Country superstar and former Oklahoma resident Carrie Underwood was awarded both the Female video of the year and Breakthrough video of the year last week at the 2006 CMT Music Awards. Underwood is yet just another talented artist with Oklahoma roots to join the ranks of Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton and serve as another positive role model for our state.

Since winning the coveted "American Idol" crown in May of 2005, Underwood has went on to receive critical acclaim for her debut album, Some Hearts, which was released in November of 2005. During this time, she became part of history when the album sold more than 314,000 copies in its first week of release, making her the highest debuting new artist in the country genre since the inception of SoundScan, a system created to track sales data.

Underwood beat out Sara Evans, Faith Hill and Miranda Lambert in the Female video of the year category, stating "All the other ladies in the category, I idolize you, so this is just amazing."

Aside from her more famous outings, Underwood also serves as a spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, being named "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" by vegetarians worldwide.

Who would have thought a small town girl from a sleepy Oklahoma town could achieve so much within one year?