2008 CMA Winners
Entertainer: Kenny Chesney
Male Vocalist: Brad Paisley
Female Vocalist: Carrie Underwood
Album: George Strait, Troubadour
Vocal Duo: Sugarland
New Artist: Lady Antebellum
Vocal Group: Rascal Flatts
Song: Jennifer Nettles, “Stay”
Single: George Strait, “I Saw God Today”
Music Video: Brad Paisley feat. Andy Griffith, “Waiting on a Woman”
Musical Event: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, “Gone Gone Gone”
Musician: Mac McAnally
Predict the Winners:
Kevin – 8
Leeann – 7
Blake – 7
Dan – 7
11:03 Thanks again for another great night. See ya at the Grammys!
11:02ish To Blake and Dan: A Song For You.
11:02 Blake: Down with our dictator!
11:02 Dan: Kevin sucks.
10:57 If I was a petty man, I’d be gloating about out-predicting all of my co-writers at Country Universe. Wait a minute. I am a petty man. I won! Yes! I won! This country universe is mine. Y’all just live in it. Suckers. (Except for you Leeann. You didn’t get all up in my grill, talking smack before the throwdown. You’re cool.)
10:56 ENTERTAINER – Kenny Chesney
10:54 Standing O for Shania. Good God, she’s beautiful. Welcome home.
10:50 So the only artist I see live who charges Eagles prices is Madonna, and I have to say that if she just stood there and growled, I’d feel ripped off. Come on, guys. Slap on some heels. Throw in some synchronized dancing. Jump some rope. Rub up against something. You’re supposed to be legends.
10:49 Dan: Once again, a washed up rock act gives us one of the better performances of the night. I like the Eagles, but that’s sad.
10:48 You know it’s bad when you’re hoping that Shania’s the surprise guest because you want to see some real country stars.
10:46 Paisley’s right about that. The Eagles have a lot more to do with country music today than most seventies country stars.
10:40 MALE VOCALIST – Brad Paisley
10:39 Dan: Reese is the smart one. She’s been drinking.
10:38 Cheaper applause line at the CMA’s: Appealing to patriotism, or name-dropping Johnny Cash?
10:37 Oh, Carrie. Country music stars don’t have to worry about movie stars that can sing. Just rockers who are too old for rock radio.
10:36 Dan: Trace is giving a sweet performance. Wish I liked the song a little more.
10:35 If Chesney is no Strait, then Adkins is no Toby Keith.
10:31 I agree with Dan. It’s generally a bad idea to record something if George Strait or Trisha Yearwood has put it to tape.
10:30 Dan: Anyone else think that cleavage shot of Kenny in the greenish gray tank top was a bit much? Also, he sounds like he’s aping Strait’s version.
10:28 Here comes Kenny Chesney. Could he win Entertainer for a fourth time and make me a winner, too?
10:24 Blake: The guitar is not plugged in and I don’t hear it AT ALL. I’m just saying!
10:23 Dan: Now that’s a well-groomed beard!
10:22 James Otto looks scared to death, but still sounds better than most of the cocky performers tonight.
10:20 Brad Paisley is not funny. Just sayin’.
10:19 Okay, Sugarland got a little glittery and high-tech in the end. But they didn’t need it.
10:18 Notice how the best performances tonight – Lambert, Underwood, Urban, Sugarland – all skipped the production elements? The really great talents don’t need them.
10:16 This is my second or third favorite song on the new album. This is how arena country/rock should be done. Thanks, Sugarland.
10:11 I just want to say this. Carrie Underwood always goes out of her way to say that she didn’t get here the conventional way, but country music embraced her anyway. She may have taken a different path, but once she got here, she did it the old-fashioned way: working her butt off, studying the greats, and respecting the history of what came before her, all while moving forward in her own way. She’s the real deal, and more than worthy to stand among the Loretta, Tammy, Reba, and Martina as a three-time Female Vocalist champ.
10:10 FEMALE VOCALIST – Carrie Underwood
10:08 Okay, maybe there’s one and a half Vince Gills. Somebody’s been hitting Rotier’s.
10:07 Brad’s wise enough to know there’s only one Vince Gill. Nice homage.
10:06 Not gonna front. Tearing up a bit.
10:05 Dan: Most gratuitous use of wind machines ever. But she’s singing the hell out of it.
10:04 Martina looked confused when she didn’t get her standard ovations for her power notes. The reason why is singing right now. Carrie’s raised the bar.
10:02 Carrie’s getting a hell of an introduction for a hell of a song. I’m a true believer on this one. Sing it, Carrie.
10:01 Rodney Atkins is maniacally taking notes to add a new verse to his “America” song.
10:00 He’s better than all of ’em.
9:59 Dan: Thank God Keith Urban showed up to show us what pop music is supposed to sound on the CMAs.
9:57 Interesting that Urban’s commanding the stage better than any of the other rockers tonight, and he’s doing it without any bells and whistles behind him. Like Lambert, the talent is all he needs.
9:56 No offense to Brad Paisley, but if he was a duo with Keith Urban, he’d be Kix and Keith would be Ronnie.
9:53 In the race for Country Universe prognosticator of the year, Leeann and Blake have fallen out of contention, while Kevin and Dan vie for the top slot. It all comes down to Entertainer. Stay tuned.
9:49 ALBUM: George Strait, Troubadour – Kevin’s tied again with Dan. Yes!
9:48 Right about now, we should’ve been hearing Emmylou Harris and Tom T. Hall and The Statlers. Sigh.
9:45 The video sold me on this song, though I’ve come to enjoy the audio. One of Brad’s best to date.
9:42 Dan: And Hootie gives us one of the more traditional performances of the night. Country music hates itself.
9:40 So we know where the 90’s rockers go to keep their careers going. Where can we find the 90’s country stars?
9:36 Dan & Blake: Yay Sugarland!
9:35 VOCAL DUO – Sugarland
9:34 The future of country music. Sigh.
9:33 She can outsing the whole lot of ’em, can’t she?
9:31 I can’t hear Reba. Did they give her Kix’s mic by mistake?
9:30 It’s a little silly to bill this Brooks & Dunn/Reba McEntire performance as one night only, given the fact that they’ve toured together many times and just sang on the ACM’s together this past spring.
9:28 Acknowledging Jerry Reed? Awesome. How about acknowledging the Hall of Fame inductees, too?
9:25 Dan’s the only one with an above .500 batting average tonight.
9:22 Other groups who have won this award: Sawyer Brown, Dixie Chicks, Rascal Flatts.
9:21 HORIZON AWARD NEW ARTIST Lady Antebellum
9:17 Jason Aldean can actually pull of the country-rock thing better than Kid Rock. The material does nothing for me, but it’s nice to hear a singer who can overpower the band.
9:15 Maybe if Kenny could sing like Strait, the island vibe wouldn’t sound so tired.
9:14 Push him again. Please.
9:13 Carrie saw it in the window and she had to have it. (h/t Carol Burnett.)
9:09 “The return of a true country superstar.” Gotta be Shania, right? Rumor has it she’s in town. She’s got more star power than the whole first hour and ten minutes.
9:08 This song’s been going on all night long. Crikey.
9:06 What does this have to do with country music?
9:05 I’d rather hear the Warren Zevon song.
9:04 Wouldn’t it be funny if the song we’ve been singing “All Summer Long” ended up being “All I Want to Do”?
9:03 One on-stage award show costume change is a gimmick. Two is an unhealthy fetish.
9:02 Joining Alison Krauss and Martie Maguire in the pantheon of great female fiddlers on the CMA stage is…an extra from the Renaissance Fair.
9:01 She’s coming down the stairs! She’s gonna do something!
8:59 Here comes Taylor Swift. You can hear her fans screaming off-key. Oh, wait. That’s her.
8:57 If I wasn’t duty-bound, I dare say I’d be switching over to new South Park in an hour.
8:54 That’s the ugliest jacket I’ve ever seen. Ever.
8:53 And Dan takes the lead, as I curse myself for betting against the hair gel boys.
8:52 VOCAL GROUP: Rascal Flatts
8:51 Atkins praises being American, then the camera cuts to two Aussies. Good work, producers.
8:50 Only in America can you have 4 #1 hits without changing your hat.
8:49 Am I the only one who expected Atkins to curse at the lemonade stand kids?
8:48 A patriotic country singer. How novel.
8:46 Oh look. An over-sized dryer sheet.
8:44 Yes! Pat Benatar!
8:43 So the AMA’s get Carrie Underwood and Pink? Lucky AMA’s.
8:40 Interesting factoid: this is the first time two artists have co-hosted since 1992, when Reba and Vince shared the honors. Realizing how long ago that was makes me feel old, even though I was in eighth grade at the time.
8:39 I was fully expecting roller skates for some reason.
8:37 Okay, gotta say I’m digging the female guitarist with the Pippi Longstocking ‘do.
8:36 Nothing against Lady Antebellum. I’m just wondering why so many of the new acts want to be eighties rock stars. I blame VH1’s whitewashing of that era.
8:34 Good performance, but it’s going to take a Female Vocalist win for Lambert to get a boost for the song at radio.
8:33 Miranda’s sounding great. We should push for an unplugged CMA Awards.
8:29 Pre-Telecast Winners:
- Music Video: Brad Paisley feat. Andy Griffith, “Waiting on a Woman”
- Musical Event: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, “Gone Gone Gone”
- Musician: Mac McAnally
8:25 SONG – “Stay” – Jennifer Nettles
8:24 Cyrus Virus!
8:23 So Alan Jackson won’t be adding a new entry to Classic CMA Moments.
8:22 Oh dear God line dancers.
8:21 Alan Jackson is nominated for Song of the Year for this?
8:18 Maybe the sound system is the reason that the stripped-down performances are always the best. It’s all Pickler can do to be heard, and she has a good set of pipes.
8:17 Definitely a Taylor Swift song. She’s wearing Shania’s 1999 Grammy outfit.
8:16 Kellie Pickler’s new song. I haven’t heard it yet.
8:15 Just heard that Lil Wayne is performing with Kid Rock tonight?
8:11 SINGLE OF THE YEAR – George Strait, “I Saw God Today”
8:09 I don’t like dirty jokes on the CMA’s. Not even kinda dirty ones.
8:08 Age jokes at George Strait’s expense. Jesus wept.
8:07 Underwood’s poised. Paisley’s not as funny as he thinks. Seriously, I’ll just keep copying and pasting that all night.
8:06 Underwood’s poised. Paisley’s not as funny as he thinks. Pretty much what I’d expect so far.
8:05 Billy Ray Cyrus looks like Severus Snape.
8:03 Dueling guitars! Not as cool as dueling banjos, but good enough.
8:01 What’s the point of all the expensive video monitors and stage decorations when the camera spends all the time focused on the artists anyway? Maybe that money could go to, I don’t know, the sound system?
8:00 Brad’s starting the show with Keith. If Brad’s vocal’s any indication, the sound isn’t too hot this year.
7:57 Taylor Swift’s planning some shenanigans on stage tonight. Yay?
7:54 Kid Rock is saying I’d never guess, in a million guesses, who’ll be playing guitar with him on stage tonight as he sings “All Summer Long.” If it’s Warren Zevon, he gets mad props.
7:49 Speaking of Swift, her album’s on track to sell in the 500-600k range, on par with the latest studio albums from Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Dixie Chicks, but not quite reaching the levels of the previous Flatts and Chicks albums. Interestingly enough, 500k-ish is what the Shania hits compilation sold its first week. It should be interesting to see if she can school the competition again when she returns.
7:46 So what are you looking forward to more, readers? CMT Giants: Alan Jackson, or CMT Crossroads: Def Leppard & Taylor Swift?
7:29 Jason Aldean’s new single is being debuted tonight – “She’s Country.” It’s in his words, “More rockin’ than ‘Hicktown’.” Yay?
7:28 Anyone hoping that Keith Urban would do his own instrumental album can keep dreaming. He doesn’t like instrumentals!
7:19 Very excited to learn that Sugarland’s performing “Love.”
7:14 Kellie Pickler’s singing “The Best Days of Your Life” and Keith Urban’s doing “Sweet Thing.” Also of note: Lance Smith has no social skills.
7:10 Little tidbits about the songs being performed tonight. Miranda’s doing “More Like Her”, James Otto’s doing “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”, and Lady Antebellum is performing “Love Don’t Live Here.”
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