4. Carrie Underwood parlayed her win on the fourth American Idol season into a career as a country music superstar, having sold millions of albums and winning seven Grammy awards on 11 nominations. Another incredible feat: She is the first ever female artist to win back-to-back Academy of Country Music Awards for Entertainer of the Year in both 2009 and 2010. 6. Arizona native Jordin Sparks was the show’s youngest winner ever when she won the 2007 title at the tender age of 17. The victory set the stage for a wildly-successful three-year span in which she’s released two platinum albums and was honored with a Grammy nomination.
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