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Carrie Underwood Sings Tribute to Tornado Victims at the CMT Awards

USMagazine, Thursday, June 6, 2013, 7:30am (PDT)

Carrie Underwood dedicated her CMT Music Awards performance of "See You Again" to the Oklahoma tornado victims in a touching tribute on Wednesday, June 5.

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Wearing a sequined blush-colored Oscar de la Renta dress with her hair pulled back in curls, the Oklahoma native performed as powerful images of the storm-ravaged state flashed behind her. A gospel choir from Christ Church Nashville later joined her in the emotional performance, which garnered a standing ovation from the crowd.

"We really wanted to do something really special with the song,” the 30-year-old singer told ET Online before the show. "The song itself, I think, is really beautiful. I’ve heard the most incredible stories about how it’s affected different people and what it means to them."

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In late May, Underwood, who grew up in Muskogee, Okla., also donated $1 million to the Red Cross in support of relief efforts after a monstrous tornado struck residents of Moore, Okla., on May 20, killing 24 people and injuring 120 others.

Besides her memorable performance, the American Idol alum walked away a winner at the awards show, where she won Video of the Year for "Blown Away."

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"The good Lord has been very good to me -- well, to all of us in this room — for a very long time," she told the crowd.

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Carrie Underwood Sings Tribute to Tornado Victims at the CMT Awards

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