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Watch now: CMA nominee Kelsea Ballerini insists she won't win: "It's not time for me yet"

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By Andrea Dresdale

ABC/Image Group LAKelsea Ballerini is up for Female Vocalist of the Year at Wednesday’s CMA Awards, but she’s convinced that she has no chance of winning…because she’s practical.

“I feel like hopefully there will be a year where I feel like maybe it might be this year, but it’s not this year,” she tells ABC Radio. “It’s not time for me yet. Every year, things seem to grow in a positive direction, so we’ll see.”

O.K. so if Kelsea doesn’t think she’s going to win, who does she think will take home the trophy? The co-host of the CMA telecast, Carrie Underwood.

“I think it’s Carrie’s,” predicts Kelsea. “She put out a beautiful album, she’s working her tail off, she’s about to have a baby and she’s still working her tail off! And if you’re actually going on vocalists, she’s just the queen. I think it’s her year!”

And even if Kelsea doesn’t win, she’s got plenty to be proud of: 2018’s been quite a year for her.

“I started the year with a headlining tour, which is just something that feels really special to me, to have people in the room that connect with an album enough to sit there with you for two hours,” she tells ABC Radio. “That was amazing.”

“And then opening for Keith Urban…and learning from him,” Kelsea continues, “And then doing the coaching on The Voice, and doing a single with the Chainsmokers and releasing my third single off my record…it’s just been crazy!”

Tune in Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC to see if Kelsea’s prediction of a Carrie Underwood victory comes true.

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Watch now: CMA nominees Lady Antebellum look forward to watching new stars, hugging old friends and rooting for Kelsea Ballerini at this year's show

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By Andrea Dresdale

ABC/Image Group LALady Antebellum are up for Vocal Group of the Year at Wednesday’s CMA Awards. They’ve been attending the show for about a decade now and Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott say there are certain things they look forward to seeing on the show each year.

“Seeing these new artists, I think…’cause this is what these shows are, to me — to break new artists, and to show people, ‘This is the new crop,'” Charles tells ABC Radio. “And also, you’re always excited to see Keith Urban and our buddy Luke [Bryan] and see what they do…there’s so many [things] to look forward to!”

Hillary Scott adds that personally, she’s excited to attend the CMA Awards so she can spend time with their fellow artists, who they rarely get to see.

“We all tour kinda at the same time, we’re never in the same place at the same time except on nights like this,” she explains. “So to be able to hug a lot of my best girlfriends and say hi, it’s really special.”

One of those girlfriends Hillary’s looking forward to seeing is Kelsea Ballerini. Lady A brought her out on tour with them when she was up-and-coming, and now she’s nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.

“I’m so unbelievably proud for her and everything that’s going on…her poise, and her record,” gushes Hillary. “And obviously she’s like a baby sister to me, so I’m rooting for her for sure!”

Tune in Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on ABC. to see if Lady A can beat out young upstarts Old Dominion, LANCO and Midland to capture the Vocal Group of the Year trophy for a fourth time.

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Watch now: Brett Young on his "fairy-tale" wedding, "fantastic" honeymoon and "validating" CMA nomination

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By Andrea Dresdale

ABC/Image Group LABrett Young married his longtime girlfriend Taylor Mills earlier this month in California, but he’s returned from his honeymoon in enough time to attend the CMA Awards on Wednesday, where he’s up for New Artist of the Year. He tells ABC Radio his wedding couldn’t have gone better — thanks to Taylor.

“She did such a good job planning the wedding…I’m glad I stayed out of it as much as I did, ’cause it was a lot of fun surprises for me throughout the day,” he laughs.

The wedding day, which featured 81 degree weather, sunshine and a waterfall, was “just literally fairy-tale and perfect,” says Brett.

Adding to the festivities were performances by Luke Combs, Lee Brice and Gavin DeGraw. Brett sang too, but he admits, “I got super-emotional and forgot lyrics and screwed up the song…it was just a nightmare!” Luckily, everyone was still talking about how great Luke, Lee and Gavin were so, he says, nobody really noticed.

The couple’s honeymoon was almost a nightmare, too — until they made a bold move.

“We went to the Virgin Islands and it rained for three days straight!” Brett tells ABC Radio. “We finally went, ‘O.K., we just gotta go somewhere where it’s sunny.’ So I found a non-stop flight from St. Croix to Miami…and we ended up having three amazing days on the beach…it was fantastic!”

Also fantastic? Brett’s nomination, which he says has given him “a sense of validation.”

But, he notes, “When you’re up against so much talent, it’s one of those things where if you actually do sneak away with [the award], it feels like you stole one, a little bit!”

Tune in to see if Brett steals the award Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Nashville notes

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By Annie Reuter

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKane Brown continues to break records with his latest release, Experiment. His sophomore album, which dropped November 9, broke the U.S. record on Apple Music for the largest debut of a country album, with 2.5 million streams in the first 24 hours of its release.

Luke Combs reigns at number one with “She Got the Best of Me.” It remains at the top of Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart for the fourth straight week. It’s the only country song to achieve this feat in 2018.

Next month, Amy Grant headlines Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas – Presented by Hallmark Channel. The one-hour special will air on December 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT as part of Hallmark Channel’s Countdown To Christmas. In addition to Amy, her husband Vince Gill, as well as Kellie Pickler and Michael W. Smith, will perform on the special.

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Carrie Underwood warns her quick changes may be slow this year, while Brad Paisley's prepared with plenty of pregnancy jokes

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ABC/Image Group LAThroughout a decade of hosting the CMA Awards, Carrie Underwood‘s become famous for her numerous, memorable wardrobe changes. But since she’s expecting a baby this year, Carrie admits she’s not exactly sure how it’s gonna go.

“Those quick changes might be slow changes this year,” she jokes. “But yeah, I’d say wardrobe has got their work cut out for them this year.”

Carrie agrees there’s some possibility she may not wear quite as many dresses as she has in years past.

“I’m not sure,” she tells ABC Radio. “I’ve kinda done my initial round [of fittings], and it’s basically whatever I can zip up. So we’ll see.”

The Oklahoma native hosted once before when she was pregnant, leading up to the birth of her son Isaiah nearly four years ago.

Just as before, Carrie’s co-host, Brad Paisley, has already given her notice that baby humor is definitely on the table.

So is there any possibility Brad might go too far?

“There’s always a big chance!” Carrie laughs.

“Yeah, those are Vegas odds you wanna take right there!” Brad agrees.

“The thing about us,” Carrie says, turning serious, “I feel like… we can laugh at ourselves and definitely make fun of ourselves, first and foremost. But we don’t ever want to offend anybody, you know.”

“Just ourselves,” Brad adds, before offering an example of how he might go too far.

“We should just change out bumper stickers on it…” he suggests, referring to Carrie’s baby bump. “We could sell that space.”

“Ad space…” Carrie says, getting on board with the joke. “Put this kid through college!”

You can tune in to witness Brad’s antics and Carrie’s costume changes Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, as the 52nd Annual CMA Awards air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC.

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