Carrie Underwood returns to the ACM Awards with one of the most thunderous performances of her career Billboard/CBS

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During rehearsals for the 51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2, country superstar Carrie Underwood stepped onto the stage with a vision in mind of what she wanted to accomplish.

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Carrie Underwood wanted to kick ass.

And boy did she ever.

Delivering a bold and thunderous performance of her newest single “Church Bells” on the April 3 telecast of the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Carrie belted onto the stage and killed a performance that had her fans flooding social media with praise not only for the country superstar’s incredible vocals, but also her insane outfit.

And that’s insanein the best way possible.

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“I love songs about strong women,” Carrie said of the song, which serves as her third single from her Gold-certified, fifth-studio album, “Storyteller.” “I love being sucked into that story —  rooting for the woman and seeing that she does something powerful that she never thought she could do. People are strongest when they’re pushed to their limits.”

And no one is any stronger than you Miss Carrie.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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