May 18, 2008
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.