Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, & Kellie Pickler – Pre-ACM Media (AUDIO & VIDEO)

The country music world has descended on Las Vegas for the Academy Of Country Music Awards (which air tonight at 8 PM Eastern, look out for our live blog this evening). Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, and Kellie Pickler hit the radio circuit while Scotty McCreery also performed at the Fremont Street Experience. Check out media from their activities after the jump:

Carrie is set to open tonight’s ACM Awards show, and hit the Westwood One radio availability session yesterday. Check out some interviews in which she talks about international promo/tour plans, what recordings she’d take with her to an island, what her dogs Ace and Penny are up to while she’s in Vegas, gym etiquette, and her marriage to Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher.

WIRK interview

KFROG interview

Carrie revealed to CMT radio that she has international dates in the works “soon”. You can also check out pictures of Carrie at yesterday’s radio availability (including several pictures of Carrie with Hunter Hayes here.

WUSN 99.5 interview (Carrie talks trying to get together with Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, and house rules)

Backstage interview after ACM rehearsals:

Carrie answered questions submitted to the @ACMAwards twitter account:

What is your favorite album you could listen to every day?

Academy of Country Music on WhoSay
Did Ace & Penny join Carrie in Vegas?

Academy of Country Music on WhoSay

Scotty played the Fremont Street Experience and also participated in the Westwood One radio availability. Check out videos from his interviews and sets:

Interview with Froggy Pittsburgh (Scotty talks about his new single, being up for New Artist Of The Year):

Interview with WHAS (Scotty talks about his ACM nomination, fans, Twitter, confirms he’ll tour with Brad through October):

Interview with 101.5 The Eagle (on whether he was the high school stud before AI, being more of a finesse pitcher than a speed pitcher):

Interview with US99.5 Chicago (discusses college/music schedule plans for the fall and beyond)

Fremont Street Performances

Scotty also attended Garth Brooks’s show at the Wynn, and met Garth Brooks and his wife, fellow country music great Trisha Yearwood!

Kellie will not be attending the ACM Awards themselves but on Friday she teased some “BIG EXCITING news” she’ll be able to share this coming week. Presumably it’s related to the song “100 Proof” which will go for adds 4/16. Check out a couple interviews she did Friday where she gushes about her husband, songwriter and craftsman Kyle Jacobs and talks about why she fought to do such a traditional country album.

ACM Ram Country interview

Eagle 97.3 interview with Kellie Pickler

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  • chearts77

    I just love listening to Scotty interviews as much as his performances.  He’s so humble and witty.  I was smiling ear to ear listening to TTWG hearing the crown sing along with him.  He did a great job Man of Constant Sorrow.  Can’t wait until tonight.  Go Scotty!!!

    Best of luck to all the idol nominees!!

  • Pam

    Wow windmills.  There’s a lot of goodies here.  Thanks for taking the time and effort to post all of this stuff for us.  Very much appreciated!  :)

  • mchcat

    Thank you so much Windmills – this is so good – all in one place.  Best of luck to everyone tonight – but I will on pins and needles for Scotty. 

  • SaSa8

    ACMs are gonna be a great show tonight.  Can’t wait to see Carrie and Scotty.  Good luck Scotty!  Looks like he did a great job with his performances on Freemont Street.  Thanks Windmills!

  • Sharil Brown

    Scotty is getting stronger and better with each performance.  I can see a big difference since he left the AI stage.  I know he and his family are going to have a good time tonight and hopefully he will walk away with his first ACM Award. 

  • merkureye

    Thanks for all the ACM “pre-game warmup” stuff.  I’ll be parked in front of the big screen enjoying Carrie’s performance (Good Girl?), and Blake and Reba’s fantastic (and funny) co-hosting.

    Oh, and congratulations to Scotty McCreery on the career he is having. Way to go!

  • getgetaway

    Where’s Casey James? This would have been a great opprotunity since he has a new CD out.

  • aidancash1

    Well he did so many interviews already the last two weeks so maybe he really didnt feel like he needed to do the same things again. Still hopeful I will see him on the red carpet.

  • Anonymous

    I flove that performance of TTWG. Scotty’s voice sounds as smooth as butter. 

  • Lexie

    Thanks, Windmills, for bringing this all together in one place–impressive:) 

    Wow–Scotty’s Mom dressed him up nicely, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was a best dressed contender for the guys:)))  But, most of all, hope there’s only good things at the end of the night:))

    Looking forward to all the performances!

  • Anonymous

    Windmills.  Thanks so much for putting all these videos and interviews together. I enjoyed them all.
    You Rock!!!

  • Anonymous

    Man of Constant Sorrow is one of my most favorite Scotty performances. Actually, it’s one of his; he said his two favorite songs to perform are Water Tower Town and Man of Constant Sorrow! Thank you so much for collecting all this for us.  Windmills, you rock!