EXCLUSIVE: Shania Twain Reveals She'd 'Love' to Collaborate With Nick Jonas
By Desiree Murphy
December 10, 2016
Shania Twain has her eye on a potential collaborator.
Before the country legend was honored with the Icon Award at Billboard's Women in Music ceremony in New York City on Friday, she chatted with ET about a male artist she'd love to work with one day -- who just so happens to be the same person that presented her with the award!
After ET's Jennifer Peros reminded Twain that she was Nick Jonas' first celebrity crush, the 51-year-old singer shared the cute story about the time they first met.
"I very briefly met [Nick] one time backstage at one of my shows and he was very shy and very sweet," she explained. "We didn't have a lot of conversation. So, today will be exciting to [see him again] -- maybe that ice is broken now, and we can just really enjoy each other as two co-artists."
"I'd love to [collaborate with him]," she added. "I'd love to do that. I think that'd be a really fun thing to do."
Twain later took to Twitter, posting a pic Jonas originally shared of the two onstage. "Such a pleasure to accept the @billboard honour from you," she wrote. "Excited to see your Shania cover band anytime! #womeninmusic."
"That moment your lifelong crush knows you existů," Jonas captioned his snap. "#stilltheone."
The "Chains" singer isn't the only celebrity who's admitted to being a huge Twain fan. During a show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in August, rapper Drake dedicated his performance to Twain, who attended the concert. "This is my love set for Shania, right here," he said onstage.
"That was great!" Twain gushed to ET on Friday. "And I got to spend a little bit more time with him. It was a lot of fun. He was really open about how excited he was to meet me. It was really sweet."
And back in October, Luke Bryan told ET he still gets "starstruck" over the Canadian native.
All jokes aside, however, Twain said receiving the honor from Billboard was "pretty awesome."
"I'm really excited being in the same room with so many incredible women," she dished. "I'm inspired by women. I love the men that surround and support us through our ventures. Women are such great multi-taskers. Mothers, sisters, career people. And I feel like the load can get heavy when you don't have support behind you. Women really tend to come together in community and I feel that spirit already and I've just come in."
"I can't say I feel like an icon in that sense," she joked, "but I'm really honored by it. I'm flattered by it. But I think maybe I'm here because I'm just me and I think I'll just stick with that."
Billboard's Women in Music airs Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.