ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood has signed a new worldwide record deal with Universal Music Group’s Capitol Nashville. This follows her 12-year stint with Sony Music. Underwood joined the company’s Arista Nashville label after her American Idol win in 2005.

"It's so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future," Underwood stated in a press release. "The incredible team at UMG shares the heart and passion I have for music as well as the drive, and their innovative spirit has shown that together the possibilities are endless."

Mike Dungan, Universal Music Group Nashville Chairman and CEO, is equally enthusiastic. “Already a top tier force in country music, Carrie’s vast talents and creative bravery show that she is an artist who is prepared to take on a wide range of artistic challenges. We are excited for the future, and honored by her decision to make Universal Music Group her label partner in representing this worldwide superstar in the next phase of her career.”

Underwood has seven Grammys in addition to her twelve ACM Awards. She has won Entertainer of the Year previously in 2008 and 2009 and is the first female artist to have received the honor twice.

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