The 2005 American Idol winner has been a serial award winner ever since that historic victory of hers happened. As a singer-songwriter, she has a whopping 7 Grammys in her kitty. She has also won 11 Billboard Music Awards, 13 AMAs, 14 ACMs, and 9 CMAs. In addition to all these, she has a Guinness World Record as the female country artist with the most number-one hits on Billboard Hot 200. She also has countless career number-ones. For instance, according to Forbes, she is so far the most successful winner of Americal Idol since the singing competition TV series kicked off in 2002. Even more, she is the only country singer to have ever debuted at number one on Billboard 100. But how exactly have all these enviable records and more translated to a financial capacity for the singer? That’s our concern here, find out what’s Carrie Underwood’s net worth and how she acquired it.
What Is Carrie Underwood’s Net Worth?
According to various recent reports about the singer’s fortune, she enjoys a rapidly increasing net worth of $85 million. That is up from $55 million reported in 2018. While this new figure is yet to be authenticated substantively, it is believable.
She accumulated this much over the last fifteen years mainly from her work as a singer-songwriter with several hit singles and albums to show. She also accumulated her wealth from acting and product endorsements as discussed below.
How Does She Make Her Money?
Less than a month after she became the winner of the fourth season of American Idol on May 25, 2005, Underwood released her debut single Inside Your Heaven on June 14, 2005. The single immediately became a hit, debuting at number one on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Singles Chart.
This highly commendable achievement on the part of the singer paved the way for the super success of her debut studio album, Some Hearts, which was released only five months later on November 15. The album went ahead to become the highest-selling album of 2006 across all music genres in the USA. Apart from the fact that the album garnered countless awards and recognitions, its huge sales led to the first big break in Carrie Underwood’s net worth as it sold about 1 million copies.
After that first big commercial success, Underwood released her second album entitled Carnival Ride in October 2007 and it sold over 500,000 copies within the first week of its release. Her third studio album Play On, which was released on November 2009 sold over 300,000 copies within its first week of release. She has since released her fourth album Blown Away (2012) and her fifth entitled Storyteller (2015) which were both instant hits. In addition to these, she has a number of hit singles to her credit. All in all, Carrie Underwood is said to have sold over 70 million albums so far.
She Has Also Made Her Money From Acting Roles
Apart from her exploits in the music industry, Carrie has also had acting roles in both TV and film. Her first credited TV appearance was her participation in the 4th season of American Idol, which she won. She has also been a two-time celebrity guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (2007 and 2008). Since 2008, the singer has been a co-host of the Country Music Award ceremonies, every year.
Although she must have been paid for each of the above roles, which means they have contributed a feather or two to Carrie Underwood’s net worth, none of them really qualifies as an acting role. Her first real acting role was in 2009 when she portrayed the voice role of ‘Carrie Underworm’ in PBS children’s TV series Sesame Street. A few months after that, she was ‘Tiffany’ in an episode of CBS’ sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Her presence in that episode made it the highest-rated episode of season 5 of the show.
Since that well-acclaimed role in How I Met Your Mother, Carrie has gone ahead to fill no less than 15 roles. Most of these roles are either on a cameo basis or a musical role.
Another major channel through which Carrie Underwood has gathered her net worth is through lucrative product endorsement deals. Many of these deals have had some of the biggest brands around knocking on her door, such as Nintendo, Olay, and the cosmetic brand, Almay.