After some time away from the spotlight following an injury, singer Carrie Underwood is back and better than ever. On June 6, Underwood proved she hadn’t lost any of her sparkle when took the stage at the 2018 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for an impassioned performance of her new song, “Cry Pretty.”
Although not technically her “comeback performance” (that took place back in April at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas), Underwood’s dazzling presence cemented her status as a superstar talent. Watch her own the stage in the video below:
The most-awarded artist in CMT history, she held 17 total trophies going into Wednesday’s event. This year, she was nominated for four more and ended up adding one more win to her collection. She won female video of the year for “The Champion,” her song featuring rapper Ludacris.
In her acceptance speech, Underwood took the opportunity to thank her fans for their loyalty.
“Thank you God for all of us who are lucky enough who sit over here that we get to do what we get to do,” she said. “And thank God for you guys — the fans. You guys really are the reason that we get to do what we do. Whoever went and voted for anybody, just thank you for taking the time. It means everything.”
She also gave her husband, former pro hockey player Mike Fisher, a quick a hug and a kiss on the cheek before she went to the stage to accept her award.
On Thursday morning, she took to Instagram to retiterate her gratitude for her record-breaking win, giving a special shout-out to Ludacris for “lending some of your magic to this song and video,” alongside a photo of her grinning and proudly displaying her award trophy:
Congratulations to Underwood on all her recent success!