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Behind The Song ACM Awards Edition: Little Big Town 'Girl Crush'

By Brian Ives,

Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman told that when she first heard the demo for "Girl Crush" (which was written by Lori McKenna, Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey) that she wondered what the song is actually about. At first it seems to be about a girl who has a crush on another woman – which is still taboo in some circles. But it turns out that the narrator is obsessing about another woman because of jealousy; the "other" woman is with the man the narrator loves.

The members of the band, and presumably, much of the audience, hadn't heard of jealousy referenced in quite that way, in a song, or otherwise.

Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" - Behind the Song by Audacy Originals on YouTube

But the song has clearly resonated: "Girl Crush" won two GRAMMYS: Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song. It also topped the US Hot Country Songs chart and hit #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's become something of a sensation: Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson have each covered the song live; Leona Lewis and Adam Lambert performed the song as a duet on a TV special and even heavy metal band Halestorm has played the track.

This weekend, "Girl Crush" has three nominations at the Academy of Country Music Awards: it's up for Song of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year.

Little Big Town - Girl Crush (Official Music Video) by LittleBigTownVEVO on YouTube

Tune in to CBS on Sunday at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT to see if they win.

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