When and where did you learn how to kiss a boy?
Well, my first kiss was probably in 8th grade at a dance. I thought it was really gross. [Laughs] And I guess I'm really still trying to learn how to kiss.
Do you remember the boy's name?
His name was Justin. I'm still friends with his family.
To whom would you like to say, "How do you like me now?!"
The popular kids at school. In school, I wasn't the coolest person. So I'd like to say I didn't get nominated for homecoming queen, but I don't care, because I've been nominated for a CMA!
There seem to be a million awards shows now. Do you think we'd be better off in a world without awards?
No, I think it really gives people incentive to keep working hard. We're on the road all the time. When the awards season comes around, and you get nominated for something, it's really like, "Wow! Somebody's paying attention." But also, I really think a lot of the awards should be fan-voted, because the fans are the ones who keep us going.
How would you handle it if a woman were to blatantly flirt with your man in front of you?
It's interesting that you asked that because that came up [some time ago]. It wasn't in front of me, but it was an unpleasant experience for that girl, definitely. I would just call them out on it. I don't like to let that stuff go ... I'm a Texas girl. You know who I think is so cool is Faith Hill because I know she called some girl out from stage. I think that's awesome. I think that that [incident] right there pulled out the bitch in every woman. [laughs]
Kellie Pickler, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are all names often mentioned with yours when it comes to awards, sales, charts .... Yet you're all very different. Do you feel a sense of competition with them, or do you feel like there's plenty room for everyone?
Both. We all have our little niches. Country has gotten so broad that I think there's plenty of room. Fans will buy all four of our records because we all do something different, but unfortunately on the charts there's a sense of competition. In the Top 20 there's 20 songs; in the Top 40 there's 40, so it really is a competition not just between female artists, between [all] artists.
If you had a 'do-over,' would you rather be a contestant on 'Nashville Star' or 'American Idol'?
'Nashville Star' because I'm just country. There was nothing 'American Idol' about me. I don't sing pop music at all, so I don't think that was the show for me. I'm a songwriter, and 'Nashville Star' really showcased that.
If you could invent something that would change the world or be the No. 1 country artist of all time, which would you choose?
I'd have to say No. 1 country artist because I think of things to invent but none of them would change the world ... they'd change my world. [laughs] Like mini-bobby pins, I wanted to invent [them] and I found out they were already invented. My heart was broken. And I wanted to invent clear foil for the people that are lower-income to put on their windows, so you wouldn't see the foil on their windows. But I don't think that would really work. So my inventions really wouldn't change the world.
What would you consider none of my business?
How much I weigh.
How many times a day do you look in the mirror?
Probably like seven times. [laughs] I pulled that number out of the air. I keep coming back, especially after I've done my makeup, to make sure every thing's in place.
If you could go back in time and change one mistake you made, what would it be?
I'd probably say -- and I don't necessarily consider it a mistake -- but when I got my tattoo, it devastated my daddy. So I think I wouldn't have gotten it, just to save the trouble.
Where is the tattoo, and what is it?
It's on my forearm, and it's my logo.
If you could give your boyfriend one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don't break up with me, because I do have a song called 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend!'