Carrie Underwood broke down at the 51st Country Music Association Awards Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee as she paid tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
Singing “Softly and Tenderly” as she stood on a center stage in a white gown, the 34-year-old singer first paid tribute to the members of country music who had died over the last year, including Troy Gentry, Don Williams and Glen Campbell. As she sang the ballad, a video of their faces played behind her. (RELATED: CMAs Get Political, Mock Trump And Clinton)
Near the end, the faces and names of the 58 people killed during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival last month flashed across the screen behind her.
To make the moment even more moving, the singer was surrounded by a room of people holding up candles. The whole thing was very moving and clearly got to Underwood as she broke down near the end of her song.
At the start of the show, she and her co-host Brad Paisley recognized that the year had been marked with a lot of tragedy and named the Vegas shooting, the Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooting and the hurricanes.
“The list goes on and on. This has been a year marked by tragedy, impacting countless lives, including so many in our country music family,” Underwood shared. “So tonight, we’re going to do what families do. Come together, pray together, cry together and sing together, too.”