In a new video, a grateful Carrie Underwood thanks fans for an early Christmas gift Rare Country Awards
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Carrie Underwood has one of the biggest voices in country music. Apparently, so do her fans because they voted Carrie the 2017 Rare Country Awards Female Artist of the Year. She also shared a second award — Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year— with Reba McEntire for their duet of the latter’s hit “Does He Love You.” That performance happened earlier this year during a celebration of Reba’s 40th anniversary as an Opry member.

The announcements came during the Rare Country Awards concert event held Dec. 14 at Acme Feed & Seed in downtown Nashville. While Carrie was unable to attend, she did want to thank her amazing fans for the honors.

But instead of just saying thanks, Carrie and her team created an original video that recapped her year, showing those loyal Care Bears some of the great times they had together and some of the awesome things she has been able to do because of them.

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“I just wanted to say thank you so much for voting for me for the Rare Country Awards Female Artist,” she says in the video. “Thank you Rare Country and thank you fans. You guys have been so good to me this year and it has been a pretty busy year, so thank you very much. This is an incredible Christmas present. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and I’ll see you guys out there in 2018. I think that’s going to be a pretty awesome year, too.”

There’s no doubt in our minds, Carrie.

It was a pretty great year for the talented and beautiful singer-songwriter. Even though she was on an official break from the road after the insanely successful “Storyteller Tour,” Carrie found her way onto stages, including her 100th appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, at Luke Bryan’s Nashville tour stop and onstage at several award shows, including the ACMs and Grammys, where she performed her hit duet “The Fighter” with Keith Urban.

Carrie was also back as the voice for “Sunday Night Football” with a new promotional video, but when it came to sports, she showed her true colors as a hockey wife. Carrie was loud and proud cheering on her husband, Mike Fisher, the then-captain of Nashville’s NHL Predators, all the way to the Stanley Cup playoff.


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Of course, there was also the CMA Awards, which she co-hosted with Brad Paisley for the 10th time. And for those who weren’t able to attend the “Storyteller Tour” stop at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York, Carrie released a live DVD of that show just in time for Christmas.

And this was during her 2017 break? Wow!

Carrie hasn’t made any announcements yet about her official 2018 plans, although we have heard that she has been writing songs. We’ll find out soon enough though, and in the meantime, congratulations Carrie!

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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