Thanks to Pitch Perfect and Hairspray, Brittany Snow fans know she’s just as much a singer as she is an actress. But what fans might not know is that the Tampa, Fla., native also has a country side. On June 10, she’ll showcase her love of the genre—and her emcee chops—as she co-hosts the CMT Music Awards with Dancing With the Stars‘ Erin Andrews.
EW caught up with Snow to find out how she prepped for her hosting debut, whether she’ll pay tribute to Pitch Perfect, and which artists are going to make her totally fangirl during one of country music’s biggest nights.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did this hosting gig come about? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?
BRITTANY SNOW: When I got the call that I was going to be hosting, I was really shocked. I never really imagined myself as a host, and I’ve never had any dreams of hosting anything before. I’m extremely shy when it comes to being in front of a lot of people, so I was a little nervous. But I love country music, and I am such a huge fan of this awards show, so it was one of those things where I was like, I can’t say no. It’s a pretty huge honor and I’m very, very excited.
Being from Florida, what’s your connection to country music?
Country music was always a big part of my life. I was raised on that type of music, and all my friends listen to it. I always say that Florida isn’t country country, but my first real kiss—not on TV—was on the back of a pickup truck in a field, so I feel like I qualify as a part of that world!
What do you think you and Erin will bring to the show?
Hopefully we can work together to bring a really cool energy and make it fun and enjoyable for everyone. Because we’re such big fans, I think there’s going to be a lot of excitement—and of course, all my guy friends are very excited [about Erin].
How did you personally prepare for being an awards show host?
Calling Erin a lot for hosting advice… she knows what she’s doing and I don’t [laughs]. I’m trying not to go into it with too much of a game plan or being a certain way, because then it comes across as being something you’re not. Hopefully, people like my sense of humor—when it comes to comedy in hosting, you’ve really got to stand behind your jokes and what you’re doing up there, not second-guessing yourself. Hopefully I’ll be able to read the teleprompter and dance around to the music like no one’s watching.
Will we see anything Pitch Perfect-related?
I think there’s a couple jokes that we’re kind of working in, with Pitch Perfect and what people think Pitch Perfect is. But I doubt I’m going to get to sing—which is good, because around those people I probably shouldn’t be singing!
Is there anyone in particular you think you’ll completely fangirl over?
When I looked at the list of people who are performing and who are going to be there, I’m just kind of overwhelmed, trying not to think about it—this is going to be a huge deal! I can’t fangirl too much, or else I’ll never be able to say anything. But Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, of course Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line—I’m so excited about meeting them. I think they put on a really great show. Darius Rucker has been a favorite of mine for so long. He basically was the music behind so many years of my life listening to country music. I can’t pick a favorite because then when I meet them, I’m going to be like, “I love you all!”
Are there any songs, albums, or artists you hope win an award?
I really like Sam Hunt. I know he’s a newer artist. but I really like his songs. They have a really great combination of rock and pop and also country.
What are you most looking forward to, going into the show?
I’m looking forward to being a part of Nashville. I’ve never actually been there, which I feel like is like a sin in so many regards because it’s music city and the birthplace of all of those things. I’m also very excited that I get to play dress-up—you get to wear so many different outfits in one setting!