Another year hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, some of their material fell flat like the setting but I did like the bit about feuding and some of Carrie’s one liners and Brad’s responses “ Twerking is going to a Luke Bryan concert= oh I thought those were mini convulsions” . Some of Carrie’s outfits were great but several flopped. Overall the show was awesome and the hosts did a wonderful job hosting.
The Pinnacle Award went to Taylor Swift who opened up for Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatt. She started on the music scene at age 17 and now at 23 she’s wrote every song on every album shes sung. ” She knows how to include her audience in her songs” Carly Simon. She gives money to charities including Taylor Swift Education Center. She had congrats and comments from singers and other celebs that know her.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Kenny Rogers and his fans did covers of his songs Rascall Flatt ” Condition My Condition’s In”, Darius Rucker “Know When To Hold Em”, this song had the whole audience signing along with it. Jennifer Nettles with Kenny Rogers “ Islands In The Stream”. On a side note Darius got jiped this year in his performance slot which was as the closing credits rolled.
Single Of The Year FLORIDA GEORGIA LIME CRUISE
Song of The Year LEE BRICE I Drive Your Truck
Vocal Duo of Year FLORIDA GEORGIA LIME
New Artist of The Year Kacie Musgrave
Album of Year Blake Shelton Based On A True Story
Vocal Group of Year Little Big Town
Female Vocalist of The Year Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton
Entertainer of Year George Strait
Stand out Performances
Lady Antebellum ” Compass” loved the background. Little Big Town had a song that redeemed them to me for their last song “Sober”. Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert duet “We Were Us” I love Keith and this song was perfect blend of harmonies love the chorus, it even had her husband Blake singing along. An unlikely duo that worked was Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz ” Everybody’s got Somebody but Me” it was quirky and their voices blended together. Alan Jackson & George Strait did a tribute to George Jones who country music lost this year.
Performances that felt flat include Luke Bryan’s opening number, Kacie Musgrave hated the lyrics and how it sent the wrong message. As much as I adore Taylor and last year I was a supporter of her the song Red as a slow song done with that tempo with Alison Kraus and Vinge Gill did not go over well it had no spark. Eric Church who is usually the rock guy of country it went a little too rock for a country show with the smoke and it was hard to understand him.