As 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?
Musing in Nashville