Carrie Underwood's 2016 worldwide Storyteller Tour hit new benchmarks of attendance for the little Okie from Checotah. The singer played for more than one million fans in 92 separate shows all over the globe. Appropriately enough, the Country Music Association has given the superstar the prestigious International Artist Achievement Award for playing such shows in New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere. Underwood found out the news backstage during her 100th performance at the Grand Ole Opry.
Several other CMA honors have been given out, as well. Radio broadcaster Bob Harris received the International Country Broadcaster Award; country band The Shires were awarded the Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award for their work as a non-U.S. signed artist; journalist Richard Wootton was handed the Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award for excellence in reporting; and Rob Potts was honored with the Jo Walker-Meador International Award, which aims to celebrate contributions in country music marketing outside of the U.S.
“CMA International Awards are a way to recognize our genre’s best ambassadors to fans globally. The recipients of these Awards are the ones on the front lines, continuously driving CMA’s mission to advance Country Music around the world,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, in a press statement.
Underwood recently performed at the 52nd annual ACM Awards as part of the collaborative opening with Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean performing a medley of No. 1 hits. She later joined Urban for "The Fighter."
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