It was a star-studded show full of memorable performances, but Trisha Yearwood, who didn't sing a note during Sunday night's ACM Awards show, nevertheless had heads turning when she took the stage to introduce a performance by Kelly Clarkson.

Clad in an orange and black dress, the veteran country singer, who has publicly battled weight issues, revealed recently that her slimmer figure is due to a recent 20 lb. weight loss.

"I've been dieting and exercising and I've lost about 20 lbs.," Trisha told People magazine at the Southern Kitchen brunch she hosted at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in February.

The cookbook author and star of the Food Network series, "Trisha's Southern Kitchen," revealed that she sticks to a healthy eating plan, but that she also allows herself to splurge from time to time.

"I'm doing very little sugar," she explained. "And occasionally I have the mac and cheese."

Trisha notes that she takes a sensible, realistic approach to eating, saying, "Real people battle their weight. We all struggle between eating healthy and falling off the wagon. That's how I live."

The singer is the wife of country superstar Garth Brooks, who performed a first-ever duet with fellow icon George Strait on last night's show in tribute to the late TV icon -- and longtime ACM Awards producer -- Dick Clark.