Country superstar and Season 4 Idol champ Carrie Underwood took part last night’s All 4 The Hall benefit for the Country Music Hall Of Fame, an annual event put together by the legendary Vince Gill and fellow superstar Keith Urban. The theme was “Songtellers,” with the focus on the stories behind songs. Vince Gill, Keith Urban, and Keith’s touring band backed all of the night’s performers. For her 2 song set, Carrie and her amazing jeans performed her cheeky rocker “Last Name” (which she cowrote with pals and Grammy-winning hit songwriters Hillary Lindsey and Luke Laird)) and drew one of the night’s biggest responses (see here, here, here, and here) when she covered Dolly Parton’s classic “I Will Always Love You,” made even more famous by Whitney Houston. Carrie’s cover favors the Dolly original.
Check out video of Carrie singing “I Will Always Love You” here:
Here’s video that includes Carrie’s cute introduction of the song (featuring much gushing about Dolly Parton):
Here’s video of Carrie performing “Last Name”:
More Carrie news, this morning, Good Morning America announced that Carrie will be performing on the 5/18 Billboard Music Awards with Miranda Lambert, debuting their duet “Something Bad” from Miranda’s upcoming album, Platinum, which is out June 3rd. Carrie is also nominated for this year’s fan-voted Billboard Milestone Award, what a coincidence! You can vote for her here. Billboard confirms the news with this press release.
Carrie will also debut charity single “Keep Us Safe” on 5/20 with her performance of the song (which she cowrote with Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, and Shane McAnally) on the CBS special ACM All Star Salute To The Troops. You can check out the cover art at Amazon, which lists a 5/19 release for the song. Proceeds from sales of the song will go to ACM Lifting Lives. MJ posted an interview where Carrie talks about “Keep Us Safe” and the Salute To The Troops event in today’s Headlines post.