Carly Pearce attends 2021 CMT Awards with her dog June as her…


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Carly Pearce attends 2021 CMT Awards with her dog June as her…

The singer has been nominated for Female Video of the Year for her song “Next Girl” at the 2021 CMT Awards


Carly Pearce and her pup June Jolene are a paw-fect pair!

The country singer, 31, arrived at the 2021 CMT Music Awards red carpet in Nashville on Wednesday with her adorable 1-year-old rescue dog by her side. june – who? is named after country legend June Carter — even wore a pink, diamond-encrusted collar and leash to match Pearce’s three-piece floral Ines Di Santo ensemble.

Prior to the show, Pearce posted an Iams-sponsored video to Instagram of June playing with her brother Johnny, Pearce’s mother Jackie’s dog.

“We’re best friends and our puppies are best friends,” Pearce says of her mother in the clip, which she captioned: “June and I loved working with @iams for the #CMTawards. Her presence over the past year has been such a comfort to me. Don’t forget to tune in on Wednesday at 8/7c to catch more of our story.”

In April, Pearce celebrated June’s birthday on Instagram, writing, “HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY TO MY GIRL I can’t even begin to explain how much joy you’ve brought me this past year.”

At this year’s CMT Music Awards, Pearce was nominated for Female Video of the Year for her song “Next Girl.”

Pearce debuted”Next Girllast September, amid the finalization of her divorce from fellow country singer Michael Ray. In “Next Girl” she sings about hidden “red flags” and self-blame after a breakup.

“You’re going to think it’s all your fault / It’s just a switch he turns off / He’ll make you think it’s love / But I promise you it’s not,” she sings.

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Elsewhere in the tune, Pearce speaks directly to who the so-called next girl will be as she follows the crumbling of a relationship.

“Hey next girl, you don’t know me / I’m just the one he says was crazy about him / That’s exactly what he does / But once upon a time I / The next girl, I’ve been where you’re at/ You’re overlooking a lot if he looks like this/ He’ll charm your mom with that smile/ Hide the red flags for a while,” she sings.

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In a press release, Pearce said at the time, “We live in a world where there are so many smooth guys out there who blow your socks off so quickly — and they always have a story about the girl before that.”

“So when we asked ourselves, ‘What would? Patty Loveless To do?’ We thought she would not only warn the girl but turn it around all the cards: how he works, how he talks about the old girlfriend, what he will do once he has her,” she continued.

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Pearce said she was “nervous” to record “Next Girl”, especially after death from her old producer busbee, but she quickly felt reassured and connected to the message once she was in the studio.

“It was also so exciting, because when the track started to go down, I realized: This is who I am at my core,” she said.This is the music that flows through my blood, that comes out of my pores. It’s everything I love and loved, all in one song, and when it rages by it just feels right.”

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In conversation with The Kelleigh Bannen Show On Apple Music CountryPearce explained how broken relationships inspired the cautionary song.

“If a girl hasn’t experienced this yet, God bless them that they haven’t — they will,” she said. “And I feel like the song is almost a preparation and also an anthem of just, like, this has nothing. … We as women think it has to do with us. It has nothing to do with us and everything with them.”

The 2021 CMT Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land.

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