Carrie Underwood (gorgeous face and all) returns to stage at ACM Awards

Carrie Underwood  had a big night at the ACM Awards Sunday, returning to the stage like an A-List veteran in her first television appearance since injuring her face and wrist last year due to a fall at her home.

Her powerhouse vocals shined when she performed her new song, Cry Pretty, earning a rousing -- and long -- standing ovation from the audience.

Immediately following the performance, she won vocal event of the year for the dance-infused country song, The Fighter, with Keith Urban.

"I am still kind of shaking right now," she added, appearing teary-eyed.

"Seeing her stand up there and be so beautiful, she's one of the greatest singers of all-time in any genre of music," Lambert said backstage of Underwood. "I am just proud of her and I know how strong she is and how hard she's worked."

An inordinate amount of attention has been paid to the 35-year-old country star's face after she revealed in January she was "not quite looking the same" following a November fall in which she also broke her wrist.

"I'll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told [husband Mike Fisher] that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in," she wrote in a blog post on her website.