Carrie Underwood is a contemporary American country singer. Hailing from a small town, this singer took her first step towards stardom after winning a reality contest. Despite her short physical build, her voice could deliver amazingly high notes. Most of her songs were about the various facets of love while some were spiritual. When she first burst into country singing, there were many female singers who had already made their mark, but she could stand up to the challenge. She has been the recipient of every conceivable award that the music industry offers – the Grammy Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Music Awards, the Country Music Association Awards, Incorporation Awards and one Golden Globe nomination – all in a short span of time. Her popularity is not merely confined to America. She has a huge fan following in Canada, U.K and Europe too. Despite these accolades, her songs have been criticized for being standard fare and that all of them sound similar. She has put her celebrity status to good use with her philanthropic efforts. She is an enthusiastic animal rights activist, an advocate of gay marriage and supports cancer research with her fund raisers.