Country Favorites: Summer 2017

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Even though it’s technically still spring, summer music is undoubtedly here.

Some of my favorites:

  • Body Like A Back Road (Sam Hunt) Talk about one of those instant feel-good jams. Goin 15 in a 30, I ain’t in no hurry, Imma take it slow just as fast as I can.
  • Craving You (Thomas Rhett & Maren Morris) Two of the top most popular country artists collaborating. What a beautiful thing!
  • Happy People (Little Big Town) This song has the best vibe and super solid lyrics too. Personal favorite line…Happy people don’t fail; happy people just learn.
  • The Fighter (Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood) Am I the only one who has a significant urge to kick-box when I hear this song? I’m still thinking about a full out routine to go with the song…
  • For Her (Chris Lane) Maybe the most adorable song ever-check it out.
  • Greatest Love Story (LANCO) This song is the first LANCO song I ever did hear and let me tell you they just might become a favorite of mine. If you have not yet heard this song, check. it. out.
  • No Such Thing As A Broken Heart (Old Dominion) Another extremely catchy song with excellent lyrics.
  • Round Here Buzz (Eric Church) This is a JAM! I have heard really great things about Eric’s Holding My Own tour and I just just imagine him singing this one live.
  • You Broke Up With Me (Walker Hayes) One of my gym buddies caught me jammmmmmming to this tune last week in my car…I had no idea he was driving in the lane next to me… The tune/lyric combination is on point. Do yourself a favor and listen to this one.

CMA’s 50, Reviewed

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Is today Christmas? I woke up with the same giddy excitement for the 50th CMA show!

So it’s not Christmas but I do have TONS of snacks, sparkling grapefruit water (I really went cray-cray on that impulse buy) and not-gonna-lie I’m wearing the same dress I wore to my sister’s wedding. (WHO SAYS YOU WON’T WEAR YOUR BRIDESMAID DRESS AGAIN? I’LL GIVE YOU AN OCCASION.)

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Let me recap for you the first ten solid minutes of the CMAs in one sentence. Basically anyone who has been involved in country music for over 10 years sang a medley of all-time hits, including Reba’s Fancy, Randy Travis’s Forever And Ever, Amen and Alan Jackson’s Don’t Rock The Jukebox.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are singing “the election is lasting, forever and ever.” Clever start to the hosting intro. (And I mean… amen. Pun WAY intended.)

Entertainer of the Year nominees are mentioned, Carrie Underwood’s one of them. Brad proclaims, “#ImWithCarrie.” Love it.

Aweeee you guyssss! Five of our Olympians from this year are giving the first award tonight for single of the year. They look adorable all dressed up. My money was on Chris Stapleton, Nobody To Blame. The adorable Thomas Rhett is the winner, though, and he and his wife both look so happy about it. I’m happy too.

Home girl has taken the stage! (I should specify… this is Kelsea Ballerini.) She’s singing Peter Pan – a slow version with two people dancing in the background. She looks sincere and has such solid stage presence. PS, the people dancing are aerial dancing (is that even a term?) Read… one or both of them are regularly… not on the ground… I love the creativity and level of entertainment I felt from this performance.

Olivia Newton John is part of the group – who knew, she was 1979’s female vocalist of the year? Song of the Year will be announced. Tim McGraw wins with Humble and Kind. The song writer, Lori McKenna, gave the sweetest thank you speech about how this song was a prayer she wrote for her children, and how she writes songs for Tim McGraw because of Faith Hill. Faith is (adorably) crying at her seat. I LOVE MOMENTS LIKE THESE.

Jason Aldean is singing “Brand New Man” with Brooks & Dunn. Jason’s voice sounds great with Ronnie and Kix in this classic performance.

Dierks Bentley and Elle King are singing “It’s Different With Girls.” I love this song and they’re performing a classic, sweet version of this song.

GUYS MY OTHER FAVE IS PERFORMING! Maren Morris is singing My Church. Her hair is way curly, “fro-ed out” even. She’s got a little church choir behind her, and she’s wearing a trendy black dress. She seems real happy and comfortable rockin’ out to her first hit.

Let me take a minute to say, Carrie Underwood has been dressing to honor each decade. Everyone knows she’s like model-level beautiful so she looks amazing in each dress. #GOALS.

Jennifer Garner is giving the award for New Artist of the Year. Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, and Cole Swindell are all nominated. We have some great new artists! Side note, she is rocking her outfit. Maren wins! Hooray sista, I am PROUD O YOU. She’s way humbled and emotional. Last year she was watching the CMAs at a bar and here she is today. CRYING up a storm and thanking her favorites. She is a wreck and I absolutely love her perfectly flawed thank you. Maren, you have arrived my friend.

Brad Paisley straight up admitted that Carrie is doing one of her “legendary outfit changes” and I love that.

Garth and Tricia are singing a tribute medley. Watching the crowd react to each song introduced is really fun. Words to explain the way this audience is receiving the performance: giddy excitement, sentimental tears, true appreciation.

Oh snap, Carrie Underwood is looking SASSY singing Dirty Laundry. She literally is crushin it tonight.

Faith Hill is giving out the next award, for Album of the Year. Nominated: Black (Dierks Bentley), Hero (Maren Morris), Mr. Misunderstood (Eric Church), Ripcord (Keith Urban) anddddddd Storyteller (Carrie Underwood). Ok, I am WAY surprised. Eric Church is the winner! Mr. Misunderstood is a solid album though, so I’m happy with him. Eric mentioned that he presented his album last year at his performance at the CMAs and I totally remember that.

Little Big Town is singing their new song, Better Man. Fun fact, Taylor Swift wrote this song! Listen to the lyrics and you will believe it.

Miranda Lambert looks like she 100% knows what she’s doing. She’s singing Vice… acapella for the first several measures and completely on key. I actually love her very simple hairstyle.

Matthew McConaughey has taken the stage! (Alright alright alright!) He’s introducing Tim McGraw who is singing Humble And Kind.

Brad Paisley sang with the Oak Ridge Boys.. until commercial break… It was a nice moment of fame for them.

Cue the happy tears, Alan Jackson is singing Remember When. He looks completely authentic. Clips from CMA shows are being played overhead. Don’t mind me while I sob on my couch. George Straight has entered the stage and he’s singing Troubador, with Alan still on the stage too.

I have no clue who the couple is currently on the stage, announcing the next award. They did give the score to the World Series though (and I must admit I’m pulling for the Cubs, even though I’m a pretty serious Brewers fan). Vocal Duo of the Year goes to Brothers Osborne. I’m shocked because I was expecting Florida Georgia Line to win. Side note, turns out Brothers Osborne are brothers… 😉

Keith Urban is singing Blue Aint Your Color. The performance is very classic. I’ve noticed a theme of authentic, slow, serious songs tonight.

The award for the Vocal Group of the Year is up next.Awe, Little Big Town wins! I love them so I could back this any day.

The time is here. BEYONCE and the Dixie Chicks have taken the stage. They’re singing “Daddy Lessons.” Out loud, I meaningfully said in a confused tone, “I like this.” We have fiddles, a harmonica, your classic guitars and the Dixie Chicks harmonies. This dynamic girl-power collaboration is now singing “Long Time Gone.”  My roommates have really good opinions and they say this was the “best. collab. of the night.” They have some credibility and I have to say it was an unforgettable performance.

Kenny Chesney is receiving the third ever Pinnacle Award. I’m so happy for Kenny and proud of all he has done for country music. One of my favorite life moments thus far was watching Kenny perform live at Country Thunder several summers ago. KENNY, U DA MAN.

Thomas Rhett is singing “Die A Happy Man.” We have another heart-felt performance delivered by Thomas who already won an award tonight for this very song.

Chris Stapleton is performing “Seven Spanish Angels,” which I believe was by Ray Charles. I am remembering my complete confusion last year when he won so many awards. And here we are today with Chris as another household name in country music.

Luke Bryan has taken the stage, and he’s singing Move. I’m honestly thrilled to hear a party song as we have experienced a lot of the sweet-serious songs tonight. Luke Bryan will always come through for a good time.

Lee Greenwood is singing “I’m Proud To Be An American” with Brad and Carrie and absolutely everyone at the CMAs. I LOVE AMERICA, AND I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC.

Florida Georgia Line is singing “May We All.” I’m looking for you, Tim McGraw. AND THERE HE IS! Tim has joined Tyler and Brian on the stage for the second half of the song, and I loved the solid performance.

Vince Gill is on the stage to present the Female Vocalist of the Year award. He also announced that the Cubs are up 6-3 and I’m gathering that a majority of the crowd is pulling for Chicago tonight. Carrie Underwood is tonight’s winner! I would like to personally congratulate Kacey, Maren, Kelsea and Miranda as they were also nominated for the award. All five of these women are doing amazing things for country music.

Eric Church is singing Kill A Word. Eric is an incredibly talented singer and I will always appreciate his work.

Dolly Parton is now being honored. She is definitely iconic. Jennifer Nettles and Pentatonix are performing Jolene. (CUE ALL THE EXCITED VIBES!!!!!!!!!!!!!). I. loved. their. performance. BOOM. REBA has entered the stage. She’s singing Dolly’s “9 to 5.” Now we have Kacey Musgraves singing “Here You Come.” Kacey is crushing this sweet performance and Dolly appears to be very pleased with the performance. Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride have joined the stage singing “I Will Always Love You.” (Carrie and Martina, would you pleaseeeee collab more often?!). Jennifer, Carrie, Martina, Kacey and Reba are all singing and I am shivering and have tears with all of the emotions. The performance was sweet, special, beautiful, and altogether lovely. The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award is given to Dolly. “I would’ve cried but I didn’t want to mess up my eyelashes.” Gosh Dolly, some things just never change!

Sharon Stone has taken the stage to award the Male Vocalist of the Year. Nominees are Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban. Our winner is Chris Stapleton.  Again, all five nominees are phenomenal, but since I never lie I will admit that Chris would not be in my top four preferences for this award. Nevertheless, Chris is WAY talented and he gave a very nice speech, so kudos to you my friend.

Now it’s Brad Paisley’s turn to perform. He’s wearing jeans and a cowboy hat, and he’s singing Today. Country history clips are being showed on screens behind Brad, which contributes to the sentimental touch of this year’s show.

Taylor Swift is back at the CMAs! She is presenting the award for Entertainer of the Year! Nominated: Garth, Keith Luke, Chris, Carrie. The 2016 Entertainer of the Year is awarded to Garth Brooks. Garth is our winner and he gave a very classy and heart-filled thank you acceptance speech.

Carrie, wearing a beautiful black dress, and Brad, wished our viewers a final good night.

The current score of the World Series is 6-6 so while the CMAs are over, American TV has more history to be made tonight! Goodnight all and thanks for reading the post!

Were you surprised by the performances and award winners? I’d love to hear in the comments.

Live From My Living Room: ACM’s 2016

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Any country party beginning with Luke Bryan is sure to be a good party. And that’s exactly what’s happening tonight. He’s singing “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day” and he’s wearing a baseball hat. I’m so glad to see Luke rockin’ his super-country roots.

Luke just announced his co-host Dierks Bentley, and Blake Shelton shows up on the stage! I’m legitimately not sure if this is a prank because Luke’s lookin’ a little shocked.

Now it’s Blake Shelton’s turn to sing for real. Props to the lights guy because absolutely everything and everyone appears to be in black and white besides Blake. He’s singing “Came Here To Forget” and, honest moment, he has AGED.

Luke and Dierks are finally together on the stage and they are looking VERY GOOD in suits. I think Blake Shelton is having some #probz letting go with the hosting thing.

We’re getting a bunch of shout-outs dedicated to Chris Stapleton here -Charles Kelly (from Lady Antebellum), Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, even Carrie Underwood chimed in.

Old Dominion is the new vocal group of the year, and they’re singing Snapback.

Kenny Chesney is up, singing “Noise.” He’s staying true to himself in jeans and a cowboy hat. Side note shout-out to Kenny’s bass player, a female #girlboss.

Jana Kramer and Von Miller announced Song of the Year. Nominees: Burning House, Girl Crush, Nobody to Blame, Raise Them Up, She Don’t Love You. Chris Stapleton wins with Nobody To Blame. I think he deserves it but I would have loved Cam to win that one.

Cassidy Pope and Chris Young are singing “Think Of You.”These two make a good duo! Cassidy Pope is wearing a tight and sparkling gold pantsuit. 10 points for her blinged-out microphone box matching her outfit though. They ended the song with a hug which was perfect and adorable.

Chris Janson is announcing the campaign Fight Hunger. Here is the link in case anyone wants to check it out.

The next performer, Eric Church, is looking classic as always. He’s singing “Record Year” which is turning into a jam-sesh featuring some artists who recently passed away.

Dierks Bentley is up next performing “Somewhere On A Beach.” Observation: his guitar is 100% for decorative purposes in this song. Observation 2: Things are a little awk because nobody knows the words to the song yet. A bunch of ladies are swaying in the background…

Cam is up next, performing Burning House. She is beautiful with her classic blonde curly hair and a simple dress. I like the arrangement she put together for this show. Normally I’d say this song is too sad/slow for an awards show, but it’s such a popular and loved song that she pulled it off.

Miss America and Jake Owen are performing the next song together. TWO. GOOD. LOOKING. PEOPLE. right here. Single Record of the Year nominations: Burning House, Buy Me A Boat, Die A Happy Man, Girl Crush, I’m Comin’ Over, and Take Your Time. The winner is Thomas Rhett with Die A Happy Man. He gave a real cute thank you speech acknowledging his wife first. #goals.

Jason Aldean is singing “Lights Go On,” and I’m thinking it’s new because I don’t know it yet.

Garth Brooks was video-recorded in to do an announcement for the ACMs. Album of the yera nominees are: I’m Comin Over (Chris Young), Montevallo (Sam Hunt), Mr. Misunderstood (Eric Church), Tangled Up (Thomas Rhett), and Traveler (Chris Stapleton). With no surprise, Chris Stapleton wins with Traveler.

Cole Swindell is singing an acoustic version of You Should Be Here, which is so fitting and so sweet.

Brett Eldridge is singing “Drunk On Your Love” while walking down the aisle with flowers. He handed out five flowers to the luckiest five ladies ever.

Keith Urban is performing “Wasted Time.” He looks classic in black pants and a t-shirt. Props to the stage crew because there were flames and wind on the stage. Talk about a hot performance 😉

Little Big Town is up next with a big band crew on stage with them. They’re singing “Stay All Night.” I will always think that Karen and Kimberly are among the prettiest singers ever. I will admit that I’m not 100% sure about Karen’s black and mesh star-patterned pantsuit. I can fully support Kimberly’s pink tasseled dress. THIS IS WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE ACMS. I love that LBT just performed a song from their album with a total fresh take.

Let’s all have a mini freak out sesh because KELSEA BALLERINI IS PERFORMING! She’s singing “Love Me Like You Mean It.” She’s wearing a blue romper and heels. She looks comfortable on the stage which is so impressive since she’s so young and new. Kelsea paused for a quick second to sing to her new single, “Peter Pan.” She also clipped an long blue skirt extension onto her romper. BRB while I continue drooling because I haven’t seen Nick Jonas in ages and he looks amazing in his leather jacket. Nick played the guitar and sang and I am in happy shock and satisfaction reflecting on this amazing performance.

Little Big Town announced Tim McGraw next, singing Humble and Kind. The crowd is waving their arms wrapped in glowing bracelets. Tim appears to be surrounded by fireflies; it’s magic. Everyone knows all the words to Humble and Kind. I can hear the crowd belting out the lyrics. What a powerful, moving performance. People are dressed up on stage, representing various cultures and occupations. I can tell that Tim is deeply moved by his own song.

Charles Kelley is singing “Lonely Girl,” and he definitely is displaying a new side of himself with a patterned short-sleeved collared shirt and to background singer-dancers. Charles is one talented dude, but I’m not the number-one-fan of his solo career.

Martina McBride and Darius Rucker spoke to honor the life of Joey Feek. The crowd regognized her life with a very nice applause. Then, Martina and Darius announced the Vocal Group of the Year nominees: Eli Young Band, Old Dominion, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts. LBT is the winner and I continue to be so proud of them.

TIME TO GEEK OUT BECAUSE CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS RELEASING HER NEW SINGLE, CHURCH BELLS. I love this song. In a word, this performance is creative. Carrie looks so tough. Lights are shining everywhere. Carrie’s wearing strappy black heels and a silver dress that could have also been used in the Hunger Games (this is meant to be a compliment). The stage is covered with smoke and staircases. CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS REALLY GOOD AT HER JOB.

We have Kiefer Sutherland announcing the female vocalist nominees: Kelsea Ballerini, Jana Kramer, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood. (Can they all win? I LOVE ALL OF THEM.) Miranda Lambert is the winner. LOVE. HER. She looks really good in black and silver.

Sam Hunt is singing “Make You Miss Me,” and he’s playing the piano too. Sam is wearing a white track suit with a baseball hat and white shoes. There’s a bunch of lights shining on the piano. The performance is simple and classic but I’m okay with that, because #SamHunt.

Thomas Rhett is performing “Die A Happy Man.” Keeping things very classic and simple, Thomas gave a very sweet performance. The camera showed a teary-eyed Mrs. Rhett. He’s a happy man, and she’s a lucky lady.

Miranda Lambert is singing “Tush” with ZZ Top and his very long beard.

Nancy O’Dell announced the nominees for the ACM Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton. No surprise, Chris Stapleton takes another award.

Kacey Musgraves took the stage to announce Katy Perry. Can I say, she looks hilarious in a country costume with giant star earrings. Katy announced a trailer for Dolly Parton’s movie, “Coat of Many Colors.” I didn’t realize that Jennifer Nettles played a role in that movie, but now I reallllly want to see it.

Dolly has joined the stage with an extremely sparkling suit (I would expect nothing less).

Dolly Parton and Katy Perry are singing “Coat of Many Colors” together followed by a duet of “Jolene” and “9 to 5.”

Florida Georgia Line is performing “Confession.” The stage is filled with trees, smoke and lights. I think green rain is pouring down behind Brian and Tyler. …

Chris Stapleton is back on stage, this time to perform! He’s singing “Fire Away” with his wife (props to my roommate Megan for that fact).

Tom Hiddleston announced Entertainer of the Year. Nominees: Jason, Garth, Luke, Eric, Miranda. Jason Aldean is our Entertainer of the Year!

I am satisfied with tonight’s show. I love country music. I LOVE AMERICA!

CMAs 2015 Reviewed

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CMA 2015 awards have begun!

The opening sketch is a tribute to Star Wars and they just made a joke about Garth Vader. This. Is. Awesome.

Hank Jr. is singing with Eric Church. #HankAndEric is literally hashtagged on Hank’s guitar. Love it! Visualize: a bunch of old guys in aviators, with the American flag in the background; this looks real fitting to kick off this year’s country awards show.

John Mellencamp is singing “Ain’t That America” with Keith Urban. My roommate wants to know who did John’s hair. I want to know how Keith is so PERFECT all the time. As an obviously perfect segue, Keith has busted into “John Cougar, John Wayne, John 3:16.” Keith’s wing-man’s harmony is not quite on point though. On another note, Megan is sue she has the same outfit Keith is currently wearing – a scoop neck white tank top, a black blazer, and black skinny jeans. Classic for either gender, I guess.

Carrie and Brad are back on stage. THEY JUST SAID CRAY-CRAY and NAY-NAY! And threw Josh Duggar under the bus. I love when Carrie and Brad sing little jingles together. I had to hold my breath when they talked about Blake and Miranda (Love you both #4eva) but we are off to a good start.

Single of the Year goes to: Girl Crush! Little Big Town wins a big award and I am so happy and proud of them! The band looks awesome and they are so happy. Other thoughts on this moment: I’m not surprised this song won, Karen gave a great speech, and Kimberly has a very muscular back (YOU GO GIRL).

Next up is a performance by Zac Brown Band. ZAC BROWN IS NOT WEARING A HAT! Zac and his bald head are on center stage singing a song I don’t know- Beautiful Drug. I am liking what I’m hearing.

Kenny Chesney’s performance is next. He has a beach vibe on stage which is so perfect for him, the King of Summer. Kenny’s wearing a classic outfit of gray pants, a black polo and a standard Kenny cowboy hat. He’s singing “Save It For A Rainy Day” and it sounds good. I am convinced that Kenny’s having the time of his life on stage right now.

Sign me up for #SamHunting. I have such a real crush on him. He’s wearing a black shirt with a white collar, though, and it kind of looks like one of those priest outfits. Even so, Sam, you are rocking the priest look. I swear he knows he is adorable; he has this smile between phrases. You can “Take My Time” any time.

Song of the Year: Girl Crush wins again. This time we are honoring Liz Rose, Lori McKenna, and Hillary Lindsey.

Quick shout-out to my favorite so far of Carrie’s outfits. Her dress is beautiful. It’s long, flowy, and a very dainty light purple color. Carrie tweeted earlier today that she has TWELVE outfits for the day.

Little Big Town takes the stage, this time to perform. They’re singing “Girl Crush” and their outfits are weird. Picture a lot of shiny silver and black sparkles and that’s their outfits. Their harmonies are on point, though, and that’s what we’re here to care about.

New Artist of the Year: Chris Stapleton. I WANT A RE-COUNT! Literally my last choice AND I don’t even know who he is. What does he sing? And that is a terrible hat. I would have preferred any of the others (Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett).

I have been waiting for this moment! Carrie Underwood is performing “Smoke Break.” She is wearing fringe and over-the-heel boots, which is so 2015. She blows me away every time she performs. Talk about a girl crush. Per usual, Carrie looks AND sounds flawless.

Mystery Man/New Winner Chris Stapleton is singing “Tennessee Whiskey” with JT himself. Didn’t see that one coming. You know what, though? They rocked it, so good for them. Our featured unlikely duo is now singing “Drink You Away.” The performance is heating up and everybody’s loving it.

Florida Georgia Line is performing “Confession.” The song is new to me and I like it. The stage is set up like a dusty old church; their outfits look like they just walk of The Hunger Games which even includes Brian rocking a feather necklace (?). Shout out to Tyler for rocking the man bun though (side note, I googled to see if “man bun” was supposed to by hyphenated).

Dynamic Duo Of The Year goes to FGL and I am a happy girl. Way to go!

Eric Church is singing a brand new one-Mr. Misunderstood. I think this song is perfect for this rebellious rockstar. Eric’s wearing a leather jacket, aviators and jeans-staying true to his classic look.

Thomas Rhett is playing “Crash and Burn.” He has a cool back and white stairwell vibe going on complete with dancers and HEY WAIT Fall Out Boy is totally dueting this up with Thomas right now. The duet has shifted to Uma Thurman.

You have got to be freaking kidding me; Album of the Year goes to Chris Stapleton. But who is Chris Stapleton?

Kelsea Ballereini gets a quick second on stage. I can’t tell if she’s wearing a romper or a dress but it’s a high-low ensemble, and she’s singing “Love Me Like You Mean It.” She looks beautiful and so natural on stage.

Brad Paisley is rocking “Country Nation” as his voice sounds perfect and a set of bleachers behind him are filled with college mascots. In typical Brad form there is a lot of guitar playing. Brad is wearing a football jersey himself.

Blake Shelton is singing “Gonna” and he’s all dressed up in a white shirt, black vest and black tie. He cleans up NICE. Not to be critical, but Blake’s performance was very nice without any WOW factors.

We are graced with an excerpt from Maddie and Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song.” I can’t believe how confident these ladies are looking on stage. I’m also laughing at Tae’s name embroidered on her guitar strap.

Can I be honest? I miss the OLD Luke. Tonight he is singing “Strip It Down” and his hair has gel in it and he’s wearing a collared shirt and dress pants. LUKE BRYAN, I MISS YOUR BASEBALL HAT AND JEANS AND ORIGINAL SONGS. I mean I’m not hating what I’m seeing/hearing but I truly miss the old you.

The Vocal Group of the Year award goes to Little Big Town! I am so proud of them as a dedicated fan from the beginning.

My home girl is performing! Miranda has a blonde-pink ombre hair style with a jean jacket and black skinny jeans. Her guitar is pink, too! She’s singing “Bathroom Sink.” I am surprised by the song choice but Miranda can seriously do no wrong.

Jason Aldean is wearing his typical cowboy hat and short-sleeved plaid button down. He’s singing “Gonna Know We Were Here.”

I love Kacey Musgraves. She is singing “Dime Store Cowgirl.” A daring and unique performance, Kacey has a cartoon vibe of a slideshow background. She’s wearing a sparkle leotard and white cowboy boots. Her voice sounds like honey and her stage presence is nothing short of lovely. She has five men in her band, all wearing pink suits with sparkle collars. I’m serious, though, it WORKS.

Dierks Bently is singing “Riser” with Lindsey Stirling (my roommate had to introduce Lindsey to me; sorry I’m not extremely rounded when it comes to violinists).

Female Vocalists of the Year Nominees: Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, and Le Ann Womack. Tonight’s winner is Miranda Lambert! MY GURL! “Little Red Wagon” is playing in the background and Miranda’s wearing a casual outfit. She gives a really simple and humble thank you speech.

Brooks and Dunn and Reba are performing together. They’re performing “Why Haven’t I Heard From You.” Reba is truly adorable, for a lady I can’t stand! Looks like we have a mash-up because now Brooks and Dunn have taken the lead with “Play Something Country.”

Male Vocalist of the Year Nominees: Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton. Chris Stapleton won and he might be as dumbfounded as the rest of us. I’m not sure at this point, if I’m more angry or confused by the way Chris is sweeping up these awards. I mean good for him but this is seriously not right.

Entertainer of the Year Nominees: Eric, Kenny, Miranda, Garth. The winner is Luke Bryan. Awe, he seems so very happy so I’m happy too.

Closing thoughts: I enjoyed the show minus a few unexpected award winners. And that’s a wrap!

Country Music Awards Show 2013

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Luke Bryan singing “That’s My Kinda Night” to kick off the evening. He sounds great but his shirt is not #1 on my List Of Favorite Shirts. I liked the Luke Bryan who sang “We Rode In Trucks” but now he’s wearing a sequin shirt. Then Florida Georgia Line joins the stage for a solid beginning of the 2013 CMAs.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood take the stage. They’re singing a few lines together and they sound dang good even when they’re just playing casually. Brad made a joke about twerking. Carrie Underwood says twerking happens at Luke Bryan concerts (haaaaaa) and now C&B are singing about Obamacare. Taylor Swift doesn’t get it. Everybody else seems to be laughing and clapping. We’ve got some Miley Cyrus and Duck Dynasty References and now it’s time for an award.

The Robinson family of Duck Dynasty is giving the Single of the Year award; it goes to FGL, “Cruise.” I personally love Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” but I mean, who doesn’t love Florida Georgia Line… and everybody and their cat loves “Cruise” so cheers to them.

Jason Aldean is singing Night Train in a cowboy hat and jeans—I’m glad he stays true to himself, and this song is clutch.

Kacey Musgraves is singing one of my favorites (don’t judge me-) Follow Your Arrow. She’s doing a great job, and looking good in a yellow dress. Side note- she’s wearing her long brown hair in a side ponytail, and looks somewhat like Jennifer Lawrence AKA Katniss.

Carrie Underwood is looking pretty in pink. Her dress is covered in flowers, which is a nice balance of dainty and interesting.  

Hooray! Lady Antebellum is singing Compass, my current favorite song from them. I’m just gonna say it—Charles is looking good. Yellow pants, a white tshirt and a jean jacket is his outfit of choice and he is rocking it. I loved their performance; my roommate agrees. Fabulous.

Jake Owen and Lucy (from Pretty Little Liars, who is apparently releasing an album soon) announce Song of the Year. The award goes to Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck,” so the writers come up with Lee to receive the award. I was actually surprised about this one, but the writer explained how the song is based on a real story—and that’s pretty neat.

I am mesmerized—Little Big Town is singing (they’re consistently among my favorites). Brad announces, “Little Big Town are going to be the only ones to sing Sober on this stage tonight.” Clever joke, as that’s the song they’re singing and we’re at a country event. They started out acapella and Karen is wearing sparkle pants. This, my friends, is how I define perfection.

Vocal Duo of the Year announced. Florida Georgia Line wins! They are going to clean up tonight. Even though they deserve this award, they honestly had very little competition (Big & Rich are soooo five years ago, and Sugarland isn’t even a band anymore).

Carrie and Brad are looking ridiculous and it’s hilarious. Brad “looks like a referee who’s going to prom.”

Now I’m going to melt, scream or both as Keith Urban sings “We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert. Miranda’s looking really good, by the way, in a black outfit and silver boots.

Taylor Swift, accompanied by a small orchestra, is singing “Red.” The group is sitting in a semi-circle, everyone’s wearing black, and they’re taking a new twist on the song—it’s slow and filled with echoes. I would describe this performance as humble, which is ironically impressive, in my opinion. I kept waiting for Taylor to jump out of her seat and reveal some sort of red dress (that never happened). Besides her below-average hairdo I’m a fan of the performance.

FGL takes the stage to perform “Round Here” and they are sounding good live. I love their lit up background that shines FGL. I have to laugh because one of the guys is wearing a bro tank of sorts and another one has on a scarf. Maybe you can pull off either look in November?

Hunter Hayes joins Jason Mraz on the stage singing together—Hunter looks even younger than I remembered (acca-awkward) but nevertheless a solid performance.

Kacey Musgraves wins New Artist of the Year! I’m satisfied that she won, and I can’t wait to see where Kacey’s career takes her.

I don’t recognize Eric Church without a baseball hat, but they tell me he is singing on the stage. I looooooove Eric Church but this is not my favorite performance of his.

Insert geek out here- The Band Perry is singing “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and they are sounding good. Kimberly (as always) is looking fantastic, and her bros are rocking out as well. But one of the brothers needs a haircut-badly. I couldn’t tell you which one because his hair is covering his entire face. But, you know, minor details.

Sheryl Crow is announcing the next award, Album of the Year. I love all the nominees-Based On A True Story (Blake Shelton), Blown Away (Carrie Underwood), Red (Taylor Swift), Same Trailer Different Park (Kacey Musgraves), and Tornado (Little Big Town). Blake wins! I’m surprised, but there are some solid songs on that album, so it’s good. Blake said this award means the most to him which is cool.

Mr. Tim McGraw is performing, and rightly so (CMAs without Tim just wouldn’t be right-speaking of ‘not right’- high-waisted pants, Tim? Really?) Anyway Tim is singing Southern Girl, which I really do like.

Blake Shelton is singing, “Mine Would Be You” which honestly isn’t my favorite of all his songs, but hey—it’s Blake and he’s giving a solid performance.

Lennon and Maisy, the two daughters from Nashville, sing part of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me.” They crush it. Taylor Swift hugs them. A group including Tim McGraw gives a Pinnacle award to Taylor for her positive influence on country music and my appreciation for Miss Swift just increased. Taylor respond with her usual “I’ve never won an award before” excitement.

Carrie Underwood is singing “Good Girl” which becomes “Blown Away” which becomes “Two Black Cadillacs”—basically she’s singing a mash-up, which is the best…a riff off, of sorts (Shout-out to all the Pitch Perfect fans out there).

Vocal Group of the Year goes to Little Big Town! I will always take it personally when LBT wins anything. They have new outfits on, they’re looking fabulous and they have so many people to thank. Sweet!

Brad Paisley introduces Alan Jackson and George Strait who are singing a tribute to George Jones. I’ll be honest and admit that this is not my favorite portion of the show, but I can appreciate a tribute here and there.

Zac Brown Band performed with…someone…and gave an energetic performance, as to be expected. Not my favorite but well done nonetheless.

Now it’s Brad’s turn to take the stage. Jennifer Nettles (you know the name from the former band Sugarland) is introducing an honorary tribute to Kenny Rodgers. The honorary crew includes Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, and Jennifer herself. Is it the wine, or is this performance putting me to sleep?

Rayna and Deacon from Nashville take the stage! The award is female vocalist of the year; the real competition here is between Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood. Miranda wins! She’s looking really good too. I think she just sassed Kelly Clarkson on stage as she says “really?” But really—why was Kelly nominated for female country vocalist for the year.

Luke Bryan is back on stage, this time singing in memory of his brother and sister. After some quick research I discovered that Luke’s sister passed away in 2007; their brother passed away in 1996. No wonder Luke decided to sing country music.

The Male Vocalist of the Year award is presented by Kelly Clarkson. Jason, Luke, Eric, Blake, and Keith are all nominated—Blake Shelton wins! I love how Blake and Miranda both won. Miranda has tears in her eyes; Blake seems shocked. The dynamic duo each won their respective awards last year as well.

Entertainer of the Year goes to George Strait. Cue the jaw drop, folks. I am shocked, though I think he just wiped a tear from his eye so there’s that. everyone seems genuinely happy for him, which is cool.

WHY ISN’T KEITH URBAN WITH HIS WIFE NICOLE. Sorry for the rant but I don’t know the woman next to him

George accepts his award. I don’t doubt that “this blows me away” as George said it himself. As he gives his thanks, he somehow thought it would be a good idea to name every single person he’s related to. Give up the speech bud.

Darius Rucker is singing “Wagon Wheel.” Isn’t this the same way they finished the CMAs last year?

I’m satisfied with another great Country Music Awards Show. Skipping class to watch it live was a good decision, so cheers to that!

Keith Urban- Cop Car

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Keith Urban just released his newest album, Fuse. My current favorite of the album is this song. I can’t say I’ve fallen in love in the back of a cop car, but I have fallen in love with the song. And Keith Urban.

What is your favorite song on Fuse so far?

CMT Awards: My Review

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Super cool way to start the show. You see Jason Aldean being lifted up a stage elevator. There’s smoke and a whole bunch of lights and Jason’s singing “American Woman” with Lenny Kravitz. A very original way to start the CMT Awards!

 

We’ve got an intro video. Jason Aldean drops (literally) into “Dr. Kristen Bell’s” office, and she’s leading group therapy. We’ve got Reba and Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan and…this is funny!

 

Aldean & Bell are looking good-I think Kristen Bell is growing on me.

 

Taylor Swift acknowledged. Who’s her date? Maybe her brother?

 

Carrie Underwood acknowledged, and she’s looking good with her husband Mike Fisher.

 

First award of the night presented by Kellie Pickler and Scotty McCreery. A joke is made about dancing. Scotty, “I just can’t dance.” I’m not a fan of Kellie’s dress but they do look good. Breakthrough Video of the Year is presented, and a lot of videos are good options. Florida Georgia Line wins with “Cruise.” I’m good with this. Other ones I liked “Why You Wanna” (Jana Kramer) and “Merry Go Round” (Kacey Musgraves). Lots of gratitude given by FGL-a nice acceptance speech.

 

Finalists for Video of the Year are announced and my vote is Blown Away (Carrie Underwood) or Mama’s Broken Heart (Miranda Lambert). Definitely not Taylor Swift for We Are Never Ever Back Together; that video is straight weird (#sorrynotsorry).

 

Miranda’s singing Mama’s Broken Heart live. She looks really good! I see she’s holding a pink microphone. Nice. I really like this song; I think she’s done better performances but I like the “bad girl” vibe she’s giving off—fits good with the song. Miranda laughs at the end of the song. Love her.

 

A live performace from Kacey Musgraves. She looks really cute in a jean jacket and shorts. She’s singing “Blowin’ Smoke” and rocking it with her American Flag tank top and blue boots. Like all of her songs, she makes this performance seem airy and effortless. She doesn’t seem nervous which is particularly impressive for a newbie like her. Sweet.

 

Kristen Bell is back up and this time with a black dress. She announced DOG AND BETH (whoever they are) and they’re introducing Performance of the Year. Miranda Lambert wins with “Over You.” She thanked Blake and the fans and I really appreciate how genuine Miranda can be.

 

Florida Georgia Line announced Darius Rucker, our next singer performing “Wagon Wheel.” Love it! Darius pops out of the crowd and begins singing—strongly—while walking down stairs and greeting a whole bunch of fans. His performance is simple but still really great. Everybody loves “Wagon Wheel” and he’s rockin it.

 

All of the sudden we’ve got an acapella sing-along of Wagon Wheel, led by Darius with Lady Antebellum. Whoa. Cool.

 

Hunter Hayes isn’t even at the awards but he’s performing “I Want Crazy” outside among a large crowd of teenage girls in colorful sunglasses. Not sure if I’m more intrigued by Hunter’s energy or the heart shaped “CRAZY” sunglasses all the fans are wearing.

 

Luke Bryan isn’t there either,  but he was announced as he ran onto a stage of his own in a basement-bar looking place. He’s singing to a small (and very lucky) crowd my current favorite of his songs, “Crash My Party.” You would think the silliest die-hard fans would’ve stayed back with Hunter Hayes, but these girls are lookin like pretty serious fans, too. (Let’s be real I’d act the same way if I were that lose to Luke. Or Hunter).

 

 

From the basement stage, Luke announces Taylor Swift who is performing RED at the main stage. I do believe Taylor is becoming a stronger singer every performance. She’s wearing an interesting red dress and there are specks of red all around the stage, including people dancing around the stage with red flags. The performance is honestly weird, but I think it sounds really good, so props to T-Swift for that.

 

A reminder for the audience to Tweet about the #CMTAwards. One girl apparently tweeted, “Hunter Hayes wants crazy; I just want him.” I’d retweet that.

 

Collaborative Video of the Year announced by Larry the Cable Guy. The winner was a no brainer- “The Only Way I Know” by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church.

 

I LOVE The Band Perry. Kimberly is looking stunning in a red dress, and the brothers are fashionable too. They announced Keith Urban who is singing “Little Bit of Everything.” The camera just showed his wife, Nicole Kidman, singing along from the crowd. Keith is looking very traditional in a tan collared shirt and jeans. He’s a good performer for sure.

 

Jana Kramer is up with Deacon from Nashville! I wish I knew his real name but it’s cool J Jana and “Deacon” are announcing “Duo of the Year.” My vote is probably Love and Theft but I like all the choices. The winner goes to Florida Georgia Line. Two awards for FGL this concert, but I suppose they do deserve it (let’s be honest; they’re everybody’s summer jam this year). The guys say, “We’ve got the best fans in the freakin world, this is amazing.” They also thanked their mom “for believing in us” and made a joke about winning a lot like Taylor Swift, Hah.

 

I have no idea who these people are, announcing Lady Antebellum. Weird.

 

About Lady A though: cool performance of “Goodbye Town.” There’s a video on the screens and Charles, Dave, and Hilary are all disbursed around the stage for the first verse; they meet in the middle of the stage and continue to rock the crowd. I love this group but I always think they can use another female singer. And yes, I’m volunteering.

 

Lenny Kravitz is back on the stage to announce Female Video of the Year. My vote: Mama’s Broken Heart…and Miranda Lambert is the winner indeed! I thought this was another no-brainer. Her video was brilliant, hilarious…and competition was low in my humble opinion. Another genuine thanks from Miranda. “There wasn’t much acting unfortunately because I got to act crazy…the only unfortunate part was all the drinking was actually iced tea.” Ha!

 

Keith Urban announces “our friends Little Big Town” and I’m more excited than most. LBT is my favorite and they’re all clad in black, looking really good as always. They are singing The Chain. Not sure why they aren’t singing an original song but I’d rather hear this than “Your Side of the Bed.” Suddenly there’s a bunch more smoke and Keith Urban comes up from the middle of the stage. He’s literally tearing it up on his guitar. Kimberly played the piano for a little while, and Karen has a tambourine in hand.

 

Love and Theft is singing “Angel Eyes” on a side stage—I think they desrve main stage but it’s whatever. They look good and sound good too.

 

Group Video of the Year is up now and there are some really, really good ones. Lady Antebellum wins with “Downtown.” I do like that video, although I’d like to have seen Pontoon or even Takin’ Pills win. Lady A gave their acceptance speech and I’m so impressed that Hilary is even at the show tonight; she’s pregnant and due in a month. That’s dedication, folks.

 

Jason Aldean is playing “Night Train” now! He’s wearing a flannel (ish) shirt, jeans, and a cowboy hat. We’ve got fireworks, folks. Cool.

 

Best Male Video as announced by Miranda Lambert and my vote is for Blake (“Sure Be Cool If You Did”). Blake Shelton wins!  Blake couldn’t be at the show, so Miranda accepts the award, “Honey, I’m drinking for two tonight; I love you!”

 

Rascal Flatts announced Carrie Underwood singing See You Again, dedicated to Oklahoma. Carrie’s wearing a very pretty pale dress, and pictures on the screens show a devastated Oklahoma. A powerful performance is given, both in terms of Carrie’s phenomenal voice and the emotional message. Red Cross volunteers carrying children and makeshift crosses are shown on the large screens among piles of Oklahoma devastation.

 

We’ve got an entire choir on stage wearing white robes; this sounds beautiful. The song is over and you can see Carrie’s lips, “God bless you, Oklahoma.” I am moved by the appreciation among the entire crowd. The Red Cross logo is displayed on the screen…. and a tear in Carrie’s eye.

 

God Bless You, Oklahoma.

 

Sheryl Crow and Kenny Rodgers are about to announce the next award; they’re singing a few lines and the crowd is loving it. T-Swift, LBT and others are shown. The biggest award of the night is Video of the Year. Nominations: Carrie Underwood (Blown Away) FGL (Cruise) Jason Aldean (1994), Luke Bryan (Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye), Miranda Lambert (Mama’s Broken Heart) and T-Swift (We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together). Carrie Underwood wins! 

 

The show is closing out with “the song of the summer.” I’m glad I guessed it—Florida Goergia Line, Cruise.

 

The show was great, and that’s a wrap!