Carrie Underwood recently reacted to Miranda Lambert‘s very public support of the American Idol star’s nomination for Entertainer of the Year at the upcoming 2019 CMA Awards. In a new interview, Carrie discussed Miranda’s very lengthy Instagram post, where she listed several reasons why she wants the “Something In The Water” singer to take home the award this year.
In Miranda’s post, she told fans that she would “always have [Carrie’s] back,” and that’s why she was voting for the singer over the other all-male nominees, made up of Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, Eric Church, and Chris Stapleton.
Though Carrie never publicly commented on her fellow country female’s social media gush at the time, she revealed while speaking to ABC Audio recently that she did reach out to the “Little Red Wagon” singer privately to share her thanks as soon as she saw her message.
“I immediately reached out to her and just said, ‘You didn’t have to say anything, but thank you so much,’” the mom of two said, per Win Country.
The American Idol Season 4 winner then went on to share that she thinks Miranda’s support has also helped other female artists take a big step forward in the world of country music. Over the past couple of years, many have pointed out the lack of airplay for females on country radio.
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Its fall weather in Nashville! Sitting here on my porch, I realize with the chill in the air that it’s getting closer to Nov which means my birthday month and @CMAawards final voting time. Entertainer Of The Year is the big one So I’m gonna share my two cents. ????Keith- a friend and a hero of mine. He took me on tour in 2005. The first big tour I ever got to be part of. He belived in me when I was a baby artist and I will be forever grateful. ????Garth - In Pieces. My first cassette tape I bought with my own money from doing chores. My first concert, Texas stadium 1993. The beginning of a twinkle in my eye. It was life changing. ????Eric -one of the best songwriters of all time in my opinion. He turns a phrase like no other. I’ve had the pleasure of writing with him and he is someone that will push say something in a different way. ????Chris- the kind of voice & songwriting that makes you want to quit, and work harder. A sound that can’t be beat. Period. ????Carrie- The Entertainer Of The Year. Because... Currently being on tour with all female artists, I’ve been thinking a lot about all the work that goes into what we do. The most amazing job in the world. But it ain’t for the faint of heart. @carrieunderwood is on an all female tour too. The Cry Pretty Tour 360. She put out her first single in 2005 and from then on country music was changed for good. That iconic voice has been classin’ up our stages, charts and televisions for a decade and a half. The Voice. The legs. The songs. The brand. The mom. The wife. The okie. The Jesus lover. The blonde bombshell that is Carrie. She blows me away every time I hear her sing. She never wavers in who she is or what she stands for. She has stayed true & pushed herself to be better. If you have never heard her sing “How Great Thou Art” do yourself a favor and listen. I have her back in this picture and I’ll always have her back. So for the sake of sequins, spanx and spray tans, take it home! You Carrie the torch! ????#Carrieon #EOTY
“That is one wonderful thing that has happened with all of this conversation about women in country music,” Carrie continued.
“I feel like it’s given us all a chance to really kind of band together and support each other and take other females out on tour with us and just encourage each other,” the singer said.
Notably, Carrie just wrapped her all-female “Cry Pretty Tour 360” last month, where she brought out country duo Maddie & Tae and trio Runaway June as her support acts.
The star also opened up about the Entertainer of the Year award and all the effort that goes into just earning a nomination. She noted that she always tries to put on an amazing show for her fans.
“Entertainer of the Year is just about ALL the things. People get really caught up on tour[ing],” she said.
Carrie then added that “there’s a lot that goes into it” and said she knows there’s also a lot that “should be considered every year” when it comes to who wins.
Miranda more recently doubled down on her support for her fellow country star.
The singer got choked up as she reiterated during a recent interview why she thinks Carrie should take home the award. She said that she thinks the mom of two deserves it on her own merit, not just because she’s a woman going up against four male artists.
In addition to being nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Carrie will go head-to-head for Miranda for Female Vocalist of the Year when the CMA Awards take place on November 13. Carrie will co-host the show alongside Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire.