Another CMA Awards night has come and gone, but certain moments left lasting impressions on our staff. If you follow us on Twitter, you know we spent the majority of the show cracking on Sheryl Crow‘s hair, Dolly Parton‘s assets, Zac Brown Band‘s beards, and Kacey Musgraves‘ b****y resting face. While those particular things set the stage for our jokes, puns, and #sarcastictweets, our staff compiled a list of our other favorite moments of the night. The following are those award show memories that are ingrained in our minds:
As we anticipated, Brad Paisley (who is likely still attempting to sext with Keith Urban) and Carrie Underwood took no prisoners. And, as we expected, the regular co-hosts of the CMA Awards referenced Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke several times. None, however, were as blatant as their lyrically altered version of Blurred Lines. “You’re a country girl,” the two sang, to replace “good girl.” And, instead of Robin’s suggestive “I know you want it,” they substituted “I know you’ve hunted.” But that didn’t end the performance. Out came the Robertsons from Duck Dynasty with their plastic ducks, adding an element of “quackiness” to the song. Check out the full performance by clicking here.
Carrie and Brad also focused on some feuding among some of Nashville’s finest. Though certain feuds were predicted and not factual (i.e. Kelly Clarkson and her new mother-in-law, Reba McEntire), the pair spotlighted the most recent public friction between country stars. While singing Why Can’t We Be Friends, Carrie and Brad pointed out that Luke Bryan and Zac Brown made headlines in the not so distant past over Zac’s dislike for Luke’s song That’s My Kind of Night. In true Nashville fashion, the two let bygones be bygones and hugged it out for all of the world to see. They may be far from bromancing, but maybe the two can work everything out over a nice catfish dinner.
In other recent headlining news, Carrie and Brad cracked what was probably the funniest (and perhaps the most controversial) joke of the night when, during their country music feud bit, they assigned Darius Rucker a feud with Julianne Hough. Now, we aren’t going to comment too much on the details of this particular assignment, but if you are scratching your head in wonderment, we suggest you Google the terms “Julianne Hough” and “Halloween.” Well played, CMAs, well played.
As you all know, country music is a little more conservative than other genres. However, it seems that the artists we love are helping move the country industry a little more toward the left. While Male Vocalist of the Year, Blake Shelton, recently discovered he could say “make up sex” on the radio after all, New Artist of the Year, Kacey Musgraves, pushes the envelope even further. In a week when another state legalized gay marriage, Kacey hit the stage with her new single, Follow Your Arrow, and told everybody to do whatever it is they want to do. Though ABC chose to bleep out the words “crack” and “joint,” it was definitely a step in the right direction allowing such a liberal song to be performed on the CMAs! Hats off to Kacey for following her arrow!
Speaking of performances, how incredible were Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban? As we tweeted last night, there may not be a better song out right now than We Were Us, and with Miranda’s and Keith’s stellar vocals and the amazing way Keith strums the you-know-what out of his guitar, this performance was definitely one of our favorites of the night!
While we are on the subject of Miranda, she gave yet another selfless acceptance speech that we have come to love from the four-time Female Vocalist of the Year. Instead of using her brief time to talk about herself, Miranda went through the other female nominees, explaining why she was surprised and humbled by this year’s results. After paying her respects to Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, and Taylor Swift, Miranda thanked her band, crew, and husband for putting up with her crap. We, too, thank all of those people for helping make Miranda into the artist she is today … we couldn’t imagine country music without her!
One of Miranda’s good friends and co-nominees in the Female Vocalist of the Year category, Kelly Clarkson, was given the honor of presenting the award for Male Vocalist of the Year. Kelly, who is notoriously goofy, stumbled over her words and then announced the winner in a rather unique way. Rather than simply stating “and the winner is ______,” Kelly started screeching in excitement and said “get up here, Blake!” Perhaps this slightly confused the nominees (and all of the world), but the presentation was typically Kelly and what we have come to love about her. Oh, and she’s married, in case you didn’t notice the first words out of her mouth last night were “I’m married.”
While we are discussing Blake and Male Vocalist of the Year, this is the fourth time Blake has received this coveted award (also taking home Album of the Year last night). This is also the fourth time Blake has been surprised and, like his wife, humbled by the honor. While an emotional Miranda wiped tears from her face, Blake exclaimed his shock over this year’s award and quickly thanked his wife, fans, and country radio. We are glad that Blake sobered up from his pre-show vodka and Sprite, but are hopeful that he imbibed in celebration immediately after he left the stage!
While Taylor Swift didn’t walk away with any of the awards for which she was nominated during the live show (she won for Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year, alongside Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, for Highway Don’t Care at an earlier presentation), Taylor did not leave the 47th Annual CMA Awards empty handed. Contrarily, Taylor left with a bigger honor than a twenty-three year old would ever expect to have bestowed upon her in a room full of her idols. George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley stood on the stage together to honor Taylor, as each of these artists had Taylor open for them while her career was just beginning. A video salute followed with appearances by Justin Timberlake, Julia Roberts, Carly Simon, Ethel Kennedy, Ellen DeGeneres and Mick Jagger. An extremely appreciative Taylor accepted her award from this cast of superstars, clearly moved and awestruck by the homage to her career thus far. Love her or hate her, there is no denying that this young musician has accomplished some of the greatest feats in country music and that we haven’t seen the best of her years yet.
In other special award news, Kenny Rogers was this year’s recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Rascal Flatts, Jennifer Nettles, and Darius Rucker helped honor the legendary artist, as he sat on the stage and sang along to some of his greatest hits. He also joined Jennifer for a clip of his duet with Dolly Parton (insert obligatory airbags joke here), Islands in the Stream. Kenny was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last week and closed his acceptance speech with “it’s been a hell of a month. I can’t wait to see what next week brings!”
The biggest award of the night, Entertainer of the Year, could have gone to any of the talented and successful nominees. However, there was one nominee that seemed to be the overwhelming favorite, due to the longevity of his career and the farewell tour he kicked off in 2013. George Strait, otherwise known as King George, was awarded the most coveted honor of the CMA Awards. A thankful King George stated “this blows me away. This means the world to me, I appreciate it. Thank you.” The cowboy is clearly riding away with class, dignity, and an entire industry who values what he brought to country music.
Selfishly, our last favorite moment of the night was when we received not one, but two tweets from Craig Campbell while he sat at the CMA Awards in a room full of our favorite artists. Thank you, Craig, for giving us a #2324134929983943rd reason for loving you oh-so-much!
All in all, it was a fantastic night of laughter, tears, and music. We couldn’t have asked for a better show and thank each of you for “hanging out” with us on Twitter and Facebook during the awards! We are looking forward to the next country music awards show so we can snark it up with all of you fine followers out there!
Congratulations to all nominees and winners for the 47th Annual CMA Awards! Here’s to another amazing year of country music!
For a complete list of last night’s winners, click here.