During the awards ceremony on Sunday, April 18, the 75-year-old singing legend shared a sentimental introduction for the former American Idol winner. Dolly in particular made note of Carrie's personal values, including her faith.
"I have always admired Carrie's incredible talent, but I am just as impressed with her personal qualities: her compassion, kindness, generosity and, most of all, the powerful faith that we both share," Dolly said. "Now her performance tonight speaks to that faith in a medley from her new gospel hymns album, My Savior, which I know is a true passion project for her."
Carrie, 38, wore a gorgeous shimmering gown and began with a solo rendition of "Amazing Grace" before she introduced the legendary CeCe Winans to join her for "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." Carrie then finished the medley with "How Great Thou Art," which was highlighted by a mind-blowing set of final notes.
The performance clearly impressed host Keith Urban. "Unbelievable—oh, my gosh," Keith shared when he returned to the stage. "What can I say about artists like Carrie Underwood, one of our reigning entertainers of the year, and of course, gospel icon CeCe Winans, other than the fact that the only thing more remarkable than their talent is, of course, the women themselves."
He continued, "Thank you so much, Carrie and CeCe, for sharing those songs with us."
The ACM Awards' official Twitter account shared a GIF from the performance with the caption, "TAKE US TO CHURCH, @carrieunderwood!" The tweet is below.
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