Wednesday night marked the 51st annual Country Music Awards. This particular show was different than years past, however, as it comes in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, that took place at a country music concert last month.
While at the performance, Carrie Underwood performed a rendition of “Softly, Tenderly,” in honor of those who had lost their lives. Her heartfelt performance had the entire audience in tears.
Some of the lyrics of the hymn say, “Softly and tenderly, Jesus is calling. Calling for you and for me; See, on the portals, He’s waiting and watching, Watching for you and for me.”
Throughout the song, a slideshow was rolling in the background, showing the various victims of the shooting and other members of the country music scene who had passed away suddenly throughout the course of the year.
By the end of the song, 34-year-old Underwood was in tears herself. People have been talking about the rendition nonstop since last night, calling it a performance of a lifetime.
Besides delivering an amazing performance, Underwood was also nominated for female vocalist of the year. Additionally, she co-hosted the show for the tenth year with Brad Paisley.
Before the performance, she said, “This has been a year marked by tragedy, impacting countless lives, including so many in our country music family. So tonight, we’re going to do what families do: come together, pray together, cry together, and sing together, too.”
Below is Underwood’s performance:
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