Jana Kramer on touring with Blake Shelton: 'I'm going to have to prepare my liver'
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By Stacie Anthony
Jana Kramer's one to watch! After making a seamless transition from TV star -- you know her best as Alex Dupree on "One Tree Hill" -- to one of country music's hottest young stars, the talented songbird just took home her first Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year. And she's nominated for two CMT Awards including Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year for her hit single "Why Ya Wanna Know." The CMT Music Awards air live on June 5 at 8/7 CST. Scroll through as Jana dishes about all things CMT, going on tour with Blake Shelton and more!
Wonderwall: You're nominated for two CMTs -- what was it like when you found out?
Jana Kramer: "It's awesome. I honestly didn't think that I would be nominated for anything, so the fact that I got two, it was just really, really awesome. It's definitely an honor to be nominated for anything and the fact that it's in music and with the video and stuff. I'm really proud of it."
What's your favorite memory from past CMTs?
"Probably last year, when I got to play like 10 seconds of my song. I was like: 'This is the coolest moment, ever.'"
Do you know what you'll be wearing to the award show this year?
"I have no idea. I want to wear something fun though. I've been wearing a bunch of long dresses lately. But since it's a little of a less formal red carpet show, I think I'm just going to do something more fun and maybe I'll wear something short."
Who are you excited to see perform?
"I love watching Little Big Town perform. They always have really cool performances."
Who are your country music idols?
"Johnny Cash, June Carter, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn are among the few."
You're heading on tour with Blake Shelton, who's notorious for wanting to have a good time! Are you prepared for his crazy antics?
"Honestly ... I'm going to have to prepare my liver for that tour. But it's going to be really fun. He's a great guy. He's really fun to be around as well. It's just going to be a good time, but I'm going to see if I can try to prank him too, out there. That'd be pretty awesome."
Have you met Miranda Lambert yet?
"I have and she's a real sweetheart. I don't know her that well, but every time I've met her, she's been really sweet."
What are your must-haves while on tour?
"Must-haves, let's see. My kickboxing gloves because I work out on the road and I love to box. So I have to have that. My yoga mat, to work out with. Let's see, my must-haves. I have to have one of my dogs out, either my puggle out with me, or my boxer. So Brantley and I rotate them -- which one's we have on the road with us."
Do you miss being on TV? Do you have any plans to return to the small screen?
"I do yeah, I love music. And that's what I've always wanted to do. One day Ill try to balance both of them, but right now I'm focusing on music."
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