Gwyneth Paltrow had some superstar help to shake off her nerves ahead of her singing debut at Wednesday night's Country Music Association Awards from good pals Beyonce and Faith Hill.
The Oscar winner hit the stage with Vince Gill to belt out the theme tune to her new movie Country Strong, in which she plays Tim McGraw's alcoholic wife.
The performance, Paltrow's first major live show as a singer, earned her a standing ovation at the Bridgestone Arena in the country music mecca of Nashville, TN. And the actress reveals she's "lucky" to know superstars Beyonce and Hill "in real life" – because they were instrumental in teaching her how to overcome her fears.
Paltrow tells Access Hollywood: "I kind of asked my girl singer friends (for advice). I asked Faith (Hill) a lot of questions – and Beyonce, actually, too."
The actress also admitted she had "studied" the Halo hitmaker's previous live shows to pick up tips on how to appear confident onstage. Paltrow previously sang "Cruisin" with Huey Lewis for the movie Duets back in 2000. Country Strong is set to release January 7, 2011.
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