Reba Weighs in on ACM Noms

Superstar Reba McEntire, the host of the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, appeared on "The Early Show" Tuesday with singer Blake Shelton to announce this year's nominees for the awards show.

McEntire also sat down with "Early Show" co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez to discuss her own nomination for Top Female Vocalist, her 14th appearance in the category.

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McEntire, who's up against country heavyweights Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Lee Ann Womack, said she's honored to be nominated.

"It's a great thing," she said. "You get your name out in front of millions of people such as today as we're announcing the names. It's great publicity. People will be watching the night of the awards show while we're in Las Vegas, having a wonderful time. It's going to be a big night for country music, a big party."

Lady Antebellum, a trio group that's earned seven nominations -- the most for this year's awards, McEntire said, has captured audiences with great songs and music.

"They're fresh, they're new, and their music is totally different," she said. And it's very -- it's great to listen to and we love it. And they're very talented."

McEntire added the group also has a "cute gal."

That "cute gal" is Hillary Scott, the daughter of country singer Linda Davis, whom McEntire won a Grammy with for a duet called "Does He Love You?".

McEntire also commented Dave Matthews nomination with Kenny Chesney for "I'm Alive."

"We always do try to incorporate other genres into country music. We've been doing it for many years," she said. "There were tons of people who came into the awards shows back in early years, Olivia Newton John, John Denver. So we've always embraced people in to the country music. And I think it does help to broaden our audience."

As for the women in country music, McEntire said they'll be well represented at this year's awards.

Among the women nominated is Carrie Underwood, who received a nod again in the Entertainer of the Year category, which she won last year.

Rodriguez pointed out if Underwood would win again she would be the first female to win twice, but also consecutively.

"It would be wonderful," McEntire said. "...She's a wonderfully talented young lady. She can sing, she's doing acting now. So is Taylor swift, up for Entertainer of the Year."

But is the 12-time host ready for another go-round?

McEntire said she's ready.

But how does she keep it fresh and fun each year?

"It's always comes down to the writing," McEntire said. "It's like the songs are down to the writing. So that good writing comes in handy, very important. And I'll get out there and deliver the goods."

McEntire has sold over 55 million albums worldwide, has earned 34 No.1 singles. Her last 13 studio albums have all achieved platinum-plus status.

You can watch the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday April 18, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.