performs onstage during ACM Presents: Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country concert held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 4, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Carrie Underwood was honored a few weeks ago, along with Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, The Judds and Loretta Lynn at the tribute special, ACM Presents Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country.

It aired tonight on CBS, so now we got more than an inferior audience video of Carrie’s powerful performance of “How Great Thou Art.”

Also, Gill honored Carrie with his own version of the song that started it all for Carrie, “Jesus Take the Wheel” before joining her onstage to accompany her on guitar.

All the women gathered at the end for a rousing “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, a rousing tribute to the legendary Loretta Lynn.

Watch the video after the jump.

Introduction (including clips of Carrie singing as a child)

Vince Gill sings “Jesus Take the Wheel”

Carrie Sings “How Great Thou Art”

Final Number – Coal Miner’s Daughter

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  • http://jasonlscott.com jlscott13

    Carrie’s performance of HGTA absolutely blew me away. I’ve heard her sing it many times before, but tonight she took it to a whole new level. I’m still watching it on repeat. I’m not even religious, and I tear up over it. Great stuff! This is exactly why she is the best Idol ;)

  • Vanille

    My dad started crying during this performance.. LOL he never crys.. She is just so pretty and talented I love her..

  • andreag

    Wow, wow, wow. That was so incredibly powerful. That seems to come from such a sincere, deep part of her heart–her faith shines through that performance. Loved it!

  • houstonrufus23

    MJ, this performance needs its own page. I was stunned. I like Carrie. Always have. But this performance damn NEAR KILLED ME. If anyone ever had a doubt about her talent, show this. This is simply one of the best vocal performances I have ever seen. Ever.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ Zsus

    This isn’t a show I’d normally watch as I’m not a country fan. But, we’d just watched a movie and this was the station that was on after the DVD was over. So, we settled in. Wow, Carrie! Talk about a true and absolute moment with “How Great Thou Art.”

  • mozart4898

    I’m not even religious, and I tear up over it.

    Same for me. When I saw her live, I was trying everything I could think of to make it seem like I wasn’t really crying…but I was. Sobbing like a baby is more like it. Her performance of this is a great example of really getting into the song and totally capturing what it means, and making everyone else feel it too.

  • blmetsfan

    Wow. I forgot about this tonight. Thank you mj. What a performance.

  • TreeFrog

    And the congregation said, “Amen.” You cannot sing “How Great Thou Art” like THAT unless you mean it.

  • thebluemartini

    got chills during that performance! Amazing!

  • http://jasonlscott.com jlscott13

    Same for me. When I saw her live, I was trying everything I could think of to make it seem like I wasn’t really crying…but I was. Sobbing like a baby is more like it. Her performance of this is a great example of really getting into the song and totally capturing what it means, and making everyone else feel it too.

    It’s so crazy to watch her Idol performances, and then watch this. WHAT A TRANSFORMATION. She really has grown into quite the artist and performer. Incredible (I can’t say that enough).

  • chearts77

    WOW!!!!!!!! That was AMAZING!!! She put her whole being into the song and the emotions came pouring out. LOVED IT!!!

  • oza902

    How Great Thou Art is a spiritually moving song. Carrie did a great job with it. I love the ending.. she really punched through it and made it powerful.

    Congrats to Carrie on her honors!

  • sue

    What a powerful performance of “HGTA” from Carrie. This is why she is so successful. Congrats to Carrie! I wonder if idol will ever have another female artist at this caliber. Simon was right about Carrie.

  • heidijoy

    I love How Great Thou Art ! Carrie gave a heartfelt performance.
    congrats to Carrie on all her success!

  • mandabutter

    houstonrufus23 says:
    04/23/2011 at 12:05 am
    MJ, this performance needs its own page. I was stunned. I like Carrie. Always have. But this performance damn NEAR KILLED ME. If anyone ever had a doubt about her talent, show this. This is simply one of the best vocal performances I have ever seen. Ever.

    PREACHHHH! Loved it. So touching. Her voice is such a vessel, I can’t get over how talented she is!!!

    sue says:
    04/23/2011 at 1:19 am
    What a powerful performance of “HGTA” from Carrie. This is why she is so successful. Congrats to Carrie! I wonder if idol will ever have another female artist at this caliber. Simon was right about Carrie.

    I’d say America was right about Carrie as well. She can’t get enough accolades and critical acclaim, IMO. Did y’all see Naomi Judd tearing up during Carrie’s song? WOW.

  • great4AI

    Carrie performance of HGTA at GNO was really WOW Ahhhmazing. I can’t believe she beat herself for rendition of this song. Everytime she sang HGTA she’s getting better and better from her previous performances. And it’s perfect timing for Good Friday. I’m glad to see lots tweets love and touched by her performance and admitted they were in tears. GBU Carrie.

  • cfletch

    Holy Toledo, I love hearing her sing HGTA. I even teared up at that little intro when she was just a little girl. She sure has grown since winning AI. I’ve never been a big Carrie fan, but, will give credit where credit is due.

    As much as I loved Bo that season, America made the right choice. I only wish Bo would’ve gone the country route as well after the show. Maybe he’s a little too head strong and independent? I know he’s doing ok for himself, but, think he couldve been a much bigger “star” than he is.

  • Dlynne

    It’s one of my favorite hymns and I’ve never heard anyone sing it so beautifully. And to think she was choking back tears just before she started to sing. This is one of those performances that proves she deserved to win entertainer of the year not once but twice. And she has a long, long career ahead of her.

    I love that the camera panned to Jennifer Nettles right after and Jennifer said, “What a voice!” Amen to that.

  • Fullmoon

    When I saw this performance I was waiting for a headline thread on this. I’m not a religious person but Carrie makes me want to go to church. That was a fantastic performance. I was never a country fan but Carrie started making me listen to it from her first album. I now have several artists that I really like. “Jesus Takes The Wheel” was another one that stood out for me. Since S8 (for obvious reasons) I haven’t been paying much attention to her lately but she has definitely gotten me back on board again.

  • tierbee

    Just beautiful. And felt just right on Easter weekend. I voted for Bo that season (c’mon, he was my original Idol rocker dude!) but there’s no denying that voice. And yeah, I have lots of Carrie on my iPod these days (don’t worry, Bo’s there too!).

  • savgal

    Tears at 7:45 a.m. ITA with the person who said this was inspiring for Good Friday. Amen!
    Hope Carrie stays true to herself and continues on the way she’s going. Thought she did a good job in “Soul Surfer”. I especially liked the way the movie treated her like just another choir member in the church scenes, did not give her a big solo that would have put the focus on Carrie and not the whole story. BTW, anyone who hasn’t seen SS, go–another inspiration for Easter, trust me.

  • http://www.huckleberryfriendmusic.com/ huckleberryfriend

    Having the great Vince Gill on guitar and singing backup sure didn’t hurt.

  • Nina1

    I always thought Jesus Take the Wheel was cheesy, and a sleazy career move; I was disappointed in Carrie. I thought that again, as I heard the same song on Good Friday in Las Vegas in a sea of sparkle and orange and yellow hair. Carrie won me with How Great Thou Art. It was beautiful – and she obviously means it. Very, very powerful.

  • Lexus

    Wow! I got chills again and again and again and I’m not a country music fan nor do I really follow Carrie. That said, I’ve always admired Carrie and her talent and the way she conducts her life.

    For anyone (especially in the country music industry) who doubted she deserved to be among the country greats or that she got there without paying her dues, I think it’s safe to say they’ve been silenced now. I just say thank God Idol discovered her (though I have no doubt she would have made it there anyway on her own, albeit perhaps not as quickly).

  • alonzo7

    Wow-I’m not that religious but I sit here all teared up-great,great vocals from a beautiful and very talented young woman.

  • Vanille

    Not only could Carrie Underwood sing the phonebook, she could get a number 1 hit with it..

  • merkureye

    Carrie is not just talented, she has a gift and she knows from whence it came. Her rendition of HGTA?. . . one word . . .anointed.

    What an ambassador for AI! In all of the interviews I’ve seen, Carrie always credits her career to AI.

  • Lucy1234

    I watched Carrie last night on TV. There really are no words to described how beautiful and powerful her performance of How Great Thou Art was. It brought her peers to tears and to their feet. She really is something special and she sings with such heart and sincerity. American Idol has a gem in her.

  • blissful

    Great example of not needing theatrics and vocal acrobatics to engage and move the listeners. Plus, the arrangement (with the musical interlude) helped with crescendo at the end.

  • n3mover

    OK, maybe I’m seeing things,or missed an announcement, but is Carrie pregnant? She looks like it in some of the shots. If so, congratulations!!! If not, well I wish Carrie the best, anyway!

  • merkureye

    Quick story. CU Bio stated that there was a little resentment (not paying her “dues”) in the CMI about CU getting attention just off of S4 AI (this from Sony head Joe Galante). Sony was releasing CU’s first cd “Some Hearts” in Nov 05 and Sony wanted CU to perform on the CMA’s (show on same day as release). CMA resisted but put CU in a 2 min. slot at last minute.

    CU sang JTTW off SH cd. Mark Bright, her Sony producer, was in the audience. Bright stated that after CU performance, the A-listers and everyone else in industry audience just gasped. They could not believe that this “singing contest winner” was that good!

    Carrie’s personal skills and sincere humility won the CMI over. In 2008 CU was made a GOO member (invited by Randy Travis, inducted by Garth Brooks, and Vince Gill joined CU in her induction song JTTW).

    Final thing (I promise) Jay Demarcus from Rascal Flatts stated in CMT “Backstory” that RF credits CU’s performance on AI4 of “God Bless the Broken Road” for a boost in their popularity.

    I’m not sure there will ever be another AI winner that will make as big an impact as CU.

  • Nina1

    CU was made a GOO member

    Whatsa goo member?

  • TreeFrog

    Whatsa goo member?

    Grand Ole Opry

  • glambotgram

    We watched last night and Carrie was amazing. She basically blew every other woman on that show away.

  • NOLA

    I had suggested that Lauren return to her roots last week and sing “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Alas, it was not to be :(

  • mzbet

    I don’t normally shed tears for even beautifully sung songs, but by the time I finished Carrie’s How Great Thou Art, they were streaming. I hardly realized it until thinking “wow where did those come from”.

    “Jesus Take The Wheel” by Vince Gill was beautiful, too. I never liked it from Carrie (don’t hate me) because I thought it sounded hokey for some reason. But I loved Vince singing it. Maybe because it was done simply? IDK

  • houstonrufus23

    merkureye, interesting stories. Thanks! I’ve always gotten the sense there has been some resentment directed at Carrie among the Country faithful because her success seemed to come so fast and so easy. Probably not as much anymore, but there may still be some of that. So it was rather touching to see that crowd jump to their feet last night before the song was even over. She’ll never be Loretta Lynn Country, but she has surely earned her rightful place by now.

  • PamReid

    Dlynne says:
    I love that the camera panned to Jennifer Nettles right after and Jennifer said, “What a voice!” Amen to that.

    Carrie Underwood’s “How Great Thou Art” was amazing and I concur with everything said here about her. She is something special.

    I watched the entire show and my favorite performance of the night was Jennifer Nettles and Ronnie Dunn covering one of my favorite Patty Griffin songs, “Let Him Fly.” I love Ronnie Dunn, but the song would have been better without him. Jennifer Nettles has a voice as big and amazing as Carrie’s. Patty Griffin is an amazing songwriter (and performer) – she wrote Crystal’s “moment” song from AI9, “Up the Mountain.”

    I know this is an Idol blog, but that performance was so great for me and I am begging Sugarland to record “Let Him Fly.” Carrie’s “How Great Thou Art” was the perfect ending to a great showcase of the super star women of country music. Carrie proved to any doubters that she belongs in that group.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gundomom CarieB

    That was simply marvelous. She is incredibly gifted, sincere and talented, not to mention beautiful. Our little S4 winner is all growed up.

  • PamReid

    Final thing (I promise) Jay Demarcus from Rascal Flatts stated in CMT “Backstory” that RF credits CU’s performance on AI4 of “God Bless the Broken Road” for a boost in their popularity.

    I hope a lot of current artists heard that or read about the comment – not just country artists, but artists of all genres. Having a song performed well on AI increases the popularity of the original – it seems to always happen.

  • windmills

    mzbet: “Jesus Take The Wheel” by Vince Gill was beautiful, too.

    ITA and you could really tell how much Carrie appreciated it too.

    I enjoyed the show from start to finish and it was awesome seeing the supportive spirit the ladies of country have for each other. You could tell they were all really sincere that it meant a lot for them to be honored together.

    PamReid: Jennifer Nettles has a voice as big and amazing as Carrie’s. Patty Griffin is an amazing songwriter (and performer) – she wrote Crystal’s “moment” song from AI9, “Up the Mountain.”

    I agree. Jennifer’s incredible on this soulful stuff and there’s not near enough of it on Sugarland’s current album though there is a good Memphis Soul song called Shine The Light that’s the album closer. I’d love to hear Sugarland tackle Let Him Fly and songs in that style. With Sugarland you never quite know what they’ll do next.

    There’s not a whole lot I can add to the comments about Carrie’s performance. It really touched me.

  • gangreen29

    I taped this and watched it today. The whole special was very nice, some very good singing from everyone. Carrie’s performance felt very special, and I’m so glad I got to see it. She poured her whole heart into it. I also loved Vince Gill singing Jesus Take The Wheel, because I love Vince Gill!

  • sma11ie

    Does anyone have an MP3 rip of Carries’ HGTA? Omgz it’s amazing… I want it..

  • TylerWV

    Thanks for the videos mj, I missed the show. I loved Carries HGTA. If you didnt see her perform it on the GAC special where they recorded a live gospel album at the Opry, go to youtube and search for Carrie and HGTA. She, in effect, gave a testimony while singing that song. Even more powerful then her rendition last night, and thats saying something. While promoting the album on GAC next day, host Nan said Carrie sang her heart and soul out, and that she did.

  • sma11ie

    Is it weird that Carrie was the only one without a solo in the Loretta Lynn number? I bought Carrie’s HGTA on iTunes. Lovin it. That and Temporary Home are on my Carrie makes me cry playlist :)

  • Lov3ly

    Wow… very touching performance of HGTA from Ms. Carrie Underwood-Fisher. I just watched on YT but can’t help I was in tears. Seems she stole both the ACM show and the ACM GNO Show. No doubt that she won EOTY twice, Carrie know how to stole the show – she can ‘rock the house’ and ‘bring the house down’ :)

    Does anyone have an MP3 rip of Carries’ HGTA? Omgz it’s amazing… I want it..

    go to vinmans site : http://www.vinmansmedia.com/Live-Performance.php

  • Junior

    Wow…

    I’ll never criticize Carrie for her performance skills again after HGTA.

    Just…wow.