Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, middle, and Brad Paisley carry out “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” on the 2017 CMA Awards. (Reuters)
Aside from just a few President Trump jokes, the Country Music Association Awards largely stayed away from politics on Wednesday evening — not too shocking, as nation singers have principally remained very, very impartial in a yr of political controversies.
Instead, the present pushed “unity.” Co-host Brad Paisley wore a T-shirt with the phrase printed on it. Onstage, artists emphasised the necessity for Americans to hitch collectively, notably within the wake of the Las Vegas bloodbath, the place 58 individuals had been shot and killed and tons of extra had been injured at a rustic music pageant final month.
“This has been a year marked by tragedies impacting countless lives, including so many in our country music family. So tonight, we’re going to do what families do,” co-host Carrie Underwood mentioned on the high of the present. “Come together, pray together, cry together and sing together, too.”
The Country Music Association Awards on Nov. eight devoted its present to the victims of mbad shootings and hurricanes. (Reuters)
When Little Big Town received vocal group of the yr, Karen Fairchild reminded the viewers, “Kindness is an attractive quality. We actually could change the way things are going, we just have to step out and be together.” Presenter Tyler Perry bought a standing ovation when he urged everybody to “spend some time listening to each other and realize that we are more alike than we are not alike.”
Elsewhere, CMA favourite Chris Stapleton received the album and male vocalist trophies, tying Little Big Town and Brothers Osborne, who additionally took dwelling two awards every. Miranda Lambert picked up feminine vocalist prize, whereas Keith Urban’s ballad “Blue Ain’t Your Color” received single of the yr over Sam Hunt’s unstoppable earworm “Body Like a Back Road.” And for the second yr in a row, Garth Brooks walked away with the evening’s largest award, entertainer of the yr.
An entire record of winners and nominees is beneath — right here’s a rundown of among the finest and worst moments.
[Sturgill Simpson mocks CMA Awards as he busks outside the show in Nashville]
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s monologue.
It’s the 10th consecutive yr that these two have hosted the CMAs, and their comedic timing actually does get higher each November. The duo had a troublesome job, going from a solemn Las Vegas tribute into the normal monologue with nation tune parodies. Still, they made it work — notably one parody set to the tune of Underwood’s “Before He Cheats.” Except this one was geared toward President Trump and was known as “Before He Tweets.” Sample lyrics: “Right now, he’s probably in his PJs watching cable news reaching for his cellphone/Right now, he’s probably asking Siri ‘How in the hell do you spell Pocahontas?’ ”
The opening medley.
This could also be a controversial opinion relying on how you are feeling about Hootie and the Blowfish, but it surely was a delight to see Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban and Darius Rucker all singing alongside to “Hold My Hand,” joined by the remainder of their fellow nation stars later within the tune. It was all preceded with a stellar rendition of “Amazing Grace” from Eric Church.
From left, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban. (Invision/AP)
Carrie Underwood’s haunting In Memoriam tribute.
Underwood’s voice can tackle any tune, however you may hear a pin drop within the Bridgestone Arena when she sang the hymn “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” throughout the In Memoriam phase. While the slideshow first paid tribute to nation stars who died this yr, the display screen flipped to point out the Las Vegas victims for a really emotional second.
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Brothers Osborne’s efficiency.
This Maryland duo has turn out to be an trade favourite, and their electrical efficiency of “It Ain’t My Fault” proved why — together with a wonderful model of Don Williams’s “Tulsa Time,” which spurred Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley to rise up and begin dancing. The siblings additionally received the vocal duo prize, and in his acceptance speech, T.J. Osborne joked that they’ve made a lot extra money since they received the identical award final yr.
Miranda Lambert’s “To Learn Her.”
Lambert has had some highly effective award present performances recently when she goes for the slower ballads, and this conventional nation tune was no exception. It’s not even her present single — she simply wished to sing it.
The tributes to Troy Gentry and Glen Campbell.
Gentry, of longtime Nashville duo Montgomery Gentry, died in a aircraft crash a few months in the past at age 50. Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts joined collectively for a rendition of “Our Town,” and Eddie Montgomery jumped in to sing alongside, as effectively — the cameras caught fairly just a few tears within the viewers. Later, Little Big Town honored the late Glen Campbell with a canopy of “Wichita Lineman.”
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an unimaginable tribute. Thank you, @littlebigtown ❤️
— Bobby Bones Show (@bobbybonesshow) November 9, 2017
Taylor Swift not exhibiting as much as settle for the tune of the yr award for “Better Man.”
Yes, Swift is in New York rehearsing for “Saturday Night Live” as a result of her album comes out tomorrow, and sure, she made a giant deal about the truth that she’s now not a rustic singer. Still, given the truth that she wrote Little Big Town’s “Better Man” and it turned a giant hit, it will have been enjoyable to see the pop megastar on the CMA stage as soon as once more. Plus, her finest pal Karlie Kloss was presenting the trophy! What are the chances? Instead, we simply bought this tweet:
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 9, 2017
However, we did study the enjoyable proven fact that Swift emailed the tune to Little Big Town member Phillip Sweet, who isn’t so nice about checking his e-mail. “We want to say thanks to Taylor Swift,” Karen Fairchild mentioned. “Taylor, wherever you are, thank you for this beautiful song and for loving songs and loving Nashville.”
The Garth Brooks lip-sync incident throughout “Ask Me How I Know.”
Come on, Garth — as entertainer of the yr, it is best to know you’ll be able to’t maintain the microphone away out of your face when the vocal observe continues to be taking part in. Social media will catch you instantly.
— Melissa Shearer (@mellyboo) November 9, 2017
Brooks later informed the Tennessean that he made the decision as a result of he wasn’t feeling effectively: “We decided to lip-sync it because my voice just isn’t going anywhere, and we wanted to represent country music the best we can.”
Pop stars taking stage time away from nation singers.
Sure, Pink sounded nice on “Barbies,” and Maren Morris and Niall Horan’s “Seeing Blind” was entertaining. Yet we might consider plenty of different Nashville singers who would have liked a whole solo efficiency slot that Pink claimed. (She did have a No. 1 nation tune with Kenny Chesney this yr, however he wasn’t in attendance.) And Morris solely bought to sing a part of her present hit, “I Could Use a Love Song,” earlier than segueing into the tune that’s on Horan’s album.
Pink performs onstage on the 51st annual CMA Awards on the Bridgestone Arena. (Getty Images)
That Barbie bit within the opening monologue.
It’s a operating inside joke to have Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Barbies on stage, so this yr, the facility couple determined to “make” dolls of Paisley and Underwood. The complete bit was simply actually awkward.
Complete record of winners and nominees:
Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks — winner
Male Vocalist of the Year
Chris Stapleton — winner
Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert — winner
Album of the Year
“The Breaker,” Little Big Town
“From A Room, Vol. 1,” Chris Stapleton — winner
“Heart Break,” Lady Antebellum
“The Nashville Sound,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
“The Weight of These Wings,” Miranda Lambert
Single of the Year
“Better Man,” Little Big Town
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban — winner
“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt
“Dirt on My Boots,” Jon Pardi
“Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year
“Better Man,” Little Big Town (written by Taylor Swift) — winner
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban (written by Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Olsen)
“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt (written by Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
“Dirt on My Boots,” Jon Pardi (written by Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley)
“Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert (written by Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall)
New Artist of the Year
Jon Pardi — winner
Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie and Tae
Brothers Osborne — winner
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town — winner
Zac Brown Band
Music Video of the Year
“Better Man,” Little Big Town
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban
“Craving You,” Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris
“It Ain’t My Fault,” Brothers Osborne — winner
“Vice,” Miranda Lambert
Musical Event of the Year
“Craving You,” Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris
“Funny How Time Slips Away,” Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson — winner
“Kill a Word,” Eric Church feat. Rhiannon Giddens
“Setting the World on Fire,” Kenny Chesney with Pink
“Speak to a Girl,” Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
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