ACM Nominees: 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Martina McBride

Martina McBride - Martina Mariea Schiff (birth name)
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Think you know everything there is to know about Martina McBride? Try out these fast facts, and let us know if you have any inside knowledge of the country superstar!

#1 John McBride

In 1988, Martina married sound engineer John McBride, who went on to work with Garth Brooks. To this day you will see him making sure technically, everything is ready to go when his wife takes the stage.

#2 Concert swag seller

Martina McBride got her big break as the opening act for Garth Brooks in 1992, after originally selling concert swag at his shows!

#3 “Baywatch”

Martina McBride made her acting debut on an episode of “Baywatch” in 1994. The episode, “Western Exposure” was in Season 4, Episode 19 of the iconic show (in case you have the DVD Complete Set at home).

#4 Grand Ole Opry

Martina joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1995, during a taping of the 70th Anniversary TV Special. About joining, Martina said, “The Opry’s going to be here for hundreds of years, and I’m just proud my name is on that list. It’s a highlight of my life.”

#5 ACM Top Female Vocalist

Martina has won the ACM for “Top Female Vocalist” three times! (2001, 2002, 2003). Can she win it again in 2012? Find out on April 1st!

#6 The Celine Dion of Country

Martina is often referred to as the “Celine Dion of Country Music” displaying extraordinary range and her big voiced ballads.

#7 Pals with Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar is one of Martina McBride’s childhood idols and inspired her to become a singer.

#8 CMT Crossroads

In 2010, Martina participated in CMT Crossroads with Train. Back in 2003 she participated in the show for the first time with Pat Benatar.

#9 GRAMMY nominee

Martina has been nominated for 11 GRAMMYs but is yet to win. Is 2013′s award show her lucky number?

#10 Train travel

In 2011, Martina McBride embarked on a train ride from Los Angeles to New York City to promote her new release, “Eleven”, as well as Breast Cancer Awareness. Stops included Flagstaff, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New York City, and More.

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Martina is again nominated for “Female Vocalist of the Year” at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which are set to take place on Sunday, April 1.

Martina McBride’s Eleven Across America train tour.

More about the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards.

See the full list of 2012 ACM Award nominees, and read more nominee profiles.

Watch the Academy of Country Music Awards live on Sunday, April 1 at 8pm ET (delayed PT) on CBS, hosted by Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire.

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