Entertainer: Taylor Swift
Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist: Blake Shelton
New Artist: The Band Perry
Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum
Vocal Duo: Sugarland
Song: “If I Die Young” – Kimberly Perry
Single: The Band Perry, “If I Die Young”
Music Video: Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter, “You and Tequila”
Musical Event: Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
Musician: Mac McAnally
Correct Prediction Tally:
6: Ben, Dan
5: Jonathan, Kevin, Leeann
10:02 – It’s been fun. Thanks for being my live blog buddy this year, Leeann!
10:00 – Leeann: Thank you for reading and participating. And thanks especially to Ben for doing such a great job of leading the live blog this year.
9:59 – Thanks for joining us, y’all! This was so much fun! See you at the ACMs!
9:59 – I’m happy for Taylor. I love how she acts like a happy little kid.
9:58 – Leeann: I think Brad and Carrie did pretty well this year. Brad stepped it up this year by not seeming as stiff and Carrie’s actually been decent to good all along.
9:58 – Tara wins the correct production tally by a landslide with nine correct predictions.
9:57 – Leeann: Okay, I’m totally tuning in for CMA Country Christmas.
9:55 – ENTERTAINER: Taylor Swift
9:55 – Leeann: Whoa, Entertainer already? Will they end early?
9:54 – Carrie’s dress was AWFUL.
9:52 – I so want to see that new Dolly Parton movie. Not that I expect it to be good.
9:49 – “Seriously??” Miranda is so cute. Nice little acceptable speech. You can tell she genuinely did not expect this. Taylor looked a little disappointed though.
9:48 – Leeann: Aw yes…Country music’s power couple. Glad they don’t seem as tumultuous as past power couples though.
9:47 – FEMALE VOCALIST: Miranda Lambert
9:47 – Will it be Miranda?
9:46 – Oh gosh, now they’re plugging Revenge too.
9:42 – I’d like to muster up more enthusiasm for Faith Hill’s return, but a OneRepublic cover was so not what I was hoping to hear from her right now, especially with it having been so long since she’s released any new music. She’s singing well though.
9:42 – Leeann: Fun that Carrie Underwood gets to introduce Faith Hill.
9:40 – The Glen Campbell tribute is easily the show’s best moment. I suppose I could add a qualifying “…so far,” but I just might not.
9:34 – Leeann: Not to be a total sap, but this takes on a certain significance for me because mygrandfather died from Alzheimer’s last month. He used to be the bass singer in a barber shop quartet, but he had to stop early on in the disease.
9:35 – My seven-year-old sister says “Is this still the CMA Awards? ‘Cause it looks really old.”
9:32 – Leeann: So far, the tribute is even more than I hoped it would be.
9:32 – I’m digging the retro vibe of this performance. (My parents are watching with me andsinging along)
9:29 – Leeann: I have high hopes for the Campbell tribute. Yeah! There’s Vince Gill. I miss him as host.
9:29 – The Glen Campbell tribute. This… is… beautiful.
9:28 – I heard it too, Leeann! We’d better pinch ourselves just in case.
9:26 – Leeann: Hark! Can it be that I heard them say that Vince Gill would be coming up soon?
9:25 – Am I the only one who, as soon as Martina McBride performs, immediately has to check @DrunkenMartina’s Twitter feed? I can’t believe she’s not tweeting anything right now.
9:20 – Oh gosh, it’s Martina (“One of the greatest femalve vocalists of all time”) with the cancer song. She is really beating this into the ground. I’m getting tired of this song.
9:19 – Tara takes the lead with seven correct predictions!
9:18 – MALE VOCALIST: Blake Shelton
9:17 – Hasn’t Reese Witherspoon presented this award before?
9:17 – Leeann: Why, oh why does Jason Aldean always have to be so arena rock?
9:14 – Jason Aldean with “Tattoos On This Town.” One of his more interesting songs, methinks, not that “Dirt Road Anthem” is difficult to top.
9:11 – Leeann: Yes, the McCreery song was actually tolerable.
9:07 – Pleasantly surprised to see McCreery singing what I thought was one of the most tolerable songs on his album. Thank goodness it’s not “The Trouble with Girls.”
9:06 – NEW ARTIST: The Band Perry
9:05 – Presented by Lauren Alaina and Jake Owen? Are they randomly drawing presenter names out of a hat?
9:03 – Brad and Carrie singing “Remind Me.” They’re turning in a pretty good engaged performance. A bit too loud, but so is everything except Chesney and Potter.
9:02 – Checking in with the correct prediction tally (I hope I added this up right). It looks like me, Dan, and Tara tied for the lead with four, followed by Jonathan and Leeann with two, and Kevin with one.
8:56: That Chesney win was quite a surprise. Not a single one of us predicted it. Glad to see “Tequila” get some recognition though.
8:55: – MUSIC VIDEO: Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter, “You and Tequila”
8:54 – There’s Kristian, faithfully standing off to the side. This performance is okay, but The Band Perry was better, IMO.
8:52 – Sugarland with Matt Nathanson. (Gasp) Was that a steel guitar I just heard?
8:50 – FAIL.
8:50 – VOCAL GROUP: Lady Antebellum
8:49 – Oh LeAnn Rimes… that dress… oh no…
8:48 – I think so too. But I like how the mid-song breakdown sounds live.
8:47 – Leeann: I still think the fireflies verse is odd.
8:47 – With that mouth full of teeth, Kimberly looks like she could be a blonde Osmond.
8:46 – The Band Perry. Hey, totally sounds like country music! What are we watching again?
8:36 – He starts singing with Rascal Flatts, and stops sounding country. Surprise.
8:34 – Aww, Tim McGraw’s singing along!
8:34 – Yay for Little Big Town! Sounding awesome as usual.
8:33 – And the award for Most Audible Steel Guitar of the Night goes to… Lionel Richie. #Irony
8:31 – …And we have the requisite Little Jimmy Dickens cameo! As Little Justin Bieber. This I did not see coming, but it’s hilarious. “It Ain’t My Baby, Baby” – Ha!
8:25 – Whoa, Detroit’s Edwards and Lee won a Radio Personality award. I actually used to listen to them. Back when I lived in Michigan. And listened to radio.
8:24 – Ditto to that, Leeann. I really enjoyed the simplicity of that performance. Thank God he didn’t do “Reality” instead, though.
8:24 – Leeann: I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone with Kenny Chesney and Eric Church being among my favorite performances so far
8:23 – First performance to have me actually starting to sing along, though Church came fairly close.
8:21 – Ah, “You and Tequila.” This I can totally take. (LOL, Leeann)
8:19 – Crud! My prediction hot streak comes to a grinding halt. I had Swift pegged for this.
8:18 – ALBUM: Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party
8:18 – Leeann: Ha about Miss Piggy, Ben. You sound like an old man now. It’s his birthday today, btw, y’all!
8:17 – From the comments: “Miss Piggy being there made my night. Anyone who doesn’t like The Muppets is a bad person.” – Brian :)
8:15 – Lady A is owning the night. Bathroom break, anyone?
8:14: “Hi-yah!” Hilarious.
8:13 – Miss Piggy. I heart Miss Piggy. Even though she’ll never be the same without Frank Oz.
8:08 – MUSICIAN: Mac McAnally
8:06 – Dumb as the song is, I find myself involuntarily bobbing my head to it. Help.
8:05 – Joy. Luke Bryan in a twanged-up spoof of Flashdance.
8:04 – Did Carrie recycle that dress from the video shoot for “Cowboy Casanova”?
8:01 – I don’t recognize the song, but I daresay this is one of Taylor’s less-grating live performances.
8:00 – Am I the only one half-expecting Taylor Swift to rip off that pink sweater halfway through the song?
7:59 – I just happened to pop over to the Engine 145 live blog, and I must say, Karlie and Juli are hot tonight!
7:54 – Chris Young. Why “Voices”?? Why not “Tomorrow”??
7:52 – Shawna has a pretty voice, but other than that, I get nothing out of “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.”
7:51 – If so, Leeann, I’ll just have to turn my badge in along with yours. The performance had an infectious energy to it.
7:50 – Leeann: Is it wrong for me to think that the Eric church performances is one of the better performances of the night? Do I need to turn in my critic badge?
7:49 – Eric Church’s shades just kill me. How bright can it be in there? You’d think he’d gone blind.
7:48 – “Outlaw” Eric Church singing “Drink In My Hand.” This song was made for a live setting.
7:47 – So I knew it was never going to the Civil Wars. But I can dream, right?
7:46 – VOCAL DUO: Sugarland (Surpise! Not)
7:45 – ABC is wasting no opportunities plugging their programming here. Do these award presenters even like country music?
7:43 – Enter country legend Natasha Bedingfield singing with Rascal Flatts. Wearing a roll of pink fuzzy carpet, no less.
7:41 – Still worth noting that this is one of the few times in recent years when Kenny’s recorded an award-worthy song. Gotta love Matraca Berg and Deana Carter.
7:40 – Leeann: Oops!! That’s right about song of the year. My bad.
7:38 – Agreed, Leeann!
7:37 – Leeann: Zac Brown Band doing “Georgia”is a highlight, as their performances tend to be at these things.
7:36 – (Song of the Year goes to songwriters, not artists)
7:35 – Leeann: Good for the Band Perry, but it’s probably the first time I’d been pulling for Chesney to win an award.
7:32 – SONG: Kimberly Perry, “If I Die Young”
7:32 – Kellie Pickler – always presenting, never receiving.
7:20 – Still don’t like the lyrics of “Baggage Claim,” but I’m finding myself digging the arrangement, and Miranda sure is sounding good tonight.
7:28 – “So, Carrie, been reading anything interesting lately?” “Nope!” HA!
7:22 – Sara Evans and the acrobats. I did not see that coming. I really like this song though.
7:22 – From the comments: “i think keith was not supposed to perform because he is having surgery, something about his throat.” – Andie (Good point)
7:19 – Leeann: Keith isn’t sounding as good as normal tonight to me.
7:18 – We’re at dress number two for the Carrie Count (I think). At my house we always guess how many outfit changes she’ll do. My guess this year is eight.
7:18 – Keith Urban with “You Gonna Fly.” Not my favorite song of his, but it just keeps growing on me.
7:15 – Yo, if Leeann and I are boring you (hope not), be sure to check out the live blogs over at Roughstock and Engine 145! Or check ’em out just because.
7:13 – I approve!
7:12 – SINGE: The Band Perry, “If I Die Young”
7:11 – Leeann: Brad does seem less nervous this year so far.
7:10 – Ooooh, no supper for Brad tonight!
7:09 – Leeann: The Tim and Faith Barbie skit was kinda funny.
7:08 – The Tim and Faith Barbie bit was hilarious.
7:07 – Leeann: They haven’t cared about Hank in years, but now they’re showing their support?
7:06 – I did not see the Hank cameo coming. Cute though.
7:05 – Leeann: Hmmm…they’re really getting political on Hank’s side?
7:05 – Okay, I am laughing my butt off at this Hank, Jr. parody. “You can’t compare the president to Hitler!”
7:03 – Overall a pretty good performance. Now here come Brad and Carrie!
7:03 – Leeann: Blake sounds better here than on the recording.
7:02 – And here comes country legend Kenny Loggins.
7:01 – How about turning up that mic a bit?
7:00 – Blake Shelton opens the show with “Footloose.” I can hardly find him among all those dancers!