I get butterflies every time I hear my name. I'm pinching myself: "Is this real life?" Growing up, I used a yellow legal pad to write down all the nominees, circle who I thought was going to win before the show and see how many I got right. But I never imagined this at all.
Any good-luck charms for award shows?
My grandmother gave me a ring for my 30th birthday, an amethyst with diamonds. I wore it to the Grammys and [Country Music Association Awards], so I'll probably wear it on ACMs night. It has been good luck so far!
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You're the only woman up for entertainer of the year, perhaps the result of so-called bro country's popularity. What do you think of that trend?
I don't know where "bro country" came from or what it really means, but a lot of those guys are my buddies and I support their music. Within country there are lots of styles: stone-cold country, like Brandy Clark, and there's Florida Georgia Line with what they do, which is completely different and bringing a whole new audience. There's room for everyone.
This story originally appeared in the April 18th issue of Billboard.