2007 CMA Awards Live Blog

Brady Vercher | November 7th, 2007

CMA Awards We gave you our predictions yesterday and some of you chimed in with your own, so today we’re going to be hosting a live blog for the duration of the CMA Awards show and have a few questions answered along the way. Who made the best predictions? Will the new Hall of Fame members even be mentioned? What about the late Porter Wagoner? Will there be any memorable performances? And just who will come away with the crappiest performance of the night? I already know who I’m banking on to take home that last award. Grab a snack, your laptop, turn on your TV, and join us in a couple of hours right here and participate in the lively (hopefully) discussion.

Update: 2007 CMA Award Winners

  • Entertainer: Kenny Chesney
  • Female Vocalist: Carrie Underwood
  • Male Vocalist: Brad Paisley
  • Horizon: Taylor Swift
  • Vocal Group: Rascal Flatts
  • Vocal Duo: Sugarland
  • Album: George Strait, It Just Comes Natural
  • Single: “Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood
  • Song: “Give it Away” – Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon & Jamey Johnson
  • Musical Event: “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” – Tracy Lawrence, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw
  • Music Video: “Online” – Brad Paisley

6:54 Well, it’s only a few minutes until show time. Anyone here yet? Kevin is live blogging over at Country Universe as well.

7:00 It’s shooowwwtime and we get to hear my favorite band perform “Still Feels Good.”

7:03 The only thing country about Rascal Flatts’ performance is the video montage of past CMA winners playing in the background.

7:06 Miranda is really pushing the crazy image, huh. Look at that hair.

7:08 The only thing I can say is wow! She went a little overboard with her act. Maybe there was a little too much current flowing through that mic.

7:09 Here we go with the first award. Single of the year goes to “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood. I figured the voters would go for something with a little more substance, but it would have been the safe pick.

7:18 I think George forgot to play is guitar while singing “How About Them Cowgirls.” He’s probably focusing on being a little more lively.

7:21 Montgomery Gentry up presenting the award for Song of the Year and the winner is “Give It Away”. I’m 1 for 2.

7:22 Haha, great acceptance speech by Jamey Johnson. He thanked his ex-wife.

7:27 Taylor Swift just got done performing “Our Song” with a funky move with her guitarist. Instead of the typical heart to heart, is was more like crotch to crotch. A couple of commenters didn’t like her performance. It was rather lackluster, the same can’t be said about her guitar, though. That thing sparkles.

7:30 So it’s turning out to be 2 parts show, 1 part commercials. Seriously, this is going to turn out to be a whole hour of commercials. No wonder they couldn’t find time for the new Hall of Fame members.

7:32 Brad Paisley really did bring a marching band to the show. How can he not win Entertainer of the Year?

7:35 Taylor and Kellie Pickler join Brad on stage for his performance of “Online.” A couple of rogue French Horn players went crazy dancing.

7:40 Sara Evans introduced Alison Kraus before her performance of “Simple Love.” I thought it was just me, but everyone is commenting on the audio quality.

7:45 Hmm, looks like Sara Evans is the new host as she introduces Big & Rich. I think they just name checked Porter Wagoner before they kicked off their circus show.

7:49 Jason Michael Caroll, Bucky Covington, and Luke Bryan up to present Vocal Group. This one is a snoozer. Can anyone guess who won? Rascal Flatts.

7:52 Rascal Flatts trying to be edgy is hilarious.

7:53 Rodney Atkins really dressed up for his performance of “These Are My People”, huh? He looks like he’s having fun, though.

8:00 Carrie Underwood performs “So Small” in a dress that Disney must have had a hand in picking out.

8:04 Vince Gill was a little too deferential to The Eagles in his intro. It’s not like he’s a slacker himself or anything, but I guess that’s how Hall of Famers do it.

8:08 Over a third of the way through the show, I’m still wondering why there wasn’t time for the HOF members. Nothing to this point has been worth sitting around for. It feels like they’re rushing as many performances and appearances as they can between commercials and they had Vince Gill introduce the Eagles. Does that qualify as a slap in the face?

8:12 Whoever that host is, her fake accent is annoying. ABC sure is taking liberty in rotating these actors unrelated to country music. I guess they gotta pimp their regular TV programming.

8:14 Ronnie Dunn looks more comfortable than anyone that’s taken the stage tonight while performing their single, “God Must Be Busy.”

8:18 More name checking goodness with Jason Aldean playing “Johnny Cash.”

8:20 Ughh, the big CASH sign in the back didn’t have anything to do with the song or Jason Aldean.

8:21 Hey look, a real cowboy is on stage. Blake Shelton joins Ty Murray and Jewel to introduce Vocal Duo. The award goes to Sugarland. Shocking, but they’re definitely deserving. They definitely weren’t expecting that.

8:28 Haha, Dwight Yoakam has been the most entertaining host yet. Somebody give this guy a job. He’s a bit goofy, but hey, I like him. Sugarland went Johnny Cash on us. They’re all decked out in black singing “Stay.”

8:32 Jennifer Nettles might actually start crying just like in the video, but damn, she sounds good.

8:34 I gotta congratulate the CMAs for recognizing Porter Wagoner and the man who did it, Dwight Yoakam. I told y’all this guy needed the job. His jacket even had “HI” stitched on the inside. And the crowd gives him a standing ovation. Pure class. Country music misses you, Porter.

8:36 Album of the Year goes to George Strait with It Just Comes Natural. Congrats to George.

8:38 Brad Paisley’s “Online” picked up the Music Video award earlier in the evening.

8:44 LeAnn Rimes looked like she was wearing a track uniform or something. It looks like the have the words to Martina’s song flashing in the background. Sing-a-long anybody?

8:46 It would be nice to see Hank Thompson get a mention as well, but I figured it would be asking too much considering the recency with which he passed away.

8:49 Keith Urban performs “Everybody.” It’s a yawn worthy performance and I always thought the lyrics sounded a little juvenile. You can tell he wants to rock out, though.

8:53 Carrie Underwood is still coming off as being disingenuous while announcing the Horizon Award. The winner is Taylor Swift. You wouldn’t suspect that from her earlier performance.

8:57 Looks like Tracy Lawrence/Tim McGraw/Kenny Chesney picked up Musical Event of the Year award before the show. Just from the searches landing on The 9513 for “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”, we knew that song was huge.

9:01 LeAnn introduces Reba then segues directly into her duet. Reba doesn’t look bad for being 30 years into her career. At least we’re hearing something different than “Because Of You.”

9:05 Haha, Matt says “No no no, “Boondocks” is not a “classic”.”

9:08 Whoa, I didn’t know Jamie Foxx was at the show.

9:09 Dierks Bentley is presenting Female Vocalist. The wife likes Dierks with short hair and he has her cracking up. Carrie wins. What a shocker. The wife said she needs a new hairdo. I think she forgot to ask for world peace in her acceptance speech.

9:11 Whoooaaaa, would you look at that. The CMA listened and is recognizing the Hall of Fame members. Props to them.

9:13 Ralph Emery is the only one actually wearing his HOF medal, if that’s what it is.

9:18 Kimberley Williams dishes the dirt on Brad Paisley while introducing the great Kenny Chesney. Hopefully he’ll put on a worthy performance. What happened to the trademark tight jeans?

9:23 Kimberly Williams is one of the top hosts of the night. Josh Turner is performing “Firecracker” and the wife is swooning. She took off her wedding ring. I think I’m going to have to turn the TV off.

9:34 You know what I wonder? I wonder what Kellie Pickler’s mom thinks every time she hears that song.

9:37 All I can think about is Kid Rock’s boxers hanging on Gretchen Wilson’s grammy as they present Male Vocalist.

9:38 And the winner is Brad Paisley.

9:46 The performance we’ve all been waiting for. Rascal Flatts and Jamie Foxx. Country music’s finest.

9:48 Oh no, LeVox and Foxx just gave each other a man hug on stage while performing. Nothing quite like falsettos and man hugs.

9:50 Foxx kissed LeVox on the neck and now they’re holding hands.

9:53 Jim asks the quintessential questions: “Girl pants and man hugs? The Eagles? Jamie Foxx? Are we watching VH1?”

9:54 Hereee’s Reba. Time for Entertainer of the Year. The moment we’ve been waiting for so we can all turn off our TVs, the winner is Kenny Chesney. Figures Paisley couldn’t win on a night like tonight.

9:56 Congrats to Matt for wiping the floor with our sorry predictions. Thanks to everyone who showed up and y’all have a goodnight.

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  1. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Oh my, it’s the attack of girl pants…

  2. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    If the awards show is going to be in a venue the size of the Sommet Center, the fans need to be closer to the stage. I had the same thought when I attended the show last year, and it looks even worse on TV. This show needs a mosh pit. Put some teeny boppers up front and they would be going crazy right now; intsead, Gary’s prancing around for a bunch of stodgy tuxedos.

  3. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    That one guy had some nice yellow pants.

  4. Brady Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Haha, stodgy tuxedos!

  5. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    Is it just me, or does Miranda Lambert’s hair have a mind of its own?

  6. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    Haha, I was thinking the same thing Jim. I wonder what she was doing before the show.

  7. Brady Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    It looks like she’s having trouble head banging in heals.

  8. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:09 pm
  9. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    Well, that probably means she’s going to sweep.

  10. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Props to the CMAs. I can see not giving Song to “Before He Cheats,” but no other release even comes close to deserving Single of the Year. The ACMs’ overlooking “Before He Cheats” in the single category was absurd.

  11. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    We’ll at least see a new Hall of Famer in the Fruit of the Loom commercial.

  12. Brady Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    Did her acceptance speech seem a little forced to anyone else?

  13. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Can I question the CMA’s choice of hosts? Were they really that desperate?

  14. Brady Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    Who is that guy?

  15. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    Did anyone else see Jessica Simpson sitting almost directly behind George Strait?

  16. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    He’s an actor from Desperate Housewives and was in the Dale Watson video for “Justice For All”.

  17. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    It’s James Denton of Desperate Housewives. I think they’re planning on multiple hosts. He’s boring, but classier than Brooks and Dunn.

  18. Brady Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Ohhh, so he’s the dude that shot the perp in Dale Watson’s video.

  19. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:19 pm

  20. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    My–Troy is wearing a large collar.

  21. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Troy Gentry was looking a lot like Perez Hilton.

  22. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    Dangit, I had my single and song predictions reversed.

  23. Jonathan
    November 7, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    Great. So I managed to miss precisely one of the two performances I was actually looking forward to, crazy hair or no.

    But I made it in time to get… reaction shots from Kid Rock! Swell.

  24. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    I’m going to refrain from talking about how Taylor Swift looks…….for one more year.

  25. KathyP
    November 7, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    I don’t think anyone will top Jamey Johnson’s acceptance tonight. Just hysterical. But I’ll be watching to the very end, just in case.

  26. Brady Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    Now that was a funky lookin move.

  27. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    Jamey was hilarious. It’s too bad 95% of the show’s audience has no idea who he was.

  28. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    Live performances really expose Taylor Swift’s vocal deficiencies. That mic is also way too hot (and way too Backstreet Boys).

  29. Jonathan
    November 7, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    So is the glittery guitar supposed to distract from the fact that Taylor Swift is even more severely tone-deaf than Gary LeVox? Because, if so, it’s not working. She’s 2-for-2 for embarassing awards-show performances.

    I think she’s country music’s answer to Felicity– her fanbase of teenage girls will abandon her as soon as she cuts her mop of curly hair.

  30. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Jonathan–I disagree. I don’t think that performance was that bad. I’ve heard worse–LeAnn Rime’s 1997 ACM performance of “The Light In Your Eyes” was absolutely horrendous. And Swift’s songwriting is excellent, especially considering her age. She’s writing songs that are very honest, and as long as her topics mature with her, I think she’ll be a force to reckon with.

  31. Brady Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    We all know you’re infatuated with her, Jim. Don’t deny it.

  32. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    Hey, I’m not denying or confirming anything. Paisley’s vocals are a little off, too. He’s swallowing the mic.

  33. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    I played in a pretty darn good high school band and I can’t imagine us doing that without some significant screw up.

  34. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    I thought it was the equipment at first, but it sounds like he’s warming up now.

  35. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    Hmmm….”she earned them”….I wonder….

  36. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Think the dancing horn players will hit YouTube?

  37. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Remember, we are losing some audio quality here. AK’s voice is not that shrill–the mix is just missing the warmer tones.

  38. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    AK is good, but…snooze…

  39. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    Is that a…steel guitar? On the CMAs?

  40. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Oh lord, here we go…

  41. Heidi
    November 7, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Miranda’s hair looks like it had some gunpowder explode in it.
    Taylor sounded VERY nervous…which is sad.
    Jamey’s speech rocked.

    And what’s with Gretchen and Kid Rock sitting together?

    Yikes B&R are on. This should be interesting.

  42. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Ok, that’s not how I expected Porter to be honored.

  43. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Haha, has he ever been referred to as the King of Bling before?

  44. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Big & Rich sure do a hell of a show, though.

  45. Heidi
    November 7, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    We like it “honkin'”? I think John Rich has run out of lyrics.

    Why couldn’t they do “Radio”? I actually LIKE that song.

  46. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Are Jason Michael Carroll, Bucky Covington, and Luke Bryan wearing makeup?

  47. Heidi
    November 7, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    Surprise! Wait, no. That’s the only one well knew for sure :rolleyes:

  48. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    Wow, that’s a shocking result. Rascal Flatts wins Vocal Group. I never expected that.

  49. Ali
    November 7, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    A-hem…Brady, I’m trying to watch my Ghost Hunters show in the bedroom & all I hear is the *boom boom boom* coming from the show out there, haha. Must have been a big performance going on. :)

  50. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    Heck, I’d join Rascal Flatts for one of those wives.

  51. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Rodney Atkins’ voice actually sounds more bland live (tonight) than it does on his records.

  52. Heidi
    November 7, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    LOL Matt!

    Okay, Rodney’s performance is blah but he wears those jeans well.

  53. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    I actually like Matt’s idea of having a mosh pit up front, it seems like the artists don’t have any audience reaction to feed off of for their performances.

  54. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    Heidi–yeah, and Kellie sure looked happy about those jeans…

  55. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Atkins did look more country than about half the people present, though.

  56. Brady Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Just half?

  57. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    One hour down and nobody’s even attempted a joke (other than Jamey’s ad lib). Think the CMA Awards is being affected by the Hollywood writers strike?

  58. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    3/4?

  59. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    We had a pit at the 2006 CMT Music Awards, but the CMAs try to be more classy. Also, it becomes a logistical issue when you have a group in front of the stage, as opposed to behind, where the CMT pit was.

  60. Joyce
    November 7, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Giddy? Ugh, no.

  61. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Is that Carrie Underwood or Queen Elizabeth?

  62. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    Carrie’s dress seems a little out of style, doesn’t it?

  63. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    I don’t think that Carrie can move.

  64. Joyce
    November 7, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    I was thinking Scarlett O’Hara…

  65. KathyP
    November 7, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    Well, it doesn’t sound like Carrie’s having the audio issues others had.

  66. KathyP
    November 7, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    Well, it doesn’t sound like Carrie’s having the audio issues others had.

  67. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    Don’t be so modest Vince. I’d take half of you over the Eagles any day.

  68. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    The Eagles are a little behind the times. They are performing what they think country music is, but don’t they know that Rascal Flatts has ushered in a new era!

    Will The Eagles be the most country performance of the night?

  69. Joyce
    November 7, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    Hey, I know a country music fan named KathyP! Hmmm…what are the odds?

  70. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    Hey country fans, don’t go anywhere, Jamie Foxx is coming up!!1!

  71. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    Brody, that literally made me laugh out loud.

  72. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    “Hello Again?” What a host.

  73. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Matt, I don’t even know these hosts are. She’s kinda cute, though, I suppose.

  74. Joyce
    November 7, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Does she have to try to speak in a monotone like that or does it just come naturally?

  75. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    Comfortable? Perhaps sleepy would be a better word choice.

  76. Brady Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    The song didn’t really call for any wild histrionics, so I thought he handled it well.

  77. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Jessica Simpson’s lips are looking a little puffy.

  78. Heidi
    November 7, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Talk about making Blake look like a third wheel!!! Too tall and not attached at the hip.

  79. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    I don’t like how they aren’t showing nominees in their seats.

  80. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 8:22 pm
  81. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Unfortunately for Brooks and Dunn, God wasn’t so busy. Justice at last.

  82. KathyP
    November 7, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    Joyce, you a fan of JITH?

  83. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    Yes, Amen. What a shock. I can’t believe it, but it is very, very well deserved.

  84. Heidi
    November 7, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    I nominate Matt C as host next year. He’s making this whole painful show worth it :D

    Congrats Sugarland. Just because I don’t like your music check that, I like the music I just don’t like Jennifer’s voice, just because I don’t like her voice doesn’t mean you shouldn’t win. Way to go.

  85. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    Did Dwight intentionally flub the name of Sugarland’s debut album?

  86. Heidi
    November 7, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    By the way, you American’s are missing out on some rather sad commercials with Elissa Lansdell (Keech Rainwater’s wife and CMT Canada host). She’s talking about Panasonic microwaves and she gets to sample the food. Woohoo :P

  87. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Whose pants are tighter, Jennifer Nettles or Dwight Yoakams?

  88. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    Is there any doubt that Sugarland should’ve won that award?

  89. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    OK, at this point, would anyone like to argue with me on my “Sugarland deserves move nominations” thread?

  90. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    I like Jennifer Nettles’ pants much better.

  91. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Dwight: “iconically” vs. “iconoclastically.” There’s an important distinction.

  92. Baron Lane
    November 7, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    Are you people insane? The Spurs are playing the Heat and your watching this shizzat?

  93. Brady Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Baron, the season just started and the Heat suck, although they did good by getting rid of Antoine Walker.

  94. Heidi
    November 7, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Pants? Joe Don!

  95. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    They should have aired the Spurs and Rockets last night, even though the Spurs lost. Heat suck hardcore.

  96. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Brady, close that tag brother.

  97. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    RE Jennifer’s pants: you know, I think her choice of outfit shows how classy and down to earth she is–and that she doesn’t need to wear a Disney dress, or seven million dollars worth of jewelry, to look beautiful.

  98. Baron Lane
    November 7, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    Just joshing…I’m flipping back and forth and will rag on the CMA later since I’m recording it..good game so far.

  99. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    I can’t believe LeAnn Rimes won the Horizon 10 years ago. I vividly remember watching that show.

  100. Krista
    November 7, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    I hope Kenny Chesney is last so I don’t have to sit thru him in order to see Josh Turner.

  101. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Just wait. Next year they’re going to add a little bouncing ball to go with the lyrics on those video screens.

  102. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    UH oh…the crowd caught the “Standing O” bug.

  103. Joyce
    November 7, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    Kathyp, I am indeed.

  104. Baron Lane
    November 7, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    Hey Bon Jovi…oh it’s Urban….

  105. Brady Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    It looks like they’re playing that Hollywood Squares game in the background.

  106. Baron Lane
    November 7, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    Carrie Underwood “Country musIc..is like AWESOME!”

  107. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    Jason Aldean is such a tool.

  108. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Yes, Jason Aldean, that’s charming when you stick your tongue out at the camera.

  109. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Are Kellie Pickler, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood all at the show with their mothers? I live in Nashville and don’t think the guys are that screwed up.

  110. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    And I haven’t predicted a single ‘on camera’ award right, yet.

  111. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Taylor gets the award for best one-liner of the night.

  112. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    That’s a major coup for Big Machine.

  113. Baron Lane
    November 7, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    Kenny’s next…time to see a man about a horse…

  114. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    And I thought that Taylor’s comment was more pathetic than funny. I’m not sure whether or not she was joking.

  115. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    I just realized that it probably wasn’t Kellie Picker’s mom…she has a song about that…so who are the old ladies?

  116. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    I really don’t think she was joking about winning the CMA Horizon Award being the highlight of her senior year.

  117. Brady Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Didn’t she just start her senior year?

  118. Heidi
    November 7, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    I liked Taylor’s comment. Her Dad sure laughed hard (assuming that’s who he was)

  119. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    I mean that I don’t think that she was poking fun at herself.

  120. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    I am pretty sure that winning the CMA Horizon Award will top anything senior year might hold. Getting drunk after prom or winning a major industry, once in a lifetime, award? Hmmm…..

  121. Baron Lane
    November 7, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Taylor Swift goes to school?

  122. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    Leann sure has a beautiful voice. And that Reba chick ain’t chopped liver either.

  123. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    No no no, “Boondocks” is not a “classic.”

  124. Joyce
    November 7, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    Leann has grown into a very classy lady.

  125. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    Yes, guys, let’s sing your first breakthrough single–that was not released in this awards period. Brilliant!

  126. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Hey guys, Stardust called. They want their costumes back.

  127. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Jim, I doubt that it was their call. I think the CMA realizes that the show is often dominated by debuts the no one recognizes so they wrangle one B-list act into performing a familiar hit.

  128. Baron Lane
    November 7, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    come on Miranda! Arrrrggggghhhhh!

  129. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    Carrie forgot to thank Romo.

  130. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    Well. Late addition. Kudos.

  131. Baron Lane
    November 7, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    missing a great game kids..

  132. Brady Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    I think you mean Chace Crawford, Brody. Ali knows these things.

  133. Brady Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    So who’s anticipating Walk Hard when it comes out in the theater?

  134. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    The beach must have been too cold for Chesney today.

  135. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    Those are old man pants.

  136. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    It’s Matt’s favorite song! Kenny sounds better than usual tonight.

  137. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    Kenny would have been the last one I expected to buck the tight pants trend tonight.

  138. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    Hey, who invited a country singer to the awards show?

  139. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    A lot of creativity went into the videoboard displays tonight. Josh’s backdrop looks like something from a 1970s four-color minor league baseball scoreboard. That or the neon sign for a Wild West gift shop.

  140. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    Sara Evans is the only one sympathetic to traditional country music.

  141. Krista
    November 7, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    Josh was mighty dreamy tonight…..

  142. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    Oh my God, did Kellie just admire her boobs when she sang, “the woman your little girl has grown up to be?”

  143. Joyce
    November 7, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    Eek. Somebody get the spotlight back on Kellie’s face!

  144. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    Kellie is really growing as a performer. I remember watching her perform this song when she returned to Idol, and she looked nervous, stiff, and sounded as bad. This isn’t a killer performance, but it is personable, and she sounds as good or better than the record.

  145. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    But wow, way to push through it, girl. That was a moment right there.

  146. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    Well played, Matt. Kickin’ our butts again!

  147. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    Is there some kind of mandate that says you’re not supposed to smile when the cameras are on you?

  148. Joyce
    November 7, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    How did you read my mind, Brody?

  149. Krista
    November 7, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    No Gary Allan?

  150. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    Has the CMA lost all sense of identity? Ray Charles made one great country album. He was not one of the best country singers of all time.

  151. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    It’s a gift, from being a twin. We have that ESP thing ;)

  152. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    Wait, since when was Jamie Foxx invited to the show?!?!

  153. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    They’re completely bastardizing country music.

  154. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    God, this sucks.

  155. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Girl pants and man hugs? The Eagles? Jamie Foxx? are we watching VH1?

  156. James
    November 7, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    I like commercial country music…but that was god awful.
    I miss Tim and Faith from the line-up tonight.

  157. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    Haha, my predictions were pathetic. I think I got like three right, total.

  158. Krista
    November 7, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    I have ceased watching the show. Thanks for the play by play, I think…..
    Jaime Foxx thinks quite highly of himself. One Oscar does not make you:
    A. An great actor (see Cuba Gooding Jr)
    B. The reincarnation of Ray Charles… how long is he going to ride that?

  159. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    You got 5.

  160. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    Good job Matt. I was too risky going against Carrie.

  161. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    “Country Music’s Biggest Night” turns out to be “Country Music’s Most Forgettable Night.”

    I second the good job, Matt. That’s two in a row, we’ll be gunning for you next time ;)

  162. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    Two words:
    SUGAR. LAND.

  163. Brody Vercher
    November 7, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    Also, good job on the live blogging, Brady.

  164. Matt C
    November 7, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    They’re doing interviews on the Nashville affiliate right now and I didn’t realize that this is Tracy Lawrence’s first CMA Award. He’s tearing up.

  165. Jim Malec
    November 7, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    I think it’s incredible that Lawrence won considering the fact that his label tried to yank the collaboration.

  166. Onry and Mean
    November 7, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    Wow, Rascal Flatts tonight made Kenny Chesney sound like (insert legendary vocalist here):_____________ (Sinatra, Pavaroti, etc.)

  167. Chris N.
    November 7, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    Taylor is indeed a senior. Not that I’m keeping track!

  168. Dave S
    November 7, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    You should have went with Sugarland, Jim. Sugarland winning that award was the night’s greatest moment. Jennifer’s reaction was classic; I was really happy for them.

    The other highlight of the night was the overwhelming haughtiness and apathy that came from Underwood. I have never seen someone force a smile so pathetically. You would think she’d be more than thrilled to be there after all she has been given. Evidently, she was wearing concrete boots during her performance. I watched CMT’s red carpet special and she was cold as can be to Lance Smith; I felt sorry for the guy. Shame on her.

    Did anyone catch Sara Evans’ comment while introducing Alison Krauss? Something about “doing it the old fashioned way”? Did she really say “earning it”? Let’s hope Underwood took the hint.

  169. Lanibug
    November 8, 2007 at 7:26 am

    Had to laugh, was not able to read last night during the awards but as I tivo’d the awards so I could fast forward throught the parts I did not want to see…(i.e. Carrie Underwood and commericals) You all are way too funny at your comments.

    Some people did win awards that they deserved….

  170. Andy
    November 8, 2007 at 9:50 am

    Seeing Carrie win was my favorite moment. She’s a true star.

  171. Andy
    November 8, 2007 at 9:52 am

    And why should Carrie “take a hint?” No one is forcing them to give her these awards. Clearly, some people think she’s deserving.

  172. Chris N.
    November 8, 2007 at 11:38 am

    “Let’s hope Underwood took the hint.”

    What would that entail? Should she start singing in honky-tonks now instead of arenas?

  173. Hollerin Ben
    November 8, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    actually, if Carrie Underwood started playing real country sets in Honky Tonks alongside her arena gigs, I think that I, for one, would gain much more respect for her as a country artist.

  174. Jim Malec
    November 8, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    And she might learn a thing or two about performing. I have to say that Pickler, silly as she may be, is showing more progression in that area than Underwood.

  175. Matt C.
    November 9, 2007 at 1:33 am

    Carrie Underwood has made great strides as a performer. I saw her in the summer of 2006 and she was absolutely horrible, no stage presence whatsoever. She still isn’t among the genre’s best entertainers, but she’s improved significantly and can now at least put on a show that justifies the ticket price and is commensurate with her album sales and chart accomplishments. I haven’t seen Pickler outside of television performances so I can’t comment, though I doubt that she is must better than Underwood.

  176. Lanibug
    November 9, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Having only watched them both on TV – Underwood and Pickler, Kellie had a much better stage presence from the start.

  177. Carl
    November 11, 2007 at 12:40 am

    This website and lots of the people commenting on these articles seem to be against Carrie Underwood. It’s nearly ridiculous. I can understand having your own personal likes/dislikes, but lots of the comments made are uncalled for. Carrie did earn all of her successes, and to say otherwise is ridiculous. Also, she looked great last night! Oh and the forced smile comment and saying she was “cold as can be” are not even true. And she certainly isn’t haughty!

  178. Stephen H.
    November 11, 2007 at 3:53 am

    How would Tracy Lawrence’s label try to yank the collaboration when it’s HIS label? Wasn’t that Chesney’s label that tried to kill “Friends”?

  179. Jim Malec
    November 11, 2007 at 9:15 am

    Stephen–you’re right, I misspoke. Thanks for the correction!

  180. Leeann
    November 18, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    I suppose if Pickler didn’t cry every single time she sang that song, I would be more moved by the performance of it. In just about every review or article I have read about her performance of the song, there is a mention of her choking up or crying in it. I understand that these are deep emotions that she’s feeling, but I doubt that it is sincere that she cries each and everytime she sings the song. Perhaps I’m being too cynical..

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