Martina McBride Reflects on the Poetry of "Independence Day"

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By Chris Gray

Like the heroine in her 1994 hit song "Independence Day," Martina McBride has been also known to light up the sky. The country-pop star also known for "Wild Angels," "A Broken Wing" and last year's "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" admits she has a thing for fireworks.

When she's not on tour, McBride says she enjoys retreating to her tiny hometown of Sharon, Kansas (pop. 150) and helping her husband John set up "a ton" of fireworks on the since-closed high school's baseball field. The 4th of July is "like Christmas for him," she notes.

"So we spend all day setting up, and we have a huge fireworks show," says McBride. "It's actually pretty amazing."

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Oddsmaking: Best Country Solo Performance, Where Ludacris's Stamp Of Approval Makes A Difference

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As part of this year's larger reduction in genre-specific awards, 2012 will see the country portion of the Grammys streamlined to just four categories: Best Solo Performance (which swallows Male and Female Vocal Performance), Best Duo/Group Performance (which swallows Best Duo/Group Vocal Performance and Instrumental Performance and Best Collaboration with Vocals), and Best Album and Best Song (which have been around since the beginning). This year, the last of those categories mixes old and new, split (along gender lines, as it turns out) between Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Martina McBride, who between them racked up 13 Female Vocal Performance nominations and four wins, and Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton, both up for the first time. Full breakdown below.

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