Carrie Underwood was named Female Vocalist of the Year for the first time during last night’s American Country Countdown Awards. The “Something In The Water” singer got emotional during her acceptance speech as she dedicated her award to one of her youngest fans.
10-year old Isley Thibodeaux was killed on her way home from Underwood’s concert at the Cajundome in Louisiana last Sunday (April 24). Isley, a fifth grade student from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, died when a drunk driver crossed the center line and hit the Thibodeaux’s vehicle head on.
“She is a girl who will be remembered as hilarious, beautiful, full of joy and love, independent and always knew what she wanted. Isley will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her,” wrote a Louisiana news station.
Carrie Underwood thanked God, her crew, country radio, and fans before dedicating her award to Thibodeaux.
“Thank you guys so much. I would like to thank the good Lord above for Country music and that we are all blessed to be a part of it. I would like to thank my entire incredible team, band, and crew, and all the people that I am lucky enough to get to work with on a daily basis, they’re the best. Country radio, thank you so much for playing all our stuff, for playing our music and thank you for being behind me for so long.”
“Fans, fans, fans, fans, fans, thank you so much,” Underwood said. “It’s been so much fun seeing you guys out on the road this year and we’ve just been having fun together, so thank you.”
After a brief pause, an emotional Underwood said, “Isley Thibodeaux, this is for you.”
Carrie Underwood also performed her latest single, “Church Bells”, during the award show. See it below!
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