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See Kellie Pickler's Poignant Return To Stage After Husband Kyle Jacobs' Tragic Death

Kellie Pickler is back.

More than a year after her husband, Kyle Jacobs, died by suicide, the country music artist performed on stage for the first time on Monday night. Of course, she received a ton of love and support from the crowd at the Walkin’ After Midnight: The Music of Patsy Cline event at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Within seconds of the American Idol alum stepping out on stage in a shimmering gown, the audience jumped out of their seats to applaud. Amazing!

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Despite the warm welcome, the singer was still nervous to perform again. She told the attendees:

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was not incredibly nervous right now. It’s been the first time I’ve been up on stage in a while. I will say that I am incredibly honored to be a part of honoring Miss Patsy Cline. She is a huge reason why I fell in love with music.”

To pay tribute to Patsy, Kellie chose to sing the track The Woman I Am — a song near and dear to her heart. Why? She co-wrote it with her late husband:

“My husband and I actually wrote this song together, gosh, over a decade ago. The last time I was here in the Ryman Auditorium was with him on a date night, and I know he is here with us tonight. Thank you all so much for having me. Alright, I’m gonna do the best I can.”

After the speech, Kellie delivered a stellar performance. Check out the emotional moment (below):

#KelliePickler returned to the stage to honor late country music icon #PatsyCline with a special performance of “The Woman I Am,” a song she co-wrote with her late husband, Kyle Jacobs. @Kellie Pickler

♬ original sound – Music Mayhem

So incredible. It’s great to see Kellie performing again. Reactions, Perezcious readers? Let us know in the comments.

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[Image via MEGA/WENN, The Kelly Clarkson Show/YouTube]

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