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Country Stars Get Their Grammy Faces On

Hot 20 Goes Straight to the Nominees for the Inside Scoop

Get ready for the 57th annual Grammy Awards with an all-new episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown.

Eric Church has a chance to walk away with four trophies Sunday night (Feb. 8), but the country superstar says he isn’t influenced by awards at all.


Plus, the “Talladega” singer takes the old saying “the show must go on” to heart. We’ll have video from his “modified” concert in Salt Lake City.

Later, we’ll reveal five facts about Carrie Underwood’s brand new “Little Toy Guns” video, including its connection to The Sound of Music.

Speaking of Carrie, Justin Moore has a parenting tip for the mother-to-be, and Kip Moore and Dierks Bentley’s prank war heats up as Moore seeks his revenge.

Grammy nominee Hunter Hayes wonders if he can keep his nerves in check during the big night and shares the perks of being backstage. And the red carpet will be packed wall to wall with stars, but one country singer isn’t a fan of the crowded chaos. She gives us a mouthful!


Meanwhile, Dan + Shay drop by as special guest co-hosts, so we’ll get to know the “Show You Off” singers a little better. Find out which one is more romantic and who spends the most time in front of the mirror. Then we’ll put the duo’s cornhole and artistic skills to the test.

How’s this for a true underdog story: You release an album on an independent label, not a single song lands on the charts, but you earn two Grammy nominations anyway? That’s exactly what happened to Brandy Clark, and we’ll sit down with the Grammy nominee who’s defying all the odds in country music. She could win the awards for best country album for best new artist in the all-genre category.

Plus, break out the jazz hands for Jennifer Nettles. The country singer made her Broadway debut playing the lead role in Chicago, and we have behind-the-scenes video of her “rehearsing her butt off.”

Catch an exclusive preview of Darius Rucker’s Inside Fame CMT special, and we’ll introduce you to country newcomer Mickey Guyton. Find out how venting about an ex led to her debut single “Better Than You Left Me.”

And of course, we’ll count down the 20 hottest video in the land.

Don’t miss CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 7-8) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.