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Carrie Underwood led off for her team during the 2008 City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday.

The American Idol champion set the table for her Grand Ole Opry Live, drawing a walk in the first inning and proving that she has a great eye to go along with a beautiful smile, hair and body.

Unfortunately, Carrie's team lost 8-1. As you can see by the following images, though, this gorgeous singer still acted like a winner throughout. We adore her.

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For the fourth consecutive year, Kenny Chesney won the coveted entertainer of the year award at the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas last night.

"This one is really extra special because long before I had a hit record, the fans always came to the shows. And I want to thank you guys for voting and for being there for me," said Chesney when accepting his trophy.

Carrie Underwood took home the award for top female vocalist for the second consecutive year, while Brad Paisley won the same prize in the male category.

Here's a look at various celebrity photos from the event:

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Thanks, as always, to People magazine for assembling these terrific sound bites from the entertaining world of celebrity quotes ...

"Do I look like I had 10 cheeseburgers or something?"
- The possibly pregnant, publicity-seeking media whore Ashlee Simpson, in response to Ellen DeGeneres asking if she's knocked up

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"It's the Easter bunny."
- Minnie Driver, when asked who her unborn baby's father is

"This last pregnancy rumor really made me want to go back to the gym. I just didn't like the picture. I thought, 'You know what? My stomach is sticking out there! Let me get on the treadmill and do some sit-ups.'"
- Fergie

"I grew up watching Lindsay. It made me want to do what she does."
- Skank-in-training Ali Lohan

"I'm thrilled to be anywhere with high ratings these days."
- President Bush, appearing via satellite on Deal or No Deal

"I wore no underwear for you and look where it got me!"
- Kate Beckinsale (not Britney Spears), reneging on her "surprise" for Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson, after he made a crack about her age

"We played laser tag - it was really cool."
- Paris Hilton, on her "anniversary" with Benji Madden

"I'm content with 90 percent of me. I like my teeth. Sometimes I wonder if my orthodontist realizes how important he was."
- Carrie Underwood

"That was better than good sex!"
- Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba, congratulating Mario and Karina

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Fourth season American Idol champ Carrie Underwood is the May 2008 cover girl for InStyle Magazine, and needless to say, she looks great!

That goes for any sort of wardrobe choice she might make - and the star takes no issue with the fact that she prefers casual to glamorous.

"My personal style changes day to day," Carrie Underwood says. "But at the end of the day, I love sweatpants. I do enough glamming up for awards show and whatnot. So I can wear sweats whenever I want and it kind of evens itself out."

Carrie Underwood is a stylish (read: beautiful) young woman.

"I don't think about awards shows until the day they're there. I try not to stress about them too far in advance. That day, it's just all about looking pretty. So I can just sit back and let everyone do all the work."

Whatever you're doing, Carrie, keep doing it!

The country singer lists Charlize Theron, Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl and Reese Witherspoon as some of her celebrity fashion icons.

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Despite our longstanding crush on Carrie Underwood, we're really not going for any sort of sexual innuendo with that headline. We're just talking about her hair.

Yeah right.

Anyway, for whatever reason, a lot of female celebrities dig the bangs these days. Some, like Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham, just look frumpy and old.

Others actually pull it off, though. Here's a photo comparison of the lovely Carrie Underwood with her trademark look, and a bangin' variation on it ...

  • Carrie Underwood is Tops
  • Carrie Underwood, Bangs

Which hair style do you like better for the American Idol champion? And how crazy is Chace Crawford for breaking up with her - over text message no less?

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Carrie Underwood isn't crying a river over her split from Chace Crawford.

"We broke up over text, so it's like 'peace out,'" Underwood said at the taping of American Idol's special, Idol Gives Back, in Hollywood Sunday.

"It was completely mutual, we're both fine," she added, saying they "have not talked in a while, but I mean, I don't dislike him. It's no big deal."

Their relationship "just didn't work," Carrie Underwood said, "and we both knew it didn't work and [there are] no hard feelings at all whatsoever."

Dating in the public eye is "difficult ... because people always make a lot bigger deal of things than they actually are," she said.

The Gossip Girl star and the American Idol champ just weren't meant to be.

Their split, which was finalized via text message (how mature) was said to happen because of their conflicting schedules, sources have said.

"They couldn't spend time together," a source said. "It was hard."

Indeed. In other news, Chace's sister, Candice Crawford, will be competing for the title of Miss USA this spring! Woo! We hope she takes the title.

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Thanks, as always, to People magazine for this great collection from the week in celebrity quotes. Here are some highlights ...

"He's really big."
- Kimora Lee Simmons, on boyfriend Djimon Hounsou's Hong Kong billboard

"I'll go to a soccer game or whatever the girls are doing, then go home, have dinner with my wife [Demi Moore], watch a little A&E."
- Ashton Kutcher, on his typical day

"Sometimes you just do really feel like an ATM machine with a wig on it."
- Mariah Carey, on fame

"She's got a potty mouth."
- Dancing with the Stars pro Fabian Sanchez, on Marlee Matlin

"Can we have sex and then go shopping?"
- Britney Spears' first line on How I Met Your Mother

"Let me think about it."
- Carrie Underwood, after learning she would be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry

"If he had asked me to make peanut-butter sandwiches for the catering, I would have said, 'Crunchy or smooth?'"
- Renée Zellweger, on what she'd do to work with George Clooney

"Sometimes you just do really feel like an ATM machine with a wig on it."
- Mariah Carey, on fame

"It's kind of like finding a winning lottery ticket in the cushions of your couch."
- Joe Francis, on discovering old footage of Ashley Alexandra Dupre

"I have a deeper agenda in this life than to make people giggle at breaking bones and shoving things up my butt."
- Steve-O

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We're pleased to announce that one of the favorite celebrities of The Hollywood Gossip staff celebrates a birthday today. Carrie Underwood is 25!

The Oklahoma native won the fourth season of American Idol and is one of the most commercially successful artists to be spawned by the Fox reality show, rivaled only by the likes of Chris Daughtry and Kelly Clarkson.

Beautiful Carrie Underwood Pic

Aside from her country music hits, Underwood's appeal can be attributed to her wholesome image. More Julianne Hough than Britney Spears, Carrie meshes beauty and talent with a grounded, down-to-earth and effervescent personality.

The amazing Carrie Underwood hits the quarter-century mark.

As for her personal life, Carrie Underwood used to date Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo and has been linked to Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford.

She is a two-time winner of PETA's "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" contest, a People magazine "Most Beautiful People" list entrant in 2007, and the world's "Sexiest Female Musician" as determined by Victoria's Secret.

Happy birthday, Carrie! Check out our calendar of celebrity birthdays to see when your favorite star's is coming up - or if any celebs share your special day!

UPDATE: Also celebrating a birthday today? Soap opera star and upcoming Dancing with the Stars hunk Cristian de la Fuente! Woooo!

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It's funny how Lauren Conrad and Carrie Underwood end up in so many of our celebrity fashion clashes here at The Hollywood Gossip.

Maybe we're biased towards a pair of celebrities we have crushes on, but at least some of it must have to do with their trendy fashion sense!

Kylie Jenner Fashion

In this case, the country singer rang in New Year's Eve in Times Square in the same Betsey Johnson coat that The Hills star recently rocked.

Somehow, they both make it work. Possibly because they're beautiful and can pull off anything. But tell us, who wore this coat better?

Carrie Underwood vs. Lauren Conrad... you decide!

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It's Valentine's Day and what girl wouldn't enjoy a nice pink dress to wear on a romantic date this evening? Certainly the celebs below would be up for it!

Country queen Carrie Underwood, for one, is proving you don't have to show a lot of skin to be hot. Jumper star Rachel Bilson takes a similar attitude.

Even alleged singer and actress Jessica Simpson keeps her giant boobs remarkably covered up in a sleek pink dress of her own! See below ...

Carrie Underwood, Rachel Bilson and Jessica Simpson all look pretty in pink, but that's not all for this special Valentine's Day celebrity fashion show. Oh no.

To prove we're not only interested in girls who have dated Tony Romo, below is a photo of Dancing with the Stars' resident cutie, Julianne Hough!

To Julianne's right is the super-skinny Kate Bosworth (eat a steak, girl) and The Hills' Whitney Port, the trusted co-worker / BFF of Lauren Conrad.

Julianne Hough, Kate Bosworth and especially Whitney Port are welcome to be the Valentines of T.H. Gossip staff members. You know, if they don't have plans.

The Hollywood Gossip asks its readers (both guys and girls): Which of these stars do you think has the best Valentine's Day style?

NOTE: The editors' pick is Whitney Port, but we're a tad biased.

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