Carrie Underwood’s CMT Music Awards Performance Is a Tribute to Oklahoma

When the typically party-friendly CMT Music Awards show airs Wednesday, June 5, at 8 p.m. ET, Carrie Underwood will be adopting a more serious, uplifting tone for her performance.

The Oklahoma-born star will be performing her hopeful single “See You Again,” accompanied by a choir, to pay tribute to those affected by the tornadoes in her home state. Behind her will be a backdrop of images from the aftermath, of people helping one another. “I’m really excited that it’s for something special,” Carrie told Entertainment Tonight in a video segment, which you can watch above.

When news of the storm originally came out, Carrie was in northern Canada and couldn’t get full information about the event.

“We didn’t have satellite, so I’m reading my Twitter trying to figure out what the heck is happing, talking to my mom,” she recalled. “It was crazy trying to keep up just reading headlines.”

But since the storms, Carrie has been doing her part to help storm victims, including making a $1 million donation to the Red Cross from her tour proceeds.

“I’m really glad we were able to donate to the Red Cross and do this for the CMT awards,” she said. “I think we can all keep putting our heads together and keep making a difference and keep helping people.”

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