Say What? – Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts

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August 20, 2007

Rascal Flatts’ lead singer, on not winning Album of the Year for Me and My Gang:

“We deserved it last year. To sell more than anybody, I think that qualifies for album of the year.” – Gary LeVox

Source: Billboard, “Industry Accolades Still Lag Behind Rascal Flatts’ Sales Success.” – Aug. 25, 2007. Page 22.

The article implies that he is referring to not winning Album of the Year at the ACM’s, where they lost to the bigger-selling Some Hearts by Carrie Underwood. The reference to last year makes me wonder if they meant to refer to the 2006 CMA’s, where they lost to Brad Paisley’s critically acclaimed Time Well Wasted.   They didn’t receive a nomination for Best Country Album at the Grammys.

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  1. GabyNo Gravatar says:

    I think its called believing your own label hype.

  2. ChadNo Gravatar says:

    Yawn….I’ve never been really into Rascal Flatts (although I’ve enjoyed a few of their earlier songs like “I’m Moving On”) but this is getting ridiculous. How many more years do we have to deal with this? Their star has to burn out soon enough….they’ve just been lucky that the Dixie Chicks got banned from radio so they could start winning the group award at the country awards shows.

  3. samantha keenerNo Gravatar says:

    I also think Rascal Flatts should have won Album of the Year for Me and My Gang:because they have worked so hard to sell all of those albums and what did they have to show for it? I love their music, i have all of their cds qand i am going to be getting their new cd on september 25 and io know i will love it. I hope that they will finally get the credit they deserve at the award shows. Also just because the Dixie Chicks have been banned from the radio does not mean that Rascal Flatts get more air tiume. I truly think they do not get enough air time. It is not Raascal Flatts fault that they got banned from the radio. I will stick up for my boys and show some love to them.

  4. KevinNo Gravatar says:

    Samantha, you seem to have missed Chad’s point. He’s not saying that Rascal Flatts get airplay because the Chicks don’t – they co-existed on the radio for a couple of years. He’s saying that the only reason they’ve won any awards at all is because of the Chicks no longer having support in the country industry. I don’t know if I fully agree with that, because it’s hard to say whether the Chicks would’ve released another album quickly after “Home”, but I do think the Chicks would’ve won Vocal Group in 2003, at the very least, since they were surprise winners in 2002, and “Home” wasn’t even released during that eligibility period.

    As far as awards for album sales go, they’re given out at the Billboard awards, which honors the top-selling and most-played music of the year. Rascal Flatts didn’t win that in 2006 because they were outsold by Carrie Underwood, who had the top-selling album of all genres.

  5. Aeroyacine says:

    You’re right LeVox “Me & my Gang” was the biggest album last year in USA 2months n1 on the billboard, best performance for a Country Band!!for ever, it’s unbelievable

  6. JudyNo Gravatar says:

    Britney Spears also sold a lot of albums. Doesn’t mean it was the best. Quantity doesn’t always equal quality.

  7. FrankNo Gravatar says:

    Rascal Flatts is definitely part of the big machine now. But they do put out satisfying records. I wouldn’t say they are innovators or that they’re changing music or really doing anything important musically, but they’re still a force to be reckoned with. Kinda like country’s version of Def Leppard.

  8. Mike WhitakerNo Gravatar says:

    I wish I had the time to go on a long rant with this mess, so I’ll keep it short and simple. I have a great idea. It’s fantastic! I’m gonna start a new awards show. It’ll be called the CMARA’s (Country Music Alternate Reality Awards). There will be about six catagories, and the first and foremost eligilibility requirements will be that you must be either Rascal Flatts or Toby Keith. And if you’re either of these, you’re automatically nominated in all catagories. Keith and the Flatts boys are to be the official, and only voters. Keith gets three votes, and each Racal gets one. That should assure that they tie, and co-win, each and every award, likely to include Female Vocalist of the Year, a great milestone for both. We can fill an arena with groupies for both Keith and Rascal Flatts, who will no doubt show up in droves when offered free tickets.

    In the end, it should accomplish the greater goal… both Keith and LeVox will finally be happy. And both will stop bitching. And still, nobody will care.

  9. GabyNo Gravatar says:

    Mike ^ that was funny!

  10. CindyNo Gravatar says:

    I think that Rascal Flatts should have won Album of the Year too. They are GREAT and have GREAT music! I just went to their concert on Aug. 18th and it was a blast. In my opinion all of their songs on their last CD were good. You can’t say that for a lot of artists. I have a lot of friends that have the same opinion. I say keep the great tunes coming guys!

  11. john brewerNo Gravatar says:

    HEY GARY YOU ROCK LETS BOW HUNT KANSAS THIS YEAR IVE GOT THE SPREAD

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