Carrie Underwood clears up the Faith Hill controversy.

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At the 2006 CMA Awards, Carrie was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year alongside some of country music's most respected singers—Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Sara Evans and Gretchen Wilson.

Carrie's big win wasn't the only news that made headlines the day after the awards show...Faith Hill's reaction to the announcement stirred up controversy throughout the country music industry.

When the presenter read Carrie's name, cameras caught Faith mouthing the word "what?" before walking out of the frame. Many people in the media said that Faith was upset that she didn't win, but Carrie says it was all in good fun.

"What really happened is she was just joking around backstage," Carrie says. "I'm not even sure if she knew the camera was taping her, but she was just messing around. ... It was no big deal."

Carrie says that as soon as the show was over, Faith called her personally to clear things up. "She called and said, 'I mean no disrespect,'" Carrie says. "I was like, 'You didn't even have to call, and my respect for you just went way up.'"
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Published on December 11, 2006

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