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In less than 10 years since winning 'American Idol,' Carrie Underwood has become country music royalty.
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In less than 10 years since winning 'American Idol,' Carrie Underwood has become country music royalty.
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In less than 10 years since winning 'American Idol,' Carrie Underwood has become country music royalty.
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In less than 10 years since winning 'American Idol,' Carrie Underwood has become country music royalty.
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Carrie Underwood and her husband, NHL player Mike Fischer
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In less than 10 years since winning 'American Idol,' Carrie Underwood has become country music royalty.
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For a country that fought a bloody war to escape from a monarchy, we Americans sure are obsessed with royalty. While LeBron James, the “King” of basketball, leads his team into the NBA Finals tonight, the CMT Awards on Wednesday night were all about “Country Music’s Reigning Queen” -- former "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood.

Taking home the top prize of the night, Underwood won the Video of the Year award for “See You Again” at the CMT Awards in Nashville last night. That award is voted on by fans and her third-straight win the in category -- and fifth overall -- indicates her immense popularity with CMT viewers in particular. Underwood now has the most CMT Awards in the show’s history with 11.

The charming, down-to-earth star accepted her prized belt buckle with typical graciousness.

"It's really hard to believe," Underwood said, appearing genuinely surprised. "I've been doing this for nine years but every single second of those nine years you guys have been amazing."

Fans no doubt reciprocate the love. Since winning American Idol in 2005, Underwood has largely focused her career on her first love, country music, and has become one of the most popular stars of the genre, a fixture on both the charts and at awards shows. The Oklahoma native has had a record 12 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart and has won six Grammys and virtually every other prestigious music award many times over.

So yeah, she’s country music royalty.

In addition to taking home the top prize, Underwood closed out the CMT Awards with a scintillating performance of “Something Bad,” her duet with fellow belt buckle winner Miranda Lambert. Calling it a song that’s “close to my heart,” Lambert won Female Video of the Year for “Automatic.”

Other big winners included Florida Georgia Line, who won Duo Video of the Year for “Round Here,” as well as Collaborative Video of the Year for “This is How We Roll,” their team-up with Luke Bryan. Speaking of Bryan, the singer and Lionel Richie won CMT Performance of the Year for "Oh No/All Night Long," which they sang together at the 2013 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony. Blake Shelton, Cassadee Pope (the season three champion on his show The Voice), and The Band Perry rounded out the winners at last night’s show.