Lead Nominee Miranda Lambert Opens Up About Her CMA Awards Performances and Fashion Choices

Image Courtesy CMAMiranda Lambert is still coming to terms with her leading nine nominations going into Wednesday night's CMA Awards. She's got nods in the Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year categories with Platinum, and Miranda could set the all-time record for most Female Vocalist wins if she takes that category for a fifth consecutive time this year. Collaborations with Carrie Underwood on "Somethin' Bad" and Keith Urban on "We Were Us" helped her pick up even more nods.

Miranda says, "When you see your name for nine nominations, it's really shocking. And I didn't even think I'd done enough in the last year to acquire that or could be in the categories, but then I started thinking about everything I've done since November last year, and I'm going, 'Dang, I was busy,' you know."

Getting so much love from CMA voters is an honor Miranda doesn't take lightly, though.

"I've been doing this 12 years for a living now, and it's like, I'm not doing it for nothing," Miranda says. "People care, and they're paying attention."

Miranda has two performances on the CMA Awards this year, including a duet with pop star Meghan Trainor on her blockbuster hit, "All About That Bass." That song has become a backstage anthem for Miranda and her band and crew this year.

Miranda says of singing with Meghan, "She asked me to do it, and I didn't even hesitate because I love the song and I love what it stands for. It doesn't matter what genre it is. It's just across the board a great song. And it's something different for me."

Since Miranda's next single is "Smokin' and Drinkin'," featuring Little Big Town, we're guessing they'll perform that on the CMA Awards broadcast as well.

As for her CMA Awards wardrobe, Miranda is keeping things low-key with her red carpet dress.

She says, "It's not a lot of glitz. I have glitter nails, but that's gonna be, like, my only bling besides some jewelry."

Miranda and her stylist came up with five total looks for Wednesday night.

She adds with a laugh, "It's crazy, 'cause I have two performances, and a sitting dress. Some of that stuff you can't actually sit in, you know. Stuff shows."

The 48th Annual CMA Awards broadcast live Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Little Big Town Can’t Wait to Perform with “Incredible Singer” Ariana Grande on the CMA Awards

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town has been rehearsing like mad to get ready for their collaboration with pop powerhouse Ariana Grande on Wednesday night's CMA Awards. While they can't reveal which song they're singing just yet, LBT promises there will be a lot of people onstage for the performance.

As for Ariana Grande, Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild is absolutely floored by the young singer's vocal power.

Karen says, "She's an incredible singer. You listen to her live, if you YouTube her performance of whatever it is, she always nails it. I mean, it's incredible!"

Tune in to see Little Big Town and Ariana Grande's performance on the 48th Annual CMA Awards. The show airs live from Nashville Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC.

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Kacey Musgraves Happy to See Her Equality Anthem, “Follow Your Arrow,” Up for CMA Song of the Year

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves is going into Wednesday night's 48th Annual CMA Awards with a somewhat surprising nomination for "Follow Your Arrow" in the Song of the Year category. Even though "Follow Your Arrow" didn't have a big impact at country radio, Kacey is happy to see the CMA recognize the song's message of equality and acceptance.

She says, "It really is a shocker, and I think it says a lot for, not only where country music is heading, but kind of just where humans are heading, and I think it's cool that I got to be a small part of that."

Kacey has had the opportunity to perform "Follow Your Arrow" at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City earlier this year. While Kacey is an outspoken supporter of gay rights, she thinks "Follow Your Arrow" has a message for everyone who marches to their own beat.

As for the Song of the Year nod, Kacey adds, " I think that is just a testament to when someone feels a connection to a message, and it makes them feel a little bit better about who they are."

"Follow Your Arrow" is also up for Video of the Year at this Wednesday night's CMA Awards. The show airs live on ABC at 8 ET.

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Cole Swindell’s CMA Awards Nomination Could Have Gotten Him Arrested for Indecent Exposure

Image Courtesy CMACole Swindell got the news about his New Artist of the Year nomination at this year's CMA Awards just after he stepped out of the shower. His manager was blowing up his phone via text and phone calls telling him to call her back immediately.

"I thought something was wrong," Cole recalls.

When Cole got in touch with his manager and found out about the big news, he ran out on his back porch in nothing but a towel.

Cole recalls, "I look over and my good-looking neighbor's in there in the backyard and I was like, 'Oh my God.' I had to go get dressed and apologize to her for that, but I couldn't help it. That's just me, man. I was so excited."

Cole is thankful to the CMA voters for recognizing all his hard work this year. The only thing that would make Wednesday night's CMA Awards sweeter would be having his mother with him as his date.

Cole explains, "She's having back surgery in the first of December,  and we're gonna get her back better. 'Cause these are the kinds of things I want her to be -- she's about all I got left family-wise besides some brothers and a grandmother."

The 48th Annual CMA Awards broadcast live from Nashville Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Nashville Notes

Image Courtesy David McClister/UMGSam Hunt's debut hit, "Leave the Night On," has been certified platinum for one million downloads and streams.

Brantley Gilbert has released "One Hell of an Amen" as the new single from his latest album, Just As I Am.

A special video of Kenny Chesney's song, "Flora-Bama," from his recent CMT special, Live from the Flora-Bama, will begin airing on CMT this Friday.

CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Brandy Clark has signed a new record deal with Warner Brothers Records. Look for her to present a trophy on Wednesday night's CMA Awards on ABC.

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Brett Eldredge Leading the Toy Drive at Friday Night’s “CMA Country Christmas” Taping in Nashville

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleThe CMA Country Christmas special tapes this Friday night at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, and Brett Eldredge is leading the CMA's efforts to collect toys for kids in the Nashville area prior to the show. Brett is teaming up with several U.S. Marines and Tennessee Titan Delanie Walker to encourage fans attending the show to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping. Those will be donated to the Marines' Toys for Tots program.

The CMA Country Christmas special airs on Monday, December 1 on ABC with Jennifer Nettles returning as host.

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