Backstage: Carrie Underwood Says Wins Are For Fans

“I’m a Songwriter and a Story Writer"

After Carrie Underwood won two CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (June 8) night, Twitter almost exploded with excitement, congratulations and it’s-about-time comments.

Her devoted fans were thrilled for her, but it sounds like she is just as thrilled for them.

“I feel like this is definitely a win for my fans,” Underwood told me when she came backstage at the end of the night. “Everything they all do to support me means so much to me.”

Her two wins — for female video of the year for “Smoke Break” and performance of the year for “Smoke Break” from her CMT Instant Jam — came at a time when Underwood has honed her video skills for more than a decade. So she’s had a lot of practice.

“Jesus, Take the Wheel” was the first video Underwood made, right after winning American Idol in 2005. She still loves that first one, and all the ones she’s made in the 11 years since, because she said she sees each video as its own story.

“Each video is different,” Underwood said. “And they all lend themselves to different kinds of storytelling. ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’ was more about other people, so I was more like the narrator. And then ‘Smoke Break,’ I was in it as myself.”

What she loves the most is that it’s another way for her to be creative.

“I’m very involved in the video-making process just because I’m a writer,” Underwood said. “I’m a songwriter and a story writer. That’s my creative area.”

“And as I go from video to video,” she added, “I’m able to be more confident in myself and my abilities to be creative in that way.”

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