Lady Antebellum: 'I know we want to win a CMA'

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By JENNY DEPPER

Make no mistake; Lady Antebellum wants to take home some hardware at the 48th annual CMA Awards on Wednesday night.

The country trio of Hilary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood are nominated for Vocal Group of the Year and Music Video of the Year for "Bartender" and in a recent interview with AOL they revealed it would be nice to bring home the W.

"This year, coming back with the new record and feeling like we really worked our butts off to get back in the forefront of the fans' minds.... with 'Bartender' and this record, I'll be probably more nervous than usual when our award comes up," Kelley dished. "We want to win this – this would mean a lot to us."

"I know we want to win," Scott seconded. "It's the second busiest year we've ever had. The first year was the first [busiest year we've had]. We had 260 shows."

"If you do the math, you're playing constantly. You have a couple travel days here and there," Haywood chimed in on their wild travel schedule.

There's no doubt that the band, who took a brief hiatus following the birth of Scott's daughter Eisele Kay in July 2013, made a major comeback this year. They released their new album "747" in September on the heels of their Take Me Downtown tour, which kicked off in January 2014.

Their new album, which Kelley described as "more of a fun, outdoor record," was the result of pure dedication. "I think for us, we're in such good places with each other that we worked our butts off and focused on the music as opposed to this being the time where most bands after 8 years start getting annoyed with each other."

The group is certainly at the top of their game and laughed that even as their fame continues to grow, it's still nerve-wracking and occasionally strange.

"The first time we went to the Grammys and sat in the audience and experienced all of that, it was like country come to town. We just felt so green and naïve and it's because we were," Scott laughed. "Now, going to those awards shows now, not only do we feel more comfortable in those situations, but country music has just so much bigger of a presence in those environments."

54th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Press Room
54th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Press Room



"Everybody had like 8 bodyguards at the Grammys. Lady Gaga came through the hallway and she had this entourage. It is so funny," Haywood kidded of their time at multi-genre shows.

It's safe to say that even on one of country's biggest nights, these three won't be taking themselves too seriously and it will still be all about the music.

"I'm so proud that there are a ton of country artists that get to step on that stage and perform and they are nurturing our genre," Scott said.

The 48th annual Country Music Association Awards will air on Wednesday Nov. 5 on ABC.