"We said we hope they don't … bring you here to announce them and you don't get a nomination," singer Jennifer Nettles told The Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm. "We feel good about it."
Sugarland was named the Academy's top new vocal group last year and received a total of five nominations, but with their second album, "Enjoy the Ride," they have further come into their own.
The duo is based in Atlanta and they say their different musical tastes and influences allow for a rich sound. Kristian Bush, who plays the guitar and sings back-up vocals, came from a folk-rock group and Nettles is more of a bluesy singer.
"You know, it takes a different perspective," Bush said. "There's a lot of southern music roots in Atlanta. There's a direct line into what we're doing."
Sugarland is in good company and is nominated for best duo along with powerhouses Brooks & Dunn, Big & Rich and Montgomery Gentry. Brooks & Dunn have long dominated country music awards.
"We're sniffing down their trail, don't you worry," said Nettles, who collaborated with Bon Jovi on their hit " Who Says You Can't Go Home." "We went on tour with them last year, so I can say that. We give them a hard time. They've won so many of these and they're such great entertainers and absolutely deserving of every award."
Sugarland made their debut with the album "Twice the Speed of Life," which went double platinum. In 2005, they were named Breakthrough Favorite New Artist at the American Music Awards.
This year, Sugarland will be on tour with reigning king of country, Kenny Chesney.