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Country music star Carrie Underwood showed her fans how to "Cry Pretty" in her performance at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday.

The songstress brought her vocals to Des Moines and made it a ladies' night with special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June.

The Runaway June trio, consisting of Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne, kicked off "The Cry Pretty Tour 360," performing a medley of records in addition to their 2019 hit "Buy My Own Drinks." The track earned the group their first Top 10 on Billboard's Country Airplay. The No.10 spot marks the first top 10 country airplay hit for a female group since 2005, according to Billboard.

Hailing from Texas and Oklahoma, the dynamic duo Maddie & Tae followed Runaway June. The CMA winners Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye took the stage, touting out several tracks, including "Tourist in This Town" and "Girl In A Country Song."

Mrs. "Cry Pretty" herself then took the stage, emerging from the bottom pit. "Des Moines, how are y'all feeling?," Underwood said before performing the "Cry Pretty" album's "Southbound." The 360 stage allowed everyone in the arena to see Underwood regardless of where they were sitting. As she performed her introduction, the DJ showcased his breakdance moves, which excited the crowd. Fireworks exploded as Underwood transitioned into "Cowboy Casanova." The 2009 track from "Play On" received a nomination for the Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year.

Gracing the stage in a short sequined dress, black cardigan and short black boots, Underwood had her fans on their feet, serving a divalicious attitude as she sang "Last Name." The 360 stage levitated as she performed the Grammy award-winning track with two guitarists beside her. Underwood slowed it down with a performance of "Backsliding" on a smaller center stage. Smoke emerging from the scene, she poured her heart out on the record.

Disappearing from the stage momentarily, Underwood re-emerged with an outfit change, now in a long black sequined jumpsuit. The sounds of "Church Bells" filled the arena as she played her guitar. The performance of the track included a banjo and violin played by her band. Fans were then "Blown Away" by her Grammy award-winning Best Country Song, as smoke poured onto the crowd as she performed. The stage then turned into a jazz club setting. Channeling her inner Billie Holiday, Underwood rocked a black fedora hat sitting on a Samuel Chaise Lounge sofa as she gave soul to her "Drinking Alone" track.

Underwood took a moment to chat with her fans as to why it took her a minute to get back on the road, including a new baby and wanting to co-produce her first project. "It was so hard but so rewarding," she said to fans about the project. "We got the album, and here were are on the road with it."

Underwood brought the energy back up with "Flat on the Floor," from her sophomore project "Carnival Ride," while sporting a sequined light blue and silver dress with a train and silver booties. Before the "American Idol" followed with a medley of songs, she reflected her time on the show and how far she's come. During the performance of "See You Again," fans held up their phones' flashlights. Underwood dedicated the record to departed loved ones as she played the piano.

Underwood then served powerhouse vocals when she performed "Dream On" with a twist. Fluorescent lights flicked back and forth as she wrapped up the track. Following "Dream On," Underwood had projectors that flowed around the 360 stage that showcased photos of her family, including her husband, Mike Fisher, and two sons that formed into a heart collage.

Runaway June and Maddie & Tae returned to the stage with Underwood for a ladies' night mash-up. The women performed tracks from "sheroes" in country music, including "Stand By Your Man," "Wild One" and the legendary Dolly Parton's "9 to 5."

Dazzling in a silver dress and silver booties, Underwood did something unexpected, bringing a fan on stage to sing Ludacris' verse on her record "The Champion." The crowd cheered the fan on as she rocked out with Underwood. Of course, it wouldn't be a "Cry Pretty" tour without the record. Then, in a purple diamond-encrusted dress, fans stood for the finale as Underwood wrapped up the night with "Love Wins" as rainbow confetti flowed from the rafteonto the stage.

"Thank you so much, Des Moines. We had a lot of fun with you."

Carrie Underwood's setlist:

  1. "Southbound" 
  2. "Cowboy Casanova" 
  3. "Good Girl" 
  4. "Last Name" 
  5. "Backsliding" 
  6. "Church Bells" 
  7. "Two Black Cadillacs" 
  8. "Blown Away" 
  9. "Drinking Alone" 
  10. "End Up With You" 
  11. "Flat on the Floor" 
  12. "Wasted" 
  13. "Temporary Home / See You Again / I Know You Won't / Just a Dream / Dream On" 
  14. "Jesus, Take The Wheel" 
  15. "The Bullet" 
  16. "Something in the Water" 
  17. "Low" 
  18. "Stand by Your Man / Walking After Midnight / Coal Miner's Daughter / 9 to 5 / Rockin' With the Rhythm of the Rain / She's in Love With the Boy / Independence Day / Wild One / Why Haven't I Heard From You / Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" 
  19. "Undo It" 
  20. "The Champion" 
  21. "Before He Cheats" 
  22. "Cry Pretty"
  23. "Love Wins" 

Sierra Porter covers entertainment for the Des Moines Register. She can be contacted at sporter@registermedia.com.

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