An expanded version of a story from Wednesday’s The Oklahoman.
Underwood is honored for smile
It has been a week of both smiles and tears for Oklahoma country music sensation Carrie Underwood.
The Checotah native was recognized Tuesday as the 2008 “Female Celebrity Smile of the Year” by the quarterly publication “Dear Doctor,” the country’s top consumer dentistry magazine.
Dr. David A. Garber, a renowned periodontist and prosthodontist, said in a news release that Underwood’s smile “radiates the youth, symmetry, harmony and balance.”
Underwood, 25, offered both smiles and tears during a concert Thursday night at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. The show was one of the final stops on Underwood’s co-headlining tour with Keith Urban, according to a CMT.com report.
After several costume changes and her performance of “Last Name,” the third single from her sophomore album “Carnival Ride,” Underwood got teary eyed as she addressed the crowd.
“Thanks for putting me on the stage. I mean it. Thank you so much,” she said. “I’ve got to start singing before I start to cry!”
But she began to weep and couldn’t get out the words to “Don’t Forget to Remember Me,” an emotional song inspired by her mother. Her fans took up the lyrics while Underwood cried and strummed her guitar, according to CMT.com.
“OK, that’s the last of that, I promise!” she said with a laugh.
When the lights went down, she disappeared for a moment, then returned composed to perform her hits “So Small,” “All-American Girl” and “Before He Cheats.”
Underwood’s emotional “Carnival Ride” will continue May 10, when she will be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. She also will perform and compete for the top female vocalist award at the May 18 Academy of Country Music Awards.
The 2005 “American Idol” winner continues on the road through June with her headlining “Carnival Ride Tour.”