Tuesdays 8:00 PM on FOX
American-idol

Kellie Pickler Breaks Down at Country Music Awards

by at . Comments

While Carrie Underwood was winning awards last night, Kellie Pickler was fighting back tears.

The American Idol finalist broke down crying during the CMA while performing "I Wonder," a song about her estranged mother, who abandoned her when she was a toddler.

A Kellie Pickler Pic

"Oh, I hear the weather's nice in California," Pickler sang at the end of the song, as the tears began to fall down her cheeks. "And just in case you're wondering about me/ From now on I won't be in Carolina/ Your little girl is off to Tennessee."

Pickler's mother, Cynthia Malone, has said that she was forced to leave her child because of an abusive relationship with her then-husband.

Kellie struggled to finish the song and spoke the final word, "Tennessee," as the Nashville crowd rose in applause to support her.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1XdZtYG1ms&eurl=http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/index.html[/youtube]

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

Tags:
Like Us On Facebook

Want more American Idol?

Sign up for our daily newsletter and receive the latest tv news delivered to your inbox for free!

More From TV Fanatic

Caleb-johnson-and-jena-irene

American Idol Results: The Winner Is...

It's time to crown the American Idol Season 13 winner! Will it be Jena Irene or Caleb Johnson? Find out now!
Caleb-and-jena

American Idol Review: The Final Countdown

The final two face off on an all-new American Idol! Find out how Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson did now!
Your-top-3

American Idol Results: Who Made the Finals?

The American Idol Season 13 Top 2 are revealed on the live results show! See who they are now!
Jena-irene-at-the-piano

American Idol Goes Home, Celebrates Milestone

American Idol celebrates its 500th episode with performances by the Season 13 Top 3. See how they did now!

Avatar

What a faker. I'm sure she cried every time she sang that song in concert when she toured with Brad Paisley. Enough of the drama Kellie. Just get out there and sing.

Avatar

You were great last night!
Sometimes crap happens, although I'm sure you'd rather the whole didn't see it....but, maybe if she was watching last night .... well, you can't never tell what might happen but if it does, make sure you go into/do it with an open mind. Look how far you've come since American Idol, and its not over yet. My heartfelt wishes are with you and God Bless You. Regards, Sheila Smith
H. R. Coordinator
Greater Media Detroit
(WCSX, WMGC, WRIF Radio)
One Radio Plaza
Detroit, Michigan 48220-2017