ACM 2008 Live Blog

ACM Live Blog

11:02 From the comments: Jonathan notes that the AP says Tracy Lawrence won Vocal Event.   That settles the final open question of the evening.   All of you in the comments helped make a boring show interesting. Have a good night!

10:58 Any idea who won Vocal Event?

10:57 Kenny just mention what I think he mentioned about his parents?

10:56 Like I said when that whole foot thing happened, I don’t want to hear anybody complaining about this win!

10:55 Entertainer: Kenny Chesney

10:53 Where’s Dolly Parton?

10:52 Okay. I totally thought that was Dr. Phil in a biker fetish outfit.

10:50 Wasn’t Dolly supposed to perform?

10:48 I think the two straight wins for Carrie at ACM and CMA (and Grammy) were a given. It will be interesting to see if she can be a three-time winner this fall and next spring.

10:45 Female Vocalist: Carrie Underwood.

10:44 “Country music legend Dwight Yoakam.” That both pleases me to hear and makes me feel old.

10:43 What’s with all the oddly colored microphones?

10:41 LeAnn Rimes is singing “Family.” I was hoping for “What I Cannot Change.” The sound mix just doesn’t favor loud songs like this, as the lyrics get lost in the shuffle.

10:34 Male Vocalist: Brad Paisley.

10:33 TRISHA YEARWOOD! Again!

10:31 Somebody put Christina Ag’s “Beautiful” and Martina’s “This One’s For the Girls” in a blender and served it to Pickler.

10:29 Kellie Pickler got a performance slot?

10:23 Good lord, she can sing. Here’s that great performance I’ve been waiting for.

10:22 Hey, that’s the clip I talked about in the Eddy Arnold single review. Absolute class.

10:22 Eddy Arnold tribute. Thank goodness.

10:17 I think I’ll go make some dinner. Just to make Gary jealous.

10:16 Seriously, give Buxton a full-fledged duet. She’s worth it.

10:15 That Sarah Buxton beatboxing in the back?

10:13 Keith Urban may be the most effortlessly cool guy in the history of country music.

10:13 Paris Helton gets that big a laugh? Really?

10:11 Vocal Group: Rascal Flatts. Meh.

10:06 Good that Garth gave some love to Reba. Anyone who’s seen her live knows she’s without peer.

10:05 Apparently Reba will be attending a wake after the show.

10:03 Garth is just a damn good live performer. The whole room should be taking notes.

10:02 TRISHA YEARWOOD! Finally, a fantastic singer! Wow, she puts the rest of the show to shame.

10:00 Interesting that all the songs so far are 1993 and earlier.

9:59 “Callin’ Baton Rouge.” My favorite Garth single to date.

9:58 Come on, Garth. Show Rodney Atkins how a medley is done.

9:57 That was the most hurried introduction to an award I’ve ever seen.

9:51 That wasn’t a great performance. Actually, have there been any great performances tonight?

9:48 When Trace Adkins said that he was rushing out a Greatest Hits album because he had some big opportunity coming his way, I thought he was crazy, especially when the opportunity was Celebrity Apprentice. Wow, was I wrong. That did more for his career than Badonkadonk.

9:46 Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn. Give me a frickin’ break.

9:45 From the comments – Louis C: Get Home Depot to fix the leak above the stage, NOW.

9:44 Rascal Flatts apparently do a lot for charity. I think it would be an act of charity for them to stop singing. But that’s just me.

9:43 Skeezy, Mr. Kix Brooks.

9:42 Lip-synching in the rain. Beautiful.

9:40 Of course she was wearing a prom dress under the hoodie. Thank God those dancers were there to rip her clothes off for her. That doesn’t send a bad message to young girls at all.

9:39 The teacher in me wants me to tell her to put her hood down.

9:36 So Sugarland should be the big winners tonight, assuming they win Vocal Duo. Big question marks right now are who will win Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist and Entertainer, I think.

9:33 I know they’ve been whitewashed from country music’s collective memory, but the Dixie Chicks had three big hits without drums from their Home album.

9:32 Song: “Stay” – Jennifer Nettles, Sugarland

9:31 Apparently while I was typing, Reba decided to put herself in it. When they toured together, Ronnie Dunn and Reba did a killer “You Don’t Know Me.” Much better than the song they actually recorded together.

9:29 While this B&D silliness is on, some ACM history. The Academy is notorious for giving Album to projects because of record sales, rather than quality. LeAnn Rimes won for Blue, Tim McGraw won for Not a Moment Too Soon. I’m trying to think of another time they so clearly went for the musical excellence over the record sales, and I can’t think of one. Hope this is the start of a new trend.

9:28 The women in Brooks & Dunn songs don’t exist in real life.

9:22 Couldn’t we get some more music in? Artists performing more than once, silly stage banter, hosts introducing introducers, clip packages. How many more artists could’ve been given performance slots instead of all this junk?

9:21 Well, the best album won. Nice.

9:20: Even Miranda said “Holy Crap!”

9:20 Album: Miranda Lambert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9:19 Hey, I like one of these two presenters.

9:18 Nope. This hook won’t get annoying at all.

9:16 Two predictions: This will sound much better on the record, and it will be a huge hit.

9:15 New Sugarland single. Cool. I hope.

9:14 I love the pro-soldier sentiment, but could’ve done without the mental image of Reba getting dressed.

9:10 Hat hair!

9:08 I want to add that it was classy of Reba to refer to Kenny and George as two of the greatest country entertainers of all time, especially since she’s a better entertainer than both of ‘em.

9:07 Not exactly George & Alan, is it?

9:06 Guess they didn’t win Vocal Event.

9:05 Actually, given George’s history, I think it’s awesome that he can sing a song about a newborn daughter.

9:04 Wow. Country mosh pits suck.

9:03 George really did start breaking out the religious songs these past few years. I like this one, but I think “You’ll Be There” was better (and more age-appropriate.)

9:02 Aw, Reba borrowed one of Taylor’s prom dresses.

9:00 Again, can’t make out a word that he’s singing, and I have this album.

8:59 Chesney proves that sometimes the turtle wins the race. Heh. He kinda looks like a turtle.

8:58 Fun historical fact: Kenny Chesney won ACM Top New Male Vocalist a freakishly long time into his career, too.

8:51 Dick Clark. Much better shout-out than Huey Lewis.

8:50 This is a good speech.

8:49 Top New Male Vocalist: Jack Ingram

8:48 Promoting the new single might’ve been a better use of that performance slot.

8:47 A medley of all the hits. Wilson Phillips did that once.

8:46 Wow, he sounds..not so good.

8:45 Rodney Atkins is so country he thinks when he dies, he’s going to Atlanta. Funny.

8:40 I didn’t know Victoria Shaw produced them. Cool.

8:39 Top New Vocal Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum

8:38 My recommendation for all artists performing on the ACM’s: Strip down the arrangements.

8:37 The sound mix is just so bad. I feel like I say this every year, but c’mon.

8:35 She needs to put out a concept video for this song.

8:34 Blake Shelton must be introducing Miranda Lambert.

8:29 Seriously. Shout-outs to Garth from Jay Leno and some TV star I’ve already forgotten the name of. Shouldn’t it be, you know, country artists doing that?

8:28 I think she only owns prom dresses.

8:27 Top New Female Vocalist: Taylor Swift

8:25 This is the stupidest definition of masculinity I’ve ever heard. And I suspect that Paisley’s gotten quite a few facials in his time.

8:23 I can’t hear a word that Brad Paisley is singing. The sound mix is terrible. That may be why Carrie was straining earlier this evening.

8:22 Question: Why have a host if you’re going to have other people introduce the acts?

8:21 Jason Alexander. Bedazzler joke. How timely.

8:20 Video: Brad Paisley, “Online”

8:18 Louis C. in the comments says Sugarland’s going to have a big night. Seems possible that they could win Song and Duo along with Single. I’m trying to find the pre-show winners online.

8:16 Jennifer Nettles sounds like she’s explaining the category to a first grade class.

8:14 Single Record of the Year: Sugarland, “Stay”

8:14 Banter could’ve been cut so we could hear the songs nominated.

8:13 “Last Name” is this year’s theme song? And who is Poppy Montgomery?

8:11 Toby seem thin, or is it just me?

8:10 Did Reba just roll her eyes at Toby’s song there?

8:09 Reba’s a little raunchy tonight.

8:09 Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman are going to have beautiful, beautiful children.

8:08 Rascal Flatts is not everybody’s favorite vocal group.

8:07 Nice little dig there about the all-male Entertainer category.

8:06 She brought up Roger Clemens. Yikes.

8:05 In case you’re curious, host Reba McEntire hasn’t only hosted the show ten times, she’s won Female Vocalist seven times.

8:02 Quite a bit of over-singing going on.

8:01 Her microphone is all sparkly.

8:00 Carrie Underwood opening the show with “Last Name.”

7:47 Live blog will begin shortly.

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229 Responses to ACM 2008 Live Blog

  1. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Was that a Mindy Mccreedy reference?

  2. LeeannNo Gravatar

    There was a good social zinger from Reba!

  3. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Roger Clemens gets torched early. Nice.

  4. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Moving tribute! Ha!

  5. It really is a silly song. Still like it though.

  6. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Yes, a bit raunchy.

  7. sorry i’m late

    she’s a hottie???? really???

  8. Since I don’t feel like googling the press release… is Gary Allan actually getting to perform?

  9. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Maybe that’s the girl from the CMTs dancing behind the screen.

  10. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Yeah, I like it too, though silly it is.

  11. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Hi, Louis, Jonathan and Gaby!!

  12. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Hi to you, Leeann.

  13. yay for sugarland!

  14. Michelle

    Poppy is on the CBS show Without A Trace. You know the network’s gonna be plugging their shows

  15. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Yeah, I totally agree about that annoying, lame banter that wasn’t even funny.

  16. hey leanne and kevin

  17. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Hi Michelle! It’s cool to have all of you guys here.

  18. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Carrie looked amazing, as usual. Toby did look a bit thin. Sugarland is going to have a big night.

  19. Hi everybody! Louis, you’re a new face. Welcome.

    Jonathan, Gary Allan isn’t performing.

  20. bobbyNo Gravatar

    yah Sugarland!

  21. hahaha i felt like she was teaching me about the awards show…lol

  22. carrie looked awesome….looked like she was wearing herself out with the vocal on that though

  23. Michelle

    Hey Leeann! Glad to find some good liveblogging. Makes the show so much more fun.

  24. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Kevin, thanks. I had read posts here before, but figured I’d jump in. This makes the show much more fun.

  25. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I love Brad, but could live without this song. There’s just something about it…

  26. good question kevin

  27. I rarely find Brad funny or clever.

  28. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Oh, strange, I thought the sound was better than it’s been for other award shows…CMAs.

  29. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Boy, the vocals sound tinny on HD. When I go over to analog, it looks lousy, but everyone sounds much better. I’ll stick with the pretty picture, I guess.

  30. Hey there, LeeAnn.

    Am I the only one who is off-put by the fact that Jennifer Nettles’ aw-shucks drawl gets thicker with every public appearance? I like Sugarland well enough, but I’m increasingly convinced that she’s faking that. “Stay” was a good choice for Single of the Year, though.

    I’m not a fan of Carrie Underwood’s at all but can at least admit that she usually sounds the same live as she does on record, but she sounded like she had a sinus infection tonight. The fact that she was shouting the song at full lung capacity from the first note didn’t really help, either.

    I like Brad Paisley but can’t stand 3 of the 4 singles he’s released from 5th Gear, particularly “I’m Still a Guy.” He sounds rough tonight, too. Maybe they’re using the same sound techs as the last CMA awards…

  31. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Hi Bobbi!

  32. Jonathan,

    Maybe it’s like Madonna’s British accent. It’ll get less jarring with time.

  33. bobbyNo Gravatar

    i agree with leann about the brad song, isn’t not one of his better ones

  34. taylor swift….knew it was gonna happen….still makes me a lil miffed about a vocal award though

  35. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Ah, that’s a nice tribute to her mom from Taylor.

  36. The ACM’s calls it “Top” instead of “Best” at least.

  37. bobbyNo Gravatar

    as long as taylor doesn’t win female vocalist i’m fine with this

  38. true…on top vs. best

    sweet kid though

  39. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Good distinction between best and top.

  40. Louis C.No Gravatar

    I think they opened with Carrie because they wanted her to go high-energy with “Last Name.” Hopefully, she can just sing normally on the tribute to Eddy Arnold. She can bring it, but with this sound system, it’s tough.

  41. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Does anyone know what they’re going to sing for the Arnold tirbute?

  42. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Funny from Blake!

  43. … And yet Miranda Lambert sounds fine.

  44. mimiNo Gravatar

    The sound sounds AWFUL I think…very off!

  45. bobbyNo Gravatar

    she sounds great!

  46. bobbyNo Gravatar

    the sound does sound bad though…but still she sounds good

  47. Miranda sounded fine, but the band was too loud.

  48. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Messed with three sound settings on my LCD. Not much help. Oh well. Live is live…

  49. bobbyNo Gravatar

    they really shoudl combine the new duo new male and new female category.

  50. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I love the artist interviews on Victoria Shaws website.

  51. This thread is hoppin’, y’all.

  52. Bobby,

    At least the new artists don’t have to sing at Universal Studios anymore.

  53. Yeah. Miranda sounded great… her backup singers? Not so much. So I’m back on the “fire the sound guys” train.

    There’s something off about Little Big Town “passing the torch” to Lady Antebellum. The latter is fine– of the 9 “Top New” nominees, they’re about the only one I’d listen to on purpose– but it seems like they’re primed for much bigger success than the former, who are much better at almost the exact same thing.

  54. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Is Rodney really going to sing a medley of all of his hits so far? Ugh.

  55. LeeannNo Gravatar

    He’s not sounding very good here.

  56. bobbyNo Gravatar

    he sounds really really off

  57. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I don’t even think the songs are sliding into each other well…they could’ve done better if they were going to do this.

  58. bobbyNo Gravatar

    he could be getting invisibly shaken a lot of publicity instead of this

  59. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Are those folks down front moonlighting? They are the same people from the pit on “American Idol,” right? Can’t have a show without the clappers and wavers near the stage…

  60. Kudos on the Wilson Phillips reference, Kevin.

  61. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Ingram new male vocalist. Too funny!

  62. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Hey, one-third of Wilson Phillips may be up for new female vocalist next year…not.

  63. Michelle

    The Garth fawning and feeding of his ego is gonna make it a long night for me.

  64. If it was Rodney’s goal to make his songs seem generic and indistinct, he succeeded.

  65. So if we were taking the SATs…

    Jack Ingram is to the _____ as Shelby Lynne is to the ____.

  66. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Ditto about Rodney, Kevin.

  67. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Yeah Michelle, they are pushing Garth quite a bit.

  68. Jonathan,

    Perhaps Clay Walker will win Horizon this year.

  69. LeeannNo Gravatar

    The Garth pushing is like tha Amy winehouse pushing at the Grammys

  70. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Uh, they just said Taylor is singing live tonight. Mom may cry again.

  71. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Ha about clay.

  72. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Hmmm…the biggest ticket seller of this new century…

  73. bobbyNo Gravatar

    this song is sort of starting to irritate me

  74. LeeannNo Gravatar

    At least Kenny is sounding beter than Rodney did.

  75. bobbyNo Gravatar

    haha, i think i have actually refered to his as looking like a turtle before…

  76. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Is it just me or is he singing this even slower than the record?

  77. Louis C,

    Trust me. When Taylor Swift sings live, it’s not only her mother that’s crying.

  78. bobbyNo Gravatar

    it sounds slow to me too

  79. Leeann,

    It’s not just you.

  80. Michelle

    I liked him better when he wore jeans. The slacks don’t do it for me.

  81. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Yuck on that eighties guitar solo at the end of the Kenny song. Not a big fan of the Strait song either.

  82. Chesney, bringing the Hoyay! and sounding completely tone-deaf, as usual. He looked visibly annoyed through most of the performance, but it’s not like the poor sound-tech work made him sound any better or worse than any other awards show performance I’ve ever heard him give.

    Those watching in HD may disagree, but George Strait doesn’t seem to have aged over the past decade…

  83. LeeannNo Gravatar

    The chorus sounds a bit catchier than I remember it. I think the last time I listened to this song is when I reviewed it. Is there more twang in this performance than the record…more accoustic guitar too?

  84. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Does this mean that this is the song that’ll win vocal event?

  85. bobbyNo Gravatar

    i thought it soudned more twangy too. the band sounds different.

  86. Louis C.No Gravatar

    George and Kenny singin’ ’bout the workin’ man…

  87. George is graying at the sides, but yea, still the same face.

  88. bobbyNo Gravatar

    i think i’m going to change the channel for a moment

  89. Course, when Kenny sings about the working man, they somehow still end up in the Caribbean.

  90. Michelle

    That was oddly boring.

  91. Michelle

    synchronized step descent!

  92. Louis C.No Gravatar

    The twang is the thang. Is she puttin’ on? Starting to wonder…

  93. Hey, usually female acts get less twangy with time as they go after the pop audience. Guess she deserves credit for going in the other direction.

  94. So… as was the case at the CMAs, Jennifer Nettles proves that a great singer can overcome bad sound work…

    But holy (insert your favorite swear here), that single was as wretched as Kristian Bush’s polka-dot suit.

  95. Michelle

    This is the kind of song that will get stuck in your head and never leave.

  96. Oh, good. John Rich is so good at talking.

  97. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Why the heck does Jewel hang with John Rich?

  98. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Yeah Miranda!!!!!! I just didn’t think she’d win!!!!

  99. Michelle

    yep she just said holy sh*t

  100. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Miranda has arrived. Way to go.

  101. Jonathan,

    You must be pumped!

  102. To go all Taylor Swift’s fanbase for a minute:

    OMG Miranda!!!1!!11!1!!! [/end teenage girl internet speak]

    I actually didn’t think that would ever happen, but wow, was that gratifying.

  103. Michelle

    Love it! Miranda’s still thanking on tv backsatge.

  104. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Mirand’s win has ellivated this show for me tonight! Now, if only Vince would win…:)

  105. Jonathan,

    That was pretty much my reaction when Pam Tillis won Female Vocalist in 1994. We all need to have those moments.

  106. bobbyNo Gravatar

    darn it, i go away for ten minutes and miranda wins album

  107. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I thought Reba singing in that song was amusing.:)

  108. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Nettles is the boss in that relationship!:)

  109. bobbyNo Gravatar

    yah! they have to win duo or i will be very very sad especially after that brooks and dunn song

  110. bobbyNo Gravatar

    although it was nice to see reba preform regardless of the song

  111. Sugarland were dressed like they’d been playing with the queen of hearts.

  112. Michelle

    She sure is, Leeann! Too funny.

  113. Yay Miranda, Yay SUgarland. We’ve got some good results this year although I think Jake Owen should have won New Male instead. Still Jack took it with pride and respect. I agree that Rodney should have done his new hit instead, that was a little strange, but a nice tribute to the start of his career all the same.

  114. LynnNo Gravatar

    I’m definitely going to watch this show now. YAY Miranda! I’m thrilled for her! I wish she would have performed “Guilty in Here” on the show, but who cares, she won!

    Is it normal to have album of the year so early on? I would have thought that (with maybe the exception of Entertainer of the Year) that Album would be the big one to go last???

  115. bobbyNo Gravatar

    i missed the sugarland song. how was it?

  116. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I wonder if she’ll stay acoustic?

  117. Louis C.No Gravatar

    High School Musical III just broke out on the ACM stage.

  118. bobbyNo Gravatar

    i’m not a teacher and i want to tell her to put her hood down too

  119. Michelle

    Taylor’s keeping it real, y’all!

    oh, lord this is god-awful!

  120. LeeannNo Gravatar

    No to my question on Taylor.

    Lynn, I thought album was supposed one of the big ones too!

    Cowboy Blue, I agree with you on Jake Owen.

  121. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Funny, Kevin! (9:39)

  122. Lynn,

    Album’s the big one at the Grammys, but the country shows tend to end with the vocalist awards and Entertainer. I agree with you that it should be later.

  123. bobbyNo Gravatar

    she should leave her hair alone when she sings

  124. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Oh yeah, welcome, Lynn!

  125. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Get Home Depot to fix the leak above the stage, NOW.

  126. K, so taylor goes hoddy then encourages girls to rip their clothes off.

    Also the water was a little uncalled for.

    However, I give Tayor credit because she looks so much more comfortable and at home on the stage now.

    Oh and when is she going to start dating her guitarist. Everytime I se them they seem to get more physical.

  127. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Do RF sing about giving back every day?

  128. bobbyNo Gravatar

    haha, an act of charity of them to stop singing.
    that would eb the happiest day of my life

  129. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Were afraid not to give it to B&D? They certainly don’t deserve it anymore.

  130. LynnNo Gravatar

    Thanks Leeann! I’m on the west coast, so I can’t comment substantively until then, but I’m enjoying reading the comments! I wonder if Miranda’s album win had anything to do with the fact that it was loved cross-genre by the critics. Country hasn’t had the greatest reputation for quality lately. Maybe they felt the need to reward quality and show up the critics in that very “defensive” way country has… ?

  131. I love that not even all the ProTools in Nashville can get Taylor Swift close to an actual note, but I will give her credit for figuring out novel ways to distract people from her glaring non-talent– lip-synching in the rain (awesome, by the way, Kevin) seems to have done the trick. And I’m sticking by my prediction that her fanbase abandons her as soon as she cuts her hair.

    Kevin, I loved Pam’s female vocalist win (considering the talent throughout the 90s, I do think that the ACMs and CMAs did a fairly good job of spreading the wealth), but I’m definitely still thrilled about Miranda’s win tonight.

  132. I never would’ve thought the ACMs would be the ones to give that album its due credit, especially after CMA and NARAS didn’t even nominate it. Thank God they did. It’s an awesome album.

  133. LynnNo Gravatar

    Johathan, are you predicting a Keri Russell for Taylor Swift? ;)

  134. Jake

    I agree with everything you are saying. I’m watching the most cause of Garth, and hopefully I’ll see Trisha somewhere. *Looks around to see a glimpse of her* Guess I’ll have to wait.

  135. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Lip-synching is a good thing. Did you want Taylor to sing LIVE???

  136. Again I fail to see where the comment about RF stopping singing is in any way appropriate. I’m sry but these guys are great, but thats just ME.

    Although there live performances on these award shows usually have some pretty interesting flaws, I wonder if they have any this time..or have they performed yet?

    Anyways I think that comment was a little over the top and uncalled for. TO each his own.

  137. Stephen H.No Gravatar

    The comments on Taylor make evident even further the double standard in country music. Women are supposed to be fantastic singers, while men can get by on “attitude” even if they aren’t great tonally.

  138. LeeannNo Gravatar

    At least the transitions are better on garth’s medley than Rodney’s…though I’m not wild about medleys of hits.

  139. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Garth’s is better than Rodney’s.

  140. Stephen,

    I don’t think there’s a country music site more pro-woman than mine. Doesn’t change the fact that Taylor can’t sing.

  141. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Stephen H, you make a valid point there. I can think of many male singers who’re revered despite their mediocore voices, but the female singers are expected to be more polished.

  142. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Well, there’s Trisha for ya.

  143. bobbyNo Gravatar

    thank goodness i missed brooks and dunn win. i think i would have broken the t.v.

  144. bobbyNo Gravatar

    yes! it’s trisha!

  145. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I think Garth did a great job!

  146. Michelle

    aw, no Chris Gaines medley?

  147. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Ooops Garth!!! Apparently, he loves, loves, loves both Reba and Miss Yearwood.:)

  148. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Ha, Michelle!

  149. bobbyNo Gravatar

    keith urban’s coming up! i’m anticipating a highlight of the show

  150. K, B&D…no,no,no

    Anyways Great job from Garth, awsome, awsome awsome.
    It may not actually be a bad thing that Rodney did a medly of his recent hits because in a way he has the potential to be the next Garth so maybe it’s fitting.

  151. Louis C.No Gravatar

    I was sure Brooks and Dunn would win Best Vocal Group as well.

  152. bobbyNo Gravatar

    well at least that’s out of the way.

  153. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I’d be surprised if Rodney became the next Garth, really.

  154. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Keith sounds better than anyone else has tonight on my set.

  155. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Sara’s cool!

  156. bobbyNo Gravatar

    “keith urban might be themost effortlessly cool guy in the history of country music”
    YES YES YES!!!

  157. So, I’ve reviewed close to 300 albums over the last three years and heard at least three times that many, and I don’t think I’ve hated anything more intensely in that time than the stupid little faux-beatbox vocal effect that runs through the entirety of this Keith Urban song.

  158. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I think the live version of this is better than the album version.

  159. Jake

    Garth’s performance made the show ten times better, I’m glad I waited for that, and Trisha not only looked great but sounded amazing(as always) They both brought the show back to greatness. Man I wish ACM’s were as good as they were with Garth and Trisha back in the 90′s. I’m super hyped from the medley. Anyone else think Rodney was almost stealing Garth’s thunder? I mean the shows only big enough for one medley right? lol. What is Keith singing, or better question who is that girl in the back say chic chic. She’s a little annoying.

  160. bobbyNo Gravatar

    i love rodney, but it’s a bit of a stretch to say he might be the next garth

  161. cowboybleauNo Gravatar

    I agree, Keith seems to just have that vibe about him. Anyways going right into the audience and stuff, awsome

  162. Stephen H.No Gravatar

    Kevin, I wasn’t saying YOU weren’t pro-woman. But Taylor being revered in spite of poor vocals is rare for a female artist in the mainstream, although it’s completely the norm for men.

    Also, did anyone notice that David Spade called these the CMA Awards?

  163. bobbyNo Gravatar

    rascal flats are revered for poor vocals probably as much as taylor. i think they’re the only ones that are really that level of awfulness live

  164. Stephen H.No Gravatar

    I’ve actually never had a problem with Rascal Flatts’ vocal abilities. Their songs just, almost without exception, completely suck.

  165. LeeannNo Gravatar

    That was quite a touching speech from Arnold.

  166. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Carrie and Brad, Mr. Arnold would approve.

  167. LeeannNo Gravatar

    A good performance from Carrie and Brad too.

  168. bobbyNo Gravatar

    that is the kind of stuff carrie needs to be singing

  169. cowboybleauNo Gravatar

    Carrie and Brad really sound good together. FIrst “Oh Love” off of 5th Gear and now this, awsome. Very touching a respectable tribute to Eddie, very tastefully and nicely done.

  170. Two Belmont grads, presenter and winner.

  171. bobbyNo Gravatar

    good for brad.

  172. Michelle

    wow, Trisha looks bored or pissed.

  173. Michelle,

    Trish looked like Trish to me. She’s a low-key gal.

  174. cowboybleauNo Gravatar

    Pickler did ok, wasn’t the best but damn did she add some interest and flavor into this show.

  175. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Maybe Trisha heard about Matt’s comment at the9513. I’d be ticked too!

  176. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I love how LeAnn’s voice sounds these days, though it’d be nice to hear it better.

  177. Enunciation isn’t LeAnn’s strong suit and the terrible sound mix isn’t doing her or this song any favors. I’m with you, Kevin, on wishing she’d done “Things I Cannot Change,” which is hands-down the best thing she’s ever done. I know “Good Friend and a Glass of Wine” has (undeservedly) stalled at radio, but I’m surprised she went with “Family” for her performance.

  178. They’re live-blogging too? I’ll go check that out.

  179. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Congrats, you called this one, Kevin.

  180. bobbyNo Gravatar

    i agree about the enunciation. i love her voice, but it irritates me at the same time because i can’t understand what she says

  181. Caught that comment about Trisha. She’d probably secure enough in herself to dismiss it. Lord knows she could out-sing anyone on that stage. Even Carrie.

  182. LynnNo Gravatar

    Dwight Yoakam was on? I love him. He has that Keith Urban effortless cool thing going for him as well.

    (ah…I’m glad someone else was ticked about the Trisha comment too!)

  183. bobbyNo Gravatar

    at least carrie and brad won. after brooks and dunn, i was afraid that kenny and taylor would win

  184. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Tell that “super model” she might not want to stand next to Ms. Underwood. No comparison.

  185. LeeannNo Gravatar

    True enough.

  186. Michelle

    Thank god that Taylor girl didn’t win.

  187. bobbyNo Gravatar

    i thought the trisha comment was unnecesary also.

  188. I agree about LeAnn’s song choice, shoulda been What I Can Not Change

  189. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the9513! I’m a loyal reader. I just don’t like comments like that.

  190. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Oh yeah, you’re right. Where’s Dolly?

  191. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Speaking of the9513, I always think of their review when I hear this song–that they should probably be singing “we” instead of “I”.

  192. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Okay, worst result of the night: Brooks and Dunn over Sugarland.

  193. Stephen H.No Gravatar

    Troy looked surprised when Eddie came in full-blast in the third line of the chorus …

    I’m not a fan of this song, but if nothing else it proves Troy Gentry isn’t suffering from Kix Brooks/Kristian Bush/Big Kenny syndrome.

  194. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I guess they accidentally listed her; her website says she’s not on it.

  195. I’m sure somebody could be offended by something on this live thread that somebody said. Goes with the territory.

  196. Leeann's Husband

    Dolly is not going to be on I guess, can’t find a reason but it almost sounds like they accidentally put her on a press release:

    http://www.dollyon-line.com/news/2008/05/15/dolly-not-to-perform-on-acm-award-show/

  197. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I’m not surprised about Kenny, though I don’t agree.

    What happened to vocal event? Did I miss it?

  198. Michelle

    Wish it would’ve been Keith

  199. bobbyNo Gravatar

    i won’t complain even though i didn’t want him to win, because i was convinced that rf would win

  200. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Keith is still smiling. He’s a class act. And so talented.

  201. Michelle

    Kenny’s mama and daddy must be so proud for the sex shout out from their boy.

  202. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I guess Kenny was raunchy too.:)

  203. bobbyNo Gravatar

    ummm…a little too much information

  204. I missed it too, if it was noted

  205. “Dr. Phil in a biker fetish outfit” for the win.

    Not terribly surprised by the Chesney win; his core fanbase is intense. Had Taylor Swift been nominated for Entertainer of the Year, though, she would’ve won.

  206. The AP says that Tracy Lawrence et al won Vocal Event.

  207. I can’t find the winner anywhere.

  208. Louis C.No Gravatar

    Good night, all. This was fun. See you for the CMAs in the fall.

  209. JakeNo Gravatar

    Oh bobby I didn’t mean that Rodney’s medley was better, I thought he shouldn’t have had a medley because it was Garth’s big night. To actually tell you guys the truth I don’t like Rodney’s music all that much. I like music from the 90′s and early 2000′s. Yeah that’s right I’m one of those country fans and a young 15 year old at that.

  210. bobbyNo Gravatar

    oh i didn’t think you meant that. i was refering to a previous comment i think

  211. bobbyNo Gravatar

    the one about him maybe being the next garth.

  212. LynnNo Gravatar

    Good night? It just came on here! My first thought…Carrie is going for the Elvis thing all the way… :)

  213. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Lynn, I wonder why there’s such a delay where you are?

  214. Anonymous

    im soo mad i missed the live blog….my internet decided it was going to take an untimely break last night so i had to keep all my snarky comments to myself…trust me not as much fun

    made for good reading today though so thanks for the live blogging kevin and leanne

  215. that was me by the way ^

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  217. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Gaby, I wondered what happened to you! We missed your snarky comments, for sure.

  218. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Oh yeah, one of my snarky comments didn’t get posted because my internet had a glitch for a minute too. It was about Rascal Flatts. So, it’s probably best that it was left unposted.:)

  219. ^ oh i know what ya mean

    i had several good zingers, but my dog wasn’t as amused as i would have liked him to be :)

  220. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Ah, Gaby, my dog doesn’t appreciate my sarcasm, cinisism and wit as much as I think he Should either. In fact, he had the nerve to just sleep through the whole show. Then again, I might have done the same if it hadn’t been for Kevin’s fun live blogging, the great comments and a few good performances: Carrie & Brad.

  221. LeeannNo Gravatar

    …And I meant Carrie and Brad together…not so much apart, for this show at least.

  222. Yeah leanne i agree.. carrie and brad together was the best

    seperate…well…other than a few wonky notes carrie’s was at least enertaining….brad not so much, but i don’t really like his song either

  223. Paul W DennisNo Gravatar

    I dvr’d the show and fast-forwarded through much of it later – the usual problems, wretched sound, poor arrangements, acts that could use dress consultants

    Also a Jerry Wallace tribute would have been in order too

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