The country music world is small — and while there are always new boots, it’s the Queens of Country that we constantly see popping up on radio and major awards shows. Here Carrie Underwood stands alone. As of 2019, The Tennessean reported that the “American Idol” alum hosted the Country Music Awards for the past 12 years before passing the torch. As well as hosting duties for over a decade, Underwood is known for rocking stunning outfits on stage. From sparkling mini dresses to feathers to dramatic ball gowns, there’s nothing the country singer can’t pull off. And we haven’t even mentioned their catalog of awards, including the multitude of Grammys, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and more…
Of course, when we talk about successful country artists, we have to mention Taylor Swift. Although the “Blank Space” singer made the transition to the pop genre earlier in her career, she’s still considered a country darling. Swift is also one of the most decorated musicians of all time and “is the first and only solo artist to win the Grammy for Album of the Year three times,” Grammy.com.
Another thing Swift is known for is their feuds. This star has had “bad blood” with many others in the entertainment industry, including Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, and reportedly even Underwood. So why don’t the country titans agree?
Carrie Underwood poked fun at Taylor Swift’s relationships
The alleged feud between Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift dates back to 2011, when CMA co-hosts Brad Paisley and Underwood poked fun at Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries and Swift’s notoriously short-lived relationships. “I will love you forever, or 72 days … as long as Taylor Swift is dating her current boyfriend,” they sang (via Us Weekly).
The following year, Swift was fair game again with the CMAs after splitting from then-boyfriend Connor Kennedy. “The biggest trade of the year had to be the Kennedy family. They kind of traded Arnold Schwarzenegger for Taylor Swift,” Paisley joked (via the Daily Mail). Wondering aloud about getting back together, Underwood referenced Swift’s #1 hit single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” “Never, never, never. Never,” she replied. Things were so chilly between Swift and Underwood that they asked to sit apart at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Years later, Underwood remained dismissive of Swift’s friends. In 2016, an insider speaking to Radar Online That Year (via OK! Magazine) claimed the “Dirty Laundry” singer called Swift’s romance with DJ Calvin Harris a “faux-mance.” “Things between them have gotten icier than ever because Taylor heard sneaky giggles at Carrie disregarding Calvin… Normally, backstage chatter wouldn’t interest Taylor too much. But Carrie is really rubbing her the wrong way,” the insider added.
Carrie Underwood has denied rumors of a falling out with Taylor Swift
Though many have speculated about Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” with Carrie Underwood, Underwood claimed they weren’t related. “I’m not around [Swift]. We meet at events. We’re never in the same place at the same time,” she told Radar Online in 2013. “In any magazine, pretty much any newspaper, or gossip TV shows, they can get away with it by saying ‘a source said’ or a ‘Insider said,'” Underwood explained the most ridiculous things about me when people do that.”
In fact, Underwood seemed keen on putting the rumors to bed. In the same “CBS” interview, she praised Swift for her musical experimentation. “I really like ‘I Knew You Were Trouble,'” she said. “It sounded very different to [Swift]. I liked the branching. She’s trying different sounds.” And in June, Underwood featured Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in a song association game for ELLE Magazine.
Swift didn’t add much to the perceived drama, but she did hint that Underwood hurt her feelings with that CMAs jab. In 2012, she told The New York Times Magazine that viewers didn’t see her reaction because “[The cameras] don’t pan to you unless you’re laughing.”