Carrie Underwood Talks Meltdowns, Previews CMA Awards With Brad Paisley (BONUS: CMA Awards Spoilers!)

Preparations for tomorrow night’s CMA Awards are intensifying, and so is press…and spoiler availability. On Sunday night, country superstars and co hosts for the 7th year running Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood took to the mics for their annual pre-CMA press conference with radio, during which they discussed Brad’s parenting advice for Carrie, whether they’ve ever had to hold back on jokes that they wanted to tell, how they are approaching their traditional comedic recaps of the year when so many of the headlines have been so tragic & serious, and more.

Carrie also shared a humorous tale of 1 of her recent hormone-related meltdowns (hint: the prospect of trading in 1 car for another can be really emotional, you guys!):

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Check out more of the press conference here:

Meanwhile, here’s what we know about tomorrow’s show (SPOILERS ahead), in no particular order:

Kenny Chesney will perform his recent #1 smash “American Kids” (source.)
Miranda Lambert and Meghan Trainor will perform Trainor’s #1 smash “All About That Bass.” Makes sense for a country show! (OK to be fair, the CMAs have always had guests from out of genre, Trainor is a Nashville-based songwriter, and since pop fans appear to be more receptive to female acts right now than country fans, maybe the outreach isn’t such a bad idea.)
-Miranda Lambert will have a 2nd performance, her new single “Smokin’ & Drinkin’,” featuring Little Big Town (source).
-Little Big Town will also perform their current single “Day Drinking” with pop superstar of the moment Ariana Grande, in a medley with something else (source). UPDATE: The “Day Drinking” mashup will be with the Jessie J/Ariana Grande/Nicki Minaj smash “Bang Bang” (there’s a typo in the tweet):

Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Nettles, and Hillary Scott will team with Michael McDonald and the rest of the The Doobie Brothers for a performance (source, thanks @Amanda522).
-Brad Paisley will perform his current single “Perfect Storm.”
Jason Aldean will perform his recent #1 smash “Burnin’ It Down” (source.)
Blake Shelton will perform his next single, “Lonely Tonight,” featuring the wonderful Ashley Monroe (source).
Dierks Bentley will perform his humorous summer smash “Drunk On A Plane” (source).
-Carrie Underwood will perform her current single “Something In The Water” in its live television debut (source).
Luke Bryan will perform “Roller Coaster” (source).
Lady Antebellum will perform their most recent #1 hit “Bartender” (source).
Cole Swindell will perform “Chillin It,” likely a short performance that leads into him reading the names of the broadcast radio CMA winners (source, thanks @JasontheScott for the heads up)

Also performing on tomorrow night’s telecast, which starts at 8 PM Eastern: Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves (juicy rumor of the day: she will have the surprise legendary duet partner teased by Executive Producer Robert Deaton – could it be Loretta Lynn? Martina McBride spilled in a now deleted tweet that she would be sharing a dressing room with Loretta, Faith Hill, and Trisha Yearwood today), Thomas Rhett, George Strait, The Band Perry, and Keith Urban.

Presenters include Lilly Aldridge, Connie Britton, Garth Brooks, Lucy Hale, Tim Tebow, Steven Tyler, Darius Rucker, Trisha Yearwood, and CMA Awards nominees Lee Brice, Brandy Clark, Brett Eldredge, Martina McBride, and Kip Moore. Nominees include Carrie Underwood, The Swon Brothers, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, and Nashville Star alums Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves

We’ll be live-blogging and live-snarking the festivities, so come and join us then, won’t you?

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  1. And I will skip it. Or at most tape it so I can see a few people. Sigh. Nothing against people having a few drinks but I am so sick of all the bro county stuff.

  2. In the last month, I went from looking forward to and anticipating several performances, to not wanting to watch after several people I was hoping would get performance slots didn’t and then the Meghan and (mostly) Ariana announcement dropped. Nope. Then yesterday the Miranda/LBT performance was announced plus the Blake/Ashley one and I guess I’ll be back watching the show again.

    I’m guessing that Miranda will be having a huge night.

  3. Re: LBT/Ariana, I’m a little nervous about Little Big Town getting additional grief from people who already think they’re nothing but pop country ditzes who hit it big with “that motorboating song.” I still get pretty pressed about comments like that, considering Tornado arguably should have won CMA Album Of The Year. But I’m hoping the pop exposure will bring some more attention to their talents.

    As far as Miranda, there are a lot of people predicting she’ll win Entertainer on top of several other awards, many of whom are saying she’s paid her dues and it’s time. That surprised me at 1st but OTOH, she has the most nominations this year and the CMA/ACM love for her is just blooming. Plus, she really did release a great album this year. If Luke were to win I’d grudgingly accept it on the grounds of his massive numbers, if Blake were to win I wouldn’t be OK with it at all, if Keith were to win I’d be surprised and confused but he’s so magnetic live I’d accept it, and if George were to win again I’d be fine with it. But if Miranda were to win it’d be a happy moment and make for an amazingly emotional speech, probably the 1 award she’d genuinely be surprised to win tomorrow.

    I’m not going to lie though – I’ll be a little pressed at the idea that both she and Blake will have won Entertainer when Carrie with everything she’s done for country can’t even get nominated for Entertainer by the CMAs and people like Zac Brown Band, with the way they’ve carved their own path and become so successful, can’t get a sniff either. I know how much of this is “relationships” as Miranda’s said, and so many country acts have talked about the politics. But Blake & Miranda are overrewarded at this point (Blake moreso than Miranda). Maybe if they finally give Miranda Entertainer, the industry will feel like it’s time to start recognizing other deserving acts.

    As far as the show itself, just based on the the known performances, it feels like there’s a concerted effort by CMA producers to showcase female talent, which would be a nice answer to the mess that was this year’s bro heavy ACMs.

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