Has it really been ten years since Carrie Underwood conquered Nashville?

Are y’all ready to feel quite old?

Here goes.

A majority of country fans met Carrie Underwood in 2005.

TEN years ago!

Back then, she was just a curly-haired girl from Oklahoma with a big voice and a laid-back Southern attitude. She won “American Idol” and won, too, the hearts of country fans everywhere with her first single “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”

Underwood recently announced plans to celebrate the momentous occasion with a week’s worth of special performances in Nashville, including performances at the Grand Ole Opry on June 9, the CMT Awards on June 10 and the CMA Music Festival at LP Field the evening of June 13. It’s quite a comeback for the new mama, who gave birth to an adorable baby boy back in March.

June 10 might be the biggest celebration of them all, with Underwood up for five awards at the annual show, including two for Video of the Year. “Little Toy Guns,” featured on “Greatest Hits: Decade #1,” is also up for Female Video of the Year and will be the song Underwood performs on the popular awards show.

Want to make sure Underwood comes home with the big award of the night? Voting is underway now at and continues until June 8, at 10 AM, ET, to determine the winners.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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