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Carrie Underwood Breaks Down During Tribute to Shooting Victims

At the beginning of October, the Last Vegas shooting claimed 59 lives and left hundreds more wounded.

Many of the victims were Country music fans, as they had been attending a concert. It's only fitting that the Country Music Association Awards acknowledge the terrible loss, over a month later.

As you'll see in the beautiful tribute video below, Carrie Underwood had a little trouble keeping it together while honoring the fallen. Can you blame her?

Before we get into the sad stuff (again, this shooting may feel like it was months ago, but it was at the beginning of October), let's talk about something else that's still very on-topic.

Now, obviously, the Country Music Association Awards are a big deal and a major event within the world of Country Music.

So of course Carrie Underwood wanted to look her best.

But did she really need to, as the youths say, snatch us bald like this?

Just look at how wildly, aggressively stunning she looks!

We're going to be haunted (in a great way) by this photo for a while. It's hard to get over such a stunning look.

Carrie Underwood actually sported a number of looks during the Country Music Association Awards, wearing white during her performance.

Standing alongside Brad Paisley, Carrie wore a strunning, deep red (pretty much a burgundy) that covered a lot but still looked amazing.

No look — of hers or anyone else's — could top her shoulder-baring cobalt dress. She looked like a work of art.

Tastefully, she chose her least distracting outfit for her tribute performance, as you'll see in the video below.

(We say tastefully not because there's anything wrong with looking your best, but because a tribute performance is, well, not about you)

Speaking at the even in Nashville, Carrie Underwood spoke to the crowd and to the audience at home:

"This has been a year marked by tragedy impacting countless lives including so many in our country music family."

Every family was impacted, but Country was certainly included, as so many of the Las Vegas shooting victims were Jason Aldean fans.

"So, tonight we're gonna do what families do: come together, pray together, and cry together, too."

That's not universal for families, but it's a beautiful sentiment.

Carrie performed a song titled "Softly and Tenderly," and her vocals were incredible — but she didn't showboat at all. Again, she knows that this is all about the victims.

It is also important to note that the Las Vegas shooting victims were not the only victims being honored.

Storms have ravaged multiple cities in 2017, with record-breaking hurricanes causing untold devastation.

Parts of the US, including Houston and Puerto Rico, have yet to fully recover from the devastation.

It will take these communities and families much longer to recover from the loss of life.

Carrie clearly couldn't help but think about all of this as she performed, which is why she nearly lost her professional composure in this video.

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Miley Cyrus Claps Back, Defends Texas Shooting Comments

Miley Cyrus is not one to withhold her opinion.

This is true about marijuana. This is true about her boobs.

And this is also true about mass shootings in America.

On Sunday morning, 26 people were killed inside a church in Texas after an assailant opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon.

In response, Cyrus expressed shock, anger and outrage.

The artist took to Instagram to emphasize that the “terrorist act” was performed by a “WHITE AMERICAN MAN.”

Here is what the singer wrote in full after learning about this horrible attack:

My dreams have become nightmares & those nightmares , reality … This isn’t fair , this isn’t right , this isn’t just , this isn’t human!

This is a TERRORIST act by a WHITE AMERICAN MAN! I am heartbroken & embarrassed.

Mortified by our country & its shitty system , lack of control/laws! This does NOT HAVE or NEED to happen! It’s devastatingly disgusting!

This is exactly why the lyrics of Bad Mood were so important for me to share on a major platform. I wanted to bring awareness to the fact that everyday we are waking up to more terrifyingly painful information that makes it nearly impossible to feel optimistic that things are going to change!

They say it gets worst before it gets better in some cases & I wish on every star that this is the worst of it!

I continue to be hopeful that enough is enough and the eyes of the ignorant will open and realize that (gun) VIOLENCE has to stop! This assholes Facebook profile photo was a fucking riffle !

“I don’t know how much more it can take!” #FuckGuns #FuckViolence

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Cyrus quickly came under fire for these comments, specifically for highlighting that the shooter was a “WHITE AMERICAN MALE.”

Her point, as it should have been clear to any level-headed individual, is that white people are very much capable of committing terrorist acts.

In fact, a majority of terrorist acts in America are committed by white males with guns. This is simply a fact.

However, some people (such as the President of the United States) only connect terrorism with Muslims, as evidenced by the fact that President Trump barely even denounced the man who killed 26 people in Texas.

He cited “mental health” as the basis for the act and made it clear he won’t move to enact any kind of gun control.

Following the backlash against her emotional Instagram message, Miley shared ANOTHER emotional Instagram message.

It was included as a caption to this photo.

heart texas

And it read as follows:

I’d like to believe that EVERY person who takes the life of another being is ” mentally ill ” …. it’s hard to conceptualize that a sane human could commit such a hideous crime.

BUT I am sorry Donald Trump this absolutely is a ” GUNS SITUATION”

I am aghast by the reaction of my latest post , it is completely amazing to me how defensive and in denial this country really is!

You are not focused on the horrific tragedy I addressed but more angered that I am putting a BIG bright spotlight on the fact it was a “WHITE AMERICAN MALE” terrorist that walked in & killed 26 people (including children) leaving 20 severely injured !

All of a sudden …. ” we are all equal ” “human is human” “skin color doesn’t matter ” (NOW neither does gender) “makes no difference if they were male or female” ……

BUT those things absolutely matter when … someone completely legitimate is running for president (versus someone who isn’t) , when a car runs over innocent people while professing their love to a GOD different from yours , it sure matters to the cops when they beat or even kill innocent people of color.

it even matters at the airport/on an airplane or in immigration when folks are completely profiled & judged for their background . NOW it doesn’t matter if someone is a man or woman?

Well that’s news to me and the HH foundation because it’s been years of fighting for gender equality and the right to be the sex you identify with or marry the one you love!

There has ALWAYS been an issue with these subjects until NOW. So since this tragedy has occurred (coming off the cusp of Vegas, another terroristic act by a white American male) DONT START to be all innocent!

Gender , race , & religion HAS and continues to matter for all the wrong reasons & that’s only the beginning of how backwards this country is!

All of you are so focused on protecting yourself, you’ve completely forgotten that you’re not the only one that has to live in this country or on this planet!

Aren’t you exhausted?

Because to be honest I am fucking sick and tired of starting everyday with tears and in mourning!

Let’s unite! Trump never needed to build a wall for us , we’ve done it ourselves! Love!

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In conclusion, Cyrus shared photos of “a few of [her] favorite white American males,” including her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, and her brothers, Braison Cyrus and Trace Cyrus.

“I do NOT & refuse to generalize or stereotype! Facts are Facts,” she wrote as a caption to the image above, adding:

“You are all correct to believe every human deserves the same respect …. but please keep that in mind when you’re judging others.

“NOT just with the race , religion , gender , or sexuality which YOU identify with. Deal?”

It’s a deal, Miley.

You tell ‘em.

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Texas Shooting: Stars React to Massacre in Baptist Church

Another mass shooting has taken place in the United States.

Around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a man dressed in all black clothing entered First Baptist Church and opened fire.

(The suspect has been identified as a 26-year old local named Devin Patrick Kelly.)

He's believed to have killed at least 26 people, including someone as young as five years old, while injuring dozens more.

In light of this tragedy, here's a look at what various celebrities have said on social media…

1. Donald Trump

Donald trump
May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.

2. Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea clinton
No one should have to worry about loved ones in a house of worship, a nightclub, a school or at a concert. #SutherlandSprings you’re in my [heart].

3. Camilla Belle

Camilla belle
My heart goes out to the victims and their loved ones. This is horrifying. Church is supposed to be a safe place …

4. Josh Gad

Josh gad
Another day. Another mass shooting. Will it ever end? Heartbroken for all those affected. #Texas

5. Billy Eichner

Billy eichner
Where’s the next mass shooting gonna be? Any guesses? Should we try to do anything we can to prevent it? No? Ok cool. Good luck out there!

6. Lady Gaga

Lady gaga
Prayers for #SanAntonio and all the families who are suffering the loss of loved ones. I’ll pray also for #GunControl

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