Un­der­wood per­forms, look­ing no dif­fer­ent

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Mes­fin Fekadu

Car­rie Un­der­wood’s first tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ance since she suf­fered a fa­cial in­jury in Novem­ber found her in strong form at the 2018 Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards, own­ing the stage with her pow­er­house vo­cals.

Un­der­wood did not show any sign of the in­jury, de­spite her rev­e­la­tion in Jan­uary that she “might look a bit dif­fer­ent” when first seen in pub­lic af­ter her fall at her home. She per­formed her new song “Cry Pretty,” earn­ing a rous­ing — and long — stand­ing ova­tion from the Las Vegas au­di­ence.

Fol­low­ing the per­for­mance, she im­me­di­ately won vo­cal event of the year with Keith Ur­ban for the dan­ce­in­fused song “The Fighter.”

“Thank you for hav­ing me,” Un­der­wood said to Ur­ban on­stage. “I am still kind of shak­ing right now,” she added, ap­pear­ing teary.

Sun­day also was a mem­o­rable day for Chris Sta­ple­ton: His wife gave birth to twin boys, he cel­e­brated his 40th birth­day, and he won al­bum of the year. Sta­ple­ton didn’t at­tend the show, but host Reba McEn­tire an­nounced the birth of the boys when his Grammy-win­ning al­bum, “From A Room: Vol­ume 1,” was hon­ored.

The event was held in the MGM Grand Gar­den Arena six months af­ter a mas­sive shoot­ing killed 58 peo­ple at a coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val in the city.

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