2010 American Country Awards Live Blog
Exactly no one has been clamoring for another country music award show, but here we are with the very first American Country Awards: two hours of fan-voted awardapalooza. According to the ACA website, the show is going to encompass “the entire spectrum of country music.” Oh, and by “entire spectrum,” they seem to mean “the stuff that’s on the radio.”
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll marvel at Reba’s one-woman gun show, and we’ll be right here with you as we learn who’s currently got the largest–or the craziest–fan base in country music. Well, unless we switch over to Monday Night Football for a while, in which case we’ll be right with you in spirit. It’s hard to eat wings and live blog, after all.
6:49 – Juli: Almost showtime, folks.
6:54 – Karlie: What’s this show called again? I have a feeling I’ll type the wrong acronym approximately fifty-leven times tonight. Regardless, it’s good to be live bloggin’ again with my buddy Juli.
6:56 – Juli: In case there are any Washington DC peeps out there, Lori McKenna left her beloved Collins guitar in a taxi following a performance at the Library of Congress on Saturday. I’ll update with the serial number, model number, etc. when I get it, but if y’all could keep an eye out, that’d be fab.
6:58 – Karlie: I’ll be honest, I’m interested in Alan Jackson’s performance – wonder if he’ll be doing his latest single “Ring of Fire”?
7:00 – Juli: Oh, a Lady Gaga meat outfit joke.
7:00 – Karlie: Badonkadonk joke #1 by host Trace Adkins. I’ll be keeping a running tally.
7:03 – Juli: Trace Adkins is talking a little bit like Boomhauer here. Dangolawardshow, man.
7:03 – Karlie: Blake Shelton – named Male Vocalist by “some other awards show” according to Adkins – kicks things off with a very Blake Shelton-esque song that namechecks “Country Boys Will Survive” in its opening lines.
7:03 – Juli: Here’s Blake Shelton singing “Kiss My Country Ass.” while Miranda sings along in the audience.
7:06 – Juli: Are all country shows using that same faux-rugged font now?
7:06 – Karlie: Why do I get the feeling this show is run by someone who hates country music?
7:07 – Karlie: The bobblehead artist animation is kind of freaking me out. Even more so than Bret Michaels.
7:07 – Juli: Oh, Lawdy, it’s Bret Michaels presenting Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Nominees are The Band Perry, Jaron and The Long Road to Love, Jerrod Neimann, Danny Gokey, and Easton Corbin.
7:09 – Juli: Winner: Easton Corbin. I’m okay with this.
7:08 – Karlie: And Easton Corbin, FTW! I can dig this. Never seen someone accept the award with a performance, though…
7:09 – Juli: Karlie, he’s a little more country than acceptance speeches.
7:09 – Karlie: Juli: Jinx.
7:10 – Karlie: What I wouldn’t give for him to add in: “I’m a little more country than half the people here.”
7:11 – Juli: They probably promised the crowd a free buffet if they’d just sit through two hours of awards.
7:12 – Karlie: We made it to the first commercials, folks! Any telling observations so far?
7:13 – Juli: Hey, some good music! Oh, it’s The Beatles singing on an iTunes commercial.
7:16 – Juli: Another lame joke, this time with Trace and some busty “TSA” gals patting him down. Not a bad job to have.
7:16 – Karlie: Are we sure this isn’t the ECA’s? Easton Corbin is getting lots’o’lovin’.
7:17 – Juli: Wait, so Easton Corbin also won Breakthrough Single and Breakthrough Video? That’s a lot of breaking through.
7:18 – Karlie: From Miss Leslie, in the comments:
This live blog is at the top of a Google search for “American Country Awards” btw -
7:18 – Juli: Here’s Lady Antebellum honoring Rascal Flatts with a Country Group of the Decade award. I hope the prize is a lifetime supply of hair gel and man necklaces.
7:19 – Karlie: According to Hilary Scott, Rascal Flatt’s story is just beginning. Aren’t we at least on chapter 13?
7:19 – Juli: They’re singing “These Days,” one of the trio’s better singles.
7:20 – Juli: Oh no no no. It’s a medley. Onto “Bless the Broken Road.”
7:20 – Karlie: A Rascal Flatts medley is probably either your idea of heaven or your idea of hell.
7:22 – Juli: Gary TheVoice strings out some notes and the easily impressed audience just about pees their pants. 20 minutes down, 100 more to go.
7:22 – Karlie: Juli – RF just echoed your no no no! Maybe they’re feeding our live blog into their ear pieces…
7:25 – Karlie: In the comments, Gerry asked:
Why was Easton Corbin shouting?
They told him to be a little more louder than that.
7:26 – Karlie: Did Danny Gokey join Rascal Flatts?
7:27 – Juli: Winners get a pretty sweet Fender Strat. That’s kinda cool.
7:32 – Karlie: Oh look, it’s Carrot Top in a cowboy hat. If this were Twitter, I’d follow this with #thingsIneverthoughtI’dtype.
7:33 – Juli: The Band Perry sounds pretty decent singing “If I Die Young.”
7:34 – Juli: The audience is going to have some pretty tired arms from waving glowsticks for every song.
7:34 – Karlie: The Band Perry came straight from its Renaissance Festival gig. Also, I think this is a great song.
7:35 – Karlie: You can tell this awards show is meant to skew younger – at the last show, The Band Perry was only allowed to sing a snippet of this song.
7:37 – Juli: Plus, Karlie, it’s only two hours long. Perfect for the ADD set.
7:37 – Juli: I’m guessing the budget for this show is about $29.
7:38 – Karlie: Uh oh, I believe the live show is experiencing a few technical difficulties. I hate we missed the entire ventriloquism skit using a Bubba dummy with a terrifying belly button.
7:40 – Juli: This winter, give the gift of Twilight? Sorry, commercial. I’d like the gift of no Twilight.
7:41 – Karlie: Oh that’s right, Trace Adkins is hosting this show.
7:43 – Karlie: And single of the year by a male artist goes to Josh Turner.
7:44 – Juli: I like “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” though I find most of Josh’s albums so-so. He sounds wonderful here.
7:44 – Karlie: Hey, for a seemingly sketchy new awards show, I’m impressed with the picks so far. Also, Josh and Easton have a similar look goin’ on.
7:45 – Juli: What’s up with the dancers on the side of the stage? They’re…not good.
7:46 – Karlie: They actually asked Juli and I to be the dancers in Josh’s set, but we politely declined. Looks like they had a hard time finding replacements.
7:47 – Juli: It’s too bad, because Karlie does a mean shopping cart.
7:51 – Karlie: Josh Turner thanks country radio for “playing the crap out of this song.”
7:52 – Karlie: Criss Angel presents the Video Visionary Award. And I thought it couldn’t get creepier than Bret Michaels.
7:54 – Juli: Toby Keith as Visionary. Huh.
7:55 – Karlie: Aw, I miss Toby Keith with the mullet. His Mullet Music was so much better.
7:55 – Juli: Truer words have never been spoken, Karlie. Now Toby’s singing “The Road Goes–no, wait–Bullets in the Gun.”
7:56 – Juli: Toby’s wearing a bandanna under his cowboy hat. I feel like that’s overkill. How much head-wear does one person need?
7:59 – Karlie: In the comments, Saving Country Music said:
I’ve seen more underarms tonight than a Speed Stick.
8:02 – Karlie: Coming up: Alan Jackson, Reba, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.
8:02 – Juli: Hey, we’re at the halfway point. All future awards shows should be two hours!
8:05 – Juli: Reba’s onstage and she’s sleeveless. Tickets to the gun show, anybody?
8:06 – Karlie: Say what you will about the song – Reba is looking hot.
8:07 – Karlie: Are there any other country songs that mention Twitter?
8:08 – Juli: Not unless that’s a new nickname for Conway, Miss Karlie.
8:09 – Juli: Oh man, it’s that dude with the ventriloquist dummy. And dangit, the microphone works this time.
8:11 – Karlie: Oh, dear. Uncle Kracker is performing.
8:12 – Juli: Uncle Kracker sounds awful.
8:13 – Juli: Hahaha, they just cut Kracker off. Commercials!
8:12 – Karlie: Kracker has seen a lot of country air time lately – but how’s he going to spin this single? “Drat, it’s good to be me”?
8:17 – Juli: Rodney Carrington is dressed like one of the Three Amigos. Ha. Ha.
8:18 – Karlie: Keith Urban performs “Put You in a Song.”
8:18 – Juli: Keith Urban’s singing to us straight from Dallas. Let’s be honest, anything would be better than Rodney Carrington with a fake ‘stache.
8:19 – Karlie: Keith sings “I love the way your hair shimmers in the sunlight” as his own hair shimmers in the moonlight. How cute.
8:20 – Juli: I’m not wild about this song, but Keith sounds good here.
8:21 – Juli: Okay, the half-second shot of the toddler in the giant cowboy hat has been the best part of the broadcast.
8:22 – Juli: Jerrod Neimann and Laura Bell Bundy introducing Steel Magnolia, singing “Keep On Loving You.”
8:22 – Karlie: For a split second, I thought we were about to watch Joey + Rory. No such luck. Instead, some kind of odd take on Grease.
8:23 – Juli: Not even Danny Zuko wore trousers that tight.
8:24 – Juli: I love how they keep cutting the not-so-good performances short.
8:26 – Karlie: Miss Leslie asks:
Anyone else think it’s weird to cut off a live performance to a commercial?
Not sure I’ve ever seen that done before.
8:28 – Juli: Duh, they’ve got to leave enough time for the hillbilly ventriloquist dummy. We can’t fill a country awards show with music!
8:29 – Karlie: Alan Jackson is up next, after a really awkward introduction.
8:29 – Juli: This gal is really excited about introducing Alan Jackson. But who wouldn’t be?
8:29 – Karlie: OH EM GEE. “Wanted.” Love that song.
8:30 – Juli: Lady Antebellum looks confused. What is that…how you say…pedal steel?
8:30 – Karlie: Oops – I think Carrie Underwood was trying to sing along to the second song in Jackson’s medley, “Chasing That Neon Rainbow,” and didn’t know the words.
8:31 – Juli: Not even Alan Jackson can make a greatest hits medley sound good.
8:32 – Juli: Gary LeVox doesn’t know the words to “Drive,” one of the best singles of the past decade. I try not to judge people, but that’s just asking for it.
8:32 – Karlie: Love hearing these songs, but I agree – the stop and start medley is sort of clunky.
8:34 – Juli: I wish Alan would play my favorite song, “There Goes,” but it’s probably too old for this show.
8:35 – Juli: That transition from “Chattahoochee” to “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” was super awkward.
8:37 – Karlie: Alan Jackson is three feet taller than his microphone.
8:37 – Juli: Slow clapping from one of the Perry boys. Understandable. He wasn’t even born when the events of September 11 happened.
8:38 – Karlie: For those who read this live blog tomorrow: Yes, artists perform their songs and then step up to the microphone for their acceptance speeches. And yes, it’s odd.
8:39 – Juli: This is the most anticlimactic awards show ever, as Trace introduces his and Blake Shelton’s win for “Hillbilly Bone.”
8:40 – Karlie: I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess Trace will not have repeat hosting duties next year.
8:44 – Karlie: 15 minutes left, folks!
8:44 – Juli: Hey, it’s Lee Ann Womack! Please come out with a new record right now.
8:45 – Karlie: Lee Ann Womack should have performed with Alan Jackson, in between his awkward pauses.
8:45 – Juli: Oh, Lee Ann is presenting the Group of the Year award. She couldn’t at least sing the list of nominees?
8:46 – Juli: Winner: Lady Antebellum.
8:46 – Karlie: Devin said:
Group, Female, and Male artist of the year still to go. And likely 3 more performances. No way they finish by 10. Talk about crappy show pacing.
Yep, this should be interesting.
8:48 – Juli: You’re a pretty thang in those earrings, Jason Aldean.
8:48 – Karlie: Putting Aldean on mute and listening to Jackson’s “Wanted” all the way through on YouTube.
8:48 – Juli: A while back I was listening to my local station’s noon request hour, and a guy wanted to request a song for his dad’s birthday. The song? Luke Bryan’s “Do I.” Yeah. I had to share that with somebody in order to move past my trauma.
8:51 – Karlie: Juli, that is absolutely terrifying. More so than that performance.
8:54 – Karlie: Jenna said:
Unless you’re talking about Jr., has anyone ever listened to Hank Williams at a party?? Seriously? Just sayin’.
8:55 – Karlie: And Artist of the Year goes to…
8:55 – Juli: Did Reba just ask what it takes to secede in country music? Ask Stonewall Jackson. (…sorry. I had to. Because I’m a geek.)
8:56 – Juli: Nobody stole Carrie’s happy tonight. Bonus: she looks great.
8:57 – Juli: Trace sings as “funny” credits roll. Thanks for joining me and my wonderful live blog buddy Karlie, everyone! It’s been fun.
8:57 – Karlie: Always a pleasure, Juli. It wasn’t quite as painful as expected – thanks mostly to all of y’all.
9:00 – Juli: And one final shot of meat chaps. That about sums it up here.
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