Carrie Underwood was in attendance at the 2020 CMA Awards where she was nominated for Entertainer of the Year, which ultimately went to Eric Church.
As he walked to the stage to accept his award, the camera caught Carrie giving a wink…but to who?
Eric Church emotional while winning EOTY and Carrie giving him the tearful wink is such a loaded, fascinating TV moment. Congrats to Chief! #CMAawards
— Grady Smith (@gradywsmith) November 12, 2020
Another fan wasn’t convinced it was for Eric.
I think she was winking to someone off to the side who gave her a look like “you were robbed” and her wink back was like “it’s ok, I’m ok” and she did her best to hold herself together despite the disappointment. Looked like a sad wink to me, IMO 😕
— Carolyn Miller (@Carolyn_Miller) November 12, 2020
Some speculated it could have been for fellow nominee Miranda Lambert.
And I really think Carrie’s wink was towards Miranda saying “it’s fine, we’re both good”
— Bretttt (@bmilie2014) November 12, 2020
Or Reba exiting the stage.
I think it was to Miranda or possibly Reba as she was leaving the stage
— Mike Read (@mikeEread) November 12, 2020
and some just found it soothing.
I know this wink wasn’t directed at us (or perhaps it was 😉) but I find it very reassuring. We love you @carrieunderwood and you deserve this award so bad that I believe it will still happen one day! #CU4EOTY pic.twitter.com/eBs2gEfld5
— All About Carrie (@allabout_carrie) November 12, 2020