CHEVROLET AND BILLBOARD ANNOUNCE CARRIE UNDERWOOD AS THE WINNER OF THE
SECOND ANNUAL MILESTONE AWARD
Honor was presented at 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 18
At MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Broadcast LIVE on ABC
Billboard, dick clark productions and Chevrolet announced earlier tonight that Carrie Underwood was the winner of the second annual Milestone Award, presented at the star-studded 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The fan-voted, editorial award celebrates the ingenuity of this year’s hitmakers, and spotlights an innovative artist that achieved a notable chart milestone over the past year.
Carrie Underwood has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and placed 18 singles at #1, with nine of those as co-writes, all within four albums since winning American Idol in 2005. She has won a vast array of awards including six GRAMMYs® and three female vocalist awards from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM). In 2010 when Carrie garnered her second win as ACM Entertainer of the Year, she became the first female artist to win the award twice. Carrie has won a total of 11 ACM Awards, 5 CMA Awards, 7 American Music Awards, 6 People’s Choice Awards, 9 CMT Music Awards, 12 American Country Awards, 9 BMI Songwriter Awards, and is a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry. In the spring of 2013, Carrie wrapped her highly successful headline arena tour, “The Blown Away Tour,” where she performed a total of 112 dates in 110 cities, in 6 countries across 3 continents, playing for more than 1 million fans and selling out every concert in 2013. This past December, Carrie starred as Maria Von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour live broadcast of The Sound of Music, based on the original musical, delivering a ratings bonanza as the show ranked #1 across all half hours of the broadcast. More than 44 million viewers saw some or all of the groundbreaking December 5 event and Dec 14 re-airing. Carrie is also the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football on NBC, singing the opening theme song, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.” She was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
The initial six nominees for the 2014 Milestone Award presented by Chevrolet included Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Luke Bryan, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding and Carrie Underwood. The six nominees were then pared down to three finalists mid-April: Carrie Underwood, Ellie Goulding and OneRepublic. And in end, after the votes were cast, Carrie Underwood came out on top.
“Wow! I truly have the best fans in the world,” said Underwood as she accepted her award in a heartfelt speech. “I couldn’t do one one-zillionth of what I do without them.”
Starting on April 1, fans voted for their favorite nominees on Billboard.com/milestone. Voting continued all the way through 10pm ET / 9pm CT on May 18 during the live Billboard Music Awards, and culminated with the announcement of the award winner toward the end of the show presented by superstar artist, Kelly Rowland.
The 2014 Billboard Music Awards were broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18 at 8pm ET on ABC.
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ABOUT “2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS”
The “2014 Billboard Music Awards” are set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18 at 8:00pm ET/PT. The show will showcase this year’s hottest and biggest music stars. Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 11, 2013 through March 9, 2014. The “2014 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Michael Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers.
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