Play On: It’s Carrie Underwood’s Birthday

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Carrie Underwood is hitting a milestone on Sunday: the six-time Grammy winner is turning the big 3-0. And while she continues her meteoric rise to fame, we hope she takes the time out of her current “Blown Away” tour to, well, blow out 30 candles.

Underwood rose to fame shortly after becoming the Season 4 winner of American Idol in 2005. Since then, she’s sold 15 million albums worldwide plus notched plenty of #1 singles. Among her biggest hits: “Some Hearts,” “Before He Cheats,” “Carnival Ride” and “Undo It.”

But the Oklahoma native’s focus wasn’t always on singing.

Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 and went on to Northern State University, chasing a degree in mass communications. But the detour was short-lived: she auditioned for Idol in the summer of 2004 and soon found fame.

She also found love: Underwood and her hockey player beau, Mike Fisher, tied the knot in 2010.  The two shared an intimate day before family and friends, Southern-style, at the Ritz Carlton in Georgia.

Now, to celebrate the country sweetheart’s birthday, we’re looking back at her very best red-carpet moments. Click through the gallery to see them — then be sure to tell us which is your favorite.

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