Carrie Underwood Makes the Cut for AMA Artist of the Year

ABC/Image Group LACarrie Underwood will compete against pop stars Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Rihanna for Artist of the Year at the 2016 American Music Awards this Sunday.

After a month of fan-voting online, the field of contenders has been narrowed from ten to five. Adele and Beyonce happen to be among the original nominees who didn’t make the final cut. You can continue to vote for Carrie through Thursday night at TheAMAs.com.

The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is also up for Favorite Country Female Artist and Favorite Country Album for Storyteller at Sunday's show. You can watch it live from Los Angeles starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Watch Now: Luke Combs reveals which star his mom can’t wait to meet at the CMA Awards

Watch Now: Luke Combs reveals which star his mom can't wait to meet at the CMA AwardsABC/Randy HolmesLuke Combs is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at Wednesday's CMA Awards.  Luke is considered to be the frontrunner for New Artist, and says the reason he wants to win isn't so much for himself, but for his family.

"I think it'd be really cool for my parents," Luke tells ABC Radio. "It's not gonna help me write better songs or put on a better show, winning it.  I think we do that now. And so I want my parents to have that moment: get me up there and thank them for everything they've done for me.  That would mean more to me than having it sitting up there on the mantle, you know what I mean?"

In addition to possibly enjoying the thrilling moment of her son winning his first CMA Award, Luke says his mom loves coming to Nashville for the festivities because she's a total country music fangirl -- especially when it comes to one particular artist.

"My mom loves Chris Young.  Like, she loves Chris Young," Luke tells ABC Radio. "When I go back to my childhood room, it is full of memorabilia of myself and then pictures of Chris Young.  I wake up to him -- it's like, Chris Young: He's right there.  He's, like, watching while I sleep, you know?"

Luke laughs, "My mom loves him.  He's a great singer. I'll corner him in the [CMA] afterparty and be like, 'You're gonna talk to my mom right now!'"  

Tune into the CMA Awards Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC to see if Luke will get that big moment to thank his parents.

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