Thursday, November 13th, 2008
Last night, the CMA stamped its approval on the leading contemporary country stars of today. Congratulations to Kevin for commandeering the most popular live blog in Country Universe history. Here is a series of highlights (according to me) from an otherwise staid ceremony:
Best performance: “More Like Her,” Miranda Lambert; “Just a Dream,” Carrie Underwood. With understated brilliance, Lambert shifted gears by offering her Texas twang on the stripped-down ballad, while Underwood hit all the glory notes on her dramatic tearjerker with style and grace. Often pitted as rivals and polar opposites, the two proved that country music holds plenty of room for these two prodigious talents. Although Underwood ended Lambert’s faint hopes of claiming the Female Vocalist prize, bet on Lambert winning her fair share of CMAs in the near future.
Sound off: Repeatedly an issue, the Sommet Center’s sound system had problems again this year. Also, Nashville is a town of songwriters, but L.A. is a town of scriptwriters, and some intelligent, humorous ones would be welcome at next year’s ceremony.
Nashville’s full of musicians, too: Let’s tip our hats to first-time CMA award winner, Musician of the Year, Mac McAnally.
Tags: Alison Krauss, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bono, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Def Leppard, Eagles, Emmylou Harris, Ernest, George Strait, Josh Turner, Kellie Pickler, Kid Rock, Led Zeppelin, Lee Ann Womack, Mac McAnally, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Pat Benatar, Rascal Flatts, Rodney Atkins, Statler Brothers, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, Wailers