Carly Pearce Jokes She’s ‘Simply Excited to Be within the Similar Room as Adele and Beyoncé’ at Her First Grammys

Musician Carly Pearce poses backstage before her "29 Tour" at the Gramercy Theater in New York City on November 18, 2021 in New York City.

Musician Carly Pearce poses backstage earlier than her “29 Tour” on the Gramercy Theater in New York Metropolis on November 18, 2021 in New York Metropolis.

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Carly Pearce is headed to the Grammys.

The primary-time nominee, 32, is up for finest nation duo/group efficiency with Ashley McBryde for his or her No. 1 hit “By no means Wished to Be That Woman,” off Pearce’s 29: Written in Stone album.

The nation star, who beforehand gained female vocalist of the year on the 2021 CMA Awards and the same award at the 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards, caught up with PEOPLE forward of Sunday’s awards present.

Her emotions on receiving her first Grammy nomination:

Oh my goodness. Clearly, you at all times dream of possibly being acknowledged by the Academy. And for me, this track was so private …. for it to fall on this document that basically has been life-changing in each manner felt so particular.

On the second she discovered she was nominated:

I used to be really within the studio engaged on new music, and my identify got here throughout the livestream. I simply screamed and freaked out and I referred to as my dad and mom instantly. It was only a actually particular second. It solely occurs for the primary time as soon as. I talked to Ashley — it is really type of cool. This wasn’t her first Grammy nomination, nevertheless it was mine. And it was not my first No. 1, nevertheless it was hers. So we have each skilled firsts via this single collectively, which is enjoyable.

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On the nomination being validating after over a decade in Nashville:

Sure, for certain. To be acknowledged at — to me — probably the most prestigious degree of any music endeavor you could possibly be part of that feels actually particular. And I believe that with the Grammys, there’s such a component of being critically acclaimed that’s so key. Simply to suppose that I’m in that class for the 12 months, is — as a musician and as a singer and as a songwriter — actually superb.

What it was about Ashley that made you need to invite her to work collectively?

I am actually into collaborations and was occupied with who I needed for this album. I’ve at all times beloved Ashley’s voice. I’ve at all times thought that she simply had an old-school sound when she sang, very like what I might gravitated to as a child and nonetheless do. And we would sung collectively in a couple of exhibits and we at all times locked in on concord. We’re an odd pairing that possibly no one ever thought would sing collectively — and I preferred that shock issue as properly.

I clearly hadn’t written this track or thought something of it, however I simply requested her if she would come and write a track with me!

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On her favourite Grammys recollections:

All the finest new artist wins are at all times actually particular. After which clearly the 12 months that Kacey Musgraves took dwelling 4 Grammys … it modified her entire life in that one evening. That was so particular. Simply understanding and type of rising up on this city along with her — to see any individual’s life change in a single day was actually superb.

Grammys date:

I’m going to convey my boyfriend [Riley King]. He is gonna be my plus one. Neither considered one of us has ever been to the Grammys, so this needs to be enjoyable!

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On fellow nominees exterior of nation she hopes to rub elbows with on the present:

I am simply excited to be in the identical room as Adele and Beyoncé!

The 2023 Grammy Awards will broadcast stay on Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS from the Area.

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