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Carrie Underwood Ready for Her Close-up: ACM Standing O!

Carrie Underwood Ready for Her Close-up: ACM Standing O!

After a devastating fall in November left her with 40 to 50 stitches, making her feel self-conscious about showing her face to her fans, Carrie Underwood slowly built up her confidence ahead of an ACM performance Sunday night!

In her first close-up selfie since the accident, posted before the show, Underwood looked every inch herself! "Had a great rehearsal for the @acmawards!" she wrote on Instagram, adding she "can't wait" to perform.

The image showed Carrie bathed in colorful lights, smiling self-assuredly.

Carrie's ACM appearance, her first professional gig since the fall, was greeted with a standing ovation from the industry crowd, DailyMail.com reports. Looking stunning in a short, glittery number, Carrie — who shared a Vocal Event of the Year Award for "The Fighter" with Keith Urban — belted out her newly minted hit "Cry Pretty."

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Killin' it!
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Happy at song's end

Carrie wore her hair so that it fell over the left side of her face and glittery eye makeup, but if the intent was to draw attention away from a scar, that wasn't the effect — the effect was that she looked gorgeous. She became emotional at the end of the performance, clearly grateful for the audience's support.

In a nutshell, she cried pretty all the way.

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A winning moment

Posing with her award after the show, Carrie wore another sparkly dress, this one in peach and mandarin, with a floral pattern and a sheer panel over her cleavage. There was no sign of a scar, and no sign of any shyness about showing herself off, leading fans on Twitter to declare that the old Carrie was back.