Country duo Dan + Shay took the stage shortly after. The chart-topping tag team currently holds the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums for their newly released self-titled LP.
Dan + Shay’s infectious style captivated the audience with performances of “From The Ground Up” from their second studio album, Obsessed, and “Nothin Like You” from their debut album, Where It All Began. Renditions of “All to Myself” and “Tequila” from their newest album, Dan + Shay, were also memorable moments for the crowd.
As the sun started to set over the East River, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Brooklyn Bridge, fans were waiting anxiously for the Queen of Country to arrive. Underwood made her comeback this year with the release of her heartfelt ballad, “Cry Pretty,” after recovering from a dangerous fall that resulted in 40 plus stitches and a broken wrist. Now, the seven-time Grammy-award winning singer is preparing for her forthcoming album, Cry Pretty, set to be released on Sept. 14.
The night included a string of tributes to the singer's life and success. There were personal moments, like when Underwood opened up about not thinking she would find success on American Idol. She also gave younger members of the audience some key advice: stay in school.
“I saw that there were auditions happening for American Idol and I thought, ‘Why not? I’ll go get turned down and finish school. And all that good stuff.’ But that did not happen and I still finished school,” she said. “Stay in school, kids."
There were also the red-hot steaming moments that fans know and love, especially when it comes to singing about those pesky cheaters. Bright red lights overwhelmed the stage when Underwood passionately sang “Dirty Laundry” and “Before He Cheats” for the electric crowd.
Finally, Underwood credited her fans and some special songs for helping her get this far in her career. "It's crazy the incredible things and places that we’ve been and things we’ve gotten to do, and it’s all because of you guys. Thank you so much. I also credit a lot of it to some songs that I have been lucky enough to get my hands on or write over the years," she said.