2008 CMA Awards Live Blog

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 mine.   Y’all just live in it.  Suckers.  (Except for you Leeann.  You didn’t get all up in my grill, talking smack before the throwdown.  You’re cool.)

10:56 ENTERTAINER – Kenny Chesney

10:54 Standing O for Shania.  Good God, she’s beautiful.   Welcome home.

10:50 So the only artist I see live who charges Eagles prices is Madonna, and I have to say that if she just stood there and growled, I’d feel ripped off.  Come on, guys.  Slap on some heels.  Throw in some synchronized dancing.  Jump some rope.  Rub up against something.   You’re supposed to be legends.

10:49 Dan: Once again, a washed up rock act gives us one of the better performances of the night. I like the Eagles, but that’s sad.

10:48 You know it’s bad when you’re hoping that Shania’s the surprise guest because you want to see some real country stars.

10:46 Paisley’s right about that.  The Eagles have a lot more to do with country music today than most seventies country stars.

10:40 MALE VOCALIST – Brad Paisley

10:39 Dan: Reese is the smart one. She’s been drinking.

10:38 Cheaper applause line at the CMA’s: Appealing to patriotism, or name-dropping Johnny Cash?

10:37 Oh, Carrie.  Country music stars don’t have to worry about movie stars that can sing.   Just rockers who are too old for rock radio.

10:36 Dan: Trace is giving a sweet performance. Wish I liked the song a little more.

10:35 If Chesney is no Strait, then Adkins is no Toby Keith.

10:31 I agree with Dan. It’s generally a bad idea to record something if George Strait or Trisha Yearwood has put it to tape.

10:30 Dan: Anyone else think that cleavage shot of Kenny in the greenish gray tank top was a bit much? Also, he sounds like he’s aping Strait’s version.

10:28 Here comes Kenny Chesney.  Could he win Entertainer for a fourth time and make me a winner, too?

10:24 Blake: The guitar is not plugged in and I don’t hear it AT ALL. I’m just saying!

10:23 Dan: Now that’s a well-groomed beard!

10:22 James Otto looks scared to death, but still sounds better than most of the cocky performers tonight.

10:20 Brad Paisley is not funny.  Just sayin’.

10:19 Okay, Sugarland got a little glittery and high-tech in the end.  But they didn’t need it.

10:18 Notice how the best performances tonight – Lambert, Underwood, Urban, Sugarland – all skipped the production elements? The really great talents don’t need them.

10:16 This is my second or third favorite song on the new album.  This is how arena country/rock should be done.  Thanks, Sugarland.

10:11 I just want to say this.  Carrie Underwood always goes out of her way to say that she didn’t get here the conventional way, but country music embraced her anyway.   She may have taken a different path, but once she got here, she did it the old-fashioned way: working her butt off, studying the greats, and respecting the history of what came before her, all while moving forward in her own way.   She’s the real deal, and more than worthy to stand among the Loretta, Tammy, Reba, and Martina as a three-time Female Vocalist champ.

10:10 FEMALE VOCALIST – Carrie Underwood

10:08 Okay, maybe there’s one and a half Vince Gills.  Somebody’s been hitting Rotier’s.

10:07 Brad’s wise enough to know there’s only one Vince Gill.  Nice homage.

10:06 Not gonna front.  Tearing up a bit.

10:05 Dan: Most gratuitous use of wind machines ever.   But she’s singing the hell out of it.

10:04 Martina looked confused when she didn’t get her standard ovations for her power notes.  The reason why is singing right now.  Carrie’s raised the bar.

10:02 Carrie’s getting a hell of an introduction for a hell of a song.  I’m a true believer on this one.   Sing it, Carrie.

10:01 Rodney Atkins is maniacally taking notes to add a new verse to his “America” song.

10:00 He’s better than all of ’em.

9:59 Dan: Thank God Keith Urban showed up to show us what pop music is supposed to sound on the CMAs.

9:57 Interesting that Urban’s commanding the stage better than any of the other rockers tonight, and he’s doing it without any bells and whistles behind him.  Like Lambert, the talent is all he needs.

9:56 No offense to Brad Paisley, but if he was a duo with Keith Urban, he’d be Kix and Keith would be Ronnie.

9:53 In the race for Country Universe prognosticator of the year, Leeann and Blake have fallen out of contention, while Kevin and Dan vie for the top slot.  It all comes down to Entertainer. Stay tuned.

9:49 ALBUM: George Strait, Troubadour – Kevin’s tied again with Dan. Yes!

9:48 Right about now, we should’ve been hearing Emmylou Harris and Tom T. Hall and The Statlers.  Sigh.

9:45 The video sold me on this song, though I’ve come to enjoy the audio.  One of Brad’s best to date.

9:42 Dan: And Hootie gives us one of the more traditional performances of the night. Country music hates itself.

9:40 So we know where the 90’s rockers go to keep their careers going.  Where can we find the 90’s country stars?

9:36 Dan & Blake: Yay Sugarland!

9:35 VOCAL DUO – Sugarland

9:34 The future of country music.  Sigh.

9:33 She can outsing the whole lot of ’em, can’t she?

9:31 I can’t hear Reba.  Did they give her Kix’s mic by mistake?

9:30 It’s a little silly to bill this Brooks & Dunn/Reba McEntire performance as one night only, given the fact that they’ve toured together many times and just sang on the ACM’s together this past spring.

9:28 Acknowledging Jerry Reed? Awesome.  How about acknowledging the Hall of Fame inductees, too?

9:25 Dan’s the only one with an above .500 batting average tonight.

9:22 Other groups who have won this award: Sawyer Brown, Dixie Chicks, Rascal Flatts.


9:17 Jason Aldean can actually pull of the country-rock thing better than Kid Rock.  The material does nothing for me, but it’s nice to hear a singer who can overpower the band.

9:15 Maybe if Kenny could sing like Strait, the island vibe wouldn’t sound so tired.

9:14 Push him again.  Please.

9:13 Carrie saw it in the window and she had to have it.  (h/t Carol Burnett.)

9:09 “The return of a true country superstar.”  Gotta be Shania, right? Rumor has it she’s in town.  She’s got more star power than the whole first hour and ten minutes.

9:08 This song’s been going on all night long.  Crikey.

9:06 What does this have to do with country music?

9:05 I’d rather hear the Warren Zevon song.

9:04 Wouldn’t it be funny if the song we’ve been singing “All Summer Long” ended up being “All I Want to Do”?

9:03 One on-stage award show costume change is a gimmick.  Two is an unhealthy fetish.

9:02 Joining Alison Krauss and Martie Maguire in the pantheon of great female fiddlers on the CMA stage is…an extra from the Renaissance Fair.

9:01 She’s coming down the stairs! She’s gonna do something!

8:59 Here comes Taylor Swift.   You can hear her fans screaming off-key.  Oh, wait.  That’s her.

8:57 If I wasn’t duty-bound, I dare say I’d be switching over to new South Park in an hour.

8:54 That’s the ugliest jacket I’ve ever seen.  Ever.

8:53 And Dan takes the lead, as I curse myself for betting against the hair gel boys.

8:52 VOCAL GROUP: Rascal Flatts

8:51 Atkins praises being American, then the camera cuts to two Aussies.  Good work, producers.

8:50 Only in America can you have 4 #1 hits without changing your hat.

8:49 Am I the only one who expected Atkins to curse at the lemonade stand kids?

8:48 A patriotic country singer.  How novel.

8:46 Oh look.  An over-sized dryer sheet.

8:44 Yes! Pat Benatar!

8:43 So the AMA’s get Carrie Underwood and Pink?  Lucky AMA’s.

8:40 Interesting factoid: this is the first time two artists have co-hosted since 1992, when Reba and Vince shared the honors.  Realizing how long ago that was makes me feel old, even though I was in eighth grade at the time.

8:39 I was fully expecting roller skates for some reason.

8:37 Okay, gotta say I’m digging the female guitarist with the Pippi Longstocking ‘do.

8:36 Nothing against Lady Antebellum.  I’m just wondering why so many of the new acts want to be eighties rock stars.  I blame VH1’s whitewashing of that era.

8:34 Good performance, but it’s going to take a Female Vocalist win for Lambert to get a boost for the song at radio.

8:33 Miranda’s sounding great.   We should push for an unplugged CMA Awards.

8:29 Pre-Telecast Winners:

  • Music Video: Brad Paisley feat. Andy Griffith, “Waiting on a Woman”
  • Musical Event: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, “Gone Gone Gone”
  • Musician: Mac McAnally

8:25 SONG – “Stay” – Jennifer Nettles

8:24 Cyrus Virus!

8:23 So Alan Jackson won’t be adding a new entry to Classic CMA Moments.

8:22 Oh dear God line dancers.

8:21 Alan Jackson is nominated for Song of the Year for this?

8:18 Maybe the sound system is the reason that the stripped-down performances are always the best.  It’s all Pickler can do to be heard, and she has a good set of pipes.

8:17 Definitely a Taylor Swift song.   She’s wearing Shania’s 1999 Grammy outfit.

8:16 Kellie Pickler’s new song.  I haven’t heard it yet.

8:15 Just heard that Lil Wayne is performing with Kid Rock tonight?

8:11 SINGLE OF THE YEAR – George Strait, “I Saw God Today”

8:09 I don’t like dirty jokes on the CMA’s.  Not even kinda dirty ones.

8:08 Age jokes at George Strait’s expense.  Jesus wept.

8:07 Underwood’s poised.  Paisley’s not as funny as he thinks.   Seriously, I’ll just keep copying and pasting that all night.

8:06 Underwood’s poised.  Paisley’s not as funny as he thinks.   Pretty much what I’d expect so far.

8:05 Billy Ray Cyrus looks like Severus Snape.

8:03 Dueling guitars!  Not as cool as dueling banjos, but good enough.

8:01 What’s the point of all the expensive video monitors and stage decorations when the camera spends all the time focused on the artists anyway?  Maybe that money could go to, I don’t know, the sound system?

8:00 Brad’s starting the show with Keith.  If Brad’s vocal’s any indication, the sound isn’t too hot this year.

7:57 Taylor Swift’s planning some shenanigans on stage tonight.  Yay?

7:54 Kid Rock is saying I’d never guess, in a million guesses, who’ll be playing guitar with him on stage tonight as he sings “All Summer Long.”  If it’s Warren Zevon, he gets mad props.

7:49 Speaking of Swift, her album’s on track to sell in the 500-600k range, on par with the latest studio albums from Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Dixie Chicks, but not quite reaching the levels of the previous Flatts and Chicks albums.   Interestingly enough, 500k-ish is what the Shania hits compilation sold its first week.  It should be interesting to see if she can school the competition again when she returns.

7:46 So what are you looking forward to more, readers?  CMT Giants: Alan Jackson, or CMT Crossroads: Def Leppard & Taylor Swift?

7:29 Jason Aldean’s new single is being debuted tonight – “She’s Country.”  It’s in his words, “More rockin’ than ‘Hicktown’.”   Yay?

7:28 Anyone hoping that Keith Urban would do his own instrumental album can keep dreaming.   He doesn’t like instrumentals!

7:19 Very excited to learn that Sugarland’s performing “Love.”

7:14 Kellie Pickler’s singing “The Best Days of Your Life” and Keith Urban’s doing “Sweet Thing.”  Also of note: Lance Smith has no social skills.

7:10 Little tidbits about the songs being performed tonight.  Miranda’s doing “More Like Her”, James Otto’s doing “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”, and Lady Antebellum is performing “Love Don’t Live Here.”

7:06: It’s all about the red carpet on CMT right now.  The real fun starts in 54 minutes.   Post a comment and let us know you’re here!


  1. I had figured that Julianne Hough, being generally adorable and charming, might have a viable career as a “television personality” after her music career inevitably dries up… But her hosting on this Red Carpet non-event is not making a very strong case for her.

  2. Re: 7:49P

    All credit to Swift and her team for knowing how to market their product in the web 2.0 world: Other than the new Raconteurs album, which was recorded, pressed, and shipped to retail in under two months, I can’t recall the last time that an album with even a moderately high profile didn’t leak online well in advance of its street date. That they were able to keep Fearless under wraps so well surely helped those first-week sales figures.

  3. Yes, she released 5 of the album cuts in advance, which is where those YouTube fan clips came from, but they kept the full album off of the Torrents and file-sharing sites.

  4. Kevin- I think you should check out some old Vince Gill tapes as host. He got quite a few dirty little jokes over the years and is generally regarded as one of the better- if not best- hosts in CMA history. Paisley was really good in that opening and has good timing.

    Understatement Alert: Carrie Underwood is gorgeous

    Good win for King George. It’s refreshing that in a time when country music is doing everything it can to get away from traditional sound that it still finds time to play and reward Mr. Strait.

  5. I’ve seen all the Vince CMA’s, Brian. Each and every last one. I thought Brad’s timing was terrible and his jokes too close to insulting for the CMA’s. I really don’t find the man funny, though I’m used to being in the minority on that one.

  6. If your songwriting career fails you, try working as a scriptwriter. Those are apparently needed in Nashville, judging from the presentations so far.

    Jennifer Nettles is the 4th (3rd solo) woman ever to win Song of the Year with “Stay.” Impressive. (K.T. Oslin, Gretchen Peters, Matraca Berg)

  7. The fact that Jewel is using “Stronger Woman” to pimp lipstick is more than a little ironic given that the video featured a woman proclaiming her self-liberation by literally smearing off make-up.

  8. Kevin- Agree to disagree on Paisley’s performance so far tonight.

    The left side of the stage tonight is apparently the really awful sound system side tonight. Jackson at least recognized that and adjusted his voice to sound passable.

    I’ll set the over/under at 27 months before we hear Jennifer Nettles is going out on her own.

  9. Early thoughts:

    *Carrie seems poised, a natural for this kind of thing. We’ll see if she supplies any humor, but I’ll settle for classy and professional.

    *Miranda sings a ballad and I still think she’s going to kick my tail at any second.

    *Can we just ban the Cyrus family for one year?

  10. Miranda has changed my mind. It will be difficult to surpass that performance. She should be a factor in these awards for the next twenty years.

    Although my prediction arrogance is looking bad in retrospect, I am happy that Robert Plant now owns a CMA award. Zeppelin rocks!

  11. Miranda showcased that she has more power behind her voice than she’s often credited for even on a relatively subdued ballad, but I definitely agree that she’ll need the Female Vocalist win for “More Like Her” to perform better than the mid-20s where her singles typically lose their momentum.

    I still prefer Little Big Town, but Lady Antebellum sound significantly better than I expected them to.

  12. I just saw that “Waiting On a Woman” took Best Video. That’s a good choice, I think. I appreciate Paisley always going the extra mile in his videos.

  13. Because this matters in my world. In the battle of HD I have the rankings like this.

    1. Carrie Underwood
    2. Kellie Pickler
    3. Hillary from Lady Antebellum
    4. Miranda Lambert

  14. Um, Pat Benetar comprehensively outsang Martina on that Crossroads episode they did together…

    I haven’t heard this single before: Sounds like McBride is singing her usual uplift pap over the production from the new Taylor Swift album. No, thank you.

  15. Nashville, TN-The city’s supply of banjos, fiddles and mandolins went missing today around 6 p.m. The police investigation unit is currently working the case, but has been shorthanded this week due to security needs associated with an ’80s arena rock concert at the Sommet Center scheduled for Wednesday night. Sargeant Kid Rock says that a few instruments are still available, but are only to be operated in conjuction with screaming electric guitars and paint-by-number, positive uptempo songs.

  16. Leeann, I’m finally back! I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m so glad that Miranda kept it acoustic. When she added full band to her other ballads, it blanded them out. She shines in this format and I think her voice is only getting stronger!

    “Nothing against Lady Antebellum. I’m just wondering why so many of the new acts want to be eighties rock stars.” I’m with you on this! Not only in production, but also in how they approach concerts.

  17. Jay Demarcus stole the pleasure of criticizing his outfit. Now, I wish he would blast Rascal Flatts’ music and save me even more trouble.

    Six years in a row for the Flatts. Pray to the high heavens that the CMA has a seven-year itch next year.

    Is Joe Don thinking his son for the spit-up bibs or the dirty diapers?

  18. i think we need a Carrie wardrobe malfunction, kid rock and lil wayne saying “FU” to the sensors, and some water pouring down on someone at some point in the show

    then we will have something to talk about tomorrow

  19. Leeann- Nope, not yet. I’ve got “House” playing from DVR right now. I think House + blog is actually the best combo. ;)

  20. The CMAs, brought to you by same folks who brought you “High School Musical.” Plenty of distraction from the swift vocal performance taking place.

  21. QUICK! Someone fuel the jet and go and bring Dolly home from Canada…CMA needs her BAD!
    The “Taylor Swift should be studying” jokes are recycled from the early 90’s when little Leann was a spring chicken
    Cue up the camera – Reba should be gearing up for her semi-annual award-show boo-hoo.

  22. If Taylor Swift were 40 and not cute she would never get played on country radio. She is a pretty good songwriter but just not a good singer. her lower register is just not there.

    I generally like Kid Rock but this is unnecessary on the CMA’s. At least he sounds decent on the bad side of the stage.

  23. Taylor and Underwear Boy almost locked lips, with Miley Cyrus seething backstage.

    Beverly Keel, the resident celebrity columnist in Nashville, wrote an article this week about how much money Taylor pumped back into her career. Although I’m generally a defender of Swift, some of the loot could be used on vocal lessons. It would only make her craft and her career that much better.

    I’m inviting Trisha, Gary, Dierks, Patty, Lee Ann and LBT to my place tomorrow night and hosting my own awards show.

  24. Kid Rock sounded fine on the bad side of the stage. Might say a lot about the sound system on that side of the stage.

    Agreed with Dan at 9:05

  25. Blake, Can I come over to your house tomorrow night? This would be an entirely different show if those were tonight’s performers.

  26. The LA Times always does a blog on country award shows. These are the grades it has handed out so far:

    Kid Rock: D
    Taylor Swift: B+
    Rodney Atkins: D
    Martina McBride: C-
    Lady Antebllum: D
    Miranda Lambert: A
    Alan Jackson: B-
    Kellie Pickler: C-

    Brad Paisley & Keith Urban: B-

    Any disagreement? How would you guys grade the performances?

    (PS. I’d be flunking out of school if these were my grades!)

  27. Thanks Blake…I have pushed the Scrabble board aside in favour (Canadian spelling?) of a shot of Crown Royal…Looks like Linda and her little girl now have matching bookends.

  28. I went to the dentist earlier this evening. I requested he go easy on the novacaine because I had to write tonight. Big mistake.

  29. I read on the Tennessean that the good stuff is coming during the commercials!

    “During the commercial breaks the crowd at the CMA Awards is being entertained by classic performances from past award shows, including “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” with Barbara Mandrell and George Jones, as well as poignant moments from Johnny Cash and Ronnie Milsap.”

    Dan @ 147. LOL!

  30. Julianne grew up on Shania and Dixie Chicks…but she does remember her folks talking about a pioneer in the industry – she thinks her name was Trisha Yearwood…

  31. Nobody’s noted it yet, but I enjoy the new promo designs this year. The gold/black meshes well, and the list of names in the background is the only way to see some of my favorite country stars on the screen.

  32. Thanks Lynn, why the hell can’t the CMA show those clips ON air? Mandrell would look like Kitty Wells compared to what we’ve witnessed tonite!

  33. @Lynn: Dan stole that line from me, but in Nashville, theft is A-OK. How do you think so many redneck song ideas and ’80s hair band musical accompaniments circulate around here. Country folks is stealin’!

  34. Any CU writers who want something in the post, send me a message and I’ll type it in. The software doesn’t allow multiple editors.

  35. Carrie is laughing everytime they come back from a commercial. How about letting the rest of us in on the entertaining portion of the show? By the way, she looks incredible on HD. No surprise.

  36. Brad’s music is louder than him.

    Kevin, I’m going to have to give in and admit that I’ve not been impressed with Paisley’s hosting tonight. He seems to be flat.

  37. Two of country’s finest vocalists are…presenting. Here’s hoping Turner and Womack return to the fold as performers and nominees next year.

    Everybody loves George Strait, but this is overkill. My predictions are going to pot, and I blame the CMA voters.

  38. “So we know where the 90’s rockers go to keep their careers going. Where can we find the 90’s country stars?”

    I hear Wade Hayes is in the studio with Timbaland working on his next album

  39. There is no reason that Lee Ann could not have sang “Last Call”…And what happened to the big hair, Lee Ann?
    Carrie has went to change for the 17th time, but just realized Lee Ann swiped her dress out of her dressing room

  40. This show is so friendly and stale and sterile, I’m almost longing for John Rich to start swinging bottles, for Toby Keith to steal stage time to talk politics or George Jones to drive into the arena drunk on his John Deere.

  41. Although it’s not a very cohesive story song, Underwood gave it all her glory. But I’m afraid that last, long high note may have taken all of the air out of her tires. I’m hoping she has a few words left to finish hosting and to make her acceptance speech.

  42. Underwood wins for a third consecutive year. Will Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert or Taylor Swift challenge next year?

    My favorite comment of the evening: With Vince Gill announcing the HOF inductees, “I don’t know if any of them are here tonight, but…” That’s a definitive no, Vince. Not one of them.

  43. it was performed earlier tonight im not sure who performed it though and i donk know the aritst so if anyone can give me that info …….

  44. By far not one of my favorite Sugarland songs, although its musical and lyrical themes made me pray Bono would arrive from the shadows.

    Best performances so far are two women: Underwood and Lambert. Darius Rucker and Brad Paisley (who share producer Frank Rogers) are close behind.

    Carrie received a Patty Loveless endorsement. That’s all I need to hear. With the lack of female artists at the top of the genre, I expect Carrie to break Reba and Martina’s record in the next few years.

  45. James Otto front and center. I could have sworn I heard him say on the red carpet that he was going to sing his new single off the upcoming album. WTF?

  46. Kevin, out of curiosity, what are you top 5 favorite Carrie Underwood songs? Her best country songs. Blake?

    Sugarland’s top 5? Anyone?

  47. Yeah, it’s funny. There were hyping the surprise guest before every commercial break and now they seem to have stopped mentioning it.

  48. Lynn:

    Carrie Underwood
    1. I Know You Won’t
    2. I’ll Stand By You
    3. Just a Dream
    4. Before He Cheats
    5. Alone

    1. Very Last Country Song
    2. Stand Back Up
    3. We Run
    4. Something More
    5. Stay

  49. @Lynn: After the show, I’ll put a list together.

    If the Country Music Hall of Fame is designed to honor those who have influenced future generations and made a distinct impression on the genre, when is Jimmy Buffett’s wall space being cleared?

  50. Kenny, The Wailers and Jimmy Buffett all conspired to get Reese Witherspoon tipsy before she walked on stage. A little salt, a little lime, a lot of tequila.

    The city of Nashville is changing names to Margaritaville, effective immediately.

  51. I imagine I’ll regret saying this in the morning (points at Reese Witherspoon again), but it’s fairly appropriate that the Eagles are the last performers, as the CMAs have gone to the birds lately.

  52. Reese Witherspoon diary entry – Nov.12, 2008.

    “Dear Diary,
    today, I went out to Hurricane Mills and toured Loretts Lynn’s mansion. That Crisco does one proud every time! (Cool orange kitchen, btw.)
    Amd lookee here! Loretty is a’ havin’ a yard sale! Think Im gonna buy me one of them ball gowns, cut off one sleeve and wear it to the CMAs tonite! I just want to matter!!!!!”

  53. Actually, I enjoyed the Eagles in concert. Outrageous prices (and I only paid for one reason, and it wasn’t the Eagles). But, if you grew up on the music, the songs-the classics-carry the evening without any hoopla. The Eagles are also sticklers about their sound, and they had the clearest sound of any band I’ve seen in concert. They should have done the set-up for tonight.

  54. I wish Shania would’ve received such a warm reception when she was nominated in previous years.

    An unsurprising, often unfulfilled evening with a few bright spots. Chesney certainly stirs up hundreds of thousands of fans, so his win is ultimately deserved.

  55. “I wish Shania would’ve received such a warm reception when she was nominated in previous years.” No joke. I hear she’s been writing up a storm recently. I think her new album might be interesting.

  56. Blake,A little of Doolittle’s moonshine perhaps?
    Man, Its good to see Shania again…almost makes up for not seeing my Dolly tonite…and whh, oh why, after the winner is announced, must the CMa show a freakin’ video we’ve all seen WAY too much when we could be seeing the audience reaction to the awards? I used to call in sick to watch these award shows live – the CMA awards has become a cheap whore of what it once was…Used to be that the CMAs were the Tiffany of all the awards, now, they are just a 3-hour advertisement touting whats wrong with the genre…As much as I love country music, and I do love it, I hope this telecast gets a historic low rating…maybe then the producers will revert back to the tried and true format that we all know and love. Tommorow night I will be front and centre (brag, brag) at Dolly’s concert in winnipeg, Manitoba – She’ll remind me why I love country – God knows the CMA didn’t…

  57. Hey, y’all….Just back in N’ville for ‘post party’ festivities…I was at the Big Machine party (one of the 2 biggest label parties with Universal) and all the Label artists except Reba were there (Kid Rock, Mark Wills and Eric Durrance were as well). Then went to a bar where artists like Gabe Garcia and Randy Rogers and the like were present. It was fun. On my flight back to N’ville from Los Angles, Coffey from Nashville Star was on the same plane…lol. So that makes 2 Nashville Star 2008 alums in one day…

    As for my CMA predictions, I got 10 outta 12 right (if my favorite didn’t win, I pegged who else might win)…

    Anyway, ‘Twas a fun evening for me and many here in Nashville…

  58. Lynn:

    Carrie Underwood
    1. I Know You Won’t
    2. I’ll Stand By You
    3. Before He Cheats
    4. Just a Dream
    5. Jesus, Take the Wheel

    1. Very Last Country Song
    2. Stand Back Up
    3. Stay
    4. Baby Girl
    5. Fall Into Me

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