the flag was altered by a teenager named Bob Heft. 

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He rearranged the stars from 48 to 50 - in anticipation of Hawaii and Alaska joining the union. 

“He crafted a NEW flag with 50 stars for the then-future, because things had changed,” Macy stated. 

"Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it’s time for a reset, a transformation. One that represents all states and all of us."

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