On Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards, country star Carrie Underwood appeared on television. Normally, this would not be a huge deal, as Underwood has consistently been in the spotlight since she won "American Idol" in 2005.
However, this time, Underwood was appearing in public for the first time since November, when she fell outside her home - and in January she revealed that she "might look a bit different" after a "gruesome" injury she suffered last fall.
As a result, Underwood's face became a source of intense fascination, with myriad news articles every time she posted an Instagram photo. Then Sunday, she took her place on the ACM stage more than halfway through the telecast to perform her new single "Cry Pretty" . . . and she looked pretty much the same as she did before.
Confused? You're definitely not the only one. Here's a complete timeline about how Underwood's reveal of her face became such a big deal:
--Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017: Underwood's publicist releases a statement saying the star took a "hard fall" on the stairs outside her Nashville home on Friday night: "While there were no life-threatening injuries, she was taken to the hospital to be treated. She sustained multiple injuries including a broken wrist and some cuts and abrasions from the fall." The Tennessean reported Underwood was released from the hospital, and canceled her appearance at a benefit concert at the Bridgestone Arena the following night.
--Sunday, Nov. 12: Underwood sends her first tweet since the accident. "Thanks so much for all the well wishes everybody. . .I'll be alright. . .might just take some time. . .glad I've got the best hubby in the world to take care of me," she wrote, referring to her husband of more than seven years, hockey player Mike Fisher.
--Wednesday, Nov. 15: Underwood confirms she had surgery on her wrist, tweeting, "I just wanted let everyone know that I'm doing great. Had surgery on my wrist yesterday & all went well. . .even though I'll be setting off airport metal detectors from now on. . .I'm so thankful for the doctors, nurses, family & friends who've been taking such great care of me." Fisher posts a statement on Instagram thanking fans for their support.
--Sunday, Nov. 20: Underwood wins favorite female country artist at the American Music Awards, and writes an Instagram message saying she can't attend but is honored to receive the prize.
--Tuesday, Dec. 12: Adrienne Gang, one of the stars of Bravo's reality show "Below Deck," posts a picture of meeting Underwood after working out at an undisclosed location. This will become important later.
--Wednesday, Dec. 27: After weeks under the radar, Underwood promotes a scarf from her clothing line, CALIA by Carrie. This image will also become significant.
--Monday, Jan. 1, 2018: Underwood sends a letter to her fan club that reveals some upsetting news: Her injuries from the fall were actually much more serious than initially reported. "There is also another part of the story that I haven't been ready to talk about, since I have still been living it and there has been much uncertainty as to how things will end up," she writes in a post that quickly made its way around the Internet. "It's crazy how a freak random accident can change your life."
Underwood explains that along with a broken wrist, she injured her face. "I'll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told Mike that he had put between 40-50 stitches in," she writes. "Now here we are 7 weeks later and, even though I've had the best people helping me, I'm still healing and not looking quite the same."
Gathering at the oasis
What: Rumi’s Caravan — poetry, music and dance.
When: Performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, with an optional dinner at 5 p.m.
Where: Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Admission: Matinee, $25; evening show, $35; dinner, $50.
Information: facebook.com/Rumi.Caravan; climateprotection.org.