CMA Awards Live Blog

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My favorite three hours of the year are about to be recorded right here.

7:05

At 7 o’clock sharp Blake Shelton rocked the stage in Nashville with his cover of Footloose.  But the spotlight was quickly taken by the first singer of of the song, Kenny Loggins.

And then the roast began.

First calling out Hank Williams Jr.  for his political flop.

More to come!

7:23

Single of the Year goes to the Band Perry with If I Die Young and when they walked up to accept they weren’t even phased by Carrie Underwood and her cupcake dress…

After the break Keith Urban got the crowd going, before Sara Evans killed the mood with Stronger.  Dressed in a black pant suit, she sounded equally as flat.  Good thing there were acrobats dangling from the ceilings to add some fun!

7:35

Miranda Lambert performs her latest hit, Baggage Claim with a hot pink microphone and sassy silver tassels.

7:40

Song of the Year: If I Die Young – The Band Perry

Presented by Kelli Pickler and Kellan Lutz (why is he at the CMAs?)

Okay, the song was good, but really – the first two awards of the night?  I was really pulling for my boy Jason Aldean and Dirt Road Anthem.

7:40

Zac Brown Band performed Georgia On My Mind with Greg Allman

Rascal Flatts performed Easy with Natasha Bedingfield (whose dress skirt looks more like 35 bathrobes clumped together, than an awards outfit), but all that really matters is that their voices were beautiful.

7:50

Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland

7:55

Eric Church has forever earned my respect with his performance Drink in My Hand. 

Thompson Square may not of won Due of the Year, but their disappointment wasn’t noticeable during their performance of Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.

The excitement on Chris Young’s face during his hit song I Hear Voices was unmistakable.

Bang, bang, bang.  These three up and comers knocked it out of the park.

Here’s a video of Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.  They are supposed to hosting the show, but the only thing I remember from them so far are a couple of terrible outfits… hopefully that will change (the clothes included).

8:05

Taylor Swift sat on a couch with a pink, knit sweater on singing her new song Ours.  Hey, T-Swift, you’re on a stage (not to mention national television) spice it up!  Save the fireside sing-along for your latest boy.

Oh wait, she got a standing ovation.  Maybe I’m the only one who thinks that.

8:10

Luke Bryan is shakin’ things up with his rowdy song, Shake It For Me.  Dressed in all black and a black cap he’s backed by chair dancers in small leather outfits, but my eyes are still on him.  His energy is incredible, and man can he move.

Lady Antebellum owned the night 😉

The incredibly talented trio was spot on with their single We Owned the Night.  

Erin Andrews and Cardinals player David Freese presented Album of the Year.  Side note: Seriously, Erin Andrews and Carrie Underwood under the same roof?

Album of the Year: My Kind of Party – Jason Aldean

8:30

Grace Potter and Kenny Chesney sing You and Tequilla flawlessly – let’s be real, when doesn’t Kenny pull through?

8:38

Lionel Richie and Little Big Town

Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker

Lionel Richie and Rascal Flatts

It didn’t matter who he was singing with, the country music artists in the crowd had their eyes glued while their mouths dropped in musical appreciation.

8:55

Vocal Group of the Year – Lady Antebellum

I guess that was a good choice, as long as their evil twin Lady Haze wins by default.

8:58

Jennifer Nettles and Matt Nathanson spark a fire during their duet, Run.  

They were followed by the duet everybody was waiting for.  Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley’s Remind Me – a beautiful song that I think fell short.

9:10

New Artist of the Year: The Band Perry

Okay. ENOUGH. They had three songs that actually hit radio waves.

At least they keep their their speech short, sweet, and humble.

9:24

Jason Aldean sang Tattoos on This Town

And Male Vocalist of the Year went to Blake Shelton.

I’m bitter.  I was really pulling for Jason.

9:54

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

For the second year in a row.  She left the stage on a classy note with, “It’s gonna be a good night with my hubby!”

10:00

Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift

Come. On.

She had more energy in hugging her mom than she did during her entire performance tonight.

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