But she delivered one of the show’s most powerful moments with an emotional performance of the hymn “Softly and Tenderly.”
She performed the song during CMA’s tribute to individuals from the entertainment field who have died in the past year, including Tom Petty, Glen Campbell and Don Williams.
And even Carrie’s soaring voice broke when images to the victims of the Las Vegas country concert shooting from earlier this year flashed across the screen.
If you missed the performance, I’ve posted it to my Idol Chatter Facebook page.
As for awards, Wednesday’s only singing show winner was former American Idol judge Keith Urban, who won single of the year with “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
Keith was also nominated for the night’s biggest award, Entertainer of the Year, which went to Garth Brooks, and for male vocalist of the year, which went to Chris Stapleton.
Keith also performed a new song, “Female,” which addresses the problem of sexual harassment against women and was co-written by Nicolle Galyon, formerly of The Voice. I’ve embedded the official audio version of the song below.
Miranda Lambert prevented Carrie from repeating as female vocalist of the year. It marked the seventh time in eight years that award has gone to Miranda.
And Lauren Alaina missed out on the win for new artist of the year (the award went to Jon Pardi), but she did take the stage to sing the 1960s classic “Get Together” with Dan + Shay in a performance you can check out below.