ACM Awards 2018: Carrie Underwood gives emotional first performance since injuring her face

By Robert Peterpaul

She cried pretty! Carrie Underwood gave an emotional first performance since her horrific accident, a fall that injured her wrist and face last year, and fans are blown away. The 35-year-old country star had tears streaming down her face as she took the stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (Apr. 15) looking stunning in a black and silver mini with her long blond locks cascading to her waist. Belting out her new song, "Cry Pretty," the mom of one delighted the eager audience.

TAP IMAGE FOR FULL GALLERYCarrie Underwood made her return to the stage since her freak accident. Photo: © Getty Images

A day before the big event, Carrie took to social media to share her excitement about the big comeback. She shared a behind-the-scenes photo from backstage looking gorgeous and ready for the night ahead. “Had a great rehearsal for the @acmawards!” she wrote along with the selfie. “Can’t wait until tomorrow night! #CryPretty #ACMAwards.”

Carrie was ready to make her big comeback. Photo: © Instagram/@carrieunderwood

In a recent open letter, the former American Idol star revealed to her fans that she was "healing pretty nicely" after the incident, which required "40 and 50 stitches" to her face. "First off, physically, I'm doing pretty darn good these days! My wrist is almost back to normal, about 90% there… and the docs say that last 10 per cent will come in time," she wrote. "And my face has been healing pretty nicely as well. I definitely feel more like myself than I have in a while."

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Carrie fell on the steps of her house back in November, later telling her followers that she may look "a bit different" the next time they see her. "Even though I’ve had the best people helping me, I'm still healing and not quite looking the same," she told her fans back in January. "I honestly don't know how things are going to end up but I do know this: I am grateful. I am grateful that it wasn't much, much worse."

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