‘CRY PRETTY’ IS EX­ACTLY WHAT CAR­RIE DID

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The 2018 Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic (ACM) Awards marked a mem­o­rable night for the vic­tims of the mas­sive Las Ve­gas shoot­ing, come­back queen Car­rie Un­der­wood and triple-win­ners Chris Sta­ple­ton and Mi­randa Lam­bert.

Ja­son Aldean paid trib­ute to the 58 peo­ple who died at the Route 91 Har­vest Fes­ti­val in Las Ve­gas last Oc­to­ber when he was named en­ter­tainer of the year Sun­day for the third con­sec­u­tive time.

The ACMs brought the coun­try mu­sic com­mu­nity back to Ve­gas six months af­ter the deadly tragedy. Aldean was per­form­ing on­stage when the shoot­ing oc­curred.

Un­der­wood also had a big night, re­turn­ing to the stage like an A-List vet­eran in her first tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ance since in­jur­ing her face and wrist last year due to a fall at her home. Her pow­er­house vo­cals shined when she tearily per­formed her new song, “Cry Pretty,” earn­ing a rous­ing—and long—stand­ing ova­tion from the au­di­ence.

Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the per­for­mance, she won vo­cal event of the year for the dance-in­fused coun­try song, “The Fighter,” with Keith Ur­ban.

“I am still kind of shak­ing right now,” she added, ap­pear­ing teary-eyed.

“See­ing her stand up there and be so beau­ti­ful, she’s one of the great­est singers of all time in any genre of mu­sic,” Lam­bert said back­stage of Un­der­wood. “I am just proud of her and I know how strong she is and how hard she’s worked.”

But Lam­bert’s hard work also paid off: She made his­tory when she sur­passed Brooks and Dunn as the most dec­o­rated act in ACM his­tory with 32 wins on Sun­day. Lam­bert won her ninth con­sec­u­tive fe­male vo­cal­ist of the year tro­phy and won twice for song of the year—as the per­former and co-writer of “Tin Man.”

Reba McEn­tire, who per­formed with Kelly Clark­son, hosted the three-hour show.

See­ing her stand up there and be so beau­ti­ful, she’s one of the great­est singers of all time in any genre of mu­sic. I am just proud of her and I know how strong she is and how hard she’s worked.

MI­RANDA LAM­BERT

Singer

FOTO / AP

CAR­RIE UN­DER­WOOD

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