Sixteen Years Ago Today: Carrie Underwood Performs ‘Before He Cheats’ On Saturday Night Live

Carrie UNderwood country music

No way it’s been eighteen years…

In what seems like a tale as old as time, Carrie Underwood edged out Bo Bice for her win on American Idol and impressed fans along her journey from auditions to finale.

But I think we can all agree, the “Denim & Rhinestones” singer didn’t truly take off until her release of “Before He Cheats” later that year, marking one of the most dynamic moments in female country music history.

In the same way a tragedy becomes engrained in your memory processors, I remember exactly where I was when I first heard Carrie let it rip on the no good, scumbag cheater from this narrative track. And even as a fifth grader, I was cheering for her to slash his tires on repeat afterwards!

In a 2007 guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, Carrie revisited the hit song for viewers with a special introduction from Peyton Manning.

The live rendition also included some awesome fiddle that was even better than the recorded version.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock