Happy Birthday, Carrie Underwood! Let's take it WAY BACK!

It's been 12 years since Carrie was crowned champ on American Idol. And since then, she's learned how important it is for her to step away from the spotlight every once in a while and just be Carrie from Checotah, Oklahoma. 

Carrie Underwood says she sometimes needs to step outside of the spotlight. "You forget. You're in your celebrity bubble and I don't want to be in that bubble. It's fun sometimes. But for your heart and for you as a person, you just kind of need to step away and just be real."

Carrie has no big plans for the rest of the year, except to enjoy being a wife and mother. 

Just for fun, let's relive the moment when we first met Carrie. 

 
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