My Take on the 50th CMA Awards

music musings, beaverdamusa.comAs usual, watching music award shows brings all sorts of emotions – awe, sadness and, “What the hell were they thinking when they picked them to play?”  The 50th CMA awards were no different.  I recorded the show and started watching about an hour into it, so here is my take on the show – for what it’s worth.

  • Opening video was nice retrospective on past shows.  The stroll through the songs was a treat for the most part.  It included folks like Vince Gill playing Haggard and Brad Paisley sharing the stage with 80 year old Charlie Daniels.  Reba came out in a dress that matched her hair. At the end, they brought out Randy Travis to watch them sing his song Forever and Ever, Amen.  
  • Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley as co-hosts always bring some great comedy.  Their take on the Presidential debates was a nice nod to current events.
  • In the “know where you are” category, the record exec who tumbled off the stage behind him while up there with Thomas Rhett, takes the prize.
  • Excited to see Kelsea Ballerini perform her hit Peter Pan.  Could have done without the ballet dancers on strings behind her.  Sound was off a little bit on her number.  It never ceases to amaze me how bad the sound is on these shows.  
  • They had long-time crush Olivia Newton-John as a presenter for Song of the Year since she won a CMA in 1974.  Really wanted Cam’s Burning House to win.
  • Jason Aldean and Brooks and Dunn performed some song – They were the first ones to bring out the F factor.  The F factor is how quick can I hit fast forward on the remote.  They scored 2F.  Did Ronnie Dunn lose a bet and have to have his hair styled liked that?
  • Maren Morris is evidently the new “favorite artist” this year.  Sounds like she has some pipes, but not my cup of tea.
  • Jennifer Garner came out to present something.  Doesn’t’ matter what she presents – she can present me with anything she wants.
  • New artist went to Maren Morris over my pick Kelsea B.  I did like her line about watching last year’s awards at a bar across the street and now she has killer seats.
  • Barbara Mandrell – didn’t like you back then and still don’t.  
  • Nice set by Garth & Tricia.  Showed what I think was Lorie Morgan during the Keith Whitley song.  YIKES!  The miles have not been good to Lorie.
  • Carrie Underwood’s number (Dirty Laundry) wasn’t my favorite, but I love the fact that they always have her walking down steps when she sings.  My sweet wife chimes in for the first time with “how’d they find that many girl guitar players?”
  • Glad Fatih Hill has long hair again.  Keep it that way.
  • Glad to see Eric Church get album of the year.  Not really a fan, but he recently donated $1 million to JDRF – need him to keep making money.
  • Miranda – sigh.  She gets every award in my book.  Where is her sparkly pink microphone?  Also, where are those spurs she wore at Fan Fair?
  • Circle of kids around McGraw during Humble and Kind reminded me of Children of the Corn.
  • Vocal duo – Why did they switch the Osborne Brothers’ name around?  Really surprised they didn’t do Rocky Top.  At least it wasn’t Florida-Georgia Line.
  • When Brad was talking about Wal-Mart’s Green Light for Vets, my bride chimes in with “he got that jacket at Wal-Mart”.
  • Come back from commercial – it’s Beyonce in some sort of white space suit with other ladies on stage – wait – oh crap – they’re back.  Dang Dixie Chicks.  Didn’t like them before they killed their career.  You don’t cover a Stevie Nicks song (Landslide) and get love from me.  This earned the highest F factor – F infinity.
  • Good lord there’s Peyton Manning – in a tux.  Wife – “he could be President”
  • Camera shows the crowd – good Lord, Jennifer Garner is sitting next to Olivia Newton-John.  I need a cigarette. Way too much hotness in one spot.
  • Something about Luke Bryan’s songs I just don’t like.
  • Lee Greenwood – has anyone ridden a single song more and longer than him?
  • Crap – it’s Florida-Georgia Line with Tim McGraw – he must have lost a bet or they have photos of him.  F factor of three.
  • Lily Tomlin intros the Dolly tribute – damn – the recording shut off and I was about 10 minutes behind.  Missed her speech and Stapleton winning male vocalist.  
  • Thought Taylor Swift put Nashville and country in the rearview mirror?
  • Entertainer of the Year – Garth.  Who else? Sells multiple shows out everywhere he goes.  Highest number of shows in a single city was 11 on this tour.  It was like Garth said “step aside – Daddy’s here to take home the big prize.”  

All in all, it was an entertaining three hours – well, except for FL/GA line, oh, and Jason Aldean, and the Dixie Chicks.  Did I tell you I can’t stand the Dixie Chicks?

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Zach

About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

Comments

  1. Laurie Cooper says:

    Great article! Your observations are spot-on!

  2. Bryan Hall says:

    Zach,
    I didn’t see the show, but based on this awesome review, I feel like I should respond. Please don’t be offended. Here we go.

    Opening video was nice retrospective on past shows. The stroll through the songs was a treat for the most part. It included folks like Vince Gill playing Haggard and Brad Paisley sharing the stage with 80 year old Charlie Daniels. Reba came out in a dress that matched her hair. At the end, they brought out Randy Travis to watch them sing his song Forever and Ever, Amen.
    Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley as co-hosts always bring some great comedy. Their take on the Presidential debates was a nice nod to current events. —— Vince and Charlie are awesome. Brad is a killer guitarist. Not a fan of Reba. Randy is great, glad he is on the mend. Not a fan of Carrie either. Just don’t dig her voice. It always sounds like she is yelling.

    In the “know where you are” category, the record exec who tumbled off the stage behind him while up there with Thomas Rhett, takes the prize.—Might have to look this up on YouTube

    Excited to see Kelsea Ballerini perform her hit Peter Pan. Could have done without the ballet dancers on strings behind her. Sound was off a little bit on her number. It never ceases to amaze me how bad the sound is on these shows. —Never heard of her.

    They had long-time crush Olivia Newton-John as a presenter for Song of the Year since she won a CMA in 1974. Really wanted Cam’s Burning House to win. —-Love ONJ. She is gorgeous. And talented.

    Jason Aldean and Brooks and Dunn performed some song – They were the first ones to bring out the F factor. The F factor is how quick can I hit fast forward on the remote. They scored 2F. Did Ronnie Dunn lose a bet and have to have his hair styled liked that?—- Jason and B&D are terrible. Jason can’t sing and B&D are a mystery. No idea why they ever became popular. I do like Brooks’ vineyard. Or is it Dunn”s?

    Maren Morris is evidently the new “favorite artist” this year. Sounds like she has some pipes, but not my cup of tea.
    Jennifer Garner came out to present something. Doesn’t’ matter what she presents – she can present me with anything she wants. —Never heard of Maren. Agree on Jennifer.

    New artist went to Maren Morris over my pick Kelsea B. I did like her line about watching last year’s awards at a bar across the street and now she has killer seats.–no comment

    Barbara Mandrell – didn’t like you back then and still don’t. —Agree

    Nice set by Garth & Tricia. Showed what I think was Lorie Morgan during the Keith Whitley song. YIKES! The miles have not been good to Lorie. —I probably won’t go back to check this out

    Carrie Underwood’s number (Dirty Laundry) wasn’t my favorite, but I love the fact that they always have her walking down steps when she sings. My sweet wife chimes in for the first time with “how’d they find that many girl guitar players?” —Is this the Don Henley song?

    Glad Fatih Hill has long hair again. Keep it that way.—Agree

    Glad to see Eric Church get album of the year. Not really a fan, but he recently donated $1 million to JDRF – need him to keep making money.—Can’t say I have ever heard any of his music, but it is awesome that he donated that kind of money.

    Miranda – sigh. She gets every award in my book. Where is her sparkly pink microphone? Also, where are those spurs she wore at Fan Fair?—No comment on this one.

    Circle of kids around McGraw during Humble and Kind reminded me of Children of the Corn.—Not sure what happened here, but it sounds hilarious.

    Vocal duo – Why did they switch the Osborne Brothers’ name around? Really surprised they didn’t do Rocky Top. At least it wasn’t Florida-Georgia Line. —never heard of them.

    When Brad was talking about Wal-Mart’s Green Light for Vets, my bride chimes in with “he got that jacket at Wal-Mart”. —no comment

    Come back from commercial – it’s Beyonce in some sort of white space suit with other ladies on stage – wait – oh crap – they’re back. Dang Dixie Chicks. Didn’t like them before they killed their career. You don’t cover a Stevie Nicks song (Landslide) and get love from me. This earned the highest F factor – F infinity. —I like Beyonce up to a point. I also like the Chicks. I do however agree on the Landslide cover. Sorry man.

    Good lord there’s Peyton Manning – in a tux. Wife – “he could be President” —Your wife is correct, and how cool would that be?

    Camera shows the crowd – good Lord, Jennifer Garner is sitting next to Olivia Newton-John. I need a cigarette. Way too much hotness in one spot.—I’ll refrain from comment and just check it out on YouTube.

    Something about Luke Bryan’s songs I just don’t like.—It’s not the songs necessarily, it’s another case of someone that can’t sing.

    Lee Greenwood – has anyone ridden a single song more and longer than him? —-Agree

    Crap – it’s Florida-Georgia Line with Tim McGraw – he must have lost a bet or they have photos of him. F factor of three.—Tim McGraw-meh. Florida Georgia Line is the worst band ever in the history of bands. Even worse than Nickelback.

    Lily Tomlin intros the Dolly tribute – damn – the recording shut off and I was about 10 minutes behind. Missed her speech and Stapleton winning male vocalist. —Love Dolly and Lily. Dolly is one of the best singer songwriters ever. Stapleton. All I can say is wow. He totally deserves it. It was his year. It’s a great record and I listen to it often. I saw him perform acoustically about 3 or 4 years ago, before he broke out. And I will tell you that our jaws were on the floor. Some of the best songs I have ever heard. His voice was and is absolutely incredible.

    Thought Taylor Swift put Nashville and country in the rearview mirror?–no comment

    Entertainer of the Year – Garth. Who else? Sells multiple shows out everywhere he goes. Highest number of shows in a single city was 11 on this tour. It was like Garth said “step aside – Daddy’s here to take home the big prize.” —no comment

    All in all, it was an entertaining three hours – well, except for FL/GA line, oh, and Jason Aldean, and the Dixie Chicks. Did I tell you I can’t stand the Dixie Chicks?

    Zach, I love your blog. Keep it up. Let’s snag Spears and go have a beer and talk about music sometime. Hopefully you weren’t too offended by my comments.

    Bryan

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