Carrie Underwood performs 'Softly and Tenderly' at the Country Music Awards.
Carrie Underwood performs 'Softly and Tenderly' at the Country Music Awards. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Country music superstar Carrie Underwood performed a powerful rendition of "Softly and Tenderly" for the "in memoriam" portion of the Country Music Awards Wednesday night.

She sang the ballad while photos of those killed in the Las Vegas shooting appeared on a screen behind her.

The lyrics go: 

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling/ Calling for you and for me./ 
See, on the portals, He's waiting and watching;/Watching for you and for me./
Come home, come home,/ Ye who are weary come home;/
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling;/ Calling, "O sinner, come home!"/
O for the wonderful love He has promised,/ Promised for you and for me./
Though we have sinned He has mercy and pardon;/ Pardon for you and for me.
Even the mainstream media was stunned.

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