The show airs 8 p.m. Thursday on ABC. And the most interesting moment of the night for Idol fans might be the announcement of the Female Vocalist of the Year Award.
That’s because the nominees include Carrie as well as the original Idol, Kelly Clarkson. Kelly was the only former Idol to win on last year’s show, when she and Jason Aldean won a CMA for musical event of the year (their duet of “Don’t You Want to Stay”).
Other nominees for female artist of the year include Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and, of course, Taylor Swift, who snagged Entertainer of the Year honors in 2011.
Idol fans will also be watching the Male Vocalist of the Year Award, for which new Idol judge Keith Urban and The Voice coach Blake Shelton are in the running.
In fact, Blake is nominated for four awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Single of the Year (“God Gave Me You”) and Song of the Year (“Over You,” a duet with wife Miranda Lambert).
Performers for the show include Carrie, Keith and Kelly, who will be singing “Don’t Rush” from her greatest hits album as a duet with Vince Gill.