Stars reclaim Vegas for country

Central Station | 17 Apr 2018

Singer Carrie Underwood, pictured, was back on stage after a serious face injury, as country stars returned to Las Vegas for the first time since a mass shooting last year.

Opening the Academy of Country Music awards show not far from the scene of the October 1 shooting that killed 58 people, singer Jason Aldean paid tribute to the victims and invoked music's healing power.

He was performing when a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country festival, from the window of the Mandalay Bay hotel. "We thought about starting with a song, but it's a lot bigger than a single song. It's everything you'll hear tonight," said Aldean, who was named entertainer of the year.

In the most anticipated performance of the night, Underwood emerged from five months of isolation following a fall at home that required 40 to 50 stitches to her face.

Miranda Lambert was female vocalist of the year for the ninth time in a row, and she also won best song for her heartbreaking single, Tin Man.

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