Carrie Underwood made a triumphant (and emotional) return to the spotlight on Sunday at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards.
The country singer, 35, had the crowd on its feet as she took to the stage to perform her new single “Cry Pretty,” which marked Underwood’s first public appearance since she fell in November outside her home in Nashville. The singer broke her wrist and had to get more than 40 stitches in her face as a result of the freak accident.
“The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can’t hold them back,” she wrote in a letter posted on her fan club website Tuesday. “It really speaks to a lot of things that have happened in the past year and I hope when you hear it, you can relate those feelings to those times in your life.” Underwood added that her face “has been healing pretty nicely,” and assured readers that she was in good spirits.
She won Vocal Event of the Year (for “The Fighter” with Keith Urban) and was also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.