What’s the #1 thing the ACM could have done to improve last night’s awards show? It can be something they should have included, something they should have left out, or something they should have handled differently. Pointing out that most of the show sucked doesn’t count as a response. Let’s try to be constructive here.
My first thought was to get rid of fan voting, but I’m honestly not sure that the results would have been much better if the voting had all been done by industry folks, so I won’t go with that one.
Instead, since I think that the show was slanted pretty heavily toward new sounds in “country” music (though Adkins, Johnson, and Womack offered reprieves), I think they should have given the Miley Cyrus performance slot to Loretta Lynn to balance things out a bit. Not bloody likely, but it would have brought a legendary element to the show that was sorely missing. As it was, Reba and George were pretty much the token legend types (with careers dating back to the ’70s), and the songs they performed weren’t exactly radical departures from the rest of what was being played on the show. Loretta would have dug in her heels and offered a legendary performance – not just a safely contemporary performance by someone who happens to have been around for a long time.
So, there’s my fanciful suggestion. What’s yours?