Country artist Gretchen Wilson has won virtually every award for which she has been nominated, but earlier this week as her “Work Hard, Play Harder” single broke the Top 20, she also learned she had received her first Teen Choice Awards nomination.
Wilson’s nomination in Teen Choice contest is in its Music Choice: Female Country Artist category, which is new for this year. Joining WIlson in this category are Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift.
The Teen Choice Awards honor the year’s biggest achievements in music, movies, sports, TV and fashion, as voted on by teens ages 13-19. Fans may vote online at www.teenchoiceawards.com/ beginning immediately. Winners are awarded authentic surfboards as trophies, and this year’s show will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., on Aug. 8 and will air the following evening at 8 p.m. on Fox-TV.
“This is pretty amazing,” Wilson said, referring to the nomination. “I think (my daughter) Grace will finally think I’m cool!”
Although a concert in Indiana will prevent her from attending the show, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and education advocate confessed she will be home in time to watch it with her daughter.
Wilson, who got her own day in Knox County last year, started her Redneck Records label last year and shipped “Work Hard, Play Harder,” as the label’s debut single from her I Got Your Country Right Here album. This week, the song entered the country charts’ top-20 list, moving from No. 21 to No. 16.
“It’s great to see the fans reacting to the great airplay radio is giving this song,” she said. “It’s been fun to reconnect with the friends I’ve made at radio over the years and meet some wonderful new programmers who are really passionate about this format.”
In addition to several performances, television interviews and visiting with a multitude of radio stations during CMA Music Festival in Nashville last week, Wilson spent a majority of her week meeting and greeting fans who had traveled from all over the globe to attend the event. She hits the road again this week for dates in Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and then into Canada through the end of the month.
For more information, including her latest tour dates, please access www.GretchenWilson.com. To eyeball her latest music video in honor of “Work Hard, Pay Harder,” just scroll below.
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