Carrie Underwood will perform at ACM Awards, months after 'gruesome' face injury

Last November, Underwood accidentally fell on the steps outside of her home. "Even though I've had the best people helping me, I'm still healing and not quite looking the same", she told her fan club in January.

Last week, the American Idol victor excited fans when she shared a photo of herself in the studio, not only showing her face, but also teasing new music.

As promised by Underwood, the song was available to fans at 6:00am ET this morning in the form of a download and a lyric video. "I honestly don't know how things are going to end up but I do know this: I am grateful".

She also noted that this setback also has some "silver linings" because it allowed her to spend more time with her husband Mike Fisher and their son Isaiah, especially watching Fisher play hockey for the Nashville Predators.

Noting that Underwood has been mostly absent from public view since her fall, and that the extent of her injuries are unknown and a subject of "much gossipy speculation", the song "sends a message ahead of that return: though her carefully maintained beauty is certainly a selling point, Underwood can only be as pretty as circumstances (and, perhaps, a top medical team) allow", writes NPR music critic Ann Powers.

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"I've also been able to be creative in a way that I've never been before, which has been very fulfilling and empowering", Underwood said of working with writer/producer David Garcia. It's called "Cry Pretty" and I wrote it with three incredible women: Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose, and Lori McKenna, who also write under the name Love Junkies. The singer said they created "magic" together after she joined them for a writing session. "And I can't wait to start this new chapter with you!"

"Cry Pretty" will make its live debut when Underwood performs during this Sunday's American Country Music Awards, where she's nominated in two categories.

This is Underwood's first radio single since 2016's "Dirty Laundry" and also comes on the heels of her collaborative track with Ludacris for the Superbowl titled "Champion".

"The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can't hold them back", Underwood wrote.


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