Sara Evans may have had to touch up her makeup after an emotional performance at the ACM Awards on Sunday night. The 'A Little Bit Stronger' singer gave a performance that seemed to announce she was back, as strong as ever, after taking time to focus on her family's needs. Her friends and fans in country music welcomed her home with a standing ovation.

Evans could choose from a number of possible explanations when pushed to explain the tears that welled up during the song. Earlier in the night during an ACM Red Carpet interview, the 2006 ACM Top Female Vocalist admitted that she thinks about her husband Jay Barker while performing the Top 10 hit. “What would I do if Jay and I broke up," she wondered before adding, “I cried true tears during the video.”

Or maybe it was the warm welcome back from the industry that overwhelmed Evans? She looked fabulous in all black, including tight leather pants that the mother of three should be proud to rock. 'A Little Bit Stronger' was written by Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.