"Blown Away" is an apt title for the song that Carrie Underwood has scored her two latest Grammy nominations for.
The music superstar has earned five of the honors since winning the fourth season of "American Idol," and she says she's thrilled to be in the running again for her most recent CD's title cut, nominated for best country solo performance and best country song. She'll also perform when CBS televises the 55th Annual Grammy Awards from Los Angeles' Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10.
"It's the Grammys!," the friendly Underwood tells Zap2it. "Those are something you learn about when you're a kid, before you even realize exactly what they are. Growing up watching them and seeing all kinds of music coming together for one night to celebrate a great year, it's a cool thing to be a part of now. It's just fun to be there and to be a part of history."
That her latest Grammy nominations are for "Blown Away" is "cool" to Underwood, since "that's the title of the album and the title of my tour." After starting it last fall, she'll resume that tour a few days after the Grammys, with the next leg taking her to Ireland and England in addition to more dates in the U.S. and Canada.
"You hope that with each album and each tour, things just get better," reflects Underwood, who made headlines by giving a youngster his first kiss during her Louisville concert last September. "I just want to move forward, and I feel like the fans really respond to that. There are people who say, 'I've seen one show from every one of your tours,' and it's really cool that they keep coming back and we grow together."
Going back to the Grammys when her husband -- Mike Fisher, center for the Nashville Predators -- has just gone back to the ice after the end of the NHL lockout, Underwood is pleased about the music world's past year. The current Grammy field is led by Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Mumford & Sons, Fun. and Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys) with six bids each.
"Music is so eclectic now, even one kind of music," Underwood notes. "Tune to a country music station, and you can really hear all different kinds of artists ... people who are more rock-influenced, people who are more pop-influenced and people who are influenced by a little bit of everything. That's what I consider myself to be. Nobody listens to one kind of music anymore. Look at somebody's iTunes playlist."
Underwood has gotten used to being an award show host, too, having teamed with Brad Paisley to preside over the Country Music Association Awards the past five years.
"With hosting something, there's just so much more to worry about," she says. "For Brad and me, we just want it to be a great night -- and we have the ability to potentially ruin that great night, so we just really want to do a good job. We always think, 'There are people tuning in who might not have any idea what country music's like,' and we want to present all of us in the best way possible."
That also applies when Underwood makes Grammy Awards appearances. "There's definitely some added pressure," she allows, "knowing that there aren't a whole lot of country music people who will be up there performing. I definitely want to represent our genre well, because I love it so much, if I'm one of the few who actually gets to perform on the Grammys."
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