Rihanna and Jennifer Nettles

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles ‘Thrilled’ to Perform with Rihanna

Rihanna is set to take the stage with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles at next month’s Academy of Country Music Awards. The country star shared her excitement about joining forces with her pop counterpart.

RiRi and Nettles will duet on “California King Bed” at the 46th annual show, airing April 3 at 8 p.m. on CBS. “It’s the first time that Lady Ri and I have ever sung together and the first time that this song will be performed live so we are thrilled,” Nettles told Ryan Seacrest.

She explained how the unlikely pairing came about. “We’re just big fans of each other. We wanted to do something that was fun and different and fresh, and I reached out to her and said, ‘Hey, anything you want to do?’ and she said, ‘I have this song that I specifically would love to do,’ and I said, ‘Yes ma’am, we will do it.'”

She added, “It is such a moment. And I think what it shows us is that good music is good and good performance is good, and as long as you like it, who cares what you call it. Get out there and have fun with each other.”

And don’t be surprised if Nettles gives the red-haired diva a run for her money fashion-wise. “I am planning on having a diamond-encrusted crotch,” she joked.