ENTERTAINER: Carrie Underwood
ALBUM: Taylor Swift, Fearless
SINGLE: “You’re Gonna Miss This” – Trace Adkins
FEMALE VOCALIST: Carrie Underwood
MALE VOCALIST: Brad Paisley
VOCAL DUO: Sugarland
TOP NEW ARTIST: Julianne Hough
VOCAL GROUP: Rascal Flatts
SONG: “In Color” – Jamey Johnson
11:00 Wonderful ending to a pretty good night!
10:59 ENTERTAINER: Carrie Underwood!!!
10:57 Matt and Jamie Foxx should co-host next year.
10:56 Matthew M. was the “Walkaway Joe” in Trisha’s video from 1992.
10:54 The show got better as it went on. I’ve really enjoyed most of the later performances.
10:49 This is the best I’ve heard Rascal Flatts in a very long time. I would buy this song arranged and performed like this.
10:47 Not much in the way of multiple winners tonight, at least in the marquee categories. Brad Paisley has 3 (Male, Video, Vocal Event), Julianne Hough has 2 (New Artist, New Female Artist.)
10:45 ALBUM: Taylor Swift, Fearless (Leeann has to be far ahead by now)
10:42 Blake got Brad Paisley’s slot, I think. Good to hear him. I like this song.
10:36 Who will win Female Vocalist? You need a better teaser than that. Who’s in charge of the clips here?
10:35 SINGLE: “You’re Gonna Miss This” – Trace Adkins (His first industry award since winning ACM Top New Male Vocalist twelve years ago.)
10:34 Anybody else lose sound?
10:33 She’s getting a Crystal Milestone award for winning an award last year? Really?
10:30 I really need to see them live. If they’re this good on award shows, they must be amazing with their own audience.
10:29 Jennifer Nettles attended Keith Urban’s charisma workshop.
10:28 Reba just said “Any-hoo.”
10:22 The contrast in phrasing between Adkins and the choir is jarring. But Good Lord, this is the best song of the night.
10:19 Amazing how war songs are timeless, even when they describe wars from long ago.
10:15 FEMALE VOCALIST: Carrie Underwood
10:13 She’s getting lost in the mix, but from what I can hear, it’s like “For My Broken Heart” with a brighter morning.
10: 12 New Reba. Good so far.
10:07 Little Jimmy Dickens got served.
10:05 MALE VOCALIST: Brad Paisley
10:04 None of these guys are really at the top of their game.
10:02 She really does put everyone else to shame. This is better than the record.
10:01 Carrie saw it in the window and she just had to have it.
9:54 It’s been 34 minutes since the last award. Yeesh.
9:53 “Hell Yeah”, Part II. Among country recycled grooves, I dig MG’s the least.
9:51 Ladies and gentlemen, Anita Cochran on lead guitar!
9:50 Then again, I’m not sure she’s singing live. Anybody heard the record?
9:49 Alright, I’ll say it. She’s got better vocal chops than most of the people on tonight’s show. I’d like to swap teen idols with pop music right about now.
9:47 Perhaps one of the reasons it’s been such a wild ride for both you and Miley is that you won’t get off her horse.
9:45 Random aside: Is anyone else seeing the Gene Simmons commercial for Cherry Dr. Pepper? Why doesn’t Cherry Coke Zero get such a big promotional push???
9:42 Coming up…Miley Cyrus and Carrie Underwood. Why not?
9:41 This live blog brought to you from New York City. We’re not part of the real world, but thankfully the internet can beam us to those of you who live in it.
9:40 Good to know some tools are still made in America.
9:39 A rundown of working class anthems should’ve included Aaron Tippin.
9:37 I didn’t realize LeAnn Rimes did so much humanitarian work. I guess she has nothin’ better to do.
9:35 She dances like Natalie Maines. Heh.
9:34 I like the imagery. She’s quite the songwriter, assuming that she wrote this.
9:33 Am I the only one who can’t help but think about Mindy McCready’s “Maybe He’ll Notice Her Now” with these lyrics?
9:32 New Miranda Lambert song. Can’t wait to hear it.
9:26 Urban reminds me just how much the new artists lack charisma. He should give workshops on charisma.
9:23 Of all the country superstar recycled grooves, Urban’s is my favorite.
9:21 If Nettles had turned quickly at an angle, this show would be on tape delay next year.
9:20 VOCAL DUO: Sugarland (Finally! First time B&D ever lost a pure Vocal Duo race at the ACM’s!)
9:19 I think we may have peaked for the evening. Sigh.
9:17 So far, this is the only performance of the night that I can say improves on the recorded performance.
9:15 Lee Ann Womack is doing “Solitary Thinkin’.” One of the better tracks from Call Me Crazy.
9:10 Lady Antebellum sounds very generic.
9:06 She gets a crystal milestone award for her incredible record sales? Her albums combined haven’t matched the sales of Underwood’s first album, the first three Dixie Chicks albums, three Shania Twain albums. Why didn’t Rascal Flatts get this award? John Michael Montgomery? Toby Keith? Kenny Chesney? I’m just confused.
9:05 This reminds me of the Brooke White girl from Idol last year.
9:03 David Copperfield did not, in the end, pull an auto-tuner out of his hat.
8:54 Standing O? Wow, the value of those have plummeted. Must be the economy.
8:53 TOP NEW ARTIST: Julianne Hough
8:52 We like to blame the sound mix for less than par performances. But notice how George Strait still sounds great – and mark my words, Carrie Underwood will, too.
8:51 I love this song. “Troubadour” couldn’t be a better fit for him.
8:50 I wonder how many of the new artists knew that was a George Strait song.
8:49 He could do a sketch as Wanda the Ugly Girl trying to out-dress Carrie Underwood.
8:48 Seriously, he’s killing. Please let him host next year.
8:47 Jamie Foxx. I’d love to see him host the show next year.
8:43 Poor Nashville viewers had to deal with storm warnings during the Johnson performance. How cool would it have been if those popped up last year during Taylor Swift’s performance of “Should’ve Said No”?
8:41 As for the actual performance, he sounds good. Still overwhelmed by the backing track, but that seems inevitable on these shows. I’m surprised they didn’t do a stripped-down performance a la “Stay.” Those are the only ones that ever sound good on these shows.
8:40 So I get the whole conceit here, but give me a break. There weren’t huge projection screens in the days of black-and-white photographs. Or TV for that matter. This is way too pretentious for my tastes.
8:39 Oh dear God. It’s in black and white. I didn’t see that coming.
8:38 Here comes Jamey Johnson. I suspect we’ll see it in color.
8:36 I wonder if McGraw’s production differences had something to do with those screens behind the artists?
8:35 Toby Keith’s best recent performance wasn’t on a country music award show. Check out his roast of Larry the Cable Guy.
8:29 I’m excited for Toby Keith, though he always seems to do rave-ups. Shame, since he’s such a great balladeer.
8:27 VOCAL GROUP: Rascal Flatts (There goes my lead)
8:26 I wonder if next year she’ll be back singing “Amy and Vince” or “Tim and Faith.”
8:23 I feel bad that Heidi Newfield has nearly no chance despite five nominations. A bit weird to see her dolled up. She was Gretchen Wilson before Gretchen Wilson was Gretchen Wilson.
8:22 Home Depot has been a big friend to this show. They supply the wooden performances.
8:17 Methinks that Jamey Johnson would look better out of color. Yikes.
8:16 SONG: “In Color” – Jamey Johnson (I called this one, y’all – he’ll repeat at the CMA’s)
8:15 J Love is a huge fan of country music. I’m a huge fan of the Ghost Whisperer. Cool.
8:14 Random pics in the back of young college-age girls partying. Weird.
8:12 Anyone in the comments want to explain the appeal of Chesney playing live? What are his shows like? I’ve never been.
8:11 First time in a long time there’s been a woman in there. I think the Dixie Chicks were the last ones.
8:10 Who’s on the couch with Brad Paisley and Little Jimmy Dickens?
8:09 A gay joke? Really?
8:09 George Strait is indeed the man himself.
8:08 Please say Rascal Flatts from the behind of a cow.
8:07 That was interesting, but I wonder how much cooler it could’ve been if it was done later in the show, and was built around ballads with “Very Last Country Song” being the framework.
8:06 I do not want to hang with you and your gang.
8:05 I think they’ve run through all of country’s multi-platinum acts.
8:04 Love me some Carrie Underwood. Hope she has a big night.
8:03 Sugarland, I wouldn’t mind hearing the full song. At least Leeann got a bit of “It Happens.”
8:02 Wow, George Strait snarled at his reference until he noticed the camera was on.
8:01 Taylor Swift doing “Picture to Burn.” Is this a medley of annoying songs performed poorly?
8:00 We’re starting with some sort of jam beginning with Brooks & Dunn. “Play Something Country” still annoys me. The melody is ripped off from “Shut Up and Kiss Me.”