I did not know I could be so inspired by battle rap. Next to Don't Talk to Irene, this was my second favorite movie out of the Toronto International Film Festival this year. It's about half an hour too long which makes some of the battle rapping feel overly redundant. However, I really enjoyed how the filmmakers addressed diversity and political correctness in a way that isn't forced and uneducated.
Maren Morris is the best thing in country music since Kacey Musgraves' "Same Trailer Different Park" and Ashley Monroe's "Like A Rose" albums. And actually, I'm not really sure if "country" is what best describes Maren, but I guess that's the nature of country music today--an undefined, eclectic mix of sounds.
The girl is badass though, and other than her debut single "My Church" being an homage to her country roots, the most country thing about her songs is the honesty in the lyrics and production, which is the beauty of her sound.
Country music fan or not, you MUST check out her album. This girl is rockin'.
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I got super lucky Sunday and had the opportunity to go see the ever incredible Sir Paul McCartney in concert at Dodger Stadium. Baseball stadiums in general are not the greatest concert venues, sound-wise, but even so Sir Paul was mind-blowing. The stadium setting it self is quite cool, and I especially liked the little LA sign that protruded out above the stage.
2 hours plus three encores equaled a total of 3 hours of pure happiness, pure awesomeness, pure rock godliness so graciously bestowed upon us. I am still trying to wrap my head around the level of stamina that man has--we didn't even see him drink water once. I hope he drank some in between encores, at least. The man is 72 and still commands the stage like it's nobody's business. And the diversity of his audience is humbling--spanning generations and all kinds of kinds.
At first I wasn't expecting much special effects from him, because he's Paul McCartney and doesn't need them. However, as he was playing "Live and Let Die," I thought that since we were outdoors, I can imagine him going out with a bang. Sure enough, during that song, he let out the pyro and the fireworks. It was beautiful.
Growing up listening to The Beatles, to me they were almost like the mythical creatures out of one of my fairytale books. So, the whole night sell feels a bit like a dream to me. It was a most magical evening. Gracias jefe por la oportunidad.
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So, I don’t have a television in my apartment, and thus could not watch the CMAs until today when ABC posted it on its site for streaming.
First, I’ve given up talking fashion at country music award shows. It’s not that there are a lot of disasters, it’s just that there’s a lot of “meh,” and usually just the same few who seem to know what they’re doing. Not even Carrie’s million wardrobe changes were all that great. There were a few that I liked, but mostly they were, “meh.” Surprisingly though, I feel like the guys have stepped it up and are doing much better and getting creative with their wardrobe choices. Charles Kelly, for example, his red carpet suit wasn’t exactly red carpet appropriate, but in general I liked it, and it was a nice change. And I really dug the yellow trousers and jean shirt he wore during Lady A’s performance of “Compass.”
Brad’s comedic timing is always great. I love him. It’s funny, because it feels a bit like he and Carrie are occupying two different stages. Brad is such a natural comedian, and Carrie comes off as if she is rehearsing for a theatrical production off Broadway. I don’t know, maybe she’s still in “Sound of Music” mode. In any case, the two make a lovely pair—like brother and sister.
Let’s talk about the collaborations. I thought the CMAs had some really cool collaborations this year. I mean, I didn’t think it could get cooler when Taylor Swift had Vince Gill and Allison Krauss singing “Red” with her, in a very cool, stripped down rendition of the song. I mean, what the hell. Those are two of the most talented and renowned artists in the world. Holy crap. But you know what else I thought was really cool? Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz. I knew they did a version “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me,” and have a video for it and everything, but it’s still just really exciting to see the global attention that Hunter has been building. I mean, the first time I saw him and heard him sing, I had no question about the kind of success he was going to fly into. And the two of these collaborating? I mean, it’s not too surprising when you think about it. They’re two incredibly talented writers, singers, and musicians. So, it seems only natural. And then Zac Brown Band with Dave Grohl. That was wicked awesome. Sheeshkabob. Enough said. Sometimes country collaborations with other genres make you wonder if they’re trying too hard; but these collaborations were really just the best of the best across the board coming together. It goes to illustrate the global power of music. I love it.
Okay, the presentation of the Pinnacle Award to Taylor Swift was just beyond awesome. I mean, there are a lot of trash talkers out there when it comes to her and her music, but I hope they eat their words now. You cannot have watched that and not have, at least, respect for the girl. Hello, when you have Mick Jagger, JT, Carly Simon, Vince Gill, Ethel Kennedy, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, and Ellen Degeneres congratulating you and recognizing your work, your talent, and your person…I mean, that says it all.
Dude, Eric Church without his hat and a new do, and the same badass, kickass energy on stage. His performance of the new song, “The Outsiders,” a banging rock anthem, was hot hot hot. That man knows how to make the stage is. And no surprise—he got a standing ovation.
I’m really glad Kacey Musgraves walked away with at least one award that night, because she had one of the best albums of the year.
And Little Big Town sang my favorite song on the “Tornado” album. That entire album is bombdiggity.com—one of my absolute favorites of the year. It’s seriously so good.
But the most moving performance of the night was the George Jones tribute. They could not have picked two better people to do it—Alan Jackson and George Straight. I choked up as soon as King George started singing “He said I’ll love you ‘til I die.” I hope todays’ young country fans watching the awards learned a little something from that.
I feel like I should just stop right there. However, I wanted to note the good incorporation of entertainment and technology through Shazam. That was clever. Good job to whoever made that happen.
Keep calm…and keep country.
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I’m not going to lie, there are a lot of faces and names I did not recognize on the red carpet tonight. And a lot of those faces made some interesting red carpet choices. At least I knew who all the nominees were…right? However, there are too many to go through so I’m just going to discuss a few notables. Also, even though MTV doesn’t play music videos anymore, do not expect me to mention any reality TV stars here.
Wow, Lady Gaga arrived on the red carpet in the most toned down red carpet look we’ve ever seen on her. She had minimal make up on, long black hair, and I think she’s channeling her inner Morticia Addams here in a black floor-length Prabal Gurung. Personally, I’m not a fan of the dress. I thought it was ill-fitting on her. From the back I thought it looked great, but the front just did not work for me.
Ew, Miley Cyrus’ little Dolce e Gabbana ensemble, together with that ridiculous hairdo looks like she tried to dress up as Scary Spice going to Carnivale or something, only it was an epic fail, because it’s 2013 not 1998…and she’s not a Spice Girl. I seriously do not understand the girl. And the shoes were hideous. I really feel like she and Amanda Bynes are currently possessed by the same strange soul.
Katy Perry turned up in a leopard print Emanuel Ungaro dress, decorated with gold dragonflies. It’s not a personal favorite of mine, but it’s the VMAs so I think it works for this event, because you’re allowed to, even encouraged to be a bit wacky and daring on the red carpet. It’s got a very Katy Perry flavor. I’m not a fan of the giant slit, but the rest of the dress fits her nicely, and she looks so happy…that or she’s just trying very hard to gracefully escape all the dragonflies headed toward her face.
Rita Ora’s Alexandre Vauthier Couture dress I think was fantastic for the VMAs. That girl is so gorgeous, and I’m so jealous she’s dating Calvin Harris. I’m not crazy about the material of the long lavender trail, because it looks like a giant overly shaggy bath rug; however, because it’s the VMAs, I think it works. And the sparkly top part of the dress, and all the colors I absolutely love. Although, she should have used some tape to support her boobs, because they didn't look too good in the dress.
At first Ciara’s Givenchy dress looks gorgeous, but once I hit her hips and down, I didn’t love it anymore. I don’t know, it looks like it went from classy and elegant, to hoochy and Vegas. It was just too sheer.
Ellie Goulding, my lovely darling! She’s a gorgeous woman and her Furne one Amato Couture dress was VMA PERFECT. It was sleek, sexy, and the spikes and studs make it so fierce and so Ellie.
I give Austin Mahone an A for effort, because I like the black with red accents. However, his jacket looks like he picked up in the child’s department, and I know he’s really young, but not young enough to be buying his clothes at “Kids R Us.” His trousers also could have done with a little ironing. The shoes matched his jacket though, so like I said, A for effort.
2 Chainz is one of those who really upset me, because I feel like he ruined a perfectly good Versace outfit. Uggh. Nikki Minaj used to do this all the time, and I just can’t stand it. I’m not even going to go on about it, because it just upsets me so.
Ed Sheeran, adorable as he is, looked like he was going out on any other night. I did like his fun colored Jordans though.
Robin Thicke looked sharp as ever on the red carpet. And his wife Paula Patton was smokin’ in that strapless, black, floor length dress with thigh high slit. I didn’t love the suit he wore on stage, but I forgive him, because he probably didn’t want to get Miley cooties all over his nice suit as she was grinding and groping him.
I don’t know who Holland Roden is, and at first her Naeem Khan dress looked very pretty, and too pretty for the VMAs, but then you realize she’s wearing trousers and the skirt does not go all the way around, as if the dress was like “Ooo I want to be a pretty dress!” And then at the last minute was like “Wait, I can’t decide, maybe I’ll be a pair of trousers too!”
As for Selena Gomez, hot hot hot in Versace Atelier! This is how you do Versace. I don’t even need to say anything more.
Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are clearly good friends, because they both turned up in similar shades of blue. Taylor’s dark blue bondage Herve Leger dress was beautiful and it hugged her in all the right places, but I think that it might not have been the right dress for the VMAs. The way she did her hair clearly shows that she was trying to channel her inner vintage vixon, but I think it looked too old on her. She could have pulled off that look with different hair.
Lil’ Kim used to be the reason to watch the VMA red carpet, and this year she looked like a cute little superhero.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis…one of them tried too hard and the other did not try hard enough. I do like the mint green color of Ryan’s suit, but the mink fur shawl? I get that maybe it was supposed to match the music video, but it looked like he was trying too hard to put on the image that he’s some rapper with swagger. And Macklemore looked sloppy.
O my goodness, the Smith kids. I love their parents, but I worry about the level headedness of their children. Jaden often looks a bit too arrogant, which is really just unbecoming. And his sister gives off that air sometimes, too. I’ve seen Willow get really creative with her looks, and I would say this was one of her least creative. She actually looked like she was preparing for some futuristic alien movie, with the bangs, straight hair, and red accent. However, the Smiths were having family outing with dad at the VMAs and I just love what a tight knit family they are.
There were definitely lots more outfits to talk about, but to be honest, I just didn’t feel like it. It just would have been a lot of fashion bashing, and I didn't want to get too negative here. So yeah...the red carpet definitely set an unimpressive mood for the VMAs. Which is in some sense sad, but I think MTV did that to itself. The VMAs used to be so exciting, but eh…what can you expect when Music Television stops playing music videos, and then tries to host what used to be one of the biggest parties of the year.
I will say though, that the move to Brooklyn was very hip of them to do, following a growing trend, but I don’t know that it did more than that. Ten to fifteen years ago, the VMAs in Brooklyn would have made a statement and put Brooklyn on the map. Today though, MTV was just following a trend instead of setting one.
Ta-ta for now!
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For the first time in a long time, I was super excited for the VMAs this year. I’m not even totally sure why, but most likely it had to do with the little rumour that *NSYNC might be reuniting. And of course, when it came to *NSYNC vs. Backstreet Boys, I was totally an *NSYNC girl. So yeah, I suppose that is what had me so stoked.
Lady Gaga’s show opener was very Gaga. My mom was impressed with her wig changes. What I love about her is that she is in fact an incredible singer, performer, and artist. That always comes through in her performance, even if you don't quite understand her. And she’s got a bangin’ body.
Now…Miley Cyrus’ performance was disturbing. Very disturbing. I mean, so disturbing I was worried I'd have nightmares. There is something wrong with a 21-year-old girl who moves around stage like a perverted rapper. I also didn’t understand anything coming out of her mouth. And then when she grinded on Robin Thicke, uggh, I just have no words for how wrong that was. Any children watching may need therapy now. I think most everyone in the room was trying to be respectful by not making any faces, but you could totally see it in their eyes that this was one bizarre performance. But the Smiths' reactions summed it all up. Also, she's a tiny and fit girl, but her knickers were on too tight. Just sayin'. It really just felt like she crashed Robin Thicke’s performance. I honestly think that she and Amanda Bynes are possessed by the same very strange soul. It's weird. So weird. Anyways…
I changed the channel when Kanye West performed. I can’t ever listen to his music or watch his performances, because I’m afraid his ego is going to come out at me and invade my space and then I'm going to have chlosterphobic nightmares.
Justin Timberlake’s performance, alone, was worth watching the VMAs this year. I mean, no one else moved the audience as much as he did. Taylor and Selena were living out their childhood memories, Gaga was having such a good time, and One Direction was taking notes…man, I could just feel the energy in the arena. Also, I love that Lady Gaga was still in her seashell bra and thong rockin’ out to JT. And he got a standing ovation from the Fresh Prince. Long live JT!
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance was enjoyable. They clearly love what they do. You could tell the whole night that they were really excited to be there, and I think it’s great that they rapped about something positive and meaningful, rather than lewd sex and drugs.
I feel indifferent to Drake’s performance, but I’m probably the wrong person to judge his performance. I mean, for me, he just rapped and some smoke went up at the end. However, Jaden Smith looked like he was going to cry tears of joy after his performance, so I suppose that’s kudos to his performance.
And then there was Bruno Mars. That man is so talented, there is no question about it, and he never fails to impress in his live performances. So, there was no exception this time. Even without all the laser beams, pyro, and giant gorilla, his performance still would’ve been hot. There’s just so much passion and energy in his voice.
Before we get into Katy Perry’s performance, can I just say how hilarious Joseph Gordon Levitt was announcing Video of the Year? I mean, why the voice???? Hahah. He’s so awesome I don’t even care. And then JT’s acceptance speech for Video of the Year was definitely the best acceptance speech of the night. Grandparents rule!
Throughout the show they kept building up Katy Perry’s performance, so by the end of the show I was so anxious to see it, and was really expecting to see something crazy happen. Well first, it looked like she stole MGM’s lions for her stage decoration. And though nothing super crazy happened, she closed the show leaving us all in an inspirational and kickass mood. Though I think I was still high off of JT’s performance.
It’s kind of funny that the VMAs still exist, considering the fact that MTV does not play music videos anymore. I don’t think it even does so early in the morning. The VMAs may be the only time a year that music videos, and music in general, are played on MTV. JT’s performance was obviously my favorite, and made the whole show worth watching. Other than that, I've definitely seen better VMAs. My biggest disappointments however, were the fact that Ellie Goulding did not perform, and Olly Murs wasn’t there. That needs to be fixed next year.
Hope those of you who tuned in enjoyed it. If not, do spill why ;)
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I’m still baffled by how a musical duo can create any music together, let alone a kickass album, when they’re not even speaking to each other. So strange, so strange. But I suppose this speaks to their incredible talent then, because their new self-titled album is as hauntingly beautiful as their music has ever been. I always picture everything in black and white when I listen to their music. It’s so badass. It just makes you want to punch the air in triumph and say, “Yes! Great music still exists! Yes! Yes! Yes!”
“The One That Got Away” introduces the album and is everything we love about The Civil Wars. It’s that hauntingly beautiful quality that gives you chill bumps, because it’s so damn good. Then you get to the bridge and there’s this high power energy that just kicks you into outer space.
Continuing the level of energy that the lead off song has incited, John Paul singing “I Had Me A Girl” is boondock sexy…if such a thing ever existed. It’s a little gritty, a little naughty, and oh so thrilling. And then Joy comes in and adds a spiritual energy to it.
After you’re launched into a mega high after the first two songs, “Same Old Same Old” brings things down a notch, and now you’re like floating in the milky way…maybe take a little nap to soak up and revere in all this immaculate awesomeness while you’re still floating in mid air amongst the stars.
Following “Same Old Same Old” is “Dust to Dust,” which starts to gently wake you up from your ever peaceful nap. This song is so beautiful, it’s like the sweetest whisper you ever did hear, musically and lyrically.
“Eavesdrop” starts like a quiet, sad morning. And then the tempo picks up as you get out of bed to face what you don’t want to face. It’s a desperate call to hold onto the good part of love. And then it picks up even more into a full out rock ballad before it gradually comes back down to gentle desperation. You know, this song would be so fantastic as an orchestral piece, because of how much the mood and tempo changes.
And with “Devil’s Backbone” you’re fully alert with sharp energy running through your veins once more. In my head I imagine running through the skimpy autumn woods.
After “Devil’s Backbone” finishes in a whisper, you’re suddenly thrust into something happy with “From This Valley”, and you feel like there’s sunshine fiercely breaking through the clouds. It’s almost like you escaped the devil in the previous song, and fell into God’s grace in this song. And I can totally imagine a giant choir coming out towards the end of the song to back them in a live performance of this song.
“Tell Mama” brings you back to a haunting stillness, in which you’re very aware of everything around you—you can feel your chest rise and fall with each breath, and feel the blood pumping through your veins—but at the same time, you feel like you’re in another world. Joy’s just got such an incredible voice that draws you in and you don’t want to and can’t stop listening.
“Oh Henry” picks the pace back up. The chorus is fantastic. The bridge illustrates so well what I love about their music—you don’t always know where it’s going to go. There are just so many layers to each song, It’s absolutely wonderful.
And then you bring back to a calm place with “Disarm.” The lyrics are so fully of poetry, you’re as lost in figuring out what they really mean as you are in their voices and the music.
“Sacred Heart” is in French and sounds like a nice little lullaby. The lyrics paint a very Romeo & Juliet, love under the moon type of image. I adore it. I adore this song.
“D’Arline” closes out the album and I love it, because it sounds like a work tape—a good work tape, but a work tape. It’s got this raw quality, and their voices sounds like they’re coming out of a tape player. So instead of being inside their music, it’s like you’ve come back to reality and realize you’re just sitting here listening to music coming out of an apparatus. Before this song started playing, I was thinking “Sacred Heart” would have been a good song to close out the album, but I like this even better. “Sacred Heart” says goodnight, but “D’Arline,” because it reminds me of a work tape, leaves you wanting more and suggests that there is more to come, as though it lingers like the end of the season of your favorite television show.
I was really excited that this album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, but I was disappointed when I read the numbers, and saw that it topped the charts selling only 116,000 albums, because it’s such incredible music. Everyone needs to hear it. All I can say is I hope people are streaming it like mad on Spotify or whatever they use, and…GO BUY THIS ALBUM!!!! In fact, go buy all of their music! Your soul will thank you :).
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Brett Eldredge’s debut album, “Bring You Back” impresses with a balance of rich, soulful ballads and playful upbeat songs. It accomplishes exactly what this weird, twisted world requires of music, which is, that he created an album that sells to the female audience. When I say that though, I don’t mean only females will enjoy it. I mean, females will be drawn to his songs and velvety voice, because the songs are great and he's lovely to look at. Male fans will be drawn to his songs, because the songs are great, and it's exactly the kind of music they want to play for their ladies and that they’ll enjoy with their ladies. With his songs, he offers the gents words they couldn't come up with themselves to tell their ladies. Thus, he appeals to the male audience, indirectly, through the ladies, if that makes sense. Regardless, there’s a lot of great songwriting on this 12-track debut, 11 of which Brett co-penned.
By: Julia Harris
Well, as some of you know, I’m THIRTY. Can you believe that? I know, I know, I don’t look a day over 25. Thanks. If you had asked me a couple years ago what I would be doing for my thirtieth birthday, I would have said, “I’ll be a lawyer making millions of dollars. Duh, I’ll be on a yacht in San Tropez!” Well then the second depression hit, and needless to say I’m not making Ditty Dirty Money money. So me and some awesome-take-on-the-rain friends hit Malibu Family Wines this past Cinquo de Mayo (I actually turned 30 on May 6, but who wants to party on a school night??? Not me and my old friends).
Malibu Wines is the sh**! They have an outside tasting room, a picnic area, AND live music! What more could an old fart like me want on the 1st Anniversary of her 29th birthday? Look, I know what you’re thinking, “Dude, it rained on Cinquo. Why would I want to go to an outside tasting room in the rain?” Well, I hadn’t planned on the rain. Seriously, it rains 3 days a year in LA, and it had to be on my party day? But that didn’t stop us, and it didn’t stop the winery from pouring. The tasting room has an overhang, so you can huddle up if it literally, suddenly starts to rain on your parade, and space heaters and fire pits dot the picnic area. On a warm sunny day I’m sure this place is packed with picnic-ers and wine drinkers all day. You are encouraged to bring your own food, and all they ask is that you don’t bring any outside alcohol (hey man, just buy the wine, it’s good, I swear!).
There’s valet parking, or if you’re on a budget, you can park in their parking lot for FREE and take a FREE shuttle up to the tasting room. There are two different tastings, one is $14, the other is $12 – all wines are amazing! I have my faves, but I’ll let you decide for yourself. They are open 7 days a week, and visitors 21 and over are welcome to taste wine 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last tasting begins at 5.30pm). They have extended summer hours (from Memorial Day to Halloween), and are open until 9pm on Thursdays for Movie Nights and Friday and Saturday evenings for music. There is no cost for admission (FREE!), just a minimum of one bottle purchase for each group of 2-4 people. Guys, I highly recommend it for a nice weekend outing. You’ll thank me later: http://malibuwines.com.
DamB ACM, Luke and Blake started out with jokes I didn’t know you could get away with on TV! But alright...
You know what I love about George Strait? He just has this eternal, effortless charm about him—he needn’t do much at all and hearts just immediately start melting when he starts singing. Or at least mine does!
Okay, so if you don’t know already, I LOVE Gary Allan. He’s not just a fellow California kid, but he’s an L.A. kid, too! See y’all? California country does exist! Even outside Bakersfield! So yes, I was so thrilled to see him at the ACMs. One problem—someone didn’t check his hair before he went on stage to present, and there was one little tiny curl out of place. Yes, totally insignificant, but totally bothered me.
Holy smokes, I can’t remember the last time I saw Eric Church without his hat and sunglasses on. Love “Loves Me Like Jesus.” I immediately fell in love with it when his album first came out.. And THANK THE LORD for his Album of the Year win, because that was SOOOO deserving! Hallelujah.
I love the Florida Georgia Line boys—these guys just look like such a naughty pair. You can see it on their faces when they’re performing. It’s darling. I’m so pleased to hear “Cruise” on the Hits station. That says a lot. There was no doubt in my mind they would win New Artist of the Year. Congratulations boys.
Umm I love that Hillary Scott performed big belly and all. What a rockstar. Her baby is going to be gorgeous.
The Band Perry had the best performance of the night, hands down. It was a major power kick. And Kimberly’s stage presence has improved ten fold. I think they seriously got it right this time. Not that they were ever wrong, but I always felt like they were not quite there with where they appeared to be wanting their live performances to go. This was well executed. Bravo. I smell a Group of the Year Award for them next year. Yes. Yes I do.
O MY GOODNESS. That giant Joe Diffie image during Jason Aldean’s performance—TOO FUNNY. TOO FUNNY! Seriously. TOO FUNNY. Ridiculous. I can’ get over it. Not in a good way though.
YAY Little Big Town!!! This has definitely been a huge year for them, and I’m so glad. These folks have the most amazing harmonies. It’s about time they had a year like this. Their performance of “Your Side Of The Bed” was so hauntingly beautiful. The giant bed confused me at first, but I liked the dancers. Flying dancers are always cool... Side note—Jimi and Karen are such a pretty pair. Their son is no doubt going to be a lady magnet.
“Mama’s Broken Heart” is another song I’m so thrilled finally became a single. I know there was hesitation with this one, and worry about it not being appropriate for country radio listeners. And Miranda always has so much energy on stage—like before she comes on she opens ten cans of whoop ass first. Sometimes I think she's harboring a lot of rage or something, and then just releases it all on stage. Bravo to Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally, and Brandy Clark on this number.
Lately, I’ve been missing the BBQ stained, red rag top Tim McGraw, but then I heard “Highway Don’t Care” on the radio, and I have to say I like this song. And you have to admit, it’s pretty cool that Taylor started off with a song named after him, and is now collaborating with him. I really loved the dress she performed in, too. It was gorgeous. And seriously, what gets better than Keith Urban playing the guitar. The image of the threw of them at the end of their performance, with the camera aiming up at them, and then towering like immaculate statues was a nice shot.
That performance followed by a Brad Paisley and John Mayer duo was pretty interesting. I get the pairing, because you're putting two awesome guitarists together, but I'm not sure they meshed that well together. And the sound wasn't great. It was a nice summer romance song, though. Oh and did something happen towards the end of the song, or was there just a glitch in my TV? I’m not sure but something really weird happened, like I was hearing two different songs all of a sudden.
Luke Bryan in a laser beam cage…bahaha.
I wish Vince Gill was singing “Don’t Rush” with Kelly Clarkson this time around, too, but it’s still such a lovely song. You can tell she’s so happy. She looked like a fresh spring daisy in that beautiful aquamarine dress, blonde hair, and light make-up. She was just so lovely all-around.
Jewel is a jewel in music. And I think I’m the only person who thought she was always considered a country artist. I thought “Intuition” was like a pop sampling or something. Her performance in support of ConAgra was beautiful.
Reba’s so sexy. The woman doesn’t age.
And the Dick Clark tribute was lovely. I mean, you’ve got two incredible men, George Strait and Garth Brooks, honoring a most incredible man. Television, and specifically music television, would not be what it is today without him all those years.
Damb. For such a tough cookie, Miranda sure does cry a lot. Girl needs to pull herself together! Just kidding. I love her.
You will never stop hearing me rave about Hunter Hayes—the boy is just so dang talented. God bless him! They real need to break him in Europe and Asia, especially Japan. This boy could totally command international stardom. Hello??? He just collaborated with Stevie Wonder!!! Although, he’s probably used to superstar collaborations, since he’s been singing with Hank Jr. since he was like what? 3 or 4?
Shania Twain is another one hat doesn’t age either. She is still one hot mama. Normally, I’d say that woman over 35 or 40 shouldn’t wear over the knee boots, but Queen Shania can do whatever the heck she wants. If I was Luke Bryan, I would’ve Adrien Brodied her. I was totally expecting him to.
And Stevie Wonder closing out the show…well, this is country music y’all!
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