ACM Awards 2014: The Band Perry likes 'friendly competition'

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If landing the first performance slot at an awards show means you're doing something right, then the Band Perry is.

The three siblings will open CBS' telecast of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards from Las Vegas on Sunday (April 6). They'll offer their latest single, "Chainsaw," then wait to see how the two honors for which they're nominated play out.

Having stiff competition -- such as fellow Vocal Group of the Year contenders Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band -- makes being friends with their rivals a big plus.

"I think everybody is always genuinely proud of whoever takes home the trophy," Kimberly Perry tells Zap2it. "We all have various pursuits we're right in the middle of, whether it's touring or making a new record or coming off the year of a big single. Everybody's got their own thing going on, and this work is hard, so it's definitely deserved by each person in the category."

"One thing we love," adds Reid Perry, "is the fact that this is a family. Obviously, it's competition, but it is also friendly competition."

The Band Perry also is ACM-nominated for Video of the Year for "Better Dig Two," a country-chart-topping single that Neil Perry reports "gave the three of us a lot of hope" as the group was making its second album, "Pioneer."

"As I'm sure is the case with every other artist with their sophomore album, we were really nervous," Neil says, "just wondering how our next step in music would be received. We got such a great, warm reaction from the fans, it really encouraged us, so we were happy to see that song honored [with the video nomination]."

Neil notes the Perrys are "very visual people as well. We find that's the other half of what we do. Even when we're writing songs, we think of what it would look like as a movie or something."

Engaged to Texas Rangers player J.P. Arencibia, Kimberly says she's glad the video for "Better Dig Two" -- which could be considered a cousin to "If I Die Young," the band's first No. 1 hit -- "leaves a little bit of mystery. We grew up in the Deep South, which has a mystique, if you will. I think that's wrapped right into that video, and we're proud of it."

The Band Perry won the ACM Award for Top New Vocal Group or Duo in 2011. That makes their current bid for best vocal group all the sweeter, but they know nothing is guaranteed.

"Everybody in that category is so unique," Kimberly Perry says. "They work so hard every night on the road, so we'll see what happens ... but we're definitely excited to be nominated."

The ACM Awards air at 8 p.m. ET/PT Sunday on CBS. The Band Perry can also be seen on the CBS special "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops" on Tuesday, May 20.
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