Nashville used to be quite the boys club, but these days, ladies like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are ruling country music and the mainstream. Underwood, whose Play On debuts at #1 on the Billboard albums chart next week, knows that there are still a few glass ceilings that need to be broken.

"I definitely do see more women in country music and more women doing well," she told CMT. "I think it will be awhile before we get what's coming to us. But it does feel like women have to work a lot harder to keep up with the boys, and I see the tides changing. ... We're going to kick the boys out."

Underwood's brand of sassy country/pop paved the way for other women like Swift and Kellie Pickler to find success on the charts. But Underwood doesn't feel comfortable taking credit for that explosion. She simply thinks that "blondes gotta stick together."

"I really haven't thought about it that much," she said. "I think that's something you might look back on at the end of your career and it might be easier to point out things that you've done. We all have our place. I think everybody in country music right now brings some new element, even if it is another blond girl with a big voice. Whoever it is would bring her stuff to the table, and that's what it's all about. I feel like we're growing an empire."

Underwood is hosting the CMA Awards with fellow country superstar Brad Paisley on Wednesday (November 11).