Underwood performs, looking no different
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.