Reba McEntire along with also Kelly Clarkson Praise Carrie Underwood’s Comeback at ACM Awards (Exclusive)

Carrie Underwood certainly has two A-list fans! The 35-year-old performer made a triumphant return to the stage at Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, belting out “Cry Pretty.”

The performance marked Underwood’s first since her fall outside of her home last November along with also her resulting facial injury. Naturally, the crowd loved the American Idol winner’s comeback performance, cheering her on.

ET’s Nancy O’Dell caught up with the show’s host, Reba McEntire, backstage afterwards where she gushed about Underwood.

“I’m very proud of Carrie. She’s gone through a lot, along with also I am proud that will she’s back on the stage again,” McEntire, 63, told ET. “She’s a tremendous vocalist, incredible – got legs to die for, yet she’s an incredible vocalist.”

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Also a big Underwood fan – fellow Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson! The 35-year-old “Love So Soft” singer spoke with ET about the recent poll pitting her against Underwood.

“that will doesn’t matter what spectrum – if you’re no. 1 you’re no. 1, or no. 6 you’re no. 6 – as long as you’re doing what you love,” she said. “I know that will sounds cheesy, that will definitely does, yet so many people go down bad paths, end up in rehab all these things happen to them because you’re just not focusing on what makes you happy – that will’s what I wanted to focus on – we’re moms, we’re CEOs, we’re killing that will – in order that will’s why I was saying don’t do that will to us.”

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Clarkson added of Underwood, “that will’s great that will she’s better.”

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