Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson Praise Carrie Underwood's Comeback at ACM Awards (Exclusive)

The country crooner performed her song ‘Cry Pretty’ at the annual awards show on Sunday.

Carrie Underwood certainly has two A-list fans!

The 35-year-old singer made a triumphant return to the stage at Sunday night’s 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, belting out “Cry Pretty.”

The performance marked Underwood’s first onstage appearance since her fall outside of her home last November, which resulted in her getting 40 to 50 stitches on her face. Naturally, the crowd Underwood's peers loved her comeback performance, and let her know it with lots of cheering

ET’s Nancy O’Dell caught up with the show’s host, Reba McEntire, backstage afterwards where she gushed about the American Idol alum.

“I'm very proud of Carrie. She's gone through a lot, and I am proud that she's back on the stage again,” McEntire, 63, said. “She's a tremendous vocalist, incredible -- got legs to die for -- but she's an incredible vocalist.”

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Also a big Underwood fan – fellow Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson! The 35-year-old “Love So Soft” singer spoke with ET about the recent poll pitting her against Underwood.

“It doesn't matter what spectrum – if you're no. 1, you're no. 1, or no. 6, you're no. 6 – as long as you're doing what you love,” she said. “I know it sounds cheesy, it really does, but so many people go down bad paths, end up in rehab. All these things happen to them because you're just not focusing on what makes you happy – that’s what I wanted to focus on. We’re moms, we're CEOs, we're killing it – so that's why I was saying, 'Don’t do that to us.'"


Clarkson added of Underwood, “It’s great that she’s better.”

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