The Country Music Association, or CMA awards show, was once again co-hosted this year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. They did a humorous routine at the beginning of the show. They joked about the on-going feud between Zac Brown and Bryan and they did a couple of jabs at Obamacare and made a somewhat lame joke about twerking. The song that they sang about the difficulty of signing up for healthcare was amusing, and they did a great job getting the audience warmed up for the awards to follow.
Besides the awards that will be handed out tonight, several of the top country artists will perform. Among them will be Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Kacey Musgraves, and Taylor Swift.
Also, Alan Jackson and George Strait will pay a tribute to George Jones, who passed away earlier this year.Vince Gill, Alison Kraus, and Taylor Swift will perform together, and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters will sit in on the drums for the Zac Brown Band a bit later in the CMA awards show. Grohl is rumored to be producing the next Zac Brown Band album.
Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift both have six nominations, the most of anyone else tonight. Swift is the only female who is nominated in the category of Entertainer of the Year. Will it be her turn this year to win it?
Some trophies were handed out before the CMA awards show began. Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban already have two trophies each, as they sang together on Highway Don’t Care, which was awarded the Musical Event award, and the song also won for the Video of the Year.
The first award given on the CMA award show was for Single of the Year. Florida Georgia Line’s hit song, Cruise, won the award.
Before the next award was handed out, Kacey Musgraves sang Follow Your Arrow. She did a great job and the audience seemed to love it.
The second award of the evening was for Song of the Year. It was awarded to I Drive Your Truck. Lee Brice sings it, and the song was written by Jimmy Yeary, Jessi Alexander, and Connie Harrington.
After this award was given out, and a commercial break, the group Little Big Town sang Sober. It’s a sad song about getting drunk and dying. something that unfortunately happens far too often when people drink and drive.
The Vocal Duo of the Year award on the CMA award show was given to —- you guessed it — Florida Georgia Line.
After a live video directed by Spike Jonez, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert sang We Were Us. It was a pretty cool duet, and one of the many highlights of the show.
Another one of the highlights was Taylor Swift performing her hit Red with other accomplished singers, namely, Vince Gill, Edgar Meyer, Alison Krauss, Eric Carken, and Sam Bush.
Next up on the CMA award show was yet another musical performance. Florida Georgia Line sang Round Here, and it was greeted with an enthusiastic audience response. Then, the third award was handed out, the New Artist award — the honor went to Kacey Musgraves.
After this, Eric Church song a song off of his upcoming album. It was the title track, The Outsiders. I thought it sounded pretty good, though I am unfamiliar with Church’s songs.
The next award was one of the biggest of the evening. It was for the Album of the Year, and the award went to Based On a True Story, Blake Shelton’s latest best-seller.
Then, Tim McGraw sang his light-hearted song Southern Girl and Brad Paisley made a crack about Dolly Parton’s breasts. Who hasn’t? They’ve been the fodder of jokes for literally decades.
Taylor Swift, 23, was presented the CMA Pinnacle Award. It was just the second time that he award has been given. Carly Simon, Vicne Gill, and Keith Urban congratulated her in a video which was pre-taped video. Also, Justin Timberlake and Mick Jagger made an appearance to off her their congratulations for winning this prestigious award.
The first such award went to Garth Brooks, way back in 2005. Elvis Presley and the Beatles are the only artists who have sold more albums than Garth. Swift gave a really nice acceptance speech, and talked about when she was younger and sitting on Brad Paisley’s speakers watching him perform.
Carrie Underwood then kicked off a cool medley of some of her songs, like See You Again, Good Girl, Two Black Cadillacs, and Blown Away.
Little Big town was then awarded the CMA award for Vocal Group of the Year. They were cut off as they were giving their acceptance speech, and got bleeped, possibly for cursing because their speech got cut off.
The tribute to George Jones was next. Alan Jackson and George Jones gave a touching tribute to the late country music legend. They performed a duet of Jones’ hit, He Stopped Loving Her Today. It was a somber tribute to a man who has influenced scores of musicians and who will live on in the hearts of his countless fans.
Next up on the CMA awards, Dave Grohl played the drums with the Zac Brown Band. Brad Paisley ran through the audience, getting them pumped up, as he sang his song fit for football stadiums and Friday night high school football games, Mona Lisa.
Then, they performed Day of the Dead, which was really more of an all-out rock song than a country one. They’re awesome musicians, but there were likely some people in the audience and at home who didn’t much care for this particular song.
Finally, it was time to hand out another award. It was for Female Vocalist of the Year, and it went to Miranda Lambert.
Then, Rascal Flatts gave a somewhat strange tribute to Kenny Rogers, by playing his 1960s hit Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In). Rogers was there, and he thanked the band for the tribute.
With the CMA award show winding down, Blake Shelton won the Male Vocalist of the Year award.
The last award of the evening went to George Strait. He was handed the Entertainer of the Year award, the third time that he won it, though it was the 18th time in his long career that he had been nominated for it. He is now touring, doing his farewell tour, called The Cowboy Rides Away. He was nominated for and won his first Entertainer of the Year award back in 1985, and he was nominated for the most recent one in 2009.
The final performance of the night was Darius Rucker performing Wagon Wheel. ABC cut to the local news somewhere in the middle of the song because the show had ran out of time.
That was it for this year’s CMA awards show. What are your thoughts/opinions? Did your favorites win tonight? If not, who do you think deserved to win and why? What were some of your favorite moments and/or highlights of the show? Please leave your comments below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb