Gwyneth Paltrow Admits To Jitters About Her CMA Awards Performance
“I don’t know what I was thinking,” she confesses.
While most stars are looking forward to their appearances on the Nov. 10 CMA Awards, at least one admits to being terrified about her performance. That’s understandable, since Gwyneth Paltrow is better know for her acting abilities than her singing.
Paltrow plays a singer (opposite Tim McGraw) in the upcoming film “Country Strong,” and agreed to the CMA performance to help promote the movie and its soundtrack. She sings the film’s title track, which is currently being promoted as a single to country radio. It’s doing quite well, climbing to No. 43 on this weeks’ Billboard Hot Country Songs chart after 10 weeks.
In an interview Tuesday on Phoenix radio station KMLE, Paltrow was asked by morning hosts Tim & Willy if it will be nerve-wracking to sing in front of all the top country stars at the CMAs. “Yes, it’s going to be horrible,” she replied. “I don’t know what I was thinking. I think it’ll be fun, but I’m scared, of course. If I can just make it through without fainting, that would be good.”
Paltrow recently taped a guest appearance on “Glee,” and says she got some pointers from the show’s star, Matthew Morrison, on how to sing and dance at the same time; something she says is “crazily hard. You have to build up so much stamina.” Morrison told her he sings while on the treadmill as practice, so Paltrow says, “I’m going to try that before the CMAs.”
She describes herself as “a real music fan,” and her country favorites include Miranda Lambert (“I love her voice. I think she’s an incredible singer.”) and Emmylou Harris (“I cried after I met her I was so happy.”).
Paltrow took the preparation for her role in “Country Strong” quite seriously, including three months of guitar lessons before shooting began. She told Tim & Willy her rocker husband Chris Martin’s contribution to her training was simply “that he didn’t throw me out the window when I was practicing all day long.”
“When I took the job I thought, ‘Wow, this is going to be so fun to learn how to sing proper country music.’ I had no idea how much I would have to study and learn,” she says. And now that’s she’s played a singer on film, she admits she’s “got the bug a little bit” to do it for real.
She should leave the singing to the experts! Some people just have to have it ALL!
Compared to some of these ladies out there (ahem, Taylor, Britney, etc...whose best friends are Auto-Tune and any other voice enhancing tool) she is fabulous! I'll always remember how stunned I was when she sang Bette Davis Eyes in Duets. I think she'll surprise a lot of people... good luck to her!
She is a moron, an elitist and butt ugly,I'm guessing that means she supported Obama.. am I close?
She is a moron, an elitist and butt ugly, but I can agree that she can sing.
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Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville Bureau Chief at Billboard magazine.