The Tennessean — Lady Antebellum is not beating around the bush when it comes to their vocal group of the year nomination at the 48th annual CMA Awards — members want that trophy.
The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena 7 p.m. Wednesday on ABC.
“It would be a big pat on the back if we could win that award again,” said trio member Charles Kelley. Lady Antebellum won vocal group of the year at the awards show in 2009, 2010 and 2011. “We’ve worked really hard, and I think that’s why (‘Bartender’ going) No. 1 is so sweet, because we really did have to push the reset button.”
Members made an effort to re-energize their sound and pick up the pace of the music on their new album, “747,” from which “Bartender” was the first single. The song’s success, which they celebrated Wednesday at City Winery, tells members their decision was the right one.
“I think after taking a little bit of a break and coming back, going out on tour and writing on that tour and then having the first single do so well, it was just a big pat on the back and encouragement that we were headed in the right direction,” said trio member Hillary Scott.
Lady Antebellum will play “Bartender” on the awards show. Scott said this year will make the seventh time the group has attended the awards show and that she remembers the first time they performed at the event “like it was yesterday.”
“I was so nervous, and it was a huge moment for us,” she said, remembering they
sang “Love Don’t Live Here.” “To be able to actually step up there and perform was really amazing.”