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2009 ACM Awards Live Blog: Pacific Edition

  • 6:49 PM: Just over an hour to showtime. Is this thing on?
  • 6:56 PM: I’m trying out ScribbleLive, which will hopefully make this a bit easier than last time.
  • 7:00 PM: The post should update without you having to continually reload the page.
  • 7:16 PM: I’m so not following the rules on how to throw an ACM party:
  • 7:51 PM: Less than 10 minutes to showtime.
  • 7:53 PM: Which performances are you looking forward to? Johnson and Lambert are tops for me. Should be interesting to see Heidi Newfield perform on one of these too, if only for the novelty of it.
  • 7:56 PM: I’m also pretty excited to see The Lost Trailers win Top Vocal Group.
  • 7:59 PM: I hope you’re ready for it…
  • 8:00 PM: … because the show begins NOW!
  • 8:02 PM: And we’re beginning with a medley, kicked off by a rock song about “Play[ing] Something Country”… encouraging sign
  • 8:02 PM: This is like the ADD version of the whole show.
  • 8:04 PM: Carrie appears to be dressed in an oversized Kleenex
  • 8:05 PM: Oh God, it’s Rascal Flatts
  • 8:06 PM: And Gary stole his shirt from Elvis.
  • 8:07 PM: At least we can be sure the hosting will be top notch.
  • 8:08 PM: “Kenny Chesney from the Caribbean, Keith Urban from Australia”
  • 8:08 PM: Uh… is that what Kenny’s saying these days?
  • 8:11 PM: Fan voting, boo.
  • 8:11 PM: Kenny’s doing “Out Last Night”
  • 8:12 PM: And he’s back to sleeveless shirts. Don’t think he has worn them on the last few shows.
  • 8:12 PM: This song bores me to tears. Nice enough sound, but the lyrics.
  • 8:13 PM: The song said he’s from East Tennessee, but Reba says the Caribbean.
  • 8:13 PM: I just don’t know who to believe.
  • 8:15 PM: Alan didn’t look too impressed when they showed him.
  • 8:15 PM: Song of the Year
  • 8:16 PM: I’m betting on George, but hoping for Jamey.
  • 8:17 PM: Jamey Johnson gets it! And James Otto is joining him onstage, since he’s one of the writers.
  • 8:17 PM: Otto is about 11 feet tall from what I understand.
  • 8:18 PM: “Up next, Miley Cyrus and Toby Keith”
  • 8:18 PM: Please, let it be together.
  • 8:20 PM: 1/9 of the way into it now. How was the first 11%?
  • 8:21 PM: I’m told that George had an odd expression on his face when Jamey won. Anyone notice it? I’ll have to look again afterwards.
  • 8:23 PM: Heidi Newfield doing “Johnny and June”
  • 8:24 PM: A ring of fire onstage! How unanticipated.
  • 8:25 PM: I was going to say she looked pretty tan or warm or something before.
  • 8:25 PM: Perhaps too many rehearsals… have also scorched her eyelids.
  • 8:25 PM: Prohibiting her from opening her eyes all the way.
  • 8:26 PM: I’ve heard she can be pitchy live, but that seemed pretty much like the record.
  • 8:27 PM: What “great group” was Darius part of?
  • 8:27 PM: Top Vocal Group now
  • 8:28 PM: Rascal Flatts! OMG!
  • 8:29 PM: Gary LeVox thanked God, who was unavailable for comment.
  • 8:33 PM: I have this sneaking suspicion most of my predictions will be way off.
  • 8:35 PM: Some supermodel is introducing Toby Keith, who’s performing… “God Love Her”
  • 8:36 PM: I understand Ethan Hawke is standing by to make up stories about what goes on backstage.
  • 8:38 PM: Is it just me or is Toby shaking a lot? Not his voice. His face.
  • 8:38 PM: Well, his voice too, but that’s normal.
  • 8:39 PM: Jamey Johnson performing “In Color”
  • 8:40 PM: The performance seems designed to replicate the music video.
  • 8:41 PM: Except with a bunch of women swaying in a circle around him… seriously, no guys. What’s with that?
  • 8:42 PM: Okay, so maybe there are a few guys. But it’s all women right in front.
  • 8:42 PM: So close that they’re almost enveloped in his beard.
  • 8:47 PM: Jamie Foxx is onstage… doing something. It’s not clear just what yet.
  • 8:49 PM: Apparently he’s there to make all the white people (i.e. almost everybody) uncomfortable with a series of race jokes.
  • 8:50 PM: George Strait performing “Troubadour”
  • 8:50 PM: Whew, it’s not “River of Love”
  • 8:51 PM: The ACM seems to have their act pretty together with the sound.
  • 8:53 PM: George is too cool. Joey + Rory enjoyed that performance.
  • 8:54 PM: Did Jack Ingram say “their prospective categories” instead of respective?
  • 8:54 PM: Top New Artist is Julianne Hough… holy cow.
  • 8:54 PM: Did anyone call that?
  • 8:57 PM: Let’s do some fan voting. Who should have won Top New Artist?
  • 9:00 PM: If you said Zac Brown Band, you are correct.
  • 9:00 PM: Or Jake Owen, really. Anyone but Hough.
  • 9:01 PM: David Copperfield’s demeanor does not match his cowboy hat.
  • 9:02 PM: Copperfield has a magical box that produces teenage girls. Kinda creepy.
  • 9:04 PM: If there was ever any doubt about Swift’s country credentials… uh, there still is. Now more than ever.
  • 9:06 PM: But she puts on some pretty ambitious performances at these shows.
  • 9:06 PM: Taylor’s getting an award from Reba.
  • 9:06 PM: Crystal Milestone award?
  • 9:06 PM: Swift then asked “Are you serious!?”
  • 9:07 PM: At which point Reba said “Nope” and snatched away the award.
  • 9:07 PM: Lady Antebellum performing “I Run to You”
  • 9:08 PM: Uh, Reba didn’t really snatch away the award… by the way.
  • 9:09 PM: I just like to incorporate Fake News into live blogs.
  • 9:10 PM: KC points out that Hough’s win does not bode well for anyone not named Carrie Underwood in the Entertainer category.
  • 9:13 PM: Man, I should have drank before the show. It’d be way better.
  • 9:13 PM: My comments would probably also be hilarious/indecipherable.
  • 9:14 PM: Miranda Lambert commercial… for cotton. Odd.
  • 9:15 PM: Hal says: “You should start drinking now. Every time someone on a major label gets an award, take a drink. Every time Reba hiccups like a hillbilly, take a drink. Every time an artist who won an award last year wins an award this year, take a drink.”
  • 9:15 PM: You heard the man, folks. Start now.
  • 9:16 PM: Lee Ann Womack is even singing “Solitary Thinkin.” What better time?
  • 9:17 PM: Pointing out the obvious: this lady can sing.
  • 9:18 PM: I don’t think I could sing like that on 10-inch heels.
  • 9:19 PM: But that is purely speculation.
  • 9:19 PM: What is this lady’s dress? Red, white and blue something or other.
  • 9:19 PM: Top Vocal Duo… here comes a Sugarland win?
  • 9:20 PM: Sugarland. Called it. Thank you very much.
  • 9:21 PM: Jennifer Nettles’ neckline is down around her pelvis.
  • 9:23 PM: I didn’t mean to comment so much on clothing, but people certainly do wear some strange things to these shows.
  • 9:23 PM: Keith Urban performing “Kiss a Girl”
  • 9:26 PM: Well, he always gives 100%, so that’s commendable. Still not big on this song.
  • 9:27 PM: Audience shot of Kidman bobbing head slightly to song, which qualifies for her as dancing.
  • 9:28 PM: Are we really just halfway through? Geez.
  • 9:30 PM: New song from Miranda should be coming up when these commercials are over, so that’s something to look forward to.
  • 9:31 PM: Think I’d be hammered by now if I had actually run with Hal’s drinking game idea.
  • 9:33 PM: Miranda performing “Dead Flowers”
  • 9:36 PM: What do you guys think? I think she could have chosen a better (or at least more immediately striking) one to perform on the show. Might grow on me later… maybe? Not too excited about it right now.
  • 9:37 PM: Humanitarian Award to Leann Rimes.
  • 9:39 PM: John Rich is “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” solo acoustic
  • 9:40 PM: I think I’d laugh if Jared Ashley jumped onstage and confronted him.
  • 9:41 PM: Probably a good call to do it solo, as his voice is so thin that it’d get drowned out by a band.
  • 9:42 PM: His guitar was “Made in the USA,” by the way. In case you were wondering. Which you weren’t. But it was… just so you know.
  • 9:47 PM: Just what this show needs: a goodly dose of Billy Ray Cyrus.
  • 9:48 PM: Engaging in a little shameless self-promotion.
  • 9:48 PM: Miley Cyrus on a country awards show. The moment we’ve all waited for!
  • 9:48 PM: I believe something may be on fire. That’s a lot of smoke.
  • 9:49 PM: Well, I’m glad someone came along to make Taylor sound like a good singer.
  • 9:52 PM: Hal says: Just like on the Price is Right, if Miley gets to the top of the staircase you don’t win a prize.
  • 9:52 PM: Montgomery Gentry doing “One in Every Crowd”
  • 9:55 PM: I wonder how Montgomery Gentry went about telling all their band guys that they’d be standing offstage in the front row for this performance?
  • 9:55 PM: That had to be an awkward conversation.
  • 9:57 PM: Brady says: There’s something a little strange about a song talking about “the climb” or having to work to reach a goal and then riding a geriatric escalator to reach the top of the “mountain.” What kind of a message is that?
  • 9:59 PM: I’m digging ScribbleLive. How’s the automatic post reloading thing working for you guys?
  • 10:00 PM: Carrie performing “I Told You So” in a theater curtain.
  • 10:01 PM: Which is at least an upgrade from the Kleenex we saw earlier.
  • 10:04 PM: Darn, I wanted to see Carrie try to walk offstage in that dress.
  • 10:05 PM: Top Male Vocalist
  • 10:05 PM: We haven’t done any awards in a while, have we? Lots of performances.
  • 10:06 PM: Brad Paisley gets Top Male Vocalist.
  • 10:07 PM: Funny Little Jimmy Dickens joke.
  • 10:09 PM: What new blood should they inject into the Top Male Vocalist category next year? Any suggestions? Josh Turner, maybe?
  • 10:12 PM: Reba doing a new song… “Strange”
  • 10:13 PM: Confession: Reba’s facial expressions when she sings have always bugged me.
  • 10:15 PM: Top Female Vocalist
  • 10:15 PM: Come on, Miranda. Please.
  • 10:16 PM: or Lee Ann Womack.
  • 10:16 PM: Either of those would be fine.
  • 10:16 PM: But it’s Underwood, naturally. Will she go on to win Entertainer too?
  • 10:20 PM: Trace (doing “Til the Last Shot’s Fired” now) always sings great.
  • 10:21 PM: The superfluous soldier choir is waiting in shadows.
  • 10:23 PM: Still pretty affecting to have them there, I guess. People are in tears.
  • 10:25 PM: We’re on the final stretch now, folks.
  • 10:25 PM: ~35 minutes remaining.
  • 10:26 PM: I’m betting it will be life-changing.
  • 10:26 PM: Is anyone else debuting a new song?
  • 10:26 PM: Haven’t really cared for any of the new ones that were supposed to be a big deal.
  • 10:28 PM: It looks like Reba is wearing a portion of Carrie’s theater curtain.
  • 10:29 PM: Sugarland (i.e. Jennifer Nettles and That Guy) doing “What I’d Give”
  • 10:30 PM: Hal says: Does Mr. Sugarland ever appear with his assumedly bald head revealed?
  • 10:32 PM: Jennifer is wailing on that electric guitar… (cough)
  • 10:33 PM: Nettles gets a Crystal Milestone from Reba
  • 10:34 PM: Single of the Year
  • 10:34 PM: There’s an audio/visual hitch
  • 10:34 PM: Trace Adkins gets Single
  • 10:36 PM: Uh… they just went out to commercial with “Who will win Female Vocalist?”
  • 10:37 PM: Didn’t we just do that one? Not very suspenseful.
  • 10:41 PM: 20 minutes left.
  • 10:41 PM: Time to get serious about Entertainer. Who will get it? Does Carrie have it in a lock?
  • 10:42 PM: Here’s Blake Shelton’s fill-in performance of “She Wouldn’t Be Gone”
  • 10:43 PM: Album of the Year
  • 10:44 PM: That Lonesome Song… please.
  • 10:44 PM: I think he’s got it on this one.
  • 10:45 PM: Oh snap, it’s Taylor Swift
  • 10:46 PM: I guess the album has sold about 56 million copies already, but really.
  • 10:47 PM: That was majorly disappointing, and now they’re following it up with a Rascal Flatts performance. Wow. Might as well club me in the face with a bowling pin.
  • 10:48 PM: At least The Voice shrieks a little less on slower songs.
  • 10:52 PM: I’m still holding out hope for a The Lost Trailers win in the Entertainer of the Year category.
  • 10:54 PM: A side effect of this antidepressant is “confusion”
  • 10:54 PM: Not sure if I’d rather be depressed or confused.
  • 10:56 PM: Matthew M… even sober, can’t spell his last name.
  • 10:57 PM: Oh, the last four minutes of the show… great time to add a long anecdote, presenter.
  • 10:57 PM: That time won’t come out of anyone’s speech.
  • 10:57 PM: At least it was a good anecdote.
  • 10:58 PM: Entertainer of the Year
  • 10:59 PM: Carrie Underwood (in a Kleenex again)!
  • 11:01 PM: So, here’s the deal. I DVRed the show to watch it an hour later, and the recording cut off Underwood’s speech halfway through. Did she drop any pearls of wisdom in the latter half?
  • 11:03 PM: There goes Chesney’s only category.
  • 11:04 PM: As we wrap up here, I’d like to take a moment to thank you all for hanging out. Definitely made it more interesting for me… hopefully for you, too.
  • 11:05 PM: Feel free to stay around and discuss. See you next time.
  • 11:06 PM: Have a nice night, everyone.
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  1. The only reason I’m watching is to see Johnson, Womack, and Lambert perform. I can’t believe they are having Miley Cyrus perform. She shouldn’t even be allowed in the building. I don’t think Lost Trailers for vocal group is any worse than Rascal Flatts.

  2. Wow, this is terrible! George didn’t look impressed either.

  3. Taylor Swift looked a little awkward shaking her head so violently before starting a relatively tame song.

  4. I missed the first 30 minutes over here in the CST, so I’ll keep up with your blogging to make up the difference.

  5. Lining them all up on stage like that makes it look like the intro to a bad VH1 reality show.

  6. Sheesh, Reba needs to lay off the weights. Might I suggest less weight and more reps?

  7. I’m glad Jamey won. I thought it would be George too.

  8. Have fun tonight, Guys. Wish I could stay, but need to go to bed.

  9. I was kind of hoping Lady A would win just so they wouldn’t.

  10. Finally….Internet problems. Glad Jamey won for Song.

  11. I was hoping Lady A. would win too.

  12. I kind of wish Hawke’s story had been true.

  13. Dinner beckoned and I answered, but I’m back now! Not that anyone missed me.

  14. Yeah, I noticed the shaking too. Maybe it’s really hot on stage or something.

  15. I thought Jamey did great – all those chicks made it weird though.

  16. Has Jamie Foxx ever heard of Charley Pride? And can anyone claim to be country these days?

  17. Fan voting sure screws everything up.

  18. Why does the roster of artists performing on this show and the list of nominees change at such a glacial pace? It’s great that Jamey Johnson got his rag-tag self on stage, but the rest of the show’s lineup is a pitiful rehash of the last half-dozen years. It’s sad how narrow Nashville’s view is of country music.

  19. I like that terminology. Instead of calling ‘em artists or singers, we should just call ‘em hitmakers. And would we even recognize Zac Brown without his beanie?

  20. Wow – I got nothin’ else – just wow. Julianne Hough. wow.

  21. God, I hate to be mean but, either of the other 2 nominees would have been better. Now I am really starting to worry about EOTY.

    • I think it’s ridiculous Jamey didn’t at least win the new male artist since he’s nominated for so many other awards tonight. After Hough winning, it does make it seem more likely Carrie’s fan may get her EOTY.

  22. I believe that over at Country Universe Leann, Lynn, and Kevin predicted Hough’s win.

  23. Is Taylor gonna hit the same two notes on the piano throughout this whole song?

  24. That performance was weird on so many different levels. She acts just like Melinda Dolittle from AI whenever she wins an award. It’s a little old by now.

  25. Yeah, we predicted Hough due to the fan base from Dancing With the Stars. Sad though, huh?

  26. I still don’t understand all the critical acclaim heaped on Taylor Swift by country fans and critics. I thought her album was a pleasant pop album, but I don’t hear a single country note in its entire length.

  27. > Man, I should have drank before the show. It’d be way better.

    You should start drinking now. Every time someone on a major label gets an award, take a drink. Every time Reba hiccups like a hillbilly, take a drink. Every time an artist who won an award last year wins an award this year, take a drink.

  28. I have to get up in less than seven hours.

  29. > I don’t think I could sing like that on 10-inch heels.

    I’ve never heard you sing, but I’m guessing you couldn’t sing like that in flats (or even in Birkenstocks).

  30. Man, what a bunch of retreads in the Vocal Duo category.

  31. I can see the banjo on stage, but I don’t hear anything remotely country in Keith Urban’s song.

  32. I don’t mind the song — I like pop music, but I don’t hear anything in it that says “country”. On an unrelated note, I saw Rush on that same stage two years ago, and they seriously kicked a**.

  33. @CountryCA– *zing* on the Kidman comment.

  34. I find that song kind of annoying, but I think Kieth is a great performer.

  35. Well, when youre sitting there
    In your silk upholstered chair
    Talking to some rich folks that you know
    Well I hope you wont see me
    In my ragged company
    You know I could never be alone

    Take me down little susie, take me down
    I know you think youre the queen of the underground
    And you can send me dead flowers every morning
    Send me dead flowers by the mail
    Send me dead flowers to my wedding
    And I wont forget to put roses on your grave

    Well, when youre sitting back
    In your rose pink cadillac
    Making bets on kentucky derby day
    Ill be in my basement room
    With a needle and a spoon
    And another girl to take my pain away

    Take me down little susie, take me down
    I know you think youre the queen of the underground
    And you can send me dead flowers every morning
    Send me dead flowers by the mail
    Send me dead flowers to my wedding
    And I wont forget to put roses on your grave

    Take me down little susie, take me down
    I know you think youre the queen of the underground
    And you can send me dead flowers every morning
    Send me dead flowers by the us mail
    Say it with dead flowers at my wedding
    And I wont forget to put roses on your grave
    No I wont forget to put roses on your grave

    Oh wait, wrong Dead Flowers…

  36. How come Hayes Carll isn’t on the show tonight? Or The Avett Brothers? Or older artists like Hal Ketchum or Carlene Carter or Glen Campbell who waxed fantastic albums in the past year?

    • The Carlene Carter album was way too glossy for me, but it’d be cool to see any of those other artists on the show, especially Hal Ketchum.

      • Maybe not her best album, but a hundred times more country than most of the music they’re presenting. And I could miss Rascal Flats or Sugarland one year to open a slot for her.

  37. Naw, the Miranda song was a very big disappointment. Maybe it’ll be better on record. Or, maybe if we all complain about it enough, it won’t even make a record or she’ll tweak it. Wishful thinking…

  38. I’m with you on the Miranda song, CM. There wasn’t anything very striking about it, but I’ll have to give it a closer listen later.

  39. I think Miranda’s song will have to grow on me. I didn’t hate it, but don’t love it yet either.

  40. I’d personally take Campbell out of that list, Hal.

    • Fair enough. I thought his latest album was a stunning reintroduction of the sounds that made his earlier hit recordings so powerful.

      • Fair enough to you too. I’ve never been a big fan of all that orchestral stuff of Campbell’s, which is probably my problem. His voice was surprisingly clear on that album though.

  41. What does any of this music tonight have to do with Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, or Johnny Paycheck?

  42. Maybe it sounds better on the West Coast televisions?

  43. John Rich’s guitar is made in the USA and provides something to strum behind his populist lyrics, but Woody Guthrie’s guitar killed fascists.

  44. If it’s not already clear that John Rich is all a marketed, his appearance here ought to make it abundantly clear. He typically appears with a huge fur coat, or whatever that weird deal was when he gave Porter Wagoner a shout out, has a huge ass wedding ring, and an equally gaudy house. But tonight he’s wearing a jean jacket and the ring is gone. Someone needs to put him in his place.

  45. • 9:42 PM CountryCa – His guitar was “Made in the USA,” by the way. In case you were wondering. Which you weren’t. But it was… just so you know.

    I was totally was…

  46. Quick vote: country artists on award shows are helped by HDTV? Yes or no.

  47. Billy Ray Cyrus in Plugsville.

  48. Billy Ray didn’t used to annoy me half as much as he does now.

  49. Yeah, Plugsville is where he’s resided for quite some time now.

  50. Sadly, Miley Cyrus is about as country as half the artists on this show.

  51. Bad idea to shoot from behind Miley and show everyone in the auditorium — save the stocked pool of girls pushed up against the stage — sitting on their hands.

  52. Just like on the Price is Right, if Miley gets to the top of the staircase you don’t win a prize.

  53. Brady, are you on vacation?

  54. Darn – My internet connection is sucking tonight. I like hearing Miranda do more uptempo songs. Miley’s on now. Hmmm. Actually, I’m liking it better than Taylor’s song tonight. Wait a minute – what the heck is she doing…she’s gonna get whiplash!

  55. Montgomery Gentry gets the ABM (Anyone But Miley) slot, and the crowd wakes up.

  56. Did/does Troy’s voice sound pitchy/gruff tonight to you guys?

  57. There’s something a little strange about a song talking about “the climb” or having to work to reach a goal and then riding a geriatric escalator to reach the top of the “mountain.” What kind of a message is that?

  58. I didn’t notice that. I thought they sounded good and the song got the auditorium going.

  59. The auto-posting works, but with your comments at the top and our blog comments at the bottom, we have to keep scrolling back and forth. Would be better if you blogged in line with everyone else.

  60. I like that we don’t have to refresh for the blog, but I still refresh to read new comments.

  61. I hope the Wicked Witch of the West doesn’t try and snatch that ruby microphone away from Carrie Underwood.

  62. Hey, did you just change the time zone on your blog?

  63. Hmmm…it was saying my time and now it’s saying yours.

  64. Top male artists – talented artists who’ve all been nominated to death. How about some new blood?

  65. It’s kinda fun and wierd to do this in silence. Maybe I should make a playlist of what I wished had been performed for background music.

  66. Ben’s gonna be ticked about Brad. I think he hates Brad more than Kevin does, which is saying something.:)

  67. They really didn’t want to put Little Jimmy Dickens on TV, did they? Brad pretty much forced their hand on that one.

  68. I’d like Turner’s career to get stronger before he’s nominated, but he should be there based on voice alone.

  69. I’m surprised Trace wasn’t nominated, not that I would really want him to win, but he had a successful year.

  70. Trace would have been appropriate. I’m feeling good about him tonight though, so you’re catching me on a good day. You’ll see why.

  71. Jamey Johnson, Josh Turner, Trace Adkins. I like the deep voices. I’d have to think about it a little more to come up with others.

    Does Reba seem overly animated to anyone else tonight? She seems like she’s laying on the cuteness a little too heavily.

  72. I didn’t think Miranda sounded like herself tonight. Her voice lacked the character that it usually has.

  73. Carrie Underwood is the perfect Nashville country music fembot.

  74. I was hoping for Lee Ann or Miranda too, but at least it wasn’t Taylor.

  75. I knew it would be Carrie, but I had hoped it would be Miranda, though I would have been wrong in my prediction.

  76. I don’t mind the choir on the record. With the way everyone was describing it before I heard it, I was expecting it to be disturbing or creepy, but it wasn’t. All I know is that I love it, which is saying a lot for me and a war song.

  77. I love Robison’s version, but still prefer The Chicks’ version.

  78. Yeah, the new songs were a disappointment for sure.

  79. Does Mr. Sugarland ever appear with his assumedly bald head revealed?

  80. I think I liked Jennifer better when she didn’t make the weird facial expressions. They just come across as cocky now.

  81. Yeah, we had the same hitch. And the time changed again. Wierd.

  82. Every time they show Jamey Johnson I think it’s Rick Rubin with his beard trimmed down.

  83. • 1:36 AM* CountryCa – Uh… they just went out to commercial with “Who will win Female Vocalist?”

    Kevin was less than impressed with that too.

  84. @CountryCA– If you’d been playing the drinking game you would have passed out by now and the announcers could say anything they wanted without you noticing.

  85. Anyone think there was an invisible hand trying to make the ACMs more PC this year? Don’t they usually give out the Female Vocalist award out before the Male Vocalist? But this year it was switched, they’ve got two women in the Entertainer category after not having any in the past few years. Then they go and give Jennifer Nettles an award for winning an award last year. Not to mention the Jaime Foxx bit where he had to mention Obama and Darius Rucker.

  86. Heh, some lady on the local news just called ‘em the CMAs.

  87. Mind boggling. There’s not a country note in the entire album. If they’re going to give the award to a pop album there were so many better choices.

  88. I don’t know why I’m trying this again – I keep getting kicked off..I have been able to read your comments thought! Y’all are a riot. I’m disappointed with most of the winners. I’m pretty resigned to Carrie winning EOTY. Leeann – didn’t you call Taylor’s win for album?

  89. I was surprised by Taylor’s win after she got that random ilestone award. She’s who I predicted though, since I figured the Academy would want to acknowledge her and they wouldn’t dare give her Female Vocalist.

  90. Oh wait — Taylor Swift has cowboy boots — now I get the country thing.

  91. I knew Taylor won that award from the live blog on The 9513, but I think a little part of me died inside while watching it on TV. And following it with Rascal Flatts doesn’t help. Did someone say they had some beer?

  92. I’m guessing Rascal Flats spent more on their hair stylists than I make in a week.

  93. It’s actually sold surprisingly low numbers considering the buzz and how long it’s been at the top and all. Of course, that’s how record sales are these days.

  94. Guitar solos don’t work very well while someone is trying to sing.

  95. That guitar solo was incredibly painful.

  96. How do they airbrush Reba in real time?

  97. Wow, and Matthew McConaughey too — did he have his face tightened or sanded?

  98. Matthew McConaughey’s starting to look like Jennifer Grey.

  99. I know I shouldn’t be that surprised, but I am.

  100. She made a reference to those boots that was in Matthew M’s story.

  101. Okay, good night, Everyone. I’ll have just enough time to fall asleep before my alarm goes off. It’s been fun and I’m so glad I can get to CC from home again.

  102. I’ve been looking foward to your recap! Gotta do mine myself, in between nursing my sick BabyGirl.

    Anyway, about Miranda. I LOVE the song! I think it spoke more to women. And I don’t believe that she has to set the stage on fire and smash her guitar everytime. I think the public has come to expect it now. Ran has another equally amazing performing side.


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