It’s been a good year for Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, otherwise known as Sugarland. Their second album, Enjoy the Ride, has racked up sales of more than a million copies, and at last night’s Country Music Awards they took home the Vocal Duo of the Year prize — no small feat considering veterans Brooks & Dunn have won it 14 of the last 15 years.
But with little time to relish their victory the twosome is off to Los Angeles next week to perform on the 2007 American Music Awards (Sunday, Nov. 18 on ABC) where, rumor has it, they will deliver their country version of “Irreplacable” with the R&B queen herself, Beyoncé Knowles. We asked Nettles about this potential collaboration as she made her way from Nashville’s Sommet Center to Bicentennial Mall for the very happening Universal Music Group after-party. “I can’t confirm or deny,” she said coyly, “but I can promise you, there will be no more hair [extensions] left in LA.” Beyonce’s camp, meanwhile, will only say she’s scheduled to make a “special appearance” at the Nokia Theater on Sunday night.
Check out Sugarland’s twangy twist on Beyonce’s smash hit below.