Rocker Elle King Reveals Why Her Collaboration with Dierks Bentley Has Brought On Some Tears

ABC RadioRocker Elle King visited Music City on Tuesday, celebrating the chart-topping success of her CMA-nominated duet with Dierks Bentley, “Different for Girls.” But the number-one luncheon at Nashville hot spot Moto wasn’t the only reason she was in town. The “Ex’s & Oh’s” hitmaker had a Tuesday-night date to make her debut on the legendary Grand Ole Opry.

“It means the world to me,” Elle revealed. “I don't know if people know how much I grew up loving country music and a lot of my heroes did that, you know? I can't even really get my words out about it, because I'm nervous and really mainly very excited… I've got an awesome outfit too!” she added.

“That means a lot to me, that I get to play a little role in that,” her duet partner Dierks chimed in.

“You give me a lot of firsts and I always like secretly cry after, so I'm just gonna like find a corner and cry,” she joked.

Elle has a shot at another first on November 2, when “Different for Girls” could take home the CMA trophy for Musical Event of the Year.

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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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