Carrie Underwood Performs 'Spinning Bottles' at 2018 AMAs: Watch

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Carrie Underwood performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Oct. 9, 2018 in Los Angeles. 

Carrie Underwood brought a somber note to the 2018 American Music Awards.

Amid colorful, high-energy performances from the likes of Dua Lipa and Ciara, the country superstar performed the ballad "Spinning Bottles," an emotional examination of alcoholism and addiction from her new album, Cry Pretty: "Nobody gets lucky when that bottle spins/ again and again, again and again," she sang from a small rotating platform surrounded by candles.

Earlier in the evening, Underwood won the award for Favorite Female Artist — Country, her thirteenth AMA award.

Cry Pretty marks Underwood's first time co-producing one of her albums. Earlier this year, her collaborator David Garcia told Billboard that, more than a dozen years into her career, the singer has the drive of a new artist. 

"What’s amazing about her is that she’s been doing it long enough that she has every right to sing things a couple of times and be like, 'Okay cool, I'm done,'" he said. "But her work ethic is like she just started singing for the first time. She just loves to sing, and even in recording she would just be like, “I'm good, I wanna sing some more.” Her passion is just as intense as when she started. It's amazing."   
 

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