2010 ACM Award Winners; Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, & Brad Paisley Set New Marks

Brody Vercher | April 19th, 2010

  • With her win at last night’s ACM Awards, Carrie Underwood became the first woman to win entertainer of the year twice. Other notable facts from the ACM Awards website: Brad Paisley is the only artist to win three or more consecutive honors in the top male vocalist of the year category (last night was his fourth consecutive win), Brooks & Dunn hold the most ACM trophies (27), and Miranda Lambert is the first solo female artist to ever win two album of the year awards.
  • Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of three boys slain in 1993, was ordered to pay Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines‘ legals costs in a defamation lawsuit he filed against the band.
  • On Valentine’s Day 2009 Robert Earl Keen graced Mountain Stage with a performance in his red long john underwear. The audio for that show is now online.
  • Country California: Quotable Country – 04/19/10 Edition

    I learned that Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott listens to Justin Bieber’s music to get pumped before shows. [...] And that Eric Church brings real wine glasses with him on tour so he doesn’t have to drink wine out of paper or plastic cups.
    -– Alison Bonaguro on things learned from the latest issue of People Country. You know, I think Hillary Scott might have gotten off cleaner in this round. What kind of an outlaw insists on real wine glasses?

  • DFW.com’s Preston Jones reported that Patty Griffin‘s performance at House of Blues on Friday night was spiritual in every sense of the word, even moving many in the crowd to tears with the song “Coming Home to Me.”
  • Ray Benson is set to host a new half-hour TV show in Austin titled Texas Music Scene. The first episode airs on April 24 and features Kevin Fowler, Aaron Watson, and Ray Wylie Hubbard.
  • Garth Brooks visited the White House last week to exchange Grammy Awards with the president.
  • Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn shared a few noteworthy memories from their career.
  • Austin Music Source’s Pete Mongillo recapped Saturday’s events at Old Settler’s Music Festival.
  • New videos from CMT:
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  • The full list of winners for the 2010 ACM Awards are:
    • ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
      Carrie Underwood
    • TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
      Brad Paisley
    • TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
      Miranda Lambert
    • TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
      Lady Antebellum
    • TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
      Brooks & Dunn
    • TOP NEW SOLO VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
      Luke Bryan
    • TOP NEW VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
      Joey + Rory
    • TOP NEW VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
      Gloriana
    • TOP NEW ARTIST
      Luke Bryan
    • ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)]
      Revolution – Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville)
      Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke
    • SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)]
      Need You Now – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)
      Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley
    • SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
      Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
      Composers: Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott
      Publishers: EMI Foray Music (SESAC), Darth Buddha (ASCAP), Dwhaywood Music (BMI), Hillary Dawn Publishing (SESAC), Radiobullets Publishing (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Year Of The Dog Music (ASCAP)
    • VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] (Off Camera Award)
      White Liar – Miranda Lambert
      Producer: Tameron Hedge
      Director: Chris Hicky
    • VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/ Record Company(s)] (Off Camera Award)
      Hillbilly Bone – Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins (Reprise Records / Warner Music Nashville)
      Producer: Scott Hendricks
    • TRIPLE CROWN AWARD WINNER
      Carrie Underwood
    • THE HOME DEPOT HUMANITARIAN AWARD
      Montgomery Gentry
  • That Nashville Sound doled out its own pseudo awards for last night’s ceremony, including: The Biggest Over-Use Of Abs, The Holy Moly They Got It Right Award, and The Awkward High Five Of The Night Award.
  1. numberonecountryfan
    April 19, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I was glad to see Carrie Underwood and Brooks & Dunn win their awards. Reba McEntire, as always was a great hostess!

  2. Jo Jo
    April 19, 2010 at 11:35 am

    So happy to see Carrie win Entertainer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO CARRIE!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Sam G.
    April 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Congratulations to the Carrie Underwood Fan Club for winning Entertainer of the Year.

  4. Adam
    April 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Fan voted awards are a joke. I’m happy for Miranda! Now bring your “Pink Guitars” to Maryland!

  5. Dan E
    April 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    This was a very entertaining awards show. There were a lot of great winners. Reba was a teriffic host. Carrie Underwood making history in this particular awards show was wonderful to see as well. Her performance of “Temporary Home” and her acceptance speeches were top notch.

  6. Michelle
    April 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Congrats to Miranda for winning Top Female Vocalist Of The Year, Album Of The Year, and Video Of The Year! Keep ‘em comin’ girl. You deserved and earned them! Happy for Blake feat. Trace/Vocal Event Of The Year and B&D for Top Vocal Duo Of The Year!

  7. Gloria
    April 19, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Brad Paisley is almost as bad as Taylor Swift when it comes to silly antics. His performance was off last night as always, but yet he still keeps winning male vocalist. Why don’t you guys like Keith Urban? He sings live better!

  8. Noeller
    April 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    All I’m going to say is, if Zac Brown looked like Charles Kelly, ZBB would be a lot more popular in the mainstream.

    Sigh.

  9. Guy
    April 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Brad Paisley has quite a history of off-key singing live at awards shows. Really like his stuff, but he’s not putting what he needs in his ear monitors in these situations — or he doesn’t get to “warm up” at all.

  10. Rick
    April 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Since mainstream Top 40 AirHead Country radio is stuck in a deep rut of mediocrity, it is no surprise that awards shows celebrating that realm would be as well. The “awards records” are as meaningless as the music the recipients dispense. Just frickin’ pathetic. Well, except for Joey + Rory scoring a fan voted award that may gain them some new album sales, which is always appreciated.

    Patty Griffin is able to cast a spell over those same types of misguided souls that worship Odumbo as their political saviour! Both of them personally scare the sh*t out of me….

    Its amazing that Whintney Duncan’s label hasn’t pulled the plug yet! Maybe she’ll get the Sarah Buxton treatment and will be let go right after her full album is finally released. Hmm…

    Where did the “Old Settlers” music festival derive that name from? Is it the name of a sponsoring brand of local hooch or something? I’d expect old time “Little House on the Prairie” folk style music, not those Americana acts. Although not a Red Dirt festival per se, it indeed became a red mud event!

    I wonder if that Austin music TV show will be archived? It would be something I’d like to check out. Oh well.

  11. Jack
    April 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    My favorite performance was by Laura Bell Bundy, she really did a good job. I agree that fan voted awards are essentially meaningless, but I’m not so sure how seriously the professional ACM voters take their votes either.

  12. Vicki
    April 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    1. Why did Kenny lipsync?
    2. YAY for Miranda!!!
    3. YAY for Luc!
    4. YAY for Lady A!
    5. YAY Taylor sounded much, much improved last night. Perhaps all that touring and boned up her chops?
    6. Congrats to Carrie but why didn’t Taylor want it? Her WORLD WIDE fans could have easily outvoted Carries?
    Nice performances last night..the best was Mirandas and Toby Keith did a real nice job too. Jack Ingram/Dierks gets kudos too.

  13. Vicki
    April 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    oops Has boned up her chops!

  14. Rick
    April 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Rick’s Random Tidbits!

    This was quite a weekend for “Contemporary Country” music here in Los Angeles! We had Taylor Swift in concert inviting her friend Katy Perry on stage, and Lady Antebellum inviting Josh Groban on stage as well. Alan Jackson’s presence to get his star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame was the only thing to put a “real country” damper on the otherwise pop-rockin’ Top 40 country festivities. Oh well….

  15. Deb
    April 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    It did look like Kenny was lipsyncing but in his 3D movie it’s like that and I think he was trying to give his preformace a 3D effect.

    I also thought Trace and Blake looked the same way. So who knows!

  16. Erica
    April 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Taylor Swift should have won Entertainer of the Year. End of story. Carrie is talented, but she won last year, let someone else have the spotlight for a chance. Awards shows are so over-rated.

  17. Judy
    April 19, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Shouldn’t there be an * besides Carrie’s name since the rules have changed in voting for Entertainer of the Year.

  18. Stormy
    April 19, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Also because we couldn’t actually vote for a lot of people.

  19. Stormy
    April 19, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Erica: Life isn’t grade school–everyone doesn’t get a ribbon at the track and field day.

  20. K
    April 19, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Taylor Swift should have won Entertainer of the Year. End of story. Carrie is talented, but she won last year, let someone else have the spotlight for a chance. Awards shows are so over-rated.

    That statement seems incredibly ironic coming from a Swift fan. She won every award possible last year. If the statement “let someone else have the spotlight” rings true for anyone, it’s not her.

    Carrie is very deserving of this award. She’s a great vocalist and performer. Taylor isn’t a vocalist, and it’s almost awakward to constantly watch her “perform” by flipping her hair and ripping off a dress for the hundreth time. Swift fans weren’t saying award shows were “so overrated” when Swift was winning buckloads last year. I hope this signifies the end of her regin, she should just move to pop music already.

  21. Nicolas
    April 19, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    So glad that Miranda Lambert won Album of the Year, and I was totally shocked that she won Female Vocalist – about time! <3

  22. Michelle
    April 19, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I agree, Nicholas, and don’t forget Video Of The Year!

  23. Nicolas
    April 19, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    That one didn’t surprise me at all, I knew she would win that one! Such an amazing video =)

  24. Michelle
    April 19, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Sorry, but I’m just so happy and proud for her! I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.LOL!

  25. Nicolas
    April 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Me too =) She definitely deserves the regonition now, because she’s gotten better and better over the last 5 years

  26. Joann Emery
    April 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I don’t know what the Award committee if looking at. Keith Urban is always overlooked at country award shows since he married Nicole, why? He wins on other award shows. Brad doesn’t even compare. Keith has the most entertaining concerts I’ve ever attended. not impressed with Brad’s

  27. richard
    April 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    This was best awards show ever! I’m so happy for Miranda, Blake, Luke, Lady A, and Carrie. I’m happy to see Miranda Lambert getting recognized. I was really hoping Revolution would win album because it’s so incredible. It was a great awards show and I loved the performance of The House That Built Me!

  28. richard
    April 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I am so glad the vocal duo award went to Brooks & Dunn since it’s their last year. I don’t see why Taylor fans are getting so upset because she already has so many awards I can’t even count that high. I voted for Toby Keith for entertainer because even though I new he wouldn’t win, I’ve liked his music for 15 years. And Luke Bryan was my only choice for new artist!

  29. Michelle
    April 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    It took ya long enough, Richard. I thought you had turned your back on Miranda or something!LOL!

  30. Jody
    April 20, 2010 at 12:21 am

    So happy for Miranda much deserved. I’m also happy for Luke Bryan, Lady A, and I think that George should have won EOY but thats just my opinion.

  31. Vicki
    April 20, 2010 at 6:10 am

    I think the only one shocked that Miranda got Female Vocalist was Miranda. I saw more than a few country site predictions saying this was her year. Even Carrie, came over, hugged her and said, It’s about time..or something to that effect. So Proud of Miranda! Check out Miranda’s backstage interview on GAC after the show: http://www.gactv.com/acms

  32. GalPal
    April 20, 2010 at 6:31 am

    “Taylor sounded much, much improved last night. Perhaps all that touring and boned up her chops?
    Congrats to Carrie but why didn’t Taylor want it? Her WORLD WIDE fans could have easily outvoted Carries? Taylor Swift should have won Entertainer of the Year. End of story. Carrie is talented, but she won last year, let someone else have the spotlight for a chance. Awards shows are so over-rated” I laughed really hard. Taylor’s performance was bad and her lack of a standing ovation proved it. I think I counted 3 to include Faith Hill. Her band and the choir made sure she couldn’t be heard. Thank goodness! She may be able to write, but she cannot sing and it doesn’t matter how many tweens come out to defend her-it still doesn’t change anything. It’s really strange because had it been Taylor winning and someone like these bloggers had said that about Carrie, you would have been all over them. Grow up and turn on your hearing devices. She can’t sing-enough said

  33. Paul W Dennis
    April 20, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I would gladly see the Entertainer of the Year award done away with since it is rarely, if ever, given to the best entertainers. The biggest stars know their shows will sell out, almost regardless of the quality of their live show, so many of them “mail it in” on occasion (I’ve seen Kenny Rogers and Faith Hill/Tim McGraw going through the motions). Other than Marty Robbins and Merle Haggard, I cannot think of a really high profile country artist that always put out maximum effort at all times (I’ve not seen Garth Brooks live – he may be the exception)

    Lesser knowns and has-beens often put on the best shows, working hard at their craft as they cannot assume that the marquis value of their name alone will automatically generate sell-out crowds

  34. Dan E
    April 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Paul: Well, the Entertainer of the Year is the biggest award of the show. Don’t expect it to be done away with anytime soon. Two years in a row for Carrie – history in the making. She’ll no doubt have another entertaining year ahead of her and should be in the running for a third time in a row as well.

  35. Razor X
    April 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    A fan-voted Entertainer of the Year award is totally meaningless.

  36. Dan E
    April 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    No.

  37. TexasVet
    April 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    A fan-voted Entertainer of the Year award is totally meaningless.

    Unless your favorite artist wins…right razor?

  38. Vicki
    April 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Galpal: “Tweens”? I’m 51 and a member of the Carrie Underwood fanclub. I usually sounded like you when it came to Taylor and singing. But I have to give her credit for sounding much much better than I’ve ever heard her before.

    I agree about the fan voted Entertainer of the year. but was this all fan voted or 50% of it ACM voted? Taylor could have won this and should have just all her world wide tour, television, awards, over whelming record sales. And she would have won, if all her fans had voted. Also, if this were the CMA’s for they seem to vote more sales than the ACM’s do. I applaud the ACM’s for voting more substance.

  39. K
    April 20, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    “A fan-voted Entertainer of the Year award is totally meaningless.”

    I disagree. The fans are the ones who owe all artists their careers. They’re the ones that buy the albums, concert tickets and merchindise, request the songs and keep their careers alive.

    Without fans, artists would have little promotion or popularity. This process seemed fair, considering each person was only allowed to vote twice per voting method.

    Even if the industry decided to take out the fan voting, what good would it do? Often times, they still end up rewarding the same individuals, and it is still largely about money and popularity, not quality. Awards have always been political; the process is no better or worse with fan voting.

    Personally, I was happy to see Carre win. She has proven her talent many times, and she recieved many distinct honors this year, despite the fact that she didn’t tour. I have a feeling a large factor in Carrie winning was all the Grammy backlash Taylor received, and the fact that many people felt she devalued many of the awards she won. The academy probably noticed it, and realized they didn’t want to deal with defending their decision and cleaning up their reputations.

    Keith and Brad rarely win fan voted awards, and ZZB didn’t stand a chance. It boils down to the two women; one created enormous backlash and the academy probably wouldn’t dare reward Taylor so heavilly again, so they wouldn’t have to do damage control. Carrie is extrememly popular, excellent live vocalisrand a less awkward performer than Swift.
    When they have the chance to reward anyone who will not create so much controversy, it is logical they would chose that person. Also, the award IS partially academy and fan voted; it is realy fair to say it’s all a popularity contest? None of the other nominees have really had a great history with awards shows anyway, fan voted or not. Carrie and Taylor have, and they wouldn’t dare lavish Swift with more awards after last year’s results.

  40. Carlie
    April 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Erica: It’s not that Carrie didn’t need one; it’s that she deserved one.

    And FYI (to all), EOTY is 1/2 fan voted, 1/2 industry voted. Maybe the ACM industry decided that Carrie had a big enough year (along with the fan votes) to give her the award. Honestly, I’m not sure what can top 12 #1s, a #1 debut album, and a Superbowl performance. Taylor had a successful tour, just like other country artists; she had the Grammy Awards that made it seem bigger for her.
    Carrie deserved it, and I’m glad she repeated and made history. There’s no stopping the future Queen of Country Music.

  41. Stormy
    April 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Fan voted EOTY awards are merely popularity contests, but I don’t know that this is wrong for something called Entertainer of the Year. It would be something else if the award were for Artist of the Year, but it is not.

  42. Steve Harvey
    April 20, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Other than Marty Robbins and Merle Haggard, I cannot think of a really high profile country artist that always put out maximum effort at all times
    I’ve yet to see Keith Urban put in a live performance that was less than stellar. I wasn’t a fan of his last record, be he managed to make even the blandest of those songs exciting live.

  43. Razor X
    April 20, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    A fan-voted Entertainer of the Year award is totally meaningless.

    Unless your favorite artist wins…right razor?

    Wrong. It’s meaningless regardless of who wins.

  44. Madison
    April 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Hey guys- if you want more info about Kenny Chesney’s movie that comes out tomorrow (4/21), check out this website!

    http://www.hearsomethingcountry.com/bna/kennychesney/greatesthits2/

    -Madison

  45. Stormy
    April 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Kenny Chesney’s movie is missing a big holiday tie in by coming out a day late.

  46. Observer
    April 21, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Right On GALPAL (“Taylor’s performance was bad and her lack of a standing ovation proved it. I
    think I counted 3 to include Faith Hill. Her band and the choir made sure she couldn’t be heard. Thank goodness! She may be able to write, but she cannot sing and it doesn’t matter how many tweens come out to defend her-it still doesn’t change anything.”).

    I watched the entire show paying close attention to all vocalists and their ability to hit the
    right notes. Most vocalists were flawless. NO ONE was as bad as Ms Swift, her live performances
    are consistently awful and have been for years now. 2009 will go down in history as the most embarrassing ever for the Music Awards institutions.

  47. Observer
    April 21, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Right On RICHARD (“This was best awards show ever!”…”I loved the performance of The House That Built Me!”)

    Ms Lambert’s performance of “The House That Built Me” was one of the most emotionally charged and moving performances I’ve ever seen. I loved it, and I’ll never forget it for as long as I live.

  48. Observer
    April 21, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Right On K (“Carrie is very deserving of this award. She’s a great vocalist and performer. Taylor isn’t a vocalist, and it’s almost awkward to constantly watch her “perform” by flipping her hair and ripping off a dress for the hundredth time. Swift fans weren’t saying award shows were “so overrated” when Swift was winning bucket-loads last year. I hope this signifies the end of her reign, she should just move to pop music already.”).
    and
    Carlie (“Carrie deserved it, and I’m glad she repeated and made history.”)

    Ms Underwood is a singer of HISTORIC proportions. I hope we get to see a lot more of her. I feel blessed to be able to witness her live performances by video technology.

  49. Observer
    April 21, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Dear K, I think you and I have a similar outlook on things, but I’m not comfortable with these words “I have a feeling a large factor in Carrie winning was all the Grammy backlash Taylor received…The academy probably noticed it, and realized they didn’t want to deal with defending their decision and cleaning up their reputations….It boils down to the two women; one created enormous backlash and the academy probably wouldn’t dare reward Taylor so heavily again, so they wouldn’t have to do damage control.”
    Because it puts a negative spin on Carrie’s big win and gives the impression of an Academy that was coerced by circumstance into doing something that they really didn’t want to do. Your earlier comment (“Carrie is very deserving of this award. She’s a great vocalist and performer.) was just right.

    My take is that after the 2009 CMA’s, AMA’s, and 2010 Grammys, etc., that many people, including members of the Academy, did some serious soul-searching and re-examined just exactly who’s-who in popular country music today. What they found in Carrie Underwood was a vocal talent so enormous that they wholeheartedly WANTED to give the award to her.

  50. Guy
    April 21, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Is it safe to use the words “Kenny Chesney” and “coming out” in the same sentence?

  51. GalPal
    April 23, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Vicki-your age has nothing to do with it. The girl still sounded bad, however,I do give her credit for writing. She could sing for 5 more years and she still won’t be able to carry a tune. “Giving her credit for sounding better” compared to what? There is no depth or vibrato to her singing-sing speak is all she can do. I am sorry-I disagree.

  52. Franny
    April 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    LOL I can’t believe that someone dared to say that the voters should give “Taylor the spotlight for a change.” lol That made me laugh so hard I spit out my coffee. LMAO Taylor lives in the spotlight every waking moment, and cannot stand to not be in the center of attention.Taylor swept every award this past season, undeservedly, especially the vocalist related awards.

    It was a fine fine day in country music at the ACMS to see the 2 shining beacons of the future of country music take center stage: Miranda and Carrie. They are both super talented, nice, and neither remixes their music to pop like Taylor, who cares more about hanging with Katy Perry then ever playing the Grand Ole opry.

    Taylor should never have received all those awards at the CMAS or Grammys, and what happened at the ACMS reflects that sentiment exactly. Finally, some justice has returned to country music award shows.

    My radio station was so happy the morning after the ACMS, they could barely contain themselves. They went as far as to say that the fiasco of the CMAs and grammys was finally rectified, and the right people won for once. That was a direct diss of Taylor, and she deserved it.

  53. Franny
    April 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I forgot to add that while I like Lady A, I am not happy with their pop remixing. They are copying Taylor and selling out. I hear them on pop radio all the time doing interviews. Isn’t country music enough anymore? Must everyone remix their songs and sell out to pop? UGh. They fell a few notches in my book for sure.

  54. Marlene
    April 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Taylor is not improved in her vocals. She sounded as pitchy and awful as ever at the ACMS. That last note was screaming, not singing…and the first part of her song was awful. Is it really necessary to thrash her hair around and change clothes at every performance? Is that her way of distracting people from the bad vocals? Cuz it didn’t work, sorry honey.

  55. Marlene
    April 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Laura Bell Bundy was horrendous. Her vocals were almost as bad as Taylor’s. How and why did she get a performance slot when I never even heard of her before that night? How unfair was that? Shouldn’t nominees get the performance slots, like Leanne Womak or Little Big Town, etc? what a joke these awards shows can be.

  56. Razor X
    April 27, 2010 at 8:25 am

    It was a fine fine day in country music at the ACMS to see the 2 shining beacons of the future of country music take center stage: Miranda and Carrie. They are both super talented, nice, and neither remixes their music to pop like Taylor, who cares more about hanging with Katy Perry then ever playing the Grand Ole opry.

    What’s the problem with Taylor hanging out with Katy Perry? You don’t actually want to see her on the Opry, do you?

  57. Observer
    May 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Right on Franny, regarding Ms. Swift: “Taylor swept every award this past season, undeservedly, especially the vocalist related awards. It was a fine fine day in country music at the ACMS to see the 2 shining beacons of the future of country music take center stage: Miranda and Carrie. They are both super talented…Taylor should never have received all those awards at the CMAS or Grammys, and what happened at the ACMS reflects that sentiment exactly. Finally, some justice has returned to country music award shows.Taylor is not improved in her vocals. She sounded as pitchy and awful as ever at the ACMS. That last note was screaming, not singing…and the first part of her song was awful. Is it really necessary to thrash her hair around and change clothes at every performance? Is that her way of distracting people from the bad vocals? Cuz it didn’t work, sorry honey.”

    And also Lady A: “I forgot to add that while I like Lady A, I am not happy with their pop remixing. …They fell a few notches in my book for sure.”

    I’ve written at length about this topic in March (http://www.the9513.com/miranda-lambert-wins-artist-song-of-the-year-in-the-9513s-2nd-annual-country-music-awards/#comment-150628) and, because I believe it to be very important for Country Music fans to wake-up and get pissed-off over this practice, will repeat it in a slightly revised version here:

    If any country music fans out there thought that Taylor Swift was going to prove to be some kind of ambassador for country music, bringing country music to a new YOUNGER audience in the North and other parts of the world (England, Australia, Asia, Europe), then think again.
    Pop radio versions of “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me” are SANITIZED.
    By “sanitized”, I don’t mean that dirty words have been removed. No, I mean something much more insidious and insulting to the world of country music: the country-signature instruments of banjo and fiddle are removed from the mix. That’s right; our beloved sounds of banjo and fiddle are treated like dirt and thrown-out with the trash. Meanwhile, the over-driven electric guitars are mixed-in extra loud, and with a multitude of pop/psychedelic effects such as digital delay, reverb, phaser, flanger, wah, etc.
    You may be thinking “what’s the big deal? Everyone remixes their songs for different audiences.” And to that I say: REALLY? Did George Strait, or Garth Brooks, or Patsy Cline ever do such a thing? Remember, I’m talking about SANITIZING the mix: removing all traces of that “hill-billy sound” of banjo and fiddle, not simply placing emphasis on alternate instruments. How about Loretta Lynn or Hank Williams, Dwight Yoakum, Travis Tritt, Tammy Wynette, Pam Tillis? Did Randy Travis, or Clint Black, Alison Krauss? How about Sugarland or Emmylou Harris? Did ANY of these artists ever produce a song with a distinct country sound, only to subsequently sterilize it in order to serve it to the rest of the world?
    I think that the year 2009 will go down in history as the most embarrassing ever for country music, whose fans and awards institutions lavished every conceivable prize on someone who, with a smile and a “Thank You”, simultaneously spit in their faces and gave them the middle finger.
    You could say that “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me” aren’t country songs anyway. And you’d be right, but both, (in their country music radio versions) are saturated with banjo and fiddle to give a distinct country-sounding atmosphere. And as such were sold to country music fans and country music radio as country songs. Just listen to the intro to “Love Story”: it’s all banjos. You’d really have to go out of your way to remix this song to remove all traces of country twang. But that’s exactly what she’s done. It’s as if she said “I’m really embarrassed by that hick-sounding banjo and fiddle and all. And I really want to sell my records to Yankees and Europeans and the like and that hill-billy sound makes them barf. So let’s just get rid of it!” She comes off as a manipulative, conniving, back-stabber. A chameleon that just used the country music fans, country music radio and awards institutions to gain her initial popularity and build up her bank account so that she could then move on to “bigger and better” things.
    What country music deserves is an artist who has the guts and integrity to present his or her music in a consistent manner to the world.

  58. sam (sam)
    May 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I am not sure how it is “insulting to the world of country music” for a performer to include banjos and fiddles in versions of a song aimed at an audience that listens to top 40 country and then to remove those instruments in a versions of the song aimed at other markets.

    And I certainly cannot comprehend how makes Swift come off as “a manipulative, conniving, back-stabber.” Perhaps she “just used the country fans” to get some popularity and then to move on to bigger and better things. But if she did, well, so what? What exactly is wrong with that?

    Observer says she “just used the country music fans, country music radio and awards institutions…so that she could (move to better things.”

    But if she “used” the fans, how did they get hurt in any tangible way? And if she “used” country music radio, lets not forget that country radio “used” her too. I can understand some country stations being frustrated that they no longer have a monopoly on Swift records, which now can be heard on other stations. And if these stations wish to play in the future only artists who have no chance of “crossing over,” by all means let them do that. But I fail to see how Swift has done anything wrong to the radio stations. I do not see how Swift has some sort of obligation to country radio not to go pop merely because country radio has played her songs. As for the awards shows, I don’t understand why receiving an award creates any sort of obligation not to promote oneself to another type of format.

    Even if Swift made some sort of transgression, as a fan, its hard to get worked up about it because so many country singers have done far worse. I’ll save my indignation for those.

    Finally, we’re told:” What country music deserves is an artist who has the guts and integrity to present his or her music in a consistent manner to the world.” I’m not sure that I care about this consistency. But in any case, it might be argued that the artist who modifies her music is the artist who deserves praise for creativity and for exploring different ways to present her music to different audiences.

  59. Leeann Ward
    May 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Is it Groundhog day?

  60. clyde
    May 8, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    taylor swift is the worst vocalist ever! the acms actually respect country.

  61. Observer
    May 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Hooray for Taylor Swift who gave so generously to the flood victims in Nashville. On the one hand she seems to be a lovely young woman. But that does not mean that she is without shortcomings, character flaws and errors in judgment. And when she performs or behaves badly, I’m going to call her on it, unlike some of my fellow blog posters who seem to think that she can do absolutely no wrong.

  62. Observer
    May 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    How about this for what seems to me to be shrewd, conniving and manipulative: Ms Swift titling her first single in 2006 “Tim McGraw”. A shameless gimmick, an obvious cheap ploy to gain the favor of one of the wealthiest, most famous and influential people in all of Nashville. By peppering the lyrics with his name (has anyone ever before done such a thing?) she guaranteed that she would gain the attention of country music industry and especially anyone close to TM himself. That’s a lot of people, and more importantly, a lot of very INFLUENTIAL people when you include his wife and all of their business associates. And although the song clearly was not ABOUT TM, it was entirely complementary to him, essentially putting him and his music on some kind of pedestal. TM and associates no doubt felt obliged to return the favor, though not in the same way. And so they did. Just guess who they brought along as an opening act on their 2007 concert tour? And just in case anyone has any doubts as to the influence this man has in the music industry: the Soul2Soul concert tours of 2006 & 2007 were amongst the highest grossing concert tours in history. I can only imagine the behind-the-scene wheeling and dealing that has gone on by TM and associates on behalf of Ms Swift since 2006.

  63. Jon
    May 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Dude, the point is that your notion of what constitutes “bad behavior” in a musician is, to put it charitably, debatable.

  64. Jon
    May 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    By peppering the lyrics with his name (has anyone ever before done such a thing?)…

    Uh, yes. Well, not with McGraw’s name, but with others’ names, absolutely.

    … she guaranteed that she would gain the attention of country music industry and especially anyone close to TM himself.

    Uh, no she didn’t. If it were that easy, everyone would do it.

  65. Observer
    May 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Congratulations to Joey + Rory at the 45th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, and to the ACM for getting this one right. After all, as good as they may be, Steel Magnolia are NOT COUNTRY. They are BLUES wailers, both of them, but especially her. And I LIKE Blues wailing (when done on an overdriven Stratocaster, not vocally), so I don’t have an anti-Blues agenda here. But for crying out loud, these were Country awards.

  66. Observer
    May 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Has anyone seen the CMT Crossroads video of Taylor Swift and Def Leppard singing “Pour Some Sugar On Me”? Two words for Def Leppard: Very Sleazy. And, two words for Taylor Swift: Very slutty. That’s right, I said it: VERRRY SLUTTY….

  67. Leeann Ward
    May 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    How can a “lovely young lady” be “conniving and manipulative”? I’m certainly not a Taylor Swift apologist, but your comments seem to cross the line from valid criticism to gratuitous attacks, which seem too extreme to take seriously.

  68. Observer
    May 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I say “On the one hand she SEEMS to be a lovely young woman”. Since I don’t really know her, I can only go by what I am presented with. Some people have these seemingly contradictory character traits. She can at one moment be conniving and manipulative, then after achieving a great deal of success with that, at a later date do something (with her newly acquired bounty) that is actually very generous and giving. History is crowded with such people.

  69. karen
    May 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    History is also crowded with bigots and apparently still is!

  70. clyde
    May 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    It was the best awards show ever. And Taylor Swift has the worst vocals. I didn’t know if I was more happy for the winners or Taylor not winning anything. Also Taylor writes songs only about fairy tales and high school love. You got that right! Taylor Swift is very manipulative, it’s interesting to see that so many little girls under 12 and their moms think she is a good role model, and she appeared on Saturday Light Live and gives terrible performances and does that stunt on a stripper pole. I’m so glad she didn’t win any awards. Because of the Kanye West thing last year, the ACM voters didn’t let that influence their decisions, the only reason she won all the awards at the CMA’S & Grammy’s is because Kanye! Kinda makes me wonder if him and Taylor actually planned this, so everyone could fell sorry for her. Taylor Swift music is not for me and not COUNTRY enough for me!

  71. karen
    May 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Yes, Lock the EVIL TAYLOR up and throw away the key…

    GUILTY: OF WANTING TO SELL HER MUSIC TO THE MASSES.. FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD WHO LIKE HER MUSIC.. AND BE DAMNED FOR TAKING THE BANJO AND FIDDLE AND TWANG OUT OF THE SONGS.. B/C THEY’RE NOT USED TO HEARING THAT SOUND…. most were raised on hip hop… and rap.. and rock. They need to be introduced to that sound a little bit at a time to get used to something different. Hey and guess what, it’s working.. they kind of like it.

    You know there are fields and farms up in the north too… wild animals…. woowee!!!! and people like country music up here too… but people up here tend to accept all kinds of music…

  72. clyde
    May 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    No you got that wrong, country people live in country and most people that listen to her live in the city! Keep your city out of my country!

  73. Observer
    May 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Time and time again over the past few years we all sit down in front of our TV’s for an evening of musical entertainment on these special occasions, awards shows like the CMA’s, ACM’s, Grammy’s, etc. And there’s one artist in particular who consistently delivers an embarrassingly inept performance: Taylor Swift.

  74. karen
    May 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    WRONG AGAIN… most people I know that listen to her live in the country up here.. not the city kids… the country kids listen to her… the city kids listen to pop/dance, hip/hop, rap… the country kids up here listen to country music and rock.. I live here, I know! Maybe you’re mistaking it with the burbs.. they tend to listen to modern country like Brad Paisley, kenny chesney is also popular.

  75. Observer
    May 10, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Most of Taylor Swift albums were probably bought by teens and pre-teens who never even heard the “Country” versions of “Love Story” or “You Belong With Me”, etc. The Pop music radio stations that the vast majority of Taylor Swift fans and customers listen to do not play the “Country” versions that we hear on Country Music Radio and TV. They play sanitized, de-countrified versions (“Pop re-mixes”) that have all traces of banjo and fiddle removed.

  76. Observer
    May 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Despite the success of Country Music today, the world is and has been all of my life full of Anti-Country-Music bigots. I always have and continue to listen to many kinds of music. I listen to Country Music Radio everyday, watch Country Music TV every chance I get, and go out of my way to promote Country Music, especially to people who are ambivalent about it or outright against it. Pop re-mixes of supposed Country songs do not promote Country Music in any way: it is simply a conniving and manipulative trick used by some in order to sell more records and obtain more awards. Moreover, it undermines Country Music by pandering to the I-hate-country-twang crowd.

  77. Karen
    May 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I dunno, but the version of love story I have has the banjo in the intro.. I like those instruments, but u maybe correct about the twang. It’s really a matter of getting used to a different sound. I’m sure they do the same thing with soul, and blues, etc to make it more top 40 playable… They want to attract lg volumes of people.

  78. sam (sam)
    May 10, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I don’t have any problem with the remix and I think its probably all to the good that there are a few different versions of the song. People can chose to listen to the version they prefer or to the radio station that tends to play their prefered version. This seems like a good thing to me.

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