Best: Carrie Underwood Makes a Stunning Comeback
ACM organizers had promised some "very honest emotion" on Sunday night, and it wound up coming from Carrie Underwood's return to the stage for a gutsy performance of her new song "Cry Pretty." The message and the moment weren't lost on Underwood, who hadn't made a public appearance since suffering facial injuries in a fall last November. She was almost visibly trembling from the mix of expectation and adrenaline, but she channeled it into a stunning and triumphant performance that was easily the night's most resounding feel-good event. Moments after she'd wrapped up the song with tears streaming down, Underwood was back on stage in a near-daze to accept the Vocal Event award for her duet on "The Fighter" with Keith Urban. "Thank you for having me. I'm still kind of shaky right now," she said. J.G.