Specifically, reps for the Country Music Hall of Fameand Museum announced Feb. 12 that come this summer, superstar Underwood -- who is a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year and a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner -- will be the focus of her own exhibit that explores her critically acclaimed world tour. The display will be titled "Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour," with a June 5, 2013, opening day.
Per museum officials, the exhibition, which will run through Nov. 10, 2013, will include costumes, instruments, microphones, set pieces and more from the six-time Grammy winner’s 2012-13 “Blown Away Tour” that's slated to re-launch this week on Feb. 13 and run through May 23. Word has it the 2012 leg of “The Blown Away Tour” entertained more than a half a million fans in 62 cities across three continents.
“Carrie Underwood’s dynamic ‘Blown Away Tour’—starring her peerless powerhouse vocals and featuring amazing special effects including a tornado— has been entertaining music fans around the globe,” said Kyle Young, museum director. “It’s easy to see why she was Pollstar’s 2012 top female country touring artist.
"Touring has always been a key element connecting music artists with their fans; those interactions help forge and strengthen the artist-fan relationship, and this exhibit speaks to that," he continued. "We are delighted to be able to show our visitors key elements from Carrie’s show; whether re-living their favorite memories of the ‘Blown Away’ tour, or experiencing it for the first time via our exhibition, fans will enjoy this ‘up-close-and- personal’ look at a world-class, superstar-level music tour.”
Moreover, Oklahoma native Underwood’s “Blown Away Tour” reportedly has a strong philanthropic element. The American and Canadian Red Cross will receive $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg to help provide shelter food, and emotional support for those in need after a disaster. In 2012, Underwood also donated additional proceeds from her Atlantic City and Des Moines shows to local charities.
As for her "Blown Away" CD, the release made history last year when it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making her only the second country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at No. 1.
"Blown Away" also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making her only the second country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at No. 1. The disc also became country’s best-selling digital album debut since 2010.
Beyond reaching No. 1 on the country airplay charts, “Good Girl” and “Blown Away,” the title track of her current record, were both certified platinum for selling more than a million digital downloads. Plus, Grand Ole Opry member Underwood's current single, “Two Black Cadillacs,” has already broken the top 10 on the country charts and continues to rise.
To date, the six-time Grammy winner's collected 16 No. 1 singles, seven of which she co-wrote, and she became the first country artist in history and the only "American Idol" winner ever to achieve 10 No. 1 songs from her first two albums.
Video and slideshow bonus: To see a clip on the life and career of country star Carrie Underwood, please access the clip embedded with this post. And to see a slideshow of her 2013 Grammy dress, known as the "Projection Dress," please access the slideshow embedded here.