Carrie Underwoodcompleted her comeback from a face injury at Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards,performing “Cry Pretty” and then tearfully saying thanksas she and Keith Urban accepted an award for vocal event of the year for “The Fighter.”
An emotional Underwood said she was “still shaky” ― and who could blame her?
The evening marked the country giant’s first public performance since she broke her wrist and injured her face in a November fall outside her home.
Underwood didn’t reveal her facial injuries until January, telling fans that she was“not quite looking the same” and wasn’t sure whether she would fully recover from wounds that required 40 to 50 stitches. The“Before He Cheats”singershared photos thatdidn’t fully show her visage, deepening the mystery around the extent of her injuries.
But when Underwood took the stage Sunday in Las Vegas, much of the speculation seemed to fade.
Country music was just happy to see her killing it on stage again.
Just check out the ovation.
Underwood notified followers last week that she “had been healing pretty nicely.” But some fans wondered why she kept calling attention to her face, because she looked like the same ol’ Carrie.
It literally makes me sick that Carrie Underwood made such a big deal about her face needing stitches. Maybe she should come visit my work where people face actual traumatic injuries that are life altering. 🤷🏻♀️#perspective— Casey Bradley (@caseynoel40) April 12, 2018
Really?!?@ACMawardswe're giving Carrie underwood a standing ovation for coming back after having stitches in her face and looking -exactly the same- after making a huge ridiculous deal about it?#wayyytoovain— Gena (@oOhsOoHarsch) April 16, 2018
Can’t please everyone.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.