Country superstar and six-time Grammy-award winner Carrie Underwood is adding another prestigious career honor to her resume. T.J. Martel Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS announced on Monday (Aug. 19) that Underwood will receive this year's Artist Achievement Award at the 38th Annual New York Honors Gala to be held at the legendary Cipriani in New York on Oct. 22.
Other honorees at the forthcoming event include Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP of Marketing CITI (Spirit of Music Award), Brandon Steiner, CEO of Steiner Sports (Humanitarian of the Year Award), John Sykes, President of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises (Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award) and Target Corporation (Spirit of Excellence Award).
Additional celebrity performers and presenters to be announced at a later date.
Underwood is riding a string of success from her latest "Blown Away" record, released last year. Spawning three No. 1 singles ("Good Girl," the title track and "Two Black Cadillacs"), the project has moved roughly 1.5 million copies and the current single "See You Again" is projected to take the top spot on the Mediabase radio airplay tally on the chart ending Aug. 25. With the album bowing at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums, Underwood become only the second country artist in the chart's 47-year history to have their first four albums debut at the summit.
In support of the album, Underwood hit the road on the 110-concert Blown Away Tour, which took the singer overseas for a collection of dates in the UK, Ireland and Australia. In addition to the foreign excursions, she played sold-out arenas in 2013 in the US and had near sell-outs during the 2012 leg of the touring, landing her the distinction as the top solo female country touring act of the year.
“When I started this Foundation with several of my peers in the music and entertainment business in honor of my son T.J., I wanted to do all that I could to make sure other families would not have to suffer the way my family did,” said Tony Martell, Founder & Chairman of the T.J. Martell Foundation. “We are thrilled to honor Carrie Underwood with this year’s Artist Achievement Award.”
Previous honorees include former President George W. Bush and former President William J. Clinton, the late Frances Williams Preston, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Anne Curry, Al Roker, Clive Davis, Arnold Palmer, Del Bryant, Scott Borchetta, Clarence Avant, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, the late Gil Freisen, Irving Azoff, Russell Simmons, Monte & Avery Lipman, Bruce Lundvall, John Esposito, Joel Katz and the late Ahmet Ertegun.