Miranda Lambert heads into tonight's CMT Music Awards with six nominations, more than any other act. She is up for Video of the Year for "Automatic", "Boys 'Round Here" with Blake Shelton (Pistol Annies) and "We Were Us" with Keith Urban, and that's just one category.

The nominations are particularly meaningful for Miranda because they are fan-voted. She tells us if it weren't for the fans she simply wouldn't have a career, much less these CMT Awards nominations. “If fans don’t buy the music and don’t buy into who you are, then we don’t have a career. There’s no reason to keep going. Change directions immediately (laughs) ’cause it’s not working anymore. So, when anything is fan voted or fans come up to you and say, ‘This song helped me through . . .’ whatever, that’s when you know you’re still doin’ somethin’ right. And so, hearing, like, the CMT Awards, being a top nominee, it’s just like, ‘Okay, I still got it!’ (laughs) You know, I feel like I hadn’t had a record out in a while, and just knowing that Four the Record carried me through three years, and the fans are still voting me through on videos from that record and still appreciating what I’m doing, it means a lot. You know? And that they’re still relating to me with the videos that we’re doing, and you know, I still am in touch with them and what they want from me. And that’s the most important thing of all. None of this matters if the fans don’t want to hear it anymore.”

Miranda will perform "Somethin' Bad" with Carrie Underwood during tonight's CMT Music Awards, which airs live from Nashville beginning at 8 p.m.

Miranda graces one of the two cover editions of the special country issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Eric Church is on the other one. The issues coincides with this week's launch of RollingStoneCountry.com.

Miranda's brand new album, Platinum, is in stores this week.


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