She was briefly delayed when her dress got stuck to that of Miranda Lambert's.
"There's a story in a song!" she mused. "For later - after alcohol... I'm just kidding... children."
Then as an aside, "I get nervous speaking in front of people."
She said she didn't expect to win, then gave shout outs to Fun. ("I've been covering that song all summer"), Pink, Adele and someone she wasn't familiar with until that night, Miguel, who had performed earlier. "I don't know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together. That was the damn sexiest thing I've ever seen!" (They show Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson in the audience, a nice ode to "Idol.")
Later, she sings my dad's favorite song "Tennessee Waltz" from his favorite artist, the late great 1940s/50s songstress Patti Page. I heard that song a gazillion times as as child.
Then she reprises "Natural Woman" in honor of Carole King and echoing the performance she did a decade ago on "Idol." She's iridescent as always.
Carrie in the final hour sing a bit of her two latest hits, "Blown Away" (in powerful acoustic delivery) and "Two Black Cadillacs," with a digitized dress (which probably forced her to stay in one place, like it mattered.) Wow. Her vocal cords are in fine form. Is she capable of a bad performance?