Just read some interesting live blogs (CU & The9513) covering last night’s award show and while my opinions lined up with their’s at times, I also had disagreements. I did actually watch the whole show last night, “live” as it came to my Mountain Time home (so, in other words, an hour behind), because I wanted it to be fresh this year for me, and I know going online would mess up any surprises. I also actually watched the live red-carpet show on CMT. Since I did not do a live blog, I thought I might share my opinions right here as a day-after analysis. And I ain’t gonna hold back…
(you like my picture above? I made it green because, you know, after all is done and said, that’s what the awards were all about. The green… and I don’t mean the environmentally-friendly kind)
On the red-carpet pre-show. It was decent, but I was kinda wanting to see other people than the ones they interviewed. Remember, I’m going by my memory here, so I might miss out on some details. Two things I remember: Jack Ingram‘s wife, Amy’s, oddly short dress: wow… don’t know what she was thinking lol, but no worries (I’m a guy, yes, but I thought it was a strange choice). And I guess Alan Jackson‘s daughters are all into the pop-country craze, which I found interesting. So cool to see him and his family, though.
For us, the awards didn’t televise until an hour after the red-carpet show, which I always hate because I wish I could see it live live. Brad Paisley and Keith Urban started into the show with their duet, “Start a Band”, which I thought was cool that it was the first time they performed it together live, but I wasn’t too impressed, and waited for what was next. When Brad finally performed his own song, “Waitin’ On a Woman”, it was nice too, but I wasn’t crazy for it. Keith’s new song is anything but country, though I found myself liking it, for some reason (like I’ve noticed and posted before, I seem to like his really pop singles lol). Not country at all but not bad.
I thought Paisley and Carrie Underwood, overall, did a fine job as hosts. Of course, could have been done better, but it is a tough job to do, so I give them props for that. Carrie did an amazing execution of “Just a Dream”. I think it was a good idea to have the war widow speak before that because it gave it more meaning. Definitely one of the best and moving performances of the night. Also, congrats on her “Female” win.
I was stoked that George Strait won for “Single of the Year” for his excellent song, “I Saw God Today”. I was pretty sure that “Stay” was going to win. While we’re on the topic of King George, I gotta say his win for “Album of the Year” was even greater because I really like Troubadour and it was even more special that Lee Ann Womack got to present it to him (with Josh Turner) because they have such admiration for one another and George is one of her biggest heroes and she had won that award for the amazing There’s More Where That Came From years before. I bet she’ll be accepting the award next year for Call Me Crazy. Even better that producer, Tony Brown, went up there too! (he produced Strait’s & Womack’s latest projects). Moving further in the program, honestly, George’s performance of “River of Love” was definitely not something I was looking forward to because I don’t really care for the song (too Kenny Chesney-like) but I think his vocals and the steel guitar save the song from being a total failure (in anybody else’s hands, it would be really bad).
Kellie Pickler. I really don’t know what people see in her, to be honest. Her personality is really cute, but dumb blondes don’t really do anything for me, unless I know the person and can’t tease them up front. I thought her performance was the worse of the night. I think she tries too hard and the music was way louder than her vocals. Just a bad performance through and through. Horrible.