For Carrie Underwood, the emotion at the ACM Awards was real.
That’s according to Keith Urban, who tells CMT’s Cody Alan in a new interview that he observed the country superstar’s rollercoaster of emotion following her comeback performance of “Cry Pretty.”
“For her, not only to get through the song as epically as she did, but I think to see that much love in the room for her was very apparent,” Keith says exclusively of the feeling inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena after Carrie’s ACMs performance, “and I think she was really taken aback by it.”
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Keith took the stage with his “The Fighter” collaborator seconds after her performance to accept their win for Vocal Event of the Year for the song.
As for their interaction backstage afterwards, Keith reveals it was “super brief.”
“I just thanked her again,” he says. “This song has been such an unexpected little comet flying through the galaxy. It’s just been wonderful.”
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Preview more of Cody’s conversation with Keith, who explains how he came to record a song written by Ed Sheeran, below.
Hear the full exclusive interview Friday (April 27) on CMT Radio Live and CMT After MidNite.
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