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Carrie Underwood Makes (Very!) Emotional Return to Stage

Carrie Underwood did more than just move fans to tears on Sunday night.

The beloved solo artist moved herself to tears as well.

Donning tear-shaped glitter makeup below her eyes, the former American Idol champion delivered an emotional performance her new single “Cry Pretty” at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

She received a standing ovation at the end of the rendition because it was the first time she took to a stage since a horrific fall back in November.

As Underwood admitted in a subsequent social media post at the time, this fall resulted in over 40 stitches to her face.

The superstar even confessed late last year that she was frightened to show her face again in public.

"When I am ready to get in front of a camera, I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different," Underwood wrote candidly, adding last week that her face is "healing well" and:

"I definitely feel more like myself than I have in a while."

We were very glad to hear this.

And then even more glad to see Underwood back in amazing action at the ACM Awards.

Moments after earning her ovation and fighting back years, the American Idol alum and Keith Urban returned to the stage to accept the award for vocal event of the year for their duet “The Fighter.”

“Thank you for having me,” Underwood told her fellow artist through tears. “I’m still shaking right now. Thank you.”

Underwood donned a sparkly silver-and-black frock and didn’t miss a single beat as she belted out her beautiful power ballad last night.

The lyrics of the track are all about vulnerability and overcoming adversity and they allude to her traumatic injury.

“The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can’t hold them back,” Underwood explained in a letter to fans about the single after she released a recorded version of “Cry Pretty” earlier this week.

She added:

“It really speaks to a lot of things that have happened in the past year and I hope when you hear it, you can relate those feelings to those times in your life.

"It’s emotional. It’s real. And it ROCKS!”

YOU rock, Carrie.

Watch clips from the emotional stage return below!

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Demi Lovato Kisses Kehlani and Straddles Her on Stage

From the beginning, Demi Lovato promised that her tour would be both sexy and vulnerable. As always, Demi does not disappoint.

in the clip that you'll see below, fellow singer Kehlani surprises Demi on stage. 

The two share a kiss, and Demi ends up singing while straddling Kehlani.

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Part of Demi Lovato's Tell Me You Love Me Tour involves her lounging on a bed and showing off her glorious thighs.

Well, as you'll see in the video below, Kehlani sneaks up behind Demi during her performance.

This leads to the two of them locking lips on stage, to the delight of the audience.

The unscripted moment continues with Demi straddling Kehlani on the bed while she continues to sing.

It's probably safe to say that attendees knew that they'd get their money's worth when they bought their tickets. But it's very unlikely that any of them expected to be treated to such a show.

Demi lovato straddles kehlani

Kehlani gave Demi a shout-out on Instagram, and also shed some further light on how that moment had come to be.

"'Twas a dream getting to do this tour with you," Kehlani wrote in her captions.

"Watching you every night was a learning experience and you forever have a fan and supporter in me."

She then explains what led her to surprise Demi on stage like that.

"Tonight your dancers put me up to this, but anyone would be stupid not to jump at the chance to hop on that damn moving bed and grab your face looooool."

It was a beautiful moment.

"I love you and appreciate you, beautiful. cheers to you, more life and success on the rest of the legs of this tour."

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These two talented singers have more in common than just their good looks and talent and careers.

Demi Lovato has spoken about suicidal thoughts, and recently admitted that she was struggling with suicidal ideation by age 7.

Kehlani is unfortunately no stranger to this battle.

Just two years ago, Kehlani revealed to fans that she had attempted suicide.

Recovery is a lengthy process, and many people find that it's easier to be honest about their mental health with people who have been through similar circumstances.

Demi lovato poolside

Demi's tour has also had its moments of real vulnerability. Recently, Demi celebrated six years of sobriety while on stage, saying:

"Yesterday, six years ago, I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at nine in the morning, throwing up in the car."

If you're drinking enough to throw up on any kind of regular basis, you're probably drinking too much, medically speaking.

She says that she had an epiphany.

"I remember thinking, 'This is no longer cute, this is no longer fun. And I'm just like my dad.'"

If you're doing something and it's neither helpful nor fun, it's usually time to stop.

"So I took a look at my life, and I said, 'Something has to change. Something has to change, I've gotta get sober' — so I did."

She's done an amazing job of getting sober.

Demi lovato in swimsuit

Despite what Demi has said about her sexuality and what fans saw on stage, this doesn't necessarily mean that these gal pals are dating.

This was, after all, a performance. A very fun and sexy one, but still a performance.

Take a look and enjoy it in the video below.

The audience certainly did!

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Meghan Markle! Kate Middleton! Prince William! Prince Harry! All on Stage… Together!

A royally awesome and historic event took place in Great Britain on Wednesday morning.

As documented below, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ALL took the stage as a foursome for the first time at the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum.

The charity organization was initially set up by the two princes and Middleton, but after Markle officially joins the family on her wedding day, she will be a patron as well.

The only other time we’ve seen all four of these very famous people in the same place together was when they made their way to church on Christmas day.

The royals (and the one gorgeous royal-to-be) used this event to lay out various hopes and plans for their current and future work under the charitable umbrella of the Royal Foundation.

Audience members on hand got to hear them talk about why the foundation was set up, the projects they are working on right now and other ones in the pipeline.

“Ten years ago Harry and I were still serving full-time in the military, but we were starting to look to the next stages of our lives,” William explained in stage, elaborating as follows:

“As we discussed together the best way to set out on our official work, we looked to the values our family had instilled in us.”

He said he was “particularly happy” that Markle had joined the efforts and added:

“Both our parents had provided for us an example of diligence, compassion and duty in all they did.

“Our grandparents, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, had made support for charity central to their decades of service to the nation and the Commonwealth.”

After her husband said he wanted to “celebrate this spirit of togetherness” with others around the world, Middleton took the stage to talk about Heads Together.

This is a campaign meant to break the stigma around mental health and promote conversation around the issue, something Middleton has admirably been on the forefront of for years.

“The campaign set out to change the national conversation on mental health,” she said.

“We are all so proud of the work we did with our partners; to challenge the stigma which has prevented so many people from speaking openly about their mental wellbeing…

“I am sure you will agree that the mental health of children and adults is one area where a longterm view will make a huge difference to generations in the future.”

Finally, Markle addressed her old profession (entertainment) and the ongoing #MeToo movement and #TimesUp movement that are at least empowering women to speak out.

She wanted to make one point very clear as it pertained to this topic.

“I hear a lot of people speaking about girls’ empowerment and women’s’ empowerment you will hear people saying they are helping women find their voices,” she said.

“I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find their voices, they need to be empowered to use it and people need to be urged to listen.”

This said, the future Mrs. Prince Harry is thrilled that things are finally changing in Hollywood, and in other work places as well, she hopes.

“I think right now in the climate we’re seeing with so many campaigns, with #MeToo and Time’s Up, there’s no better time than to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them – men included in that.”

Speaking of men also playing a role in this battle, she said simply:

“It makes such a tremendous difference.”

It really does.

Markle will exchange vows with Harry on May 19 in London.

She is clearly very comfortable already on the world stage, likely helped over the years by the promotional tours she embarked on for the USA Network hit drama Suits.

We cannot wait for her wedding day.

Learn more about it below:

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