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Grammy Pre-Show Live Blog

February 8, 2009 // 51 Comments

The following categories are being announced on the Grammy pre-show.  Winners will be posted as they are announced. Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album: Gaither Vocal Band, Lovin’ Life Best Traditional Folk Album: Pete Seeger, At 89 Best Contemporary Folk Album: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Raising Sand Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Carrie Underwood, “Last Name” Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Brad Paisley, “Letter to Me” Best Country Collaboration with Vocals: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, “Killing the Blues” Best Country Instrumental Performance: Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, etc. “Cluster Pluck” Best Bluegrass Album: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass Best Country Song: Jennifer Nettles, “Stay” Best Country Album: George Strait, Troubadour

2008 CMA Awards Live Blog

November 12, 2008 // 254 Comments

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 ______ Live Blog: 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 Read More

ACM 2008 Live Blog

May 18, 2008 // 229 Comments

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 Read More

2007 CMA Awards Live Blog

November 7, 2007 // 53 Comments

Winners: Entertainer – Kenny Chesney Male Vocalist – Brad Paisley Female Vocalist – Carrie Underwood Vocal Duo – Sugarland Vocal Group – Rascal Flatts Horizon – Taylor Swift Album – George Strait, It Just Comes Natural Single – “Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood Song – “Give it Away” – Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon & Jamey Johnson Music Video – “Online” – Brad Paisley Musician – Jerry Douglas (Dobro) Musical Event – “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” – Tracy Lawrence, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw Final thoughts: No big winners tonight, in terms of numbers. Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney each won two. Best performances: Sugarland, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and…dare I say it? Kellie Pickler! Making me feel too old? Taylor Swift. Who’d think that country music would make me feel old at the tender age of 28? We should go 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

American Idol Live Blog: Country Night, 2007

April 17, 2007 // 7 Comments

I can’t believe I did this two nights in a row. Final Thoughts: Country night was much better than usual, and I credit Martina McBride for being a fantastic coach, along with better song choices.   I actually think the contestants showed more respect and even understanding of country music than those who were on the CMT Awards last night.     My guess for the bottom two: Chris Richardson and Lakisha Jones, with Richardson going home.  I think Sanjaya will be in the bottom three but sent to safety.  Guess I’ll blog the results, too. As it happened: 8:00 Ryan Seacrest gives a shout-out to the victims of the Virginia shooting immediately, already showing more class than Jeff Foxworthy last night. 8:01 Fantastic intro for Martina McBride. Even I was surprised that she’s been around fifteen years, and I bought The Time Has Come when the “That’s Me” video Read More

CMT Music Awards: 2007 Live Blog

April 16, 2007 // 28 Comments

Kris is here to keep me calm. Good God, what an astonishingly tasteless evening. A nasty host with an insult for everybody, music that barely resembles country, and women spoken of with no respect, whether they’re cheerleaders, talk show hosts, country music superstars or songwriting legends.  Not to mention a pot-shot at Stonewall Jackson.  I’m going to go listen to some Kristofferson, Tillis, Cash and Loveless, and remind myself that this twisted trainwreck is not what country music is; it’s just a cable channel’s tawdry attempt to be the hillbilly MTV. You can read my running thoughts below for the evening. Know that they’ve been heavily censored. HBO wouldn’t broadcast my inner monologue from the past three hours. Oh, and I will never, ever, ever, do this again. Not live blogging, mind you: I’m going to do that for Idol country night if I’m home for it. But the CMT Read More

CMA Live Blog

November 6, 2006 // 13 Comments

10:58 Yeesh, you guys shattered the daily traffic record for this site in three measly hours. I need to live blog more often. Let’s end with watching B&D once again not know how to fill up the dead time. 10:54 Kenny came back to win it again. He deserves it, too. 10:52 She’s even wearing the dress they buried her in. 10:48 Wow, they’ve defrosted Barbara Mandrell so she can give out Entertainer of the Year. 10:46 Vince just showed how it’s supposed to be done. Everyone else looks like amateurs now. 10:44 You’re right, Kix. You guys have made him look better the past three years. Hopefully viewers will go get the Vince 4-CD set that just came out. This is one of the best songs on it. 10:41 Don’t be sad, Brad. You just won Album! 10:39 In case you’re wondering, Carrie’s the fourth artist in history to Read More

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