Country music superstar Carrie Underwood has been laying low since a tragic fall at her home last November left her with a broken wrist and 50 stitches in her face. Since the incident, Underwood has avoided cameras at public events and has only shared obscure photos of her face on social media. But now, the American Idol winner is finally ready to return to the stage, and she will make her first public appearance since the accident this June at Nashville’s CMA Fest.
Nashville’s CMA Fest is a massive event scheduled to take place between June 7th and June 10th, and this will be Underwood’s first time in the spotlight since her fall, which happened just days after she hosted the 2017 CMA Awards with Brad Paisley on November 8th.
Underwood revealed on New Year’s Eve that she had fallen on some hard steps outside her home and it had caused significant injuries. In a blog post, she described her injuries as “gruesome,” and told fans that she might not look the same when she finally felt comfortable enough to show her face again.
“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. “I’m hoping that, by then, the differences are minimal, but, again, I just don’t know how it’s all going to end up.”
Since letting her fans know about her accident, Underwood has only posted two selfies – one with a scarf partially covering her face, and another with a giant red X covering her mouth to raise awareness for The End It Movement, a global push to end modern slavery.
Underwood’s return will be on the main stage at Nissan Stadium as part of the epic music festival which will feature hundreds of country music stars performing in various locations throughout Nashville.
Artists that will perform on the main stage include Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, and Brothers Osborne.
The festival is in its 47th year and will take place in downtown Nashville with artists performing on eleven stages around the city’s Lower Broadway tourist district. Tens of thousands of people will attend the event that includes free daytime shows, autograph signing sessions, and the nightly stadium concerts.
Other artists scheduled to appear at Nissan Stadium are Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Rucker, and Blake Shelton.
Carrie Underwood will make her EPIC return to #CMAfest this year & will once again be the only female artist to headline Nissan Stadium!
The queen is coming ? pic.twitter.com/JTlydiHiL4
— Critically CU (@criticallycu) March 21, 2018
Multiple stages around the city will have daytime performances that are free and open to the public, while a limited number of four-day tickets for the stadium show are still available.
And, once again this year, ABC will be filming the nightly concerts to air as a special later this summer.
Carrie Underwood has kept a low profile since her fall, but it sounds like that is about to change.