Carly Pearce heads into next week’s CMA Awards with a total of four nominations, including three for her #1 song, “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”
Carly recalls, “This song started from me asking Luke Combs at a radio show, ‘Hey, will you write a song with me?’ To then see Lee [Brice] come and absolutely sing it into the rafters, to then all of this. Also, on a personal note, it is the last song that busbee, my producer, worked on before he got sick and passed away from brain cancer.”
She adds, “It’s the little gift that keeps giving.”
Besides the pandemic, 2020 has been a tough year for Carly, having to learn to make music without busbee, going through a divorce after less than a year of marriage and worrying about her mom who is battling stage four COPD, but she says, “Something that’s been a beautiful constant thing for me during this hard year has been music. It’s been country music and getting to create country music and then to be recognized in such a huge way. I love country music and it has saved my soul and these nominations are just another way that it continues to save me and make me realize who I’m supposed to be and what I want to do in life.”
“I Hope You’re Happy Now” is nominated for Musical Event, Video and Song of the Year, which is awarded to the songwriters, and Carly says, “That one means extra. That’s on another level. You realize how important songs are when you do this and you realize how many great songs happen. And to think that I was recognized as a songwriter, solely, on something that was so special and so personal to me, that is very, very special to me because it shows something outside of just Carly Pearce.”
Carly is also nominated for the CMA New Artist of the Year. The CMA Awards will air live on Wednesday night, November 11th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC.