At the American Country Countdown Awards on Sunday night, Carrie Underwood took the stage to perform her new single “Church Bells,” before taking home the award for “Female Vocalist of The Year.”
According to IJ Review, Carrie began her speech by thanking God like she always does. However, it’s the way she ended the speech that has everyone talking. Carrie reportedly concluded her speech by dedicating her award to Isley Thibodeaux, a ten-year-old girl whose life was taken too soon while making her way home after one of Carrie’s concerts.
“Fans. Thank you, guys, so much,” Carrie said. “It’s been so much fun seeing you guys out on the road this year…so thank you. And to one fan in particular, Isley Thibodeaux, this one is for you.”
Isley was killed on April 24, when an alleged drunk driver Albert K. Sampy crossed the center line in Lafayette, Louisiana at 10:37 p.m. and hit her car head-on. Sampy’s license was suspended at the time and he’d had two prior drunk driving convictions.
When Carrie learned of Isley’s death, she sent a bouquet of flowers to her funeral with a personal note to the family and requested to be kept in the loop about any fundraisers held in her honor.
This is yet another reason that we love Carrie Underwood! God bless you, Carrie. Please keep Isley’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.