Brad Paisley is known for being a big, lovable goofball (and giant sci-fi nerd -- trivia!), so it was no surprise that he was funnier than can usually be expected from most awards show hosts. What was surprising, however, was the amount of dirty jokes he got into the family-friendly show, not to mention a dig at Sarah Palin at one point (Republican-snarking at a country show?! Gasp!). The other half of the hosting duo, Carrie Underwood, was poised and beautiful and her performance of "Just a Dream" was flawless. I hate her.
Really low energy. Painfully so. I mean, I know it's an industry event, but it's televised! Find some screaming teenagers to plop down in the front or something. This crowd was over. it.
Were hysterical. Giant boots scootin' around in the background all by their lonesome, beer pints bopping to George Strait of their own volition, giant, tacky pink hearts. It reminded me of the backgrounds we had to choose from for our Destiny's Child cover video at Grad Night '01. Truly a sight to behold.
The Kellie Pickler:
Oh lordy. Her performance. She strutted around the stage in this biker-hooker costume, dorkily fist-pumping and posing really awkwardly, basically trying to be as awesome as Jennifer Nettles, which is never going to happen. Ahh crap, now I feel sorry for her. Let's bottle up our feelings and move on!
The Things I Don't Get:
Lady Antebellum and Rodney Atkins. Why are they national sensations? Why?
The Bait and Switch:
Yeahhhh, that "surprise industry legend" closing out the show they kept insinuating was Dolly? It was Shania Twain. I watched three hours of this only to be rewarded with Shania Twain. I'm so reporting the CMA Awards to the Better Business Bureau.
Oh, and Reba (sort of) performed, but she didn't sing "Fancy" so I was as over it as the crowd was. Your thoughts on the show? How about that fringe getup Jennifer Nettles had? Jeals.
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