Carrie Underwood’s Backstage Reflections at 2013 CMT Music Awards

Performance and Video of the Win Cap a Memorable Night for Oklahoma Native

Although Carrie Underwood won top honors at the 2013 CMT Music Awards , her performance and thoughts were aimed at those still impacted by the recent tornadoes that ripped through Moore, Okla.

“I’m kind of in a haze right now,” she told CMT Radio Live ‘s Cody Alan after her video of the year win for “Blown Away.” “This is pretty cool. I have the most awesome fans in the world.”

In a tribute to the tornado victims, the Oklahoma native sang her latest single, “See You Again,” with backing by a choir from Nashville’s Christ Church. The performance closed with the American Red Cross logo in a call to help those impacted by the storm.

Underwood has firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by residents in the Oklahoma City area.

“I’ve heard some really incredible stories,” she said. “I actually have family that lives in Moore and was in the thick of it. They managed to walk away with cuts and bruises, and that was about that. But, I mean, there’s so many people who are going to have to be putting their lives together.

“My main thought process behind tonight was just that people keep thinking about it and keep praying for them and keep reaching out and keep helping because when things like that happen, they’re big news for a couple of days, and then everybody moves on to something else. It’s going to take a really long time for these wonderful people to put their lives back together again. Keep helping, everybody. I’ll do my part. Hopefully, everybody else will do theirs, too.”

When Alan noted that Underwood has already donated $1 million from her latest tour to finance disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma, she quickly downplayed the gesture.

“You can always do more,” she said. “You can always do something.”

Calvin Gilbert has served as CMT.com’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.