"I had forgotten the nominations were being done that day, so I was getting up, getting my stuff together — we [had] a plane to catch early in the morning and my manager called me and I thought the plane was delayed or late or something was wrong," Carrie told Access on the red carpet at the opening of the "American Idol" Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios. "So I pick up the phone [and] she says, 'Congratulations!' She told me and I started crying. It was amazing."
Though the former "American Idol" champ has won a host of accolades over her short career, including her fourth Grammy just last weekend, Carrie admitted she was so moved by her ACM honor as it was a rarity for a woman to be nominated.
"Girls don't get nominated for Entertainer of the Year. It's been like 8, 10 years, something like that. I don't know the exact amount, but it's been a very long time since a girl's been nominated," Carrie said. "So to be in that category, it's so amazing. It's wonderful."
In fact, Carrie's nomination makes her the first female to be nominated since 2000, an honor last held by the Dixie Chicks.
In the run up to the ACMs on April 5, Carrie plans to take some time off and get back to writing.
"Writing, it's very fun, but it's a very mentally draining process," she said. "I love it. I love being in there, I get to hang out with some very cool people and hopefully some great stuff comes out of it."
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