At Sunday night's (April 15) 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards, Nashville newcomer Ashley McBryde will make her debut on the red carpet. She's (understandably!) feeling a little bit nervous about it.

McBryde stormed onto the country music scene with her 2018 major-label debut album, Girl Going Nowhere, at the end of March, and she's bringing the same kind of tongue-in-cheek attitude that's abundant on that record to tonight's festivities: "I'm trying to think of this as 'how awkward can one person be and still be on camera?'" she told WYRK's Liz Mantel and Clay Moden ahead of tonight's show.

"You know me: jeans, T-shirts, boots, all the time," McBryde continues. "And, of course, you can't do that at the ACMs. You have to dress to the occasion, give reverence and respect to the event that's going on. So I'll be in a -- you know, a fancy thing."

What sort of "fancy thing"? McBryde describes her 2018 ACM Awards outfit as a black jumper that's strategically designed to show off all her tattoos.

"They call it a jumper," she says. "It sounds like something a toddler would wear, so I'm all for that."

McBryde got one of her tattoos -- an eagle on her chest -- as a way to psych herself up for the red carpet, so her outfit choice makes sense.

"I know I should have probably just bought a necklace," McBryde told The Boot of her eagle tattoo back in March, "but every tattoo on me corresponds to a story, event in my life or a song."

McBryde isn't up for an ACM Awards trophy this year, but she'll be in Las Vegas to cheer on her friends and peers.  The 2018 ACM Awards are set to air live on CBS beginning at 8PM ET. The ceremony will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena; Reba McEntire will be hosting the show.

The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2018 ACM Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to TheBoot.com for the latest ACMs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.

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