ACM Awards

ACM Burning Questions, Answered

May 16, 2007 // 0 Comments

Before I started the live blog of last night’s ACM Awards, I listed a few burning questions. Here are the answers: Will Carrie Underwood pull a Dixie Chicks and go five for five tonight? I can see it happening easily, but the only mortal lock she has is Top Female Vocalist. Well she didn’t sweep, but she did win three awards: Female Vocalist, Album and Music Video. George Strait played spoiler and took Single and Song. She had the classiest speech of the night, immediately acknowledging the stunning Tim McGraw performance that preceded her final win of the evening. Speaking of the Dixie Chicks, can this join the CMA telecast from last year and last three hours without a joke at their expense? I think Reba is more of a Vince Gill than a Jeff Foxworthy, and she was clapping with enthusiasm when they won the Grammy for Song of Read More

ACM Awards: 2007 Live Blog

May 15, 2007 // 12 Comments

ACM Winner Miranda Lambert (above) ACM LIVE BLOG 10:59: Just FYI:  Carrie won Video, so she went 3/5.   “Building Bridges” by B&D, Vince and Sheryl Crow won Collaboration. 10:57 Entertainer: Kenny Chesney, three in a row.   Good. He earned it. 10:56 Vince Gill, brilliant as always. Here comes Shania.  Still impossibly beautiful. 10:45 Female Vocalist: Carrie Underwood. And she gives a shout-out to Tim McGraw that shows real class. As usual. 10:44 Martina’s crying. Me too. 10:42 Tim gets the nod for best performance of the night. What an unbelievable song, a letter written by a soldier just in case he dies in battle. This is why I love country music. 10:37 Just saw an ad for the 400th Episode of The Simpsons. I was in fourth grade when that show started. How long ago was that? People were sick of The Judds always winning Vocal Duo awards Read More

ACM Awards 2007: Picks & Predictions

May 12, 2007 // 10 Comments

There are three major country awards given by the music industry, and each particular show reflects the preferences of a different section of it. The CMA Awards, given every fall, are the Music Row awards, where the Nashville music industry – labels, talent agencies, publishers and the like – have the most sway. There is also a sect of voters who favor strong traditionalism in country music, which has allowed for some surprising upsets over the years. Commercialism matters, but isn’t the only factor at the CMA’s. If a big act doesn’t have too much substance, they aren’t likely to win many CMA awards. The Grammys, given every February, are the most prestigious musical honor. Voted on exclusively by artists, musicians, producers and engineers, the country categories have always been dominated by artists with technical merit – singer’s singers and musician’s musicians. Sales don’t mean much at all to these Read More

ACM Nominees Announced

March 4, 2005 // 0 Comments

For contemporary country artists, there’s no award more prestigious than the ACM Award. Except for the CMA Award. And the Grammy. Okay, at least it’s better than a Flameworthy. Voted on by radio and industry folk, these awards tend to favor commercialism, though they often follow the CMA’s lead in the major categories. Major labels have a lot of pull here, particularly BMG, which received some very surprising nominations for its second-tier acts. Overall, this is a stronger list than usual from the ACM’s. When Alison Krauss gets five nominations, it’s a good year indeed. Here are the nominees in the major categories, with my choices for winner in bold: Entertainer Of The Year Brooks & Dunn Kenny Chesney Toby Keith Tim McGraw Keith Urban How does Brooks & Dunn keep getting nominated in this category over bigger acts? Shania Twain, Alan Jackson and George Strait all had bigger years Read More

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