Fans of Carrie Underwood are used to being blown away by the country superstar. But during the 2013 CMT Music Awards , it wasn’t about her. Underwood paid tribute to the 24 victims of the May 20 Oklahoma tornadoes with “See You Again.”
Rascal Flatts introduced the country diva, who reigns from Oklahoma, and visuals of the destruction panned out behind her shadow. As the lights were lifted, fans watching the show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena saw the singer belt out the first few lines of the song, climbing to the chorus, “I’ll carry you with me, ’til I see you again.”
Dedicating the performance to those in her home state, Underwood effortlessly pushed out the verses of her current single with high emotion. The band was joined by a choir from Christ Church of Nashville, dressed in all white, who swayed with the song’s beat and echoed Underwood’s energy.
The performance closed with the Red Cross logo in a call to help for the victims of the tornadoes. Just a week before, other country artists did what they do best in an effort to help out. Blake Shelton teamed up with pal Usher of The Voice during the Healing the Heartland telethon by singing Michael Bublé’s “Home.” Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder also came together to help out.
In addition to her plea for assistance at the CMT Music Awards, Underwood last week donated $1 million from her Blown Away tour to tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma.