After tragedy, country music returns to Vegas with ACMs

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

"I haven't seen her", Bryan told ET, explaining that he and Underwood's husband, Mike Fisher, are good friends and sometimes fishing buddies.

Making her first major TV appearance in months since her fall, the country singer is set to perform her new hit at the upcoming 2018 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. "It felt like the right moment to do this song". While it is not a completely clear image, it is the closest photo of Carrie Underwood since the facial injury that required over 40 stitches.

Notably, tonight's telecast marks the first country music awards gathering to take place in Las Vegas since the city was devastated past year by the deadliest mass shooting in American history-so expect lots of tributes.

Be sure to tune into the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards tonight on CBS at 8pm ET/PT.

Chris Stapleton has been honored with eight nominations, including his first for Entertainer of the Year.

She will be performing her comeback single "Cry Pretty" at the award ceremony as her debut back into the spotlight. In addition, the Checotah native this year is nominated with Keith Urban for Vocal Event of the Year for their bouncy duet "The Fighter". "Maren Morris could win this year and that could be a huge upset".

He's closely followed by future Rupp Arena visitor Thomas Rhett, who has six nominations and helped facilitate one of the other Kentucky nominations: Nicholasville's TK McKamy for video of the year with Rhett's "Marry Me".

Country megastar and American Idol judge, Luke Bryan is "looking forward" to reuniting with Carrie Underwood at the 2018 ACM Awards on Sunday night. McEntire is a 16-time ACM award victor, and she's among the singers competing for Female Vocalist of the Year.

A 13-time ACM Award victor, Underwood will perform the world television premiere of her new single "Cry Pretty" on Sunday's show.

The announced presenters include David Boreanaz, Drew Brees, AJ Buckley, Cam, Sam Elliott, Eve, Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lynch, Nancy O'Dell, Rebecca Romijn, Max Thieriot and Lindsey Vonn.

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