Runaway June Are ‘100 Percent’ Sure Carrie Underwood Will Win CMA Entertainer of the Year
"Oh yeah. She's gonna win it. 100 percent," the group's Naomi Cooke told The Boot on the red carpet before the 2019 SESAC Nashville Music Awards on Sunday night (Nov. 10). "She really will."
The trio isn't the only country act on "Team Carrie" leading into the big awards show on Wednesday night (Nov. 13). Miranda Lambert has also thrown her weight behind Underwood for 2019's CMA Entertainer of the Year. After voicing her support for the "Cry Pretty" superstar, Lambert clarified that her pick extends far beyond the fact that Underwood is the only woman nominated in the category.
Runaway June agree, adding that the fact that Underwood deserves the CMA Entertainer of the Year title has nothing to do with the awards show's 2019 spotlight on female artists. "It's not because of the push for women. I really think that, had this been at any point in time and Carrie was up for this award, she would win it," Cooke continues.
"She's incredible. That tour was unbelievable. She had one of the most expensive, state-of-the-art light shows in the touring world at this time," Cooke adds. "She's an excellent performer and entertainer. She's a superstar."
Runaway June recently wrapped their opening gig on Underwood's extensive 2019 Cry Pretty 360 Tour, a run that, they have said, provided them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from one of the most accomplished performers in country music and beyond.
"For us, just seeing her out there as a mom -- knowing that we're three women, and we all want to have families one day -- it's so nice to see that that's possible," says bandmate Jennifer Wayne. "She's got her family out there. She performs every night. She does everything. She's a mom, a wife, a philanthropist ... She works so hard, and it's great to learn from her in that way."
"She's like our generation's Dolly Parton!" Cooke interjects.
The 2019 CMA Awards are set for Nov. 13. The show will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on ABC beginning at 8PM ET.
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