Carrie Underwood has secured a new milestone with her debut album ‘Some Hearts’ being certified nine times platinum.

She had just completed her winning run on American Idol when she moved to Nashville and began recording the album back in 2005.  It became the best-selling album of the following year across all music genres in the United States, with hits including ‘Jesus, Take The Wheel’ and ‘Before He Cheats’.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) vice president Jackie Jones surprised Underwood during her performance at the Grand Ole Opry earlier this week to present her with the plaques to commemorate the new awards.

Those awards help secure Underwood’s reign as the best-selling female country artist in history in terms of digital singles.

The ‘Some Hearts’ album is only the sixth country album ever to achieve 9 x Platinum status, placing her in an elite group that also includes Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift.