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For the tenth time, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley served as the hosts of the CMA Awards. Over the years, the duo has become famous for their little skits and humorous songs that they sing in their opening monologue.
Underwood and Paisley delivered yet another hysterical ditty during their opening bit this year. But that wasn’t the only performance that Underwood took part in!
Leading up to the ceremony, Underwood was announced as one of the scheduled performers. No one knew what to expect from her or her performance, since she has been off the touring scene all year and hasn’t released a new single since her duet with Keith Urban on “The Fighter.”
In an interview a few days before the awards aired, Paisley shared that he felt Underwood’s performance would be a highlight of the show. No one knew what that meant until the awards aired, when it was revealed that Underwood would be singing a memorial performance.
After much anticipation, we finally got to see what Underwood had in store once she took to the stage for her performance at the CMA Awards.
Wearing a magnificent white gown, Underwood’s voice rang throughout Bridgestone Arena as she sang the opening lines of the beloved hymn, “Softly and Tenderly.”
During the performance, images of artists, musicians, and musical figures that have passed away in the past year flashed on a screen behind Underwood.
In the middle of the performance, a few clips played of artists who have since passed on. These clips came from former CMA Awards ceremonies, and featured Don Williams, Glen Campbell, and Troy Gentry.
At the end of the performance, Underwood found herself struggling to sing as images of the Route 91 shooting victims appeared on the screen. We’re sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the room at that moment…
Be warned, you’ll want to grab some tissues before you watch this…