Carrie Underwood Delivers Haunting First Performance of ‘Ghost Story’ at GRAMMYs

Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy The Recording Academy
Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy The Recording Academy
Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy The Recording Academy

Eight-time GRAMMY winner Carrie Underwood returned to the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday evening for the live debut of her brand-new single, “Ghost Story.”  

Surrounded by larger-than-life video screens depicting a ghostly figure of Underwood, the Oklahoma native stunned with her powerhouse vocals and commanding stage presence alongside a six-piece all-female choir.

Sporting a purple mini-dress that fluttered in the stage fan’s breeze, Underwood captivated as she performed the song for the first time ever. Her husband, Mike Fisher, could be seen cheering her on from the crowd.  

“Ghost Story” arrived in mid-March and serves as the lead single from Underwood’s yet-to-be-announced next studio album. 

The track is unlike anything fans have heard from the superstar as “Ghost Story” takes a new spin on a revenge song. 

“Instead of smashing headlights, this scorned lover is letting her ex know that she will continue to haunt him no matter how hard he tries to forget her,” Underwood previously explained of the track, which was co-written by Josh Kear, Hillary Lindsey and David Garcia and co-produced by Garcia and Underwood.

Twitter erupted with compliments following her performance with many social media users gushing over her toned legs. 

“I’m going to do leg day until my legs look like @carrieunderwood,” wrote one fan, while another shared, “The real winner tonight is @carrieunderwood’s legs.” 

Underwood’s performance came just hours after she won her eighth career GRAMMY Award when her album, My Savior, was crowned Best Roots Gospel Album during the GRAMMYs Premiere Ceremony. 

She was also nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “If I Didn’t Love You” with Jason Aldean

Ahead of the show, Underwood talked with The Recording Academy about how special it is to take the GRAMMYs stage. 

“The GRAMMYs and performing at the GRAMMYs, that is such an iconic thing,” Underwood shared. “There are so many incredibly talented musical acts in so many different genres of music that only a select few actually get to perform on the stage even if they’re nominated for multiple ones per night.”

Underwood added, “It’s just really special. It’s iconic. There’s always incredible moments. They do such an incredible job of making everybody’s performances look incredible. So I’m always excited to get to play on the GRAMMYs stage.”  

Carrie Underwood; Photo: Eric Jamison/CBS
Carrie Underwood; Photo: Eric Jamison/CBS

Music’s Biggest Night” also featured performances from Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Brothers Osborne, Silk Sonic, Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, Jon Batiste, Billy Strings, Carrie Underwood, H.E.R., Brandi Carlile, Billy Strings, Aymée Nuviola, John Legend, J Balvin with Maria Becerra, Maverick City Music, BTS, Nas and more.

The coveted awards show also paid tribute to late Foo Fighters’ drummer, Taylor Hawkins, who passed away at age 50. Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt and Rachel Zegler also honored the late Stephen Sondheim during the In Memoriam segment.

The 2022 GRAMMYs also included a star-studded list of presenters, including Kelsea Ballerini, Lenny Kravitz, Avril Lavigne, Jared Leto, Dua Lipa, Ludacris, Anthony Mackie, Megan Thee Stallion, Billy Porter, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Urban, Questlove and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez.

Hosted by Trevor Noah, the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards took place live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and aired on Sunday, April 3, exclusively on CBS Television Network at 8/7c. 

The show was also available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.