2010 American Country Awards Live Blog

Juli Thanki | December 6th, 2010

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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  1. Noeller
    December 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Is it wrong of me to hope that this thing absolutely tanks…?? I mean TANK…so gloriously that it never ever has to happen again.

  2. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Maybe it’ll be a pleasant surprise?

  3. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I imagine it’s gonna be a very patriotic show tonight, minus “respect the office of president” like we would have gotten two and-half years ago.

  4. gaby
    December 6, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I’m not sure why I am actually watching this, so I’m going to need lots of snark to ease it down

  5. Bodee
    December 6, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    At least we get to vote and not all the “country music exec’s”. I just would they would bring some of the greats – rather than the top 20. What happened to great ones like Tanya Tucker – Hank Williams Jr. – I could go on and on. Wynonna .. we need a awards show for all the greats.

  6. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Sorry I’m late, everybody! Congrats, Easton Corbin.

  7. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Actually this has been a revealing show so far. Ricky just told me he recently played a gig and played “A Little More Country Than That”. I think it’s been years since Ricky played a Top 40 Country Song.

    But there’s steel. And fiddle. I’ll go for that -

  8. Code
    December 6, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    trace’s opening thing was just awful, it wasnt funny at al.

  9. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    A second ago I was just thinking how nice it is to watch a country awards show and hear a song that actually sounds country.

    Then I see… “Live Rascal Flatts hits medley! Stay tuned!”

    Of course.

  10. Lee
    December 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Another night of TV shot to hell. Sorry, not a fan. Agree with the “no one has been clamoring for another country music award show” for this remark wholeheartedly.

  11. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Ricky? Skaggs?

  12. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    ‘Fraid I’ll have to agree with Code. Trace’s opening stopped being funny right after they got past the meat chaps joke. Why couldn’t they have Sugarland or Reba host this thing?

  13. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Hey Juli – I don’t think you have to promise anything. As long as people get another excuse for a red carpet, dresses and a chance to hope you’re important –

    Ricky hates this btw. I don’t think I’ll last long on here – (sorry)

  14. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Because Fox likes Trace.

  15. Lewis
    December 6, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I’m surprised that Blake decided to sing Kiss My Country You-Know-What instead of his latest single.

  16. Jon
    December 6, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Yeah, Corbin sounded good.

    @LeeAnn. Leslie’s steel player,um, Ricky Davis?

  17. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Ah that would be Ricky Davis – my steel player and the guy that puts up with me every day.

  18. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Sorry, I wasn’t aware.

  19. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    This live blog is at the top of a Google search for “American Country Awards” btw -

  20. gaby
    December 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    someone tell him he doesn’t have to yell in the mic

  21. Lewis
    December 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Who’s Nancy O’Dell? Where’s Trace’s wife while those ladies are ogling Trace?

  22. sally white
    December 6, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I used to like to Trace Atkins until tonight, he is acting like a douche bag

  23. Barb
    December 6, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    oh mine, what is that outfit that Nancy O’dell is wearing? Not a Country one…oh well another award show…

  24. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Nancy O’Dell is an Access Hollywood TV host, Lewis.

  25. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Classy…

  26. Lewis
    December 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Rascal Flatts? Artists Of The Decade? What’s going on here?

  27. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Oh, yay, just beginning,.

  28. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Oh look, they’re starting with “These Days.” Very considerate of them to ease into it with one of their more tolerable songs before launching into the really crappy ones.

  29. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    The sound engineer forgot to turn on autotune for Rascal Flatts -

  30. Juli Thanki
    December 6, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Miss Leslie, I think I love you.

  31. Matt Bjorke
    December 6, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    To be fair to RF, they sound a lot better here than they normally do on award shows.

  32. gaby
    December 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    couldn’t we let someone else sing their songs if this whole “tribute” thing was necessary?

  33. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Ha, Miss Leslie.

  34. Karlie Justus
    December 6, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Confession: I kind of love “Fast Cars and Freedom.”

  35. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Hey, at least Rascal Flatts is playing some of the most tolerable songs in their catalog. Apparently asking Gary to also sing them on-key is just too much to ask.

  36. Gerry
    December 6, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Why was Easton Corbin shouting?

  37. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    They sounded okay on the CMA Christmas special. They were a capella. Maybe Gary can’t compete with instruments, because the other time that they sounded good when singing live was also acapella.

  38. Devin
    December 6, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I appreciate that they aren’t just playing the latest singles so far.

    And KMCA is my greatest guilty pleasure in the world, so that was awesome.

    And think about it: people actually VOTED for Easton Corbin. Country music isn’t completely dead after all.

  39. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    @Juli – back atcha. . .

    @Karlie – hell. . .

    From Ricky re: Rascal Flatts – “That’s about as awful as it gets right there.” More on his opinion – check his Facebook page. I think the TV’s fixin to get shot. . .

    Anyone know how many votes they got in? Wonder how they got the word out for the “fans” to vote – and what was the nomination process?

  40. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    I’m not completely sold on Corbin yet, but at least he’s not painful to listen to.

  41. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Sorry – “They told him to be a little more louder than that.”

    THAT’s funny I don’t care who you are.

  42. Jon
    December 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I always think I’m going to find Rascal Flatts more annoying than I wind up doing.

  43. bll
    December 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Oh look History International is running another re-run of ‘Life After People’…I’m saved!

  44. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    @Juli – it would be cooler if they’d get Telecasters – but I guess I’m just a little more country than that.

  45. Juli Thanki
    December 6, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Miss Leslie, they could hand out lap steels, but none of the nominated acts have ever seen one before.

  46. Karlie Justus
    December 6, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    @Miss Leslie – Easton deserves an award for setting up so many “more _____ than that” jokes.

  47. Regina
    December 6, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Rascal Flatt’s SUCK!!! they are studio enhanced just like Taylor Swift.

  48. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Confession: I kind of like Jennette McCurdy.

  49. Devin
    December 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Kimberly Perry can really sing well, in my opinion.

    Still can’t stand this song.

  50. Saving Country Music
    December 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I see that Carrot Top is the scary face in the front row at this show instead of Nicole Kidman.

  51. SNOWGLOBE
    December 6, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Is she going wading? She has her boots on and her dress hiked up in the front.

  52. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    What’s this? More country music that actually sounds like country music? Am I on the right channel?

  53. Saving Country Music
    December 6, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Ha! The glow sticks flamed out faster than a Toby Keith single.

  54. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    @Juli – OMG ROTFLMAO!!!

    @Karlie – he gets my vote.

  55. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I like The Band Perry. There. I said it.

  56. gaby
    December 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I do love that song

  57. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    7:37 – Juli: Plus, Karlie, it’s only two hours long. Perfect for the ADD set.

    And for the rest of us too.

  58. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Totally saw that “Beer for My Horses” joke coming. And I like The Band Perry too.

  59. Jon
    December 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Brandon Godman from the great state of Kentucky on the fiddle with The Band Perry!

  60. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    @Ben – I heart Jennette McCurdy. . . . but haven’t really heard her album.

  61. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    @Jon – Ricky said, “The fiddle player’s the only one in tune.”

  62. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    @Miss Leslie – I haven’t heard her whole album either, but I’ve heard a few songs, and I like her voice.

  63. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Oh, so I wasn’t the only one having problems watching the Dunham skit? I thought it was just because I have a crappy antenna.

  64. Karlie Justus
    December 6, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    @Ben I wondered if I was the only one too.

  65. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I would also like the gift of no Twilight.

  66. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Please let this single award not to go Billy Currington.

  67. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Yay for Josh Turner!

  68. SNOWGLOBE
    December 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I’m waiting for him to go over and kick those dancers off the stage.

  69. Joshua Rogers
    December 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Now I remember why I quit listening to country radio. Somewhere, Waylon Jennings is spinning in his grave. I wonder what’s on CSPAN tonight…

  70. bll
    December 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Oh good I missed the creepy puppet. Love Josh Turner, though.

  71. Devin
    December 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I can appreciate an artist who sounds almost exactly the same live as he does on CD.

  72. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I love this song. And I think the dancing is cute. Josh is sounding great tonight.

  73. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    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.

    Ditto.

  74. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    7:46: Ha!

  75. Jon
    December 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Brandon’s a good young feller. First time I ever played with him, he told me he knew who I was, because he used to come see me when he was a kid.

    Eamon McLoughlin from the great state of Ireland with Josh Turner!

  76. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    “Also, Josh and Easton have a similar look goin’ on.”

    Ha ha, it’s a good thing they’re not women. Otherwise this would be a big problem.

  77. Matt Bjorke
    December 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I blogged over @roughstock how I cannot stand Dunham. If they had to have a puppet guy, couldn’t they have gotten Terry Fator who could actually sing with a puppet (and do a country song?)… Then again, I don’t get the appeal of Carrot Top either.

  78. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Is he the guy from the Green Cards?

  79. sally white
    December 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I’m just saying, whoever is in change of putting on this production should be fired..

  80. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Oh goodie is Magician Man going to pull the award out of somebody’s ear or something?

  81. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    God I hated the “Trailerhood” video!

  82. bll
    December 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Wow, Angel can’t read worth crap.

  83. Gerry
    December 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    So apparently the awards people voted for are being usurped by awards given to get artists to the show

  84. bll
    December 6, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Anyone else having a WTF moment???

  85. Jon
    December 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Formerly of the Greencards, yep.

  86. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I also preferred the Mullet Man version of Toby.

  87. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Can you guys put a Dislike button on here?

  88. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Yes! Dislike button please.

  89. Saving Country Music
    December 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I’ve seen more underarms tonight than a Speed Stick.

  90. Saving Country Music
    December 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    And you’re welcome for killing the italics :)

  91. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    @Juli – Toby is trying to be a little more redneck than that.

  92. sally white
    December 6, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    dislike

  93. Regina
    December 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Ya’ll just sit back and wait…hopefully “THE MAN” Alan Jackson will sing and not just present an award!!! Now that’s country music!

  94. Matt Bjorke
    December 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Juli, Toby may be bald under that bandanna these days, that could be why he wears it under his hat, lol.

  95. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    8:02– All they have to do is cut out most of the awards for the awards show and they can all be two hours.

  96. bll
    December 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    This is rather painful; I think the budget is only $12.57.

    I enjoy Reba, but this song is meh, at best.

  97. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Reba – This is a formula country music song if I’ve ever heard one.

  98. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Miranda singing along to “Turn On the Radio.”

  99. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I’m interested as to why Reba is singing much more in tune than most of the artists that have performed so far -

  100. SNOWGLOBE
    December 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    It ain’t country, but at least it’s not a Beyonce song.

  101. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Hey, Juli, wanna trade those Reba gun show tickets for two Kenny Chesney gun show tickets? :D

  102. Stormy
    December 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Because Dr. House is going to come out and diagnose all of them with a rare strain of strep throat and then Cal Lightman is going to figure out which one of them is lying about giving it to all of them. At least that’s what I hope is going to happen.

  103. Devin
    December 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Don’t love this song, and Rascal Flatts wasn’t great, but top to bottom, this is the best awards show as far as performances go, in my opinion. No?

  104. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I’d actually take the Beyonce song over this any day.

  105. Karlie Justus
    December 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I’ll forever take Keith Whitley’s “I’m Gonna Hurt Her on the Radio” over this.

  106. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Dunham is back! Hopefully no technical difficulties this time please.

  107. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    oh not the creepy dummy again. I thought we were a little more 2010 than that -

  108. SNOWGLOBE
    December 6, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Wisdom from the mouth of a dummy.

  109. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    8:08– Hahaha!

  110. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Trace please just go away now. You’re… not… funny!

  111. Devin
    December 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    And there went the streak of actual “country” artists…

  112. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    @Karlie – Like.

  113. SNOWGLOBE
    December 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Please tell me Uncle Kracker didn’t bring Kid Rock with him this time.

  114. bll
    December 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    LOL @ Miss Leslie!

    Uncle Kracker…really?? Are we going to be subjected to Kid Rock too?

  115. Linda
    December 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    It’s not a country music show without Kenny Chesney.

  116. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Dang. Autotune got turned off again. Ricky says “Yeah, cut them off.”

  117. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Uncle Kracker – second time I’ve used the mute button tonight.

  118. SNOWGLOBE
    December 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Bless you commercial break!

  119. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Not a big Kracker fan, but at least we get a break from Kid Rock.

  120. Code
    December 6, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    i agree, you can hate the song all you want, you cant deny that reba is super HOT!!!

  121. Linda
    December 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    WTF???

  122. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Whoa, Carrington. Suddenly Toby’s bandanna and cowboy hat combo seems downright quaint.

  123. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Between the creepy dummy and the Mexican outfit – they’re just reminding everyone of why they thought country music was hokey.

  124. bll
    December 6, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Just came back from a potty break- what was that with the mustache???

  125. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Ah, more Urban ear candy.

  126. Gerry
    December 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Finally a great performance. Thank you, Keith, for bringing some sense to this night.

  127. Linda
    December 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    The mixing sounds better than at the MGM

  128. Devin
    December 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I like the toned down version of this song.

  129. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Urban was in tune – and sounded great.

  130. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    8:17 – HA.

    8:21 – I missed it.

    Steel Magnolias – um, this isn’t the video shoot. It’s ok to do different choreography.

  131. SNOWGLOBE
    December 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Someone forgot to take the curlers out of their hair!

  132. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Decent performance. Catchy but slightly mediocre song. Sorry, but I’m just not feeling Meaghan’s hairdo.

  133. Lewis
    December 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Love Steel Magnolia!!

  134. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Anyone else think it’s weird to cut off a live performance to a commercial?

  135. Linda
    December 6, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Is it just me or are there more commercials closer together than at the start of the show???

  136. Matt Bjorke
    December 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Miss Leslie, they have to be on-time… they should’ve just done truncated songs though if running late.

  137. Jon
    December 6, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Yeah, Ueban gave a strong performance.

  138. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Alan Jackson. Yes, please and thank you.

  139. bll
    December 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Wow, one big commercial for AJ’s last cd.

  140. SNOWGLOBE
    December 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    She’s too worried about a wardrobe malfunction to read the cue cards.

  141. Devin
    December 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Worst intro to an artist ever. Just throw 18 different song titles awkwardly into a sentence…

    And they are making this into a medley? Crap. I just want to hear Alan sing a whole song.

  142. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Crap. Alan Jackson’s band can’t hear each other. . . ok that’s ridiculous. Those guys are good musicians.

  143. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    If this performance gets cut short… I swear I will throw something at my TV set.

  144. SNOWGLOBE
    December 6, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I want him to sing the whole SHOW.

  145. Matt Bjorke
    December 6, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Any bets that some “New country” fans will say that Alan Jackson’s not country music or too boring?

  146. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    They might say he’s too boring, but I’m guessing they wouldn’t say that he’s not country, just old country.

  147. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    That’s what I was thinking, Matt. I bet half of the show’s viewers don’t even like “that kind of country.”

  148. Linda
    December 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Wow! Even Alan Jackson is having issue with the mixing tonight.

  149. bll
    December 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    And the award for the clunkiest medley goes to:…..

  150. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    The medley isn’t connected well at all. It sounds awkward.

  151. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I think Carrie sings “Chasin’ that Neon Rainbow” in her shows sometimes?

  152. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    This was a bit clunky. Each time they switch to a new song, I’m like “Wait, is it over already?” But at least we get to hear good music in between the clunks.

  153. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    The thing is that it doesn’t have to be clunky. I’m not sure why they chose to do it that way.

  154. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    What is with Joe Don Rooney there?

  155. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Not sure about whether new country fans aren’t into Alan – he’s gettin a lot of love for sure. Some legends stay legends. . . . omg someone shoot the dummy. . . . did he have that mullet earlier?

  156. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Ok, I didn’t mind the puppet at first, but it’s really getting old now.

  157. Linda
    December 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    You can see lips moving!

  158. bll
    December 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Someone use the puppet for kindling, please, I’m begging.

  159. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Again, Trace Adkins. You’re… not… funny!

  160. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I think this whole show is just awkward.

  161. Devin
    December 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Are they really running short on time, or is this part of Trace’s gag? Cause this is gonna turn into a train wreck if they’re trying to wrap things up by 10 and have a lot to go…

  162. bll
    December 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Actually I laughed at that…not with it, mind, but at it…

  163. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I want to vote on how many people feel connected to the song “Hillbilly Bone”. I mean do people hear that song and go, “THAT is my story. THAT is me.”?

  164. SNOWGLOBE
    December 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    He’s just telling the jokes as written. He is actually pretty funny in concert.

  165. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I’ll go out on that limb with you, Karlie.

  166. gaby
    December 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    true story Carrie Underwood was too busy to do a Christmas Special this year, so this is what Fox put together instead…..I still think a rerun of Glee would do

  167. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Some people are funnier at telling the jokes as written.

  168. Karlie Justus
    December 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    @SNOWGLOBE I’m not a huge Trace fan, but I thought he was very personable in concert as well. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed him.

  169. Devin
    December 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    @Miss Leslie

    I can see it. I mean, we all seem to bash people here with their country pride songs, so a song that tells everyone you can be country no matter where you live, what you do, etc. has to connect with someone, right?

  170. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I wouldn’t say I feel especially “connected” to “Hillbilly Bone,” but I do like it much better than many other songs with similar themes. It’s a shameless ditty, but I find it tolerable.

  171. Carrie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Really wish Hillbilly Bone would stop winning awards. Really wish crappy music would stop being awarded in general.

  172. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Yay for Lee Ann Womack!

  173. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Lady Antebellum. At least it’s not Rascal Flatts.

  174. Devin
    December 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    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.

  175. SNOWGLOBE
    December 6, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    At least it wasn’t Sugarland.

  176. Jon
    December 6, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Not sure about whether new country fans aren’t into Alan – he’s gettin a lot of love for sure. Some legends stay legends. . .

    Looked like that to me.

  177. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Are they going to show all of those awards, Devin?

  178. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Okay Trace, you can get rid of those two badonkadonks now.

  179. bll
    December 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    He just said ‘superstar’ and ‘Aldean’ with a straight face!

  180. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Jason Aldean. I get absolutely nothing out of this song. I would prefer to hear a clunky Alan Jackson medley.

  181. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Wait! I thought I was watching a country award show?

  182. Miss Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    @Devin – really? Because I always thought hillbillies were in the minority – I’ve encountered fewer people in my life that considered themselves country than considered themselves rock-n-roll.

    @Everyone – Ricky has officially called it. We’re channel surfing now. I really did enjoy the chat. The show not too much. I DO have to say that I like the idea of a show for the fans – a People’s Choice idea is great. This fan just votes for some work on the production -

  183. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I think I’ll follow you, Karlie.

  184. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    This hurts to listen to. I’m ashamed of Luke Bryan for involving himself in it.

  185. SNOWGLOBE
    December 6, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Wow – I can almost hear the acoustic guitars over the solo.

  186. Matt Bjorke
    December 6, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Devin, they’re not giving out all the awards on TV.

  187. Devin
    December 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    How can they not give out the two most “important” awards on TV? Ugh, this is lame.

  188. bll
    December 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I’m out of here at 10:00 even if it runs over. No Reservations’ Christmas show is on and I desperately need some snark after sitting through this.

  189. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Juli, Thanks for sharing the creepy.

  190. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I’m sure they won’t run over. Isn’t the Christmas Glee next?

  191. Jenna
    December 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Unless you’re talking about Jr., has anyone ever listened to Hank Williams at a party?? Seriously?
    Just sayin’.

  192. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Ooh, the Reba gun show is back.

  193. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Wow, this is the first time I’ve even heard Taylor’s name mentioned tonight.

  194. gaby
    December 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    thats why they didn’t present all the awards…Carrie just won them all

  195. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Yup. I’m sure this makes up for her not even being nominated at the CMAs.

  196. Devin
    December 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I guess it’s hard to disagree with the final decision, but those were the nominees for Artist of the Year? Hmmph….

  197. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Juli, I must be a history geek too, because I actually got that joke.

    Congrats, Carrie. Why is she not performing tonight? :(

  198. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    “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 history geek.)”

    Awesome!

  199. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I actually couldn’t even make myself care about who won Artist of the Year. But I did put forth a halfhearted effort.

  200. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Trace sassing the show’s producers does not equal badass.

  201. Jenna
    December 6, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    @8:55 haha. awesomeness.

  202. Gerry
    December 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Consummatum est

  203. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Uh… Trace… they’re rolling the credits while you’re singing. Cue commercials now.

  204. SNOWGLOBE
    December 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I fear we may have seen the first and last American Country Awards.

  205. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    They also broke to commercial/local news during his song on my station at least.

  206. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Well, it got kind of good with Easton Corbin and The Band Perry (after Trace was done with the dumb jokes), but then it went slightly downhill. Could have been worse though. Lots of awkwardness!

  207. Matt Bjorke
    December 6, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Snowglobe, they’ll do at least one more of these.

  208. Code
    December 6, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    this awards show was closed to awful, why didnt they just get carrie, reba or sugarland to host.Trace seemed out of place,boring and overall JUST NOT FUNNY

  209. Ben Foster
    December 6, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Had fun live blogging with everybody! Later, blogging buddies.

  210. Carrie
    December 6, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I didn’t watch, but after following along on here, my summary of the ACAs is: High School yearbook superlatives that sing!

  211. Jenna
    December 6, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Reading this was more fun than watching. seriously i barely had my eyes on the tv. (except for keith urban :)

  212. Code
    December 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    keith’s performance was FANTASTIC

  213. Jen
    December 6, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Keith was the only reason to watch. Who won for male artist? This show was such a joke!

  214. K
    December 6, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Seriously guys, Rascal Flatts aren’t winning anymore. I’d be a lot happier if you started making fun of Lady A now…(:

  215. Vicki
    December 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    The show was strange and not smooth but absolutely LOVED all the performances especially the ones you never get to see on TV. Josh Turner, The Band Perry, Easton Corbin,etc.. Alan Jackson was the best with Reba a close second. I’m also glad the winners with multiple awards-Carrie, Lady A only went up once which made it a better award show then someone dominating everything.

  216. Vicki
    December 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    (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.)

    She should know them. She sang ‘Neon Rainbow” with Craig Morgan during the first half of her tour.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74uL_rageRE

  217. Dan E
    December 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Jen: Brad Paisley won for male artist.

  218. scott
    December 7, 2010 at 12:44 am

    It wasn’t the greatest awards show, it felt very rushed. However there was some great performers including Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Toby keith, and Trace Adkins. My favorite perfomer of the night was Reba, she looked and sounded amazing. Reba at heart is a true singer, go to youtube and type “Reba WNFR” and you will see Reba sing with nothing but a mic and sounding great.

  219. Roger
    December 7, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Country music really needed another awards show…

    When are people going to get over Rascal Flatts? They’re the Air Supply of country music.

  220. Rick
    December 7, 2010 at 1:59 am

    I watched the 2nd hour since “Lie To Me” was pre-empted and “Chuck” wasn’t aired on NBC tonight so I couldn’t record it.

    Kaley Cuoco (“Penny” on The Big Bang Theory) was there to introduce Alan Jackson and she is the actual former girlfriend Jaron (&TLRTL) was thinking about when he wrote “I’ll Pray For You”. It would have been nice for him to perform the Toby Keith song “How Do You Lie Me Now” as a serenade to Kaley in the front row.

    To me one name and one name only redeemed tonight’s show: Laura Bell Bundy in that sparkley outfit! A live performance of “Giddy On Up” would have been greatly appreciated even if she’s done it on other recent country awards shows. Now that gal has some real talent! (And she can sing okay as well…)

  221. Vicki
    December 7, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Laura Bell Bundy does a GREAT job on the ballad songs and those are some terrifically written songs!

  222. Jen
    December 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Let me ask, is Laura Bell hanging on to Blake and Miranda to get in to the nashville scene or is Blake hanging on to Laura Bell. We all know she has his attention on twitter.

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