Heidi Newfield is nominated in a surprise four categories at tonight’s Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS, 8 p.m. ET) including Top Female Vocalist and Single, Song, and Video of the Year for her hit "Johnny and June," which she’ll also perform. We decided to get to know the former Trick Pony lead singer, who’s gone solo with the album What Am I Waiting For, with an EW Pop Culture Personality Test.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The person or band you still need to see in concert?
HEIDI NEWFIELD: We were just talking about this the other day: I have not seen Bruce Springsteen in concert, and that’s just wrong. I still kick myself that I never got to see Ray Charles in concert, that’s a huge regret of mine. So sad I never got to see The Police when they did their last tour. And AC/DC, they just came to town and I was workin’.
The song you wish you’d written?
"I Can’t Make You Love Me." That’s one of my all-time faves. I wish my name was on that one.
What is your position on karaoke?
I suck at it. That’s my position on it. [Laughs] I’m absolutely the worst karaoke singer on the planet. It’s because I’m used to playing with a live band, and it’s so different when you walk up there and you sing to the record. I promise you I have screwed up my own songs. People have literally been in the bar going, "Is that… that’s… no, nevermind." [Laughs] Obviously, I can always pull up a Trick Pony song. Or I’ll do something Fleetwood Mac or Stevie Nicks. Growing up playing in all kinds of situations, from bars to events, I covered a lot of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks.
Your guilty pleasure dance song?
Right now, it’s Jamie Foxx’s "Blame It." If you want something, like, fallback, baby girl, it’s gotta be "Brick House." "Sweet Home Alabama." Oh, I’m totally embarrassed to admit this, but anything like "We are Family," the stuff they play at weddings and you’re like, "Oh, I haven’t heard this for awhile."
So you’re doing the Electric Slide is what you’re saying?
I’m not afraid an Electric Slide. I’ll get out there and rock it with the best of ‘em.
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