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.
BIG LOVE & HUGS