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Carrie Underwood has total princess moment in sparkly ball gown at Kennedy Center Honors

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Carrie Underwood is a country music queen and red carpet goddess, a fact that was further cemented by her most recent red carpet appearance at the 42nd annual Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday in Washington, D.C.

The 36-year-old joined the likes of Tom Hanks, The Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Steven Spielberg, Pierce Brosnan, Joseph Gordon Levitt and title characters from "Sesame Street" for a celebrity-studded evening packed with musical performances and speakers.

Underwood, who arrived on the red carpet in a stunning metallic Fouad Sarkis ballgown, took the stage to honor Linda Ronstadt with a moving rendition of the singer's 1977 hit "Blue Bayou" and "When Will I Be Loved."

Later on in the evening, stars like John Legend, Ne-Yo, Cynthia Erivo and the Jonas Brothers rounded out a performance of "September" to mark Earth, Wind and Fire's induction. The award-winning threesome is the first African-American group to be inducted to the Honors.

It's been a big year for Underwood, who broke records with the release of her sixth album "Cry Pretty" and embarked on a worldwide tour for the album, co-hosted the Country Music Awards for the 12th time and welcomed her second son, Jacob, with husband Mike Fisher. 

“It’s kind of crazy to think, sometimes I will literally look at my husband and be like, ‘We have two sons. We have two kids. We’ve been married for nine years and we have two children. We live on a farm.’ Life is very different with two," she said in an interview this summer.

The celebration will air next Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.