On Sunday, the singer — who sported tear-shaped glitter makeup below her eyes — delivered an emotional performance her new single “Cry Pretty” at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, receiving a standing ovation at the end of the rendition.
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— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) April 16, 2018
“You just knocked it out of the park,” Urban told his collaborator.
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The singer hasn’t attended an event since the CMA Awards last November, which Underwood cohosted with Brad Paisley and where she performed an in memoriam tribute to the victims of the 58 victims who were killed in the mass shooting at the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Shortly after the CMAs, Underwood broke her wrist during a fall on her front porch. And in January, the country star revealed that in the same accident, she suffered an injury to her face, which resulted in more than 40 stitches.
In December, she shared a selfie of her face swaddled in a scarf; on April 4, she posted a photo from the recording studio that showed half of her face; on April 6, she showed her entire face, from a distance, in a picture from a band rehearsal, likely for the ACMs; and the night before the show, she posted another full-face selfie from a rehearsal.