Carrie Underwood has her first-ever entertainer of the year nomination going into November’s 50th Annual CMA Awards, and her Sept. 22 show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena may have just sealed the deal for her to win that top prize.
Of course, the CMA Awards also takes place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and Carrie just filled the venue to capacity. It was her biggest crowd ever in Music City, and you can bet there were a lot of CMA voters out in the audience.
The Storyteller Tour is Carrie’s most ambitious live show to date featuring hit-after-hit, multiple costume changes, pyrotechnics and the biggest stage we’ve seen on any arena tour in years. Carrie gave it her all during the Nashville concert, and she felt the love coming back from the crowd, too.
Carrie even stayed up late for an after party, which featured a photo booth, food truck and even a sketch artist drawing souvenir portraits for Carrie’s guests, including her fellow CMA nominees Kelsea Ballerini and Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney. That party died down about 1 a.m., and Carrie was just praying her little man, Isaiah, would sleep through the night.
She tweeted, “Only a Nashville show could keep me out this late!”
If the CMA Awards were fan-voted, Carrie would no doubt have multiple entertainer of the year trophies on her mantle. Back when the ACM Awards let fans choose the entertainer of the year, Carrie walked away with the prize in 2008 and 2009.
Believe it or not, it’s been eight years since Carrie won a CMA Award, and her fans are campaigning hard to change that. During the Nashville show, Carrie’s followers banded together on social media sharing photos of the concert and using the hashtag #CU4EOTY, or “Carrie Underwood for Entertainer of the Year.” It’s all a bid to reach out to those members of the Country Music Association who can vote to give Carrie that trophy.
We’ll see if Carrie wins entertainer of the year when she co-hosts the 50th Annual CMA Awards with Brad Paisley Wednesday, Nov. 2 on ABC.