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.


10:31 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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227 Comments on ACM 2008 Live Blog

  1. Was that a Mindy Mccreedy reference?

  2. There was a good social zinger from Reba!

  3. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 7:08 pm //

    Roger Clemens gets torched early. Nice.

  4. Moving tribute! Ha!

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

  6. 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 // May 18, 2008 at 7:13 pm //

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

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

  11. Hi, Louis, Jonathan and Gaby!!

  12. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 7:14 pm //

    Hi to you, Leeann.

  13. yay for sugarland!

  14. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 7:16 pm //

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

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

  16. hey leanne and kevin

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

  18. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 7:17 pm //

    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. 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 // May 18, 2008 at 7:21 pm //

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

  24. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 7:21 pm //

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

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

  29. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 7:25 pm //

    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. Hi Bobbi!

  32. Jonathan,

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

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

  34. hi!

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

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

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

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

  39. true…on top vs. best

    sweet kid though

  40. Good distinction between best and top.

  41. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 7:31 pm //

    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.

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

  43. cute intro

  44. Funny from Blake!

  45. … And yet Miranda Lambert sounds fine.

  46. The sound sounds AWFUL I think…very off!

  47. she sounds great!

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

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

  50. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 7:39 pm //

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

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

  52. I love the artist interviews on Victoria Shaws website.

  53. This thread is hoppin’, y’all.

  54. Bobby,

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

  55. 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.

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

  57. He’s not sounding very good here.

  58. lame!

  59. he sounds really really off

  60. 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.

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

  62. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 7:49 pm //

    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…

  63. Kudos on the Wilson Phillips reference, Kevin.

  64. Ingram new male vocalist. Too funny!

  65. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 7:51 pm //

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

  66. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 7:53 pm //

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

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

  68. So if we were taking the SATs…

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

  69. Ditto about Rodney, Kevin.

  70. Yeah Michelle, they are pushing Garth quite a bit.

  71. Jonathan,

    Perhaps Clay Walker will win Horizon this year.

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

  73. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 7:57 pm //

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

  74. Ha about clay.

  75. Hmmm…the biggest ticket seller of this new century…

  76. this song is sort of starting to irritate me

  77. At least Kenny is sounding beter than Rodney did.

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

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

  80. Louis C,

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

  81. it sounds slow to me too

  82. Leeann,

    It’s not just you.

  83. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 8:02 pm //

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

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

  85. 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…

  86. 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?

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

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

  89. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 8:08 pm //

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

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

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

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

  93. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 8:12 pm //

    That was oddly boring.

  94. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 8:16 pm //

    synchronized step descent!

  95. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 8:17 pm //

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

  96. 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.

  97. 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.

  98. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 8:19 pm //

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

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

  100. Why the heck does Jewel hang with John Rich?

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

  102. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 8:20 pm //

    yep she just said holy sh*t

  103. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 8:21 pm //

    Miranda has arrived. Way to go.

  104. Jonathan,

    You must be pumped!

  105. 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.

  106. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 8:23 pm //

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

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

  108. Jonathan,

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

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

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

  111. Nettles is the boss in that relationship!:)

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

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

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

  115. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 8:35 pm //

    She sure is, Leeann! Too funny.

  116. 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.

  117. 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???

  118. i missed the sugarland song. how was it?

  119. I wonder if she’ll stay acoustic?

  120. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 8:40 pm //

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

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

  122. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 8:41 pm //

    Taylor’s keeping it real, y’all!

    oh, lord this is god-awful!

  123. 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.

  124. Funny, Kevin! (9:39)

  125. 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.

  126. she should leave her hair alone when she sings

  127. Oh yeah, welcome, Lynn!

  128. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 8:44 pm //

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

  129. 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.

  130. Do RF sing about giving back every day?

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

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

  133. 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… ?

  134. 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.

  135. 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.

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

  137. 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.

  138. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 8:52 pm //

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

  139. 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.

  140. Stephen H.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 8:58 pm //

    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.

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

  142. Garth’s is better than Rodney’s.

  143. 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.

  144. 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.

  145. Well, there’s Trisha for ya.

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

  147. yes! it’s trisha!

  148. I think Garth did a great job!

  149. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 9:05 pm //

    aw, no Chris Gaines medley?

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

  151. Ha, Michelle!

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

  153. 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.

  154. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 9:12 pm //

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

  155. well at least that’s out of the way.

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

  157. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 9:16 pm //

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

  158. Sara’s cool!

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

  160. 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.

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

  162. 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.

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

  164. cowboybleauNo Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 9:18 pm //

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

  165. Stephen H.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 9:21 pm //

    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?

  166. 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

  167. Stephen H.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 9:24 pm //

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

  168. That was quite a touching speech from Arnold.

  169. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 9:26 pm //

    Carrie and Brad, Mr. Arnold would approve.

  170. A good performance from Carrie and Brad too.

  171. that is the kind of stuff carrie needs to be singing

  172. cowboybleauNo Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 9:31 pm //

    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.

  173. Two Belmont grads, presenter and winner.

  174. good for brad.

  175. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 9:35 pm //

    wow, Trisha looks bored or pissed.

  176. Michelle,

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

  177. cowboybleauNo Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 9:41 pm //

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

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

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

  180. 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.

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

  182. Congrats, you called this one, Kevin.

  183. 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

  184. 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.

  185. 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!)

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

  187. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 9:49 pm //

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

  188. True enough.

  189. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 9:50 pm //

    Thank god that Taylor girl didn’t win.

  190. i thought the trisha comment was unnecesary also.

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

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

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

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

  195. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 9:53 pm //

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

  196. Stephen H.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 9:53 pm //

    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.

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

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

  199. Leeann's Husband // May 18, 2008 at 9:55 pm //

    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:

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

    What happened to vocal event? Did I miss it?

  201. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 9:57 pm //

    Wish it would’ve been Keith

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

  203. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 9:57 pm //

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

  204. Michelle // May 18, 2008 at 9:58 pm //

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

  205. I guess Kenny was raunchy too.:)

  206. ummm…a little too much information

  207. I missed it too, if it was noted

  208. “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.

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

  210. I can’t find the winner anywhere.

  211. Louis C.No Gravatar // May 18, 2008 at 10:02 pm //

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

  212. 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.

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

  214. the one about him maybe being the next garth.

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

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

  217. Anonymous // May 19, 2008 at 8:25 am //

    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

  218. that was me by the way ^

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

  220. 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.:)

  221. ^ 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 :)

  222. 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.

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

  224. 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

  225. Paul W DennisNo Gravatar // May 19, 2008 at 10:22 pm //

    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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