5. When Carrie Underwood's Best New Artist win defied expectations.
Carrie Underwood proved the critics wrong when she scooped up the Best New Artist GRAMMY Award in 2007.
At the time, she was only the second country artist to win the award (following LeAnn Rimes in 1997), and edged out a strong field of nominees that included Chris Brown, James Blunt, Imogen Heap, and Corrine Bailey Rae.
The same year, Underwood also won the Best Female Country Vocal Performance award for "Jesus, Take The Wheel," and went on to become one of the few Idol winners to have sustainable success in the music industry.
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