NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will explore superstar Checotah native Carrie Underwood’s critically acclaimed world tour with the exhibition “Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour,” opening June 5.
The exhibition, which will be on view through Nov. 10, will include costumes, instruments, microphones, set pieces and more from the six-time Grammy winner’s 2012-13 “Blown Away Tour,” which is set to re-launch on Thursday and run through May 23. The 2012 leg of “The Blown Away Tour” entertained more than a half a million fans in 62 cities across three continents.
The tour also included home-state shows in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. To read my review of her OKC show, click here.
“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 Museum Director Kyle Young in a news release. “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. 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.”
Underwood’s “Blown Away Tour” also has a strong philanthropic element. The American and Canadian Red Cross will receive $1 dollar 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, according to the release.
“Blown Away,” Underwood’s current release, made history last year when it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making the Oklahoma native 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.
In addition, “Blown Away” 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. “Blown Away” became country’s best-selling digital album debut since 2010.
In addition to reaching No. 1 on the country airplay charts, “Good Girl” and title-track, “Blown Away,” have both been certified platinum for selling more than 1 million digital downloads. The videos for both songs reached No. 1 on CMT’s Top 20 with “Good Girl” spending a record setting 14 weeks at No. as well. The Oklahoma native’s current single, “Two Black Cadillacs,” has already broken the top 10 on the country charts and continues to soar.
Since releasing her debut, “Some Hearts,” in 2005, the Season 4 “American Idol” winner has sold more than 15 million albums with “Some Hearts,” 2007’s “Carnival Ride,” 2009’s “Play On” and 2012’s “Blown Away,” making her the best-selling “American Idol” in the U.S. She’s accumulated 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 singles from her first two albums. In addition to being a six-time Grammy Award winner, Underwood is a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.