2011 CMA Awards Live Blog

Juli Thanki | November 9th, 2011

The CMA Awards are just 90 minutes away, and we’re full of questions: is this Blake Shelton’s year to rake in the trophies? Will dark horse The Civil Wars nab Vocal Duo of the Year over Sugarland? Wouldn’t we all rather be watching Modern Family?

We’ll kick things off a little before 8pm Eastern, but until then, here are this year’s nominees in case you want to refresh your memory, make predictions, or work on your awards show drinking game.

 

10:58 - Karlie: I have your name written on the inside of my arm on a daily basis, Juli Thanki. Thanks, everyone!

10:57 - Juli: Thanks, everyone, for making our first Engine 145 live blog hilarious and entertaining. Shoot me your mailing address and we'll get some Engine 145 buttons sent out your way. And thanks to my longtime blogging buddy, the Kelly Taylor to my Brenda Walsh, Miss Karlie.

10:57 - Karlie: FINALLY, a shoutout to B.o.B.

10:56 - Juli: Taylor Swift has the names to thank in her acceptance speech written on her arm.

10:56 - Karlie: The award goes to Taylor Swift.

10:54 - Juli: Reba's presenting Entertainer of the Year AND namedrops Jean Shepard and Bobby Braddock. Well done, Reba.

10:53 - Karlie: Alright: Bets on Entertainer?

10:51 - Karlie: Key quote from Dolly's Joyful Noise preview: "God didn't make plastic surgeons so that they'd starve."

10:49 - Juli: This Dolly Parton/Queen Latifah movie looks incredibly awful. But I still want to see it. I love me an awful Dolly movie. After all, I own Rhinestone and Straight Talk on DVD. Also, Dolly RAPPED ABOUT THIS MOVIE when I saw her perform last summer.

10:49 - Karlie: DOLLY PARTON. In the commercial, but whatever.

10:48 - Juli: "Congrats to my hubby, too. It's gonna be a good night tonight, babaaaaay!" Oh, Miranda. Never change.

10:48 - Karlie: That makes me happy for country music, and music in general.

10:47 - Juli: Female Vocalist of the Year goes to Miranda Lambert. Yay!

10:46 - Karlie: You can always spot the network-forced presenters from ABC shows that have no interest in country music whatsoever.

10:46 - Juli: Dierks, I love you like bacon, but I wish you would have shaved.

10:45 - Juli: You guys, I think Faith Hill didn't realize her shirt was sheer. She is going to be so embarrassed, y'all.

10:45 - Karlie: Juli, I think you were right about the all-black performer uniform. A last-ditch tactic to make the songs seem better in comparison to the sets and wardrobes?

10:42 - Karlie: You know Faith means business when she makes the singing fist, and shakes it during key lyrics.

10:40 - Karlie: Faith Hill IS BACK. First time in 5 years.

10:39 - Juli: Definitely the highlight, Karlie. Wish they'd do more tributes like that.

10:37 - Karlie: Glen salute is definitely the highlight of the night. Still to come: Female Vocalist of the Year. And more Carrie Underwood skin care commercials.

10:36 - Juli: Holly Williams, via Twitter: There are truly no words for a couple of the hairdos tonight at the CMA's, did I miss the memo about a Fiddler On the Roof casting? Come sit by us, Holly.

10:35 - Juli: Hunter Hayes wonders who the old dudes onstage are.

10:35 - Karlie: Glen joins the guys onstage. Hat tip.

10:34 - Juli: Hey, there's Jimmy Webb! And Glen Campbell gets an immediate standing ovation.  Not gonna lie; I'm getting a little choked up.

10:32 - Juli: Very fitting that these three talented pickers are saluting Campbell. Brad Paisley's version of "Galveston" gets the double thumbs-up from Glen.

10:31 - Juli: Now it's Keith's turn with "Wichita Lineman." Also very nice.

10:30 - Juli: It's nice that the CMAs are giving someone the roses while they live, to borrow from a Carter Family song.

10:30 - Juli: Ohhh. Vince Gill is singing "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." It's lovely.

10:30 - Karlie: Very cool that Glen is in the audience to enjoy this.

10:29 - Juli: I'm slightly alarmed that I have the same haircut as 1968 Glen Campbell.

10:29 - Karlie: Glen Campbell's snazzy suits never fail to make me smile.

10:23 - Karlie: Things are looking up! Vince Gill to salute Glen Campbell.

 

10:23 - Juli: Martina gets a standing O. For looking smoking hot. Or singing about cancer. Whatever.

10:22 - Karlie: Juli, I like to think Drunken Martina is out there ensuring Gary LeVox doesn't make it onstage for a third time.

10:21 - Juli:I'm so very moved. To head into the kitchen and fix a snack.

10:19 - Juli: Martina McBride is singing "I'm Gonna Love You Through It." I am saddened by Drunken Martina's Twitter absence.

10:19 - Karlie: Blake Shelton would like to thank his mullet, for getting him where he is today.

10:18 - Juli: Blake Shelton wins it. Miranda is thrilled.

10:17 - Karlie: Reese Witherspoon gets to break out the y'alls in her hometown of Nashville.

10:17 - Juli: Here's Reese Witherspoon presenting Male Vocalist of the Year.

10:13 - Juli: "Tattoos on This Town" is one of the better songs on Aldean's album. Mostly because there's no rap and only a dozen or so country cliches.

10:14 - Karlie: Jason Aldean singing "Tattoos on This Town."

10:07 - Karlie: Alright, I have to do it. A big Raleigh, N.C. shout-out to Scotty McCreery and Large Market Station of the Year WQDR. At least he's not singing "I Love You This Big."

10:07 - Juli: Isn't it past Scotty McCreery's bedtime? It's a school night.

10:06 - Karlie: I was pulling for you too, Chris Young. Call me. Or, as Reba says, Twitter me.

 

10:04 - Juli: New Artist of the Year is The Band Perry. I was pulling for you, Chris Young.

10:04 - Karlie: Apparently one secret missing from her hair is the elusive sing, don't scream secret.

 

10:03 - Juli: Karlie, that just makes me wish Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were hosting this show.

10:02 - Karlie: Carrie's old-school Tammy Wynette hair-do as she duets with Brad Paisley reminds me of Mean Girls: "That's why her hair is so big, it's full of secrets."

10:01 - Juli: Remind me why we're still watching this.

10:00 - Karlie: Y'all. I'm kind of over this show. Not you fine folks, but the show. Seriously, how is there a whole hour left?

9:55 - Juli: I want to bottle Miranda's "who gives a crap" face. It is truly marvelous.

9:55 - Karlie: Miranda Lambert judges Sugarland from the audience.

9:54 - Karlie: Oh, wait. He's just being ignored in the corner of the stage.

9:53 - Karlie: Where is Kristian Bush for this song? At a bar down the street on Broadway?

9:52 - Juli: Sugarland is joined by Matt Nathanson, who is whisper-singing as he and Jennifer Nettles stare at each other from across the stage. It is all Very Dramatic and Romantical. Or something.

9:51 - Karlie: Lady Antebellum thanks its "Glam Squad." Waylon Jennings cries from the grave.

9:51 - Juli: Number of people who needed to see Dave Haywood's chest hair: zero.

9:50 - Juli: Phew. I was worried the Perry kids wouldn't even have time for a bathroom break tonight.

9:49 - Juli: Billy Currington and LeAnn Rimes are presenting Vocal Group of the Year. It goes to Lady Antebellum.

9:50 - Karlie: Up next - Vocal Group of the Year.

9:49 - Juli: Dierks! Show more Dierks, camera. Then let him sing.

9:47 - Karlie: Kimberly Perry HAS to be blackmailing her little brothers to keep them in those haircuts. HAS to.

9:45 - Karlie: Here's The Band Perry singing the creepy cool "All Your Life."

9:45 - Juli: One of the Perrys is wearing a fluffy pirate shirt. And it's not Kimberly.

9:41 - Karlie: From Christy G in the comments: Hmmm, here's an idea for next year....Jason Aldean performed by the Chipmunks. I'd pay to hear a chipmunk sing/rap "Swervin' like I'm George Jones."

9:39 - Juli: Every country singer who makes the rock 'n' roll horns should be forced to chop off a pinky, thus marking them for life.

 

9:38 - Karlie: Blake Shelton plays the "smile and look appreciative from the audience" game much better than his lovely wife.

9:37 - Juli: I'm pretty sure I've seen and heard this exact same performance at a bar mitzvah.

9:36 - Karlie: Baby makin' promptly interrupted by Gary TheVoice.

9:36 - Juli: Gary LeVox is singing like someone has crushed his testicles in a vise.

9:36 - Karlie: Darius and Lionel collaborate on baby makin' music.

9:35 - Juli: Camera cuts to Reba, smiling politely. Perhaps she's wondering where the clay Lionel head from the "Hello" video is.

9:34 - Juli: I kind of like this song. It rocks, softly.

9:34 - Karlie: Just as I was about to write "short and sweet," out comes Darius Rucker.

9:32 - Juli: Oh, Little Big Town. Thank you for not sucking.

9:31 - Juli: Okay, I laughed at Little Jimmy Dickens in his Bieber get-up.

9:31 - Karlie: Oh. No. This is wrong. Yet funny. Little Jimmy Dickens as Little Justin Beiber.

9:29 - Karlie: From Barry in the comments: Next up: Tammy Wynette's stepson, Lionel Richey.

9:25 - Juli: Ten bucks says this show won't even have an "In Memoriam" segment to honor those who've passed away this year, like Hazel Dickens and Charlie Louvin.

9:26 - Karlie: Oh, in case you were wondering: The official Twitter hashtag for the CMA Awards is #CMAAwards. Yeah.

9:22 - Karlie: I like this Kenny Chesney: Understated and thoughtful, with meaningful lyrics. Who'd've thought?

 

9:21 - Juli: Here's Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter singing "You and Tequila." Kenny's sounding a little off tonight, but at least he's not singing about partying, the islands, or partying on the islands.

9:21 - Karlie: So we can all blame the guy smiling awkwardly next to Jason Aldean during his acceptance speech.

9:19 - Juli: Fargle bargle Jason Aldean.

9:19 - Karlie: Album of the Year, without Jamey Johnson's The Guitar Song, means little to me. Tear.

 

9:15 - Karlie: Lady Antebellum and two-thirds of Nashville are performing now.

9:14 - Juli: If Miss Piggy is on the CMAs, does that make Karlie and me Statler and Waldorf?

9:13 - Karlie: Brad Paisley has Carrie Underwood's sequin jacket on.

9:08 - Juli: Mac McAnally won Musician of the Year, as we learned in a three-second blurb, lest we take away even one moment of Luke Bryan's hip thrusts.

9:07 - Juli: This song is like an auditory representation of chlamydia.

9:06 - Karlie: My eyes! My eyes! [After Luke Bryan's dance moves.]

9:05 - Juli: Luke Bryan is singing his assy song about asses. Appropriate.

9:04 - Juli: Taylor gets a standing O. I kind of like that she traded her "I'm so shocked!" face for a "That's right, bitches" expression. 

9:03 - Karlie: From Sam in the comments: The qualification for writing here at Engine 145: You must have Sesame Street references on hand at all times. Lesson learned, Sam.

9:01 - Karlie: The quintessential Taylor Swift performance set-up: Crewneck cable-knit sweaters, couches and bird cages.

 

9:00 - Juli: Taylor's strumming her guitar on a couch that probably cost more than my car.

9:00 - Juli: Holy butt. It's only 9:00?

9:00 - Karlie: Up next, Taylor Swift.

8:58 - Juli: Blake Shelton just tweeted: For those you wondering.. Yes, "Footloose" was completely screwed up... Son of a bitch!!!!!!! Ha! Ha! Oh well..

8:53 - Juli: A hatless Chris Young sounds great on "Voices" here, but I'm just going to state that if "Neon" isn't his next single, I will suckerpunch somebody.

8:54 - Karlie: Oh, hello Chris Young. I love you.

8:53 - Karlie: What's bigger - Keifer's guitar or Shawna Thompson's feather earrings?

 

8:53 - Juli: Karlie, I think you have a future in Extremely Literal Set Design.

8:52 - Juli: Keifer Thompson seems to have borrowed one of Kristian Bush's awful hats, but Thompson Square sounds nice here.

8:52 - Karlie: Apparently Mama's roof has fallen on hard times. And junk.

8:50 - Juli: The set behind Thompson Square is a giant roof, just in case you didn't understand the lyrics in the song about sitting on Mama's roof.

8:48 - Karlie: I think Brad Paisley just accidentally-on-purpose called these shortened performers "stupor-stars."

 

8:48 - Juli: Eric Church is "country music's newest outlaw"? News to everybody.

8:47 - Juli: I like Jennifer Nettles' dorky declaration to Gregg Allman: "On the red carpet, I was the one that shook your hand." I do not like Kristian Bush's awful fedora.

8:47 - Karlie: Kristian coordinated his beard with Jennifer Nettles' dress.

8:46 - Juli: Oh. Sugarland. Five-time Vocal Duo of the Year.

8:46 - Juli: And the winner of the Brooks and Dunn Memorial Award is...

8:46 - Karlie: Next up - Vocal Duo of the Year.

8:45 - Karlie: Juli: I was in the process of looking up the exact spelling of Snuffleupagus. Well played.

8:44 - Juli:From Sam G. in the comments: It's the biggest duet between two divas since Reba and Linda Davis! 

8:43 - Juli: Natasha Beddingfield appears to have skinned Snuffleupagus to make her floor-length skirt.

8:42 - Karlie: I hope Farce the Music is able to get an awkward Gary LeVox picture out of this performance, to make sitting through it worthwhile.

8:41 - Juli: Oh, crap. Speak of the LeVox and he shall appear. Dammit, Karlie!

8:40 - Karlie: That teaser reminds me: Are any of you folks able to differentiate the voices of Rascal Flatts and Natasha Beddingfield on "Easy"? 

8:39 - Juli: Ah, the soothing sound of Ray Charles in the Chevy commercial. Let's all go listen to Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music.

8:38 - Juli: Apparently it's SOP for all the performers to wear black tonight. Fitting, as some of these songs might just be the death of me.

8:38 - Karlie: Hark! Is that a steel guitar I spot in Zac Brown's set?

8:35 - Karlie: Wait, the Zac Brown Band is from Georgia?! These guys win the award for Most State Pride at Country Award Shows.

 

8:34 - Juli: Zac Brown is wearing his formal knit cap tonight as he sings "Georgia On My Mind" with Gregg Allman.

8:33 - Juli: The Band Perry wins again.

8:33 - Karlie: Who takes Jason Aldean and his wristbands for Song of the Year?

8:32 - Juli: Kellie Pickler and Some Guy From Twilight presenting Song of the Year.

8:31 - Juli: Rhinestones! Fire! Standing O from Blake Shelton! Well done, Miranda.

8:30 - Karlie: Miranda's tough gal belt is off-set by her fuchsia microphone.

8:29 - Juli: I want to be married and buried in Miranda's sparkly, fringe-y jacket.

8:28 - Karlie: Carrie gets sassy, throwing Brad Paisley's Playa book before Miranda Lambert. Yes!

8:25 - Juli: From The Greencards' Twitter: I think they need Vince Gill to get up there and sing! Yes please.

8:25 - Karlie: Wait, is that a new third member of Sugarland sitting between Jennifer and Kristian?

8:24 - Juli: Sadly, she's not strong enough to button up her top all the way.

8:22 - Juli: Those are some mighty flexible dancers twirling around in fabric suspended from the ceiling.

8:21 - Karlie: I'm kind of afraid Sara Evans will milk this poorly-written single for the next, oh, decade.

8:20 - Juli: Keith Urbanly played, Keith Urban. "You Gonna Fly" is just a mashup of his last ten singles, right?

8:19 - Karlie: Whoever that guy was that couldn't get out of Keith's through-the-crowd shot deserves an award tonight.

8:17 - Karlie: Keith Urban - the man, not the action figure - is up for the second performance of the night.

8:14 - Juli: I think Kimberly Perry must be doing Reba's workout videos, Reps & Rhinestones.

8:13 - Karlie: Meg Ryan - I mean Kimberly Perry - accepts the award with her Madonna-worthy ripped arms.

8:12 - Juli: The Perry boys really need to quit cutting their own hair.

8:11 - Juli: Single of the Year goes to "If I Die Young."

8:11 - Karlie: Announcing Single of the Year...

8:08 - Juli: Yay, here comes Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family. He and our hosts are riffing on Randy Travis' "Forever And Ever, Amen."

8:08 - Karlie: Money shot of Carrie's diamond, awkwardly disguised in a Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Barbie doll skit.

8:05 - Juli: And here comes Bocephus to take part in the opening monologue. It remains unfunny.

8:05 - Karlie: Let the precious few hours of Carrie Underwood singing (slightly altered) classic country music begin.

8:04 - Juli: Thanks, Andi! From the comments: "You and Tequila" won Video of the Year.

8:04 - Juli:If you had "four minutes" in the First Hank Jr. Joke Pool, time to collect big bucks.

8:03 - Juli: Whoever was next to Kenny Chesney, I want to hug her for clapping so unenthusiastically. 

8:02 - Juli: Blake and Kenny Loggins totally look like CPAs ready to get down.

8:02 - Karlie: An important part of the CMA Awards is paying your respects to the genre's elders - like Kenny Loggins.

8:00 - Juli: Are those...skateboard ramps as part of the set decoration? Kids today.

8:01 - Karlie: Is that Miranda dancing back-up?

7:59 - Juli: And here we go with "Footloose."

7:54 - Karlie: Howdy, y'all - gather up the liquid courage. Er, endurance?

7:46 - Juli: There is almost no way the awards show will be better than the clip of Alex Trebek in a toreador costume that was just on Jeopardy.

7:45 - Juli: From CMT's Twitter: Musical Event of the Year goes to Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's "Don't You Wanna Stay."

7:25 - Juli: Testing...

116 Comments

  1. Jeremy Dylan
    November 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm
    That Glen Campbell tribute was lovely. I almost teared up when he and Jimmy Webb hugged each other.
  2. Rick
    November 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm
    I'll have to admit that live blogs like this actually make me glad they do these types of live awards shows for major television networks. I don't watch the shows, I don't care who wins what, BUT these blogs are thoroughly entertaining! My hat is off to Juli and Karlie for a job well done. I guess someone has to do this job, and I'm just glad its you two! (lol)
  3. Ron
    November 10, 2011 at 1:34 am
    Keith Urban's lower register is not the strongest part of his voice.
  4. Ron
    November 10, 2011 at 1:24 am
    Jennifer Nettles, I love you dearly, but your duet with Matt Nathanson is really annoying me.
  5. Ron
    November 10, 2011 at 1:16 am
    Jennifer Nettles, I love you dearly, but your duet with Matt Nathanson is really irritating me.
  6. Andi
    November 9, 2011 at 11:14 pm
    and I add my thanks to everyone also for their comments and point of view, and to karlie and Juli for hosting and their commentary :)
  7. Andi
    November 9, 2011 at 11:13 pm
    Saving Country Music, I admire your integrity. I admire how in spite of your disengagement with Swift's music, you are able to give her credit for what she is and does as a person and artist.
  8. Leeann Ward
    November 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm
    "10:57 - Karlie: FINALLY, a shoutout to B.o.B." Ha! Perfect!
  9. Karlie Justus
    November 9, 2011 at 11:01 pm
    Thank you to everyone who joined it...y'all rock.
  10. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 11:00 pm
    Thank you Juli Thanki and Karlie Justus for hosting, this was fun!
  11. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 10:59 pm
    Taylor deserved it.
  12. Keith
    November 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm
    BOOBS!!!
  13. Carrie
    November 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm
    Juli, I've been telling Dierks to shave for ... every meet & greet I've had this year. Ha. ABC was almost forgiven for taking Revenge off my tv tonight for putting EVC with Dierks. My fangirl heart smiled.
  14. Ken Morton, Jr.
    November 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm
    Rumor has it that Faith Hill's song was supposed to be a duet with her husband but that Mike Curb had him tied to a chair back in the green room.
  15. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm
    Faith Hill wins for highest waistline of the night!
  16. Leeann Ward
    November 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm
    "10:36 - Juli: Holly Williams, via Twitter: There are truly no words for a couple of the hairdos tonight at the CMA's, did I miss the memo about a Fiddler On the Roof casting? Come sit by us, Holly." Hahaha! And, yes, the Campbell tribute is the definite highlight of the night.
  17. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 10:44 pm
    Faith Hill looks like she's ready to steal the ruby slippers from Dorothy. The only thing that could make this worse is for her to bust into her Sunday Night Football bit.
  18. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 10:43 pm
    Tim McGraw was going to have a special performance at the CMAs too, but the censors wouldn't let him sing "Burn in Hell Mike Curb."
  19. Barry Mazor
    November 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm
    Just consider how thick those three Campbell songs are compared to, well..others tonight.
  20. Keith
    November 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm
    Somewhat bummed that there was no "Rhinestone Cowboy"... I was kind of hoping for a big finale with that song.
  21. BLL
    November 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm
    So nice to see they honoured Glen while he was here to appreciate it.
  22. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm
    Teleprompter with lyrics for Martina caught on camera twice, before quickly flickering out.
  23. Matt Bjorke
    November 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm
    From Twitter: RT @moredavid: Now that The Band Perry won an award, they're off to Mordor to destroy the ring and save Middle-Earth. #CMAawards
  24. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm
    Can it be none of the above? No Dierks, no Jamey, no George Strait? What's the world coming to?? It's the island of misfit toys of country music.
  25. Christy G
    November 9, 2011 at 10:15 pm
    Last time I checked, spray paint on an overpass was a misdemeanor.
  26. Pam
    November 9, 2011 at 10:15 pm
    Keith: "Am I the only one who noticed that the camera was focused on Steel Magnolia instead of Thompson Square?" Nope, I noticed it, too. I kept waiting for ABC to correct its mistake, but, no. Too bad for Thompson Square. And embarrassing for ABC and the CMA.
  27. Ken Morton, Jr.
    November 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm
    Keith, you're correct. Twitter is abuzz with all the Thompson Square fans going haywire that their band was dissed.
  28. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm
    If Scotty McCreery wasn't lip syncing, I'll eat my hat.
  29. Keith
    November 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm
    Am I the only one who noticed that the camera was focused on Steel Magnolia instead of Thompson Square? Granted, neither one of them had a chance at winning anyway, but it's still nice to recognize the nominee.
  30. Barry Mazor
    November 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm
    FYI: Top Chef Texas.
  31. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm
    Holy lip sync Batman!
  32. Christy G
    November 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm
    How about I leave you in the country, down a dirt road about 10 miles from town? And hope you get lost on the way back?
  33. Christy G
    November 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm
    Did Carrie kill a zebra for that dress?
  34. BLL
    November 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm
    I really want to see the Glen Campbell tribute, but do I record and then fast forward whilst switching to Restaurant Impossible or do I stick it out?
  35. Christy G
    November 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm
    Ahh, the long awaited noise off between Brad's guitar & Carrie's screaming...I hope the guitar wins!
  36. Carrie
    November 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm
    Remind Me why anybody thought this song was good.
  37. Rick
    November 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm
    You fine gals are watching this precisely so I don't have to! I would have watched The Band Perry perform though just to watch Kimberly's muscles ripple...
  38. Barry Mazor
    November 9, 2011 at 10:02 pm
    Enough of Ernest Butt. Lets move on.
  39. Christy G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm
    Why oh why are they desecrating the stage with Scotty McCreary?
  40. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm
    She's not moving because of the pants, and he's doing step aerobics..what's wrong with this picture?
  41. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm
    Now Kristian Bush knows what it's like to be the third wheel in a duo.
  42. Leeann Ward
    November 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm
    You guys are on fire! Great job, of course.:)
  43. Carrie
    November 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm
    At 9:49 pm I started liking Juli a whole lot more. (Not that I didn't already. But. Dierks!)
  44. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm
    Is she wearing pants?? If she's not, this could be the best performance of all time!!
  45. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm
    Dave Heywood kinda looks like Steve from Blues Clues...
  46. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:50 pm
    Just, NO to Rascal Flatts!!!
  47. Christy G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm
    The Perry brothers must use the same hairdresser as Donald Trump.
  48. Matt Bjorke
    November 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm
    Helmet Hair!
  49. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm
    The hair on The Band Perry's bass player makes me lose all hope in humanity.
  50. Matt Bjorke
    November 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm
    "I Sleep Clown" Modern Family teaser = GREAT
  51. Christy G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm
    Hmmm, here's an idea for next year....Jason Aldean performed by the Chipmunks.
  52. Barry Mazor
    November 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm
    Well, they've made their point. Those wascally fwats and Darius do have much to do with Lionel Richie. Which now means he's country. Logic 101.
  53. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm
    Ooh, 3 Lionel Ritchie songs. Way to be relevant, CMAs.
  54. Ben Foster
    November 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm
    The Statler and Waldorf bit cracked me up.
  55. Christy G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm
    Ahhh, if you can't shake it for me, you might as well dance on the ceiling.
  56. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm
    Wow, Lionel hasn't aged....how the hell did that happen?
  57. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm
    The high waist line fashion continues with Little Jimmy Dickens. Too bad 90% of the crowd didn't know who he was.
  58. Juli Thanki
    November 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm
    I hope Rick Astley doesn't let you down, Sam. Or run around and desert you.
  59. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm
    With country music co-opting Lionel Richie and Footloose, I'm waiting anxiously for Rick Astley's country music debut.
  60. Ben Foster
    November 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm
    Loved the Chesney/Potter performance.
  61. Juli Thanki
    November 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm
    Agreed, Matt. Unless you are talking about the Kevin variety.
  62. Barry Mazor
    November 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm
    Next up: Tammy Wynette's stepson, Lionel Richey.
  63. Matt Bjorke
    November 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm
    You know what this show needs? More Bacon!
  64. Christy G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm
    Do you think tequila makes his clothes fall off?
  65. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm
    As you're watching Kenny Chesney, appreciate how so very bald he is under that Wal-Mart style cowboy hat.
  66. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm
    Take away Kenny's doofy looking hat and he looks like an accountant.
  67. Ken Morton, Jr.
    November 9, 2011 at 9:23 pm
    Trailer just dropped his first Farce The Music Twitter f-bomb.
  68. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 9:22 pm
    Snakeskin is appropriate for Aldean.
  69. Christy G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:22 pm
    Karlie: Yeah, but can we sue him for disturbing the peace?
  70. Matt Bjorke
    November 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm
    Michael knox totally looks like Michael Fishman (DJ from "Roseanne").
  71. Carrie
    November 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm
    I'll see your Guitar Song and raise you Up on the Ridge. ;) All About Tonight even being nominated makes me vomit a little in my mouth.
  72. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm
    NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!
  73. Christy G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm
    I think I will vomit now...
  74. Matt Bjorke
    November 9, 2011 at 9:17 pm
    So if Sugarland's not a duo because Kristian doesn't really sing, is Lady Antebellum not a trio because Dave Haywood doesn't either?
  75. Ken Morton, Jr.
    November 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm
    Genius: Don't let Trace Adkins anywhere near the muppets!
  76. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm
    Don't let Trace Adkins anywhere near the muppets!
  77. Matt Bjorke
    November 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm
    That was the second time Luke Bryan had a performance like this.
  78. Barry Mazor
    November 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm
    It's good to know that unemployed Berlin strippers still can get work in country music. It's a Weimar family values thing.
  79. Russell
    November 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm
    Most awkward transfer of a baseball cap from a dancer's foot to a country singer's head ever.
  80. Christy G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm
    Hey, I think they ripped off the set of "Chicago" for this!
  81. Christy G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm
    I'm sorry, but in my neck of the woods, country girls' mamas would NEVER let them dress like that!
  82. BLL
    November 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm
    ....and yet I can hear the 'whirring' as Hank Williams spins.....
  83. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm
    She mugged Kristian Bush for his hat!
  84. BLL
    November 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm
    Taylor Swift makes me slightly glad my ears are stuffy from allergic rhinitis.
  85. Juli Thanki
    November 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm
    Also, you have to enjoy getting paid in high-fives.
  86. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm
    The qualification for writing here at Engine 145: You must have Sesame Street references on hand at all times.
  87. Ben Foster
    November 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm
    I just literally LOLed at Snufflupogus!
  88. Ben Foster
    November 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm
    Agreed, Juli. Bring on "Neon"!
  89. Carrie
    November 9, 2011 at 8:56 pm
    Chris Young. Thank you.
  90. Christy G
    November 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm
    Is that Chris Young hot or what...better watch the drool on my keyboard!!
  91. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm
    Ahh, camo comes to formal wear!
  92. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm
    Disclaimer: No muppets were killed during the making of Natasha's dress.
  93. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm
    She turned Mr. Snufflupagus into a dress! Oh the horror!
  94. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm
    It's the biggest duet between two divas since Reba and Linda Davis!
  95. Carrie
    November 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm
    Karlie, "Easy" is just 4 minutes of yelling. I can't honestly say I've listened to the entire song. Instant staion-changer.
  96. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm
    Willie cameo there would've been nice. But a Hank Jr. cameo was cheaper. He's looking for work worse than Mr. T.
  97. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm
    Is this leading to the reason for Willie's "Illness"?
  98. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm
    Undeserved award followed by over-rehearsed acceptance speech. Lord let's hope this doesn't become The Band Perry's night.
  99. Andi
    November 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm
    never really got into "If I Die Young" but congrats to them. Seemed to have no real meaning to the song to me
  100. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm
    2011: The year of the high waist line. Not necessarily complaining. I'll take it over the resurgence of the V neck any day.
  101. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm
    Joe Frasier would be jealous of that belt. Good gosh.
  102. Andi
    November 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm
    Did Sara borrow TS's aerialists? Seems I've seen that on a lot of her concert videos Not that there's anything wrong with that, I honestly wondered.
  103. BLL
    November 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    Note to Ms Evans: bikini underwear and skin tight trousers= VPL
  104. Matt Bjorke
    November 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm
    KU's last performance before vocal cord surgery.
  105. Ken Morton, Jr.
    November 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm
    Pacific Standard Time = Detention in Ms. Thanki's class
  106. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm
    The Band Perry's hair confirms: Country music has officially entered it's hair metal phase.
  107. Sam G
    November 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm
    Band Perry, you thanked your record label in New York, but you didn't think your mama? For shame.
  108. Carrie
    November 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm
    So by pre-empting the awesomeness that is the Wednesday ABC lineup, the shows' actors get a consolation prize of presenting on the CMAs?
  109. BLL
    November 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm
    At least Hank is a good sport.
  110. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm
    Only thing missing in this opening performance is Tony Hawk shredding a gainer on those 1/4 pipes.
  111. Carrie
    November 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm
    This is pre-empting Revenge. I am not happy. I'm DVR-ing and not watching because I just can't bring myself to care. But can we please comment on Laura Bell Bundy's "dress?" I have no words.
  112. Andi
    November 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm
    I saw somewhere You and Tequila won video
  113. Saving Country Music
    November 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm
    Let's do this!
  114. Andi
    November 9, 2011 at 7:41 pm
    Hi. I hope you get a lot of commentors because I love to read the responses, even when I don't agree with them.
  115. Matt Bjorke
    November 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    It's working :) and Rick might like Shawna Thompson's dress tonight...
  116. Rick
    November 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm
    What, no Suburgatory tonight! This is an outrage! (lol) And to think that I thought I couldn't have any greater level of disdain for the CMA Awards Show! Will wonders never cease...