Martina McBride didn’t expect to hear her name called as a nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards. She holds the records for most wins in that category with four trophies along with Reba and Miranda Lambert, but Martina’s career took a left turn this year with her new album, Everlasting. The project features a throwback R&B vibe not geared towards country radio, but the CMA voters seemed to love Martina’s new material anyway.
She says with a laugh, “I just thought that it would be an off-year. So, when I got the news, I was so excited and appreciative and grateful and blessed. It’s a neat thing. It’s a great thing.”
Martina is a presenter on the 48th Annual CMA Awards airing Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC.
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