2011 ACM Awards Live Blog

Staff | April 3rd, 2011

Tonight the Academy of Country Music Awards airs on CBS starting at 8 ET/7 CT. For the eighth consecutive year, the ceremony will be held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. What happens in Vegas, stays a hot topic in internet forums for at least a month after the awards are presented.

Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton, nominees in their respective vocalist categories, co-host this year’s festivities. The telecast will feature performances by McEntire, Shelton, Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood and entertainer of the year nominees Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.

The most heated races are in the Entertainer and Album categories. With fan voting playing a still-undetermined role in the decision, Taylor Swift has a slight edge in her bid for a first Entertainer win from the Academy of Country Music. She has stiff competition for Album of the Year, with the commercial power of Lady Antebellum (Need You Now) and the critical acclaim of Jamey Johnson (The Guitar Song) offering resistance for the 21-year-old superstar.

We’ll be giving away a few copies this 2011 ACM Spotlight ‘ZinePak throughout the show, so grab your favorite coping mechanism and join Blake and Juli for what promises to be loads of… well, it promises to be something.

6:23 – Juli: Man, Jennifer Nettles looks rough. Oh, wait. That’s Lesley Stahl. 60 Minutes is still on.

6:58 – Blake: Never fear: Blake is here.

7:00 – Juli: Phew! I was worried you’d make me do this solo, Blake.

7:01 – Juli: Oh lawdy. Blake Shelton is singing to a photo of Miranda Lambert.

7:01 – Blake: I’m going by “bboldt” tonight just not to get confused with any other Blakes.

7:02 – Blake: That last grammar-challenged sentence shows that I’ve been hitting the bottle already.

7:03 – Juli: The sound is not great for Brad Paisley as he sings “Old Alabama.”

7:05 – Juli: Brad’s joined by the guys of Alabama, who get a standing O from the Vegas crowd.

7:06 – Juli: I think this comment from SNOWGLOBE deserves our first giveaway of the night:
Taylor Swift just asked who those old guys are. What do you think, Blake?

7:05 – Blake: I’m barely paying attention to the performance because I’m so scared I’ll suck harder than James Franco tonight.

7:07 – Juli: Ain’t nothin’ says country like Celine Dion.

7:07 – Blake: Co-sign! Celine Dion looks terrific for having three kids and an elderly parent at home.

7:09 – Blake: Why does the camera keep panning to the bear killer?

7:09 – Juli: Reba says “it’s a long show. Pace yourself.” Good advice for those playing the ACM Awards drinking game.

7:11 – Juli: Oh, a Brokeback Mountain joke. Ha. Ha.

7:11 – Blake: Brokeback Mountain joke. Not amused.

7:12 – Blake: @Juli: Jinx. You owe me a Coke.

7:13 – Blake: Reba and Ricky Gervais. Interesting.

7:14 – Juli: Aww, Zac Brown is wearing his formal beanie!

7:15 – Juli: Well, at least this Toby Keith song doesn’t rip off “The Road Goes on Forever.”

7:16 – Blake: Toby Keith in cruise control. Not bad, not great.

7:18 – Juli: If they cut all the lame skits, we could get this done in time for us all to flip over to Sunday Night Baseball by 9pm.

7:20 – Blake: Go, Cardinals! (That’s for Ken.)

7:21 – Juli: Oh boy, there’s a “Country Dance” video game! Everyone will be lined up outside Best Buy like it’s Halo.

7:23 – Blake: Excuse me from my live blog duties to vote for Carrie Underwood as Entertainer oh….

7:24 – Juli: Is that an octopus dangling from the microphone?

7:25 – Juli: Steven Tyler joining Carrie Underwood on “Undo It.” Hoo boy.

7:25 – Blake: OMG, I am so….not surprised that Steven Tyler is on stage. Unscream it.

7:27 – Juli: And now they’re going to “Walk This Way.” Hope Rev. Run joins ‘em. Couldn’t be any less country.

7:27 – Blake: Carrie Underwood has improved by leaps and bounds as a live performer, but her vocal delivery is forced with all the noise happening on stage.

7:31 – Juli: 30 minutes in and still no awards. But the Jennifer Nettles Band is going to sing us a song.

7:30 – Blake: Is this an example of steampick or stonepunk or whatever Jennifer says she’s into now?

7:34 – Juli: Kristian switched guitars midsong, is still irrelevant.

7:37 – Juli: I love Dierks Bentley, but he could spend the next three minutes punching a kitten in the face and it would still be better than this new single.

7:37 – Blake: I’m going to need the official definition of “rock and roll booty.” How does that differ from a honky tonk badonkadonk?

7:38 – Blake: Exactly what the telecast was missing: stiff, privileged white people doing their best impression of dancing.

7:40 – Juli: Good thing we got these from Martina McBride’s merch table, Blake. We’re gonna need ‘em.

7:45 – Juli: Now Keith Urban is singing. It sounds nice enough, but let’s just hand some awards out, folks. We’re almost an hour in.

7:47 – Juli: I wonder how much the Kidman-Urban household spends on hair product every month. I bet it’s more than my rent.

7:46 – Blake: The backdrop looks more appropriate for Barbara Mandrell’s “Midnight Oil” than a Keith-loves-Nicole ballad.

7:48 – Blake: (Barbara Mandrell is a Country Music Hall of Fame member and former ACM Entertainer of the Year.)

7:49 – Blake: Jennifer Nettles done stole Alison Krauss’ hair from the Raising Sand era. Also, where is the five-second delay for the “smoke” references?

7:50 – Juli: Does Eric Church have some sort of visual impairment? Because there’s no other reason for him to be wearing sunglasses.

7:52 – Blake: Does smoking marijuana improve the viewing experience? Anybody care to answer my question?

7:53 – Juli: Wait, they’re announcing nominees! This must mean there will be an award sometime soon!

7:54 – Juli: Song of the Year goes to Miranda’s “The House That Built Me.” Yay!

7:54 – Blake: The Song of the Year winners were given 30 seconds for an acceptance speech. Stay classy, ACMs.

7:56 – Juli: Soooo, now is when we live blog the series premiere of The Borgias, right? It’s got to be more country than what we’ve spent the past hour watching.

7:59 – Juli: Now Taylor’s up strumming a guitjo on a faux front porch. I hate this show.

8:00 – Blake: Five bucks that Gillian Welch is hiding behind the boxes.

8:01 – Juli: You know, this is how AP, Sara, and Maybelle did it. On their front porches. In Vegas. In old timey dresses that probably cost more than your car.

8:03 – Juli: Oh, a city backdrop replaces the front porch. Do you get it? DO YOU?!

8:03 – Juli: Taylor actually sounds pretty good tonight, it must be said.

8:02 – Blake: I dig this update on Newsies. I don’t care what anybody says about me.

8:04 – Blake: WHY DOES LITTLE BIG TOWN ALWAYS PRESENT AND NEVER PERFORM?

8:04 – Juli: Blake, I DON’T EVEN KNOW. I didn’t dig LBT until I heard them sing at the Library of Congress. They definitely made a fan out of me, especially their stripped-down stuff.

8:06 – Juli: Nice to see that the Perry boys are still using the Flowbee.

8:05 – Blake: If Kimberly Perry is so cheery about premature death, imagine how bubbly she’d be narrating the audiobook of Old Yeller.

8:08 – Juli: Maybe Eric Church is wearing those sunglasses so nobody can see him cry after losing to The Band Perry.

8:08 – Blake: Steve Perry! Hehe. He would be right at home on this show.

8:09 – Juli: I hear that next year Steve Perry and Taylor Swift will be singing “Any Way You Want It,” thanks to the success of the Steven Tyler-Carrie collaboration.

8:12 – Blake: I love Journey like whoa. Now you know a little something more about who I am.

8:14 – Blake: I thought Blake’s little buddy was Justin Moore, not Jason Aldean.

8:15 – Juli: Now comes “Dirt Road Anthem.” You’re all excited for some Aldean rap, right?

8:16 – Blake: “Informer! You know say daddy me snow me-a blame. A licky boom-boom down.”

8:18 – Blake: “Here comes the hotstepper, murderer/I’m the lyrical gangster, murderer.”

8:20 – Juli: Single of the Year goes to “The House That Built Me.”

8:20 – Blake: Lee Ann Womack was a couple rows behind giving Miranda a big cheer. Let’s get her on stage, like, half an hour ago.

8:22 – Juli: Let’s get Lee Ann Womack back in the recording studio. She’s our only hope.

8:23 – Blake: So sad that Rihanna isn’t performing her new single “T & A,” er, “S & M.”

8:24 – Juli: Hey, we’re almost at the halfway point of tonight’s show. We can get through this, friends.

8:25 – Blake: Reba wore that same black dress back in 2008. Where’s the wardrobe department?

8:27 – Juli: Blake shouldn’t name drop Loretta and Conway. It’ll just remind folks that there is good music out there we can be listening to instead.

8:27 – Blake: This is a pretty cool song, but I’m disappointed that the writers didn’t figure out how to put the word “pollinate” in there somewhere. @Jess: “California King Bed.”

8:31 – Blake: Hilary’s hair and skin tone are about the same color. Jamey got jobbed again.

8:35 – Juli: Blake, I call that “Jonathan Taylor Thomas Syndrome.” Sad to see it has claimed another victim with Hilary Scott.

8:35 – Blake: This barrage of awards for Lady Antebellum is going to make Starland Vocal Band and Captain & Tenille reconsider retirement.

8:37 – Blake: Check out the Country Universe live blog during the next commercial break. They are much more awesome than Charlie Sheen.

8:39 – Blake: Five bucks her ex-husband is staring at those black leather pants right this minute.

8:42 – Juli: Here come Donny and Marie Osmond, here to promote their new country record.

8:42 – Blake: If Marie Osmond is a little bit country, then she fits in perfectly. (Hi, Donny!)

8:43 – Juli: Oh, phew. They’re just presenting. I was expecting the worst there.

8:43 – Blake: WHY IS LITTLE BIG TOWN ALWAYS A LOSER AND NEVER A WINNER?

8:44 – Juli: Little Big Town was ROBBED. Also, there must be a decaying portrait of Donny Osmond in an attic somewhere. HE DOESN’T AGE.

8:45 – Juli: I would give an arm to never ever see or hear Montgomery Gentry again.

8:45 – Blake: I can’t bear to see Montgomery Gentry on stage. It makes me want to put my paws over my eyes. I’ll spare you the rest of the grizzly details.

8:51 – Juli: Miranda’s singing now. She probably makes more money than Blake Shelton anyway, despite the wedding planning joke.

8:53 – Juli: Miranda’s pink microphone matches her dress. I wonder whose job it is to match the mics to performers’ outfits. Also, she sounds fantastic.

8:53 – Blake: It must get boring for Miranda Lambert to school basically everyone else at these awards shows.

8:55 – Juli: Oh, it’s the person from Sugarland who isn’t Jennifer Nettles. What’s his name? Ken, Kyle…

8:55 – Blake: @Juli Dave Haywood. Duh.

8:56 – Juli: Blake, they should form their own band: The Irrelevants.

8:56 – Blake: To the disappointment of many, Rihanna is not wearing her Rolling Stone jean shorts. (For you, Mr. Parkman!)

8:57 – Blake: Can we talk about how Chris Brown sold 275k in his first week and what that says about Americans?

8:57 – Juli: I think I’d like Rihanna and Jennifer to star in some sort of buddy comedy. Without contributing to the soundtrack.

8:59 – Blake: @Juli Thelma and Louise II?

8:59 – Blake: @SavingCountryMusic and @Trent win one of those Walmart packs we’re given away. I’m a sucker for hair-eaters and the word “colonoscopy.”

9:01 – Juli: Heee heee. I am imagining Saving Country Music’s reaction when the Walmart/ACM prize pack arrives at his home.

9:02 – Blake: In my imagination, Dave Haywood, Kristian Bush and Kix Brooks are forming a band called Sidekicks. Or Silent but Deadly.

9:06 – Juli: I’d like to imagine he’s singing this to Kix.

9:06 – Blake: Ronnie Dunn, CMA Male Vocalist of the Year? BTW, I do bleed red. (Go, Cardinals!)

9:08 – Blake: The lower half of his hairdo is modern-day Billy Ray Cyrus. The upper half is mid-Nineties Jennifer Aniston.

9:08 – Juli: Ronnie is borrowing George Strait’s tactic of holding the guitar instead of playing it.

9:09 – Juli: I wonder what ol’ George is doing right now. Probably grilling a slab of meat and thanking his lucky stars he’s not in Vegas.

9:10 – Juli: Looking at Wynonna, I have the “Oompa Loompa” song stuck in my head. Not sure why.

9:09 – Blake: Oprah Winfrey’s favorite country stars are on stage. Loopy mama and atomic orange daughter. (“If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother” was an old joke when Wy first used it fifteen years ago.)

9:12 – Juli: Time for a reggae breakdown from the ACM Vocal Duo of the Year.

9:13 – Juli: Here’s Martina with “Teenage Daughters.” By the way, you all should join Twitter for the sole purpose of following @DrunkenMartina.

9:15 – Blake: Live performance of “Teenage Daughters” >>>> Recorded performance of “Teenage Daughters”

9:20 – Blake: If the Fergie Dr. Pepper commercials keep airing, someone’s going to get the bright idea to have her perform next year.

9:22 – Blake: Girls Night Out is a television program to spotlight the four women that regularly get played on country radio. Pretty short night if you ask me.

9:21 – Juli: I wonder if this show will pay tribute to Charlie Louvin, Mel McDaniel, Harley Allen, or any other important figures of country music who’ve passed away this year. Somehow I doubt it.

9:24 – Blake: Please God don’t let Brad Paisley cry.

9:25 – Blake: How’s that 2009 ACM New Artist of the Year award working out for you, Ms. Hough?

9:25 – Juli: Brad thanked his dog and not his sons? Hope he socks away some money for a therapy fund.

9:29 – Juli: In the spirit of that song, go check out this account of an autistic boy who met his idol, Dierks Bentley. It’s all heartwarming and stuff. Okay, back to snark.

9:34 – Juli: Fewer than 30 minutes to go. Boy, those two and a half hours just flew by, right? Right?

9:35 – Juli: If I had biceps like Reba’s I’d never wear sleeves. But here she is in a blazer. She sounds good, though.

9:26 – Blake: Country meets Pulp Fiction. Uma Thurman could pull a Gwyneth Paltrow, don’t you think?

9:37 – Juli: They keep showing the pedal steel player like it’s a rare and beautiful unicorn rarely spotted in the wilderness of modern country music.

9:40 – Juli: How baked is Robert Pattinson right now?

9:38 – Blake: Water for Elephants is a good book, but this is not boding well for the movie.

9:44 – Juli: Do Easton Corbin’s parents know he’s out this late on a school night? He looks positively baby-faced tonight.

9:47 – Juli: Alan Jackson! Is he singing? No, just talking. Booo.

9:48 – Juli: Has anyone ever actually seen the top of Zac Brown’s head? I am worried it’s just exposed brain matter and that’s why he has to wear the beanie all the time.

9:49 – Blake: @Juli That beanie is only appropriate for colder weather, don’t you think? Haha. It’s not funny, people. Don’t laugh.

9:50 – Blake: @MommaYvonne That makes two Barbara Mandrell references in one night on our live blog. #WINNING a Walmart ACM prize pack.

9:51 – Juli: The camera pans to artists in the audience all nodding their heads to a bunch of different beats. I am vaguely amused.

9:52 – Juli: Congrats to our ACM prize pack winners tonight: Momma Yvonne, Saving Country Music, Trent, and Snowglobe. Email Brady with your mailing addresses and he’ll get those out to you.

9:57 – Juli: Ryan Seacrest is presenting. Five more minutes five more minutes five more minutes…

9:57 – Blake: And the winner is….KELLY CLARKSON!

9:58 – Blake: For the record, Sara Evans comes across the aisle and congratulates Swift right after the announcement.

9:58 – Juli: Okay, Taylor won. She makes Ryan Seacrest look elfin.

9:59 – Juli: The fans are the “best thing that’s ever happened” to Taylor. Also, their wallets.

10:00 – Blake: I give myself a C- for the live blog, but you readers deserve an A+. Thanks for following us tonight!

10:00 – Juli: That’s a wrap, folks! Thanks for slogging through the show with us, keeping it interesting with your funny comments, and thanks to my hilarious blogging buddy Blake Boldt.

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  1. Christina
    April 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    So excited for the show tonight Juli and Blake! I’m def goin to have my comp on my lap while I watch. I hope I win some prizes too!

  2. Leeann Ward
    April 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Ha! “Favorite coping mechanism”…

  3. Occasional Hope
    April 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Have fun ;)

  4. C.M. Wilcox
    April 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Don’t think I’ll be here for the show, but this new live blog layout is swanky. Side by side, most recent comments up top… I like it.

  5. william
    April 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    i just wanted to say how much muscic comes from u the fans and how much comes from corporations and what they try to tell us what to listens be free and like what u like!!!

  6. Code
    April 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Reba received the ACM career achievement award!!!

  7. Leeann Ward
    April 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Yup, this is a cool setup. I think I’ll like it.

  8. Ken Morton
    April 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Seeing how they’re on separate sides of the aisle, it will be interesting to see how Blake and Juli get along tonight. Hopefully it won’t dissapate into bickering over whether the Cardinals or the Phillies will take the NL crown. :) Have fun tonight, you two. I’ll have a difficult time not stealing a peek because of the three-hour west coast delay.

  9. Blake Boldt
    April 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I don’t know how to get into the live blog. Help! I can’t let down my loyal fans, er, fan. Hey, Mom!

  10. Leeann Ward
    April 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Look forward to the drama.

  11. Leeann Ward
    April 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Blake,
    You’ve got one more fan than I do. My mom never reads my blog.

  12. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Taylor Swift just asked who those old guys are.

  13. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Why does that one guy in Alabama look like an anorexic George Lucas?

  14. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    If you’re gonna play the ACM’s, you gotta have a green guitar in the band!

  15. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Is Celine Dion’s accent French Canadian, or blue-blooded stuck up priss?

  16. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Blake Shelton’s blazer is shinier than Nicole Kidman’s botoxed forehead.

  17. Katherine
    April 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    @juli – Amen. AND I haven’t even heard him say “dog” yet

  18. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Is this Toby Keith, or Train?

  19. Jess
    April 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    i’m not a big fan of toby’s new stuff. i miss his old in your face 9/11 stuff.

  20. Matt B
    April 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    The jokes have been pretty lame.

  21. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    It’s mini-Lohan!

  22. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Where’s the c cc cc cc cc cc country?

  23. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    What’s up with Carrie tonight? She’s much better than this. And what’s Stephen Tyler doing there? And what’s he singing?

  24. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks Steve – now I can’t turn down the sound and enjoy Carrie.

  25. Matt B
    April 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    WTF? Good lord this is bad and NOT country music…Steven Tyler is very pitchy, dawg.

  26. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    At least they could have had Uncle Ted do Cat Scratch Fever.

  27. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Some people must have not come otherwise it wouldn’t have been as long as it been with the Stephen Tyler/Carrie Underwood disaster.

  28. Matt B
    April 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Juli, they should’ve had Colt come out

  29. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    This has been going on for an eternity of an awards show. No funny quips about it, this is just transparent and lame.

  30. Code
    April 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    That performance started off great but then ended terribly, what a big disaster!!

  31. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    What happened to the awards show? 30 minutes into it and not one award? And now here comes Sugarland and their crap.

  32. Code
    April 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    This is actually one of sugarlands best songs off an overwise awful album

  33. Matt B
    April 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    @blake, Steampunk is clothing style, not musical.

  34. erin
    April 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    maybe my standards are low thanks to carrie’s atrocious performance but i dont hate this sugarland performance…not to much flash, just strongt vocals and alright song

  35. Matt B
    April 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    This Dierks Bentley song is a rehashed Garth Brooks song, listen to it, everything about it screams that. The vocal phrasing, the melody and everything.

  36. Brady Vercher
    April 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Dang! 200 visitors online and counting.

  37. Code
    April 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Lol at 7:25 – unscream it lmao

  38. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    So when is the award show gonna start? This is a joke. 40 minutes and no awards and it is in commercial.

  39. J.R. Journey
    April 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Made it, a little late. Hello everybody.

  40. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    It’s sad when the audience has so little appreciation of music that they have to be prompted to clap.

  41. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    This is boring! We need stuff blowing up and electric cleavage!

  42. Juli Thanki
    April 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I don’t know what electric cleavage is, but I kind of want it.

  43. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Hoo boy, can we have the awards already? I love the performances, but this is an awards show, not a showcase…

    Pure dedication (or insanity) here. I’m watching a patchy live stream from CBS here in England at 2am. Give me some awards before I literally do fall asleep, ACMs.

  44. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Blake, I don’t think you had to clear that up, Taylor Swift isn’t reading this…

  45. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Ah ha. I think what were seeing folks is the effect of all the awards shows! Less awards, more show!

  46. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Future’s so bright he GOTTA wear shades. Or a hangover.

  47. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Oh, because Brooklyn Decker and Nate from Gossip Girl are oh-so-country. But hey, it’s an award! Right?

  48. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Oh my God! An award!

  49. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I called it.

    Deserved? I think so.

  50. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I’m going to say that the ACM’s will fall into the same category as the Grammys before long in that most of the awards will be given online rather than be given out live.

  51. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    But why is Miranda dressed as Barbie?

  52. Jess
    April 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    i can only laugh at the disorganization of this whole show. it’s so poorly put together. it’s laughable.

  53. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    What gives with Jennifer Nettles? She performs twice now and this time it’s with a non-country performer (Rihanna) and speaking of which what does Rihanna, Stephen Tyler, Gossip Girl, etc. have to do with country music anyhow?

  54. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    My lawyer asked me to remind everyone that the rights to all AutoTune jokes belong to me. Thank you.

  55. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    So tonight, Taylor’s country again?

  56. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    All you haters – see, she IS country!

  57. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    And not just country, but country clothes, musicians and backdrop too! It just strikes me as very contrived.

  58. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    My Song!

    Aww Taylor.

  59. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Taylor Swift is doing an Ashlee Simpson. I heard them put on the CD of her doing “Mean” and she’s lip-synching it.

  60. Matt B
    April 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I made a comment about Brooklyn Decker’s horrible dress choice on Facebook and somebody was mad for me making a ‘snide’ comment”

    I said it looked like a pregnancy suit, not a real dress.

  61. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I don’t hate the song, though. Very rudimentary lyrics, but it works.

  62. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Anyone else find it hilariously ironic that the bridge of this song is so ‘mean’?

  63. Jenna
    April 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    This is mocking, right?

  64. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Juli: Didn’t you know that Taylor lip-synchs all the time and that her banjo playing is fake?

  65. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    What is Kimberly wearing? Not digging it

  66. Jenna
    April 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    @8:04 Sooo, sad.

  67. Juli Thanki
    April 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Lewis: hope springs eternal.

  68. Karlie Justus
    April 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    This awesome new live blog layout is so much more exciting than the show so far.

  69. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Eric didn’t really stand a chance since the award was fan voted.

  70. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I now have performance fatigue. Or maybe I should just be asleep. Any idea how long this is scheduled to go on for?

  71. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Please – make it stop!

  72. mr gladhands
    April 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    When does the country music start?

  73. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Jason Aldean looks country but he’s rapping and he’s got earings like a girl! The saddest ACM awards yet!

  74. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Oh, I can sense the anger of Carrie fans rolling across the fruited plain like a cold front!

  75. Jess
    April 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    @Blake…what song will Rihanna and Jennifer sing together?

  76. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    New ACM drinking game: take a shot any time a performer indiscriminately points out in the crowd at a perfect stranger like they know them, just to appear endearing.

  77. Leeann Ward
    April 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    “8:05 – Blake: If Kimberly Perry is so cheery about premature death, imagine how bubbly she’d be narrating the audiobook of Old Yeller.”

    Hahaha!

  78. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Really liking Blake’s new song

  79. mr gladhands
    April 3, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    @ Juli it’s the double edged sword of the rock/pop-country sound. great for accessibility but highly lacking the true “country spirit”

  80. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Miranda now has a “I’m entitled” air to her.

  81. Juli Thanki
    April 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    True, Mr. Gladhands. I do like it a billion times better than “Hillbilly Bone,” so I should just probably be happy with that.

  82. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    And Alan Parsons doesn’t even get a mention.

  83. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    A Jamey Johnson sighting! There is hope for this show yet!

  84. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  85. Vicki
    April 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I heard that Carrie was doing “Undo it” and then I was excited when I heard she would be doing a duet. I thought YEA, she is doing that song with Brad Paisley called “Remind me” Boy..was I have wrong and disappointed.

  86. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Is it me or has Hilary Scott gained a lot of weight?

  87. Vicki
    April 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Maybe Taylor and Jamey votes knocked each other out and that’s how “Need You Now” got Album for having one great song?

  88. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I skipped Bob Kingsley’s Top 40 Countdown to watch this… regretting my decision.

  89. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Sara Evans: ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! This isn’t country!

  90. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I really miss Three Chords and the Truth right now.

  91. mr gladhands
    April 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    great to see Sara Evans back with a great song. can’t say she’s not country.

  92. Vicki
    April 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve missed Sara. She’s singing pretty well but had some nerves, it’s been what a year or so without performing? But she did it for the family and I give her props for that.

  93. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    If you think Sara Evans is country then you to learn what COUNTRY MUSIC is supposed to be… but you’ll never learn it watching this show.

  94. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    But Sara Evans is a very pretty girl. Just doesn’t sound country.

  95. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    That was a little more adult contemporary than country, but it wasn’t awful.

  96. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Curse you Donny for ruining my joke.

  97. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I wish LBT would win this one :(

  98. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Quelle surprise.

  99. J.R. Journey
    April 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Still reading. You guys are doing great – nothing much to add. But I was told there’d be Skittles.

  100. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    They should stop encouraging them.

  101. Jenna
    April 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Grrrrrrr…

  102. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  103. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I guess the Zac Brown Band will never ever win Vocal Group of the Year.

    Hilary Scott needs to go on Marie Osmond’s diet. She looks like she has gained 50 pounds at least.

  104. J.R. Journey
    April 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    At least they’re not Rascal Flatts.

  105. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Is this a glamour blog or ACM Awards blog? I don’t care about someones weight. I just wish I could hear some country music.

  106. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    J.R.: I’m sure that if there’s Skittles Hilary Scott probably ate everyone else’s and then some.

  107. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    The UN has just officially solicited Eddie Montgomery to see if they can build a tent city for Japan tsunami refuges under the brim of his hat.

  108. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Mommayvonne: There have been people criticizing Miranda Lambert’s weight and I’m quite sure that Hilary weighs a lot more than Miranda.

  109. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I don’t care about a singer’s weight. Stay on task folks, this is a supposedly country music awards show, not a Biggest Losers show.

  110. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Miranda rocking the pink and embarassing everyone else who has performed so far.

  111. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Miranda Lambert is singing a bit of country. Woo Hoo! It’s about time we heard some.

  112. mr gladhands
    April 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Miranda is the best.

  113. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Just close your eyes and listen to that pedal steel! I am heading for my happy place until it is all over.

  114. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    At least Rihanna’s enunciation is so bad she can barely be understood.

  115. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    That jumpsuit thing is awful, but then again, I wish I could rock one like Jennifer Nettles does. Oh no, I’m talking about the clothes now…this really is bad…

  116. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Jennifer Nettles and Rihanna are worse than Reba singing “If I Were A Boy”.

  117. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Miranda is quite good but I sure wish she had some compeition.

    This Rianna and the Sugarland girl don’t even sound country. Sigh

  118. Greg
    April 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Funny how the song with Rihanna and J.Nettles is more country than the Carrie Underwood performance.

  119. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Rhianna just texted her agent to make sure the check cleared.

  120. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    @Snowglobe that sounds like advice for a colonoscopy not a performance… oh wait, this is worse (closes eyes).

  121. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Am I really listening to a song about a mattress size? Is that really what I’m doing with my life right now? And why do I have the urge to eat Rhianna’s hair?

  122. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    They’re God awful!

  123. Jenna
    April 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    @8:55 Blake: Dave Haywood. Duh.
    All the more reason LBT should’ve won. they’re a group and not a duo with an extra member

  124. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Ronny Dunn and Reba coming up. It’s got to get better.

  125. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Is it over yet?

  126. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    With 7 #1 songs, why hasn’t The Zac Brown Band won Vocal Group of the Year?

  127. Leeann Ward
    April 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    “8:51 – Juli: Miranda’s singing now. She probably makes more money than Blake Shelton anyway, “despite the wedding planning joke.”

    Exactly what I thought.

  128. Brody Vercher
    April 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    What’d I miss?

  129. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    8.57 Blake: Can we please not?

  130. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    You ain’t missed squat!

  131. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Ronnie Dunn has had a solo career for the past dozen years now so why are they presenting him as “the first solo performance of his career” when he has been lead vocalist of Brooks & Dunn since the last Kix Brooks song that he sang lead on charted in 1999.

  132. Brady Vercher
    April 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I figured I’d tune in to the show, only to discover it doesn’t start for another hour on the West coast. It doesn’t start till it’s over!?

  133. Code
    April 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Reba’s performing when love gets a hold of you, she sounded awesome at rehearsals

  134. Devin
    April 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Wait, you mean Ronnie Dunn wasn’t always a solo act?

    Maybe Kix can join Kristian and Dave in The Irrelevants.

  135. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Wow, Ronnie looked lost there

  136. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    And now – Ronnie Dunn and his All Showgirl Orchestra!

  137. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Trent: He was looking around to see where Kix was and I would venture a guess that he retained the Brooks & Dunn band.

  138. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Where’s her whip?

  139. mr gladhands
    April 3, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I wish we could go back in time to get a follow up to Bootin’ Scootin’ Boogie. this is cuttin’ it for me.

  140. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Go Joey and Rory!

  141. erin
    April 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    how are the janedear girls allowed here? like honestly, they almost make me ashamed to like country music. they are awful.

  142. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    O o o o crap!

  143. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Knew it. Would have preferred Joey + Rory. At least they make actual country music.

  144. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    God help this country and country music.

  145. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I wish that Brooks & Dunn were back together.

  146. bll
    April 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Wy needs to step away from the spray tan; she looks like a drag queen.

  147. mr gladhands
    April 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    dislike. country music is so stale right now. i’m going to find some old Willie vinyls in the closet. oh god, especially if this martina song is the follow up!

  148. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    ‘I think I need a drink’ – you’re telling me, Martina. And I’m a teetotal twenty-year-old. Oh, ACMs.

  149. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Poor Wynona. Sometimes it’s hard to hit middle age. For some it’s harder than others. She obviously is having a hard time with it. Bless her heart.

  150. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Actually, Reba odds are this song isn’t getting anywhere near #1. Martina’s last song to do that was “Blessed” in 2001.

  151. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    My mother of three either teenage or recently teenage daughters would appreciate this song.

  152. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I need a drink too Martina… from watching this show. But she is beautiful.

  153. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    James Taylor? I love James Taylor. But he ain’t country.

  154. Jenna
    April 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Everytime I hear Fergie’s Dr. Pepper commercial I think the show is back on

  155. Vicki
    April 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Singers like Martina and Carrie shouldn’t try writing..there’s just something missing.

  156. Vicki
    April 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Well,as far as guessing winners of awards, I’m perfect and I think everyone else is too

  157. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Rascal Flatts at Girls Night Out? It fits in a strange sort of way.

  158. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    @Blake: well, that Fergie song is more country than 50% of this show so far.

  159. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Finally an award Lady Antebellum CAN’T win. Though they probably will anyway!

  160. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    *deadpan monotone* I am honestly shocked.

    I do like Brad though. Good for him, ‘American Saturday Night’ was a brilliant album, especially ‘Welcome to the Future’.

  161. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Good for Brad :)

  162. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I have been looking forward to this all night. I love listening to Darius Rucker sing.

  163. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    @ Saving Country Music: ooh, I’m crawling through your blog right now…good stuff! What do you think of Brad?

  164. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Someone get that man a cowboy hat and Telecaster.

  165. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    This is saccharine and predictable yet brilliant.

  166. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Darius Rucker may not be singing actual country for this particular song but the man is talented from his tippy toes to the top of his head.

  167. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Pretty sure the mics at the back are not turned on, though. Rude.

  168. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Wow, TayTay looked UNIMPRESSED with this.

  169. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Not quite what I expected… and was that Roger Clemens?

  170. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    @ Mommayvonne: my thoughts exactly…I can’t hate it

  171. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Juli: Brad also didn’t thank Little Jimmy Dickens either.

  172. Jenna
    April 3, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I’m going to play the typical teenager role and pretend to be excited about Rob Pattinson.. Hmmmmm

  173. Leeann Ward
    April 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    “9:29 – Juli: In the spirit of that song, go check out this account of an autistic boy who met his idol, Dierks Bentley. It’s all heartwarming and stuff. Okay, back to snark.”

    Yes, very sweet story.

  174. Mr. Roberts
    April 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Not watching the ACM’s because I have a little dignity left; however I am enjoying Juli’s comments. Some are just stinkin’ hilarious!

  175. Juli Thanki
    April 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks for reading, Mr. Roberts!

  176. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Rob Pattinson looks so confused and out of place.

  177. mr gladhands
    April 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Reese sang more country songs in Walk the Line than we’ve seen in this whole show

  178. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Is it bad that my favorite part of the night so far is staring at Reese Witherspoon’s dress?

  179. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Isn;t he one of the Jersey Shore guys? I think I recognize the accent.

  180. Leeann Ward
    April 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    “9:37 – Juli: They keep showing the pedal steel player like it’s a rare and beautiful unicorn rarely spotted in the wilderness of modern country music.”

    Awesome!

  181. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I love Reese Witherspoon but why would she present a country music award?
    Yeah Miranda Lambert!

  182. J.R. Journey
    April 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Witherspoon has more country cred than most of tonight’s presenters.

  183. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I get it – they are using presenters for product placement.

  184. Mr. Roberts
    April 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Juli,

    I am the reformed “Waynoe” and I meant what I said. Your comments about Bush left me laughing my butt off. Others as well. I am just sorry you are having to sit through this crap in order to bring enjoyment to others.

    Blake’s had some good zingers to.

  185. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    What song is Zac Brown Band going to sing with James Taylor as no duet of James Taylor appears on Zac Brown Band’s new album?

  186. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    AJ! Now we are talking country!

  187. mr gladhands
    April 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    what do I gotta do to sit down for a beer with AJ?

  188. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    How can I bottle James Taylor, and take it on those restless night’s that I just can’t sleep?

  189. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I don’t care if this is ACM or what, Gotta LOVE James Taylor! If his singing doesn’t give goosebumps, then you are not red blooded.

  190. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    AJ can eat crackers in my bed anytime

  191. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    James Taylor has no place in this song whatsoever. Should have left it alone.

  192. Trent
    April 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Taylor doesn’t know all the lyrics…

  193. bll
    April 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Wow I’m liking this performance. I would have never put JT with ZBB, but they sound good.

  194. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Juli – he stores it in a jar at home – just like Kenny Chesney.

  195. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Totally messed up the part where the band sings along. Oh well, James Taylor has done better.

  196. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I agree JT isn’t country but then not much of this show is. At least he is chock full of talent. But yes, Lewis, you are correct.

  197. Jenna
    April 3, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    @9:48 Juli: Has anyone ever actually seen the top of Zac Brown’s Head? I have, it was awhile ago though, lol…

  198. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Oh, but Sweet Baby James. Aaaaaahhhhhhhh. Who needs a sedative?

  199. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    “Get that dude with the bibs on outta here! Security!”

  200. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Well Blake, Barbara would add a good deal to this show, her a some peanuts in your coke.

  201. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Jenna: I probably believe that Zac shares the same hairstyle as Kenny Chesney and James Taylor. Either no hair or very little in the back.

  202. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Yay, EOTY excitement! Can’t believe it’s almost 4am here…was this worth the missed sleep? It’s been enjoyable and awful and just plain bland.

  203. Juli Thanki
    April 3, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Oh, Rebecca. I hope you can sleep in tomorrow/today. Or perhaps get a caffeine IV.

  204. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Taylor Swift won.

  205. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Anybody got a Hellouise hint for how to clean vomit out of your keyboard?

  206. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Am I watching American Idol? Seacrest, you made my tired mind confused…

  207. Juli Thanki
    April 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Saving Country Music: Some Hellbound Glory. And also club soda.

  208. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    American Music? American Music? What the “hay” was that? AMerican Music? Good God! Help us all. It’s country… or rather it was supposed to be. Maybe that was the problem. These dingdongs didn’t know what kind of music it was supposed to represent.

  209. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Get ready for the Home Alone face.

  210. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Juli: I didn’t know FOX bought CBS thus why are Ryan Seacrest and Stephen Tyler from American Idol.

  211. Jenna
    April 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    @ Lewis. Right. I think he has a little though. I’m depressed now.

  212. J.R. Journey
    April 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Taylor Swift’s ‘I’m so shocked I won’ expressions need work now.

  213. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Whoo Hoo! I’m a prize pack winner! Thanks.

  214. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    A lip-syncher won Entertainer of the Year.

    You liar, Taylor, you won Entertainer of the Year before. Go back to your lip-synching and lying to your fans.

  215. Mr. Roberts
    April 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Swift? We are doomed. No hope left.

  216. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I knew she would win…the speech about ‘please can I ask for a favour…would you vote for me?’ during a performance of ‘Fearless’ on tour whilst in the UK…fans worldwide obviously went online and voted. Cunning and smart move, really.

    Oh, I took my 14-year-old sister, by the way. It was an ok show; she is a good entertainer, though not a good singer or a country one.

  217. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    I’ll add to it: A no talent, lip-synching, autotoning, recorded music, liar, etc. won Entertainer of the Year and 2 million people fell for it.

  218. Vicki
    April 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Well, Taylor why surprised? You put in everyone’s seat at your concerts in Europe where to go to vote and then would suggest it in concert.

  219. Rebecca
    April 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I’m too tired to be irked too much by this. 4.02am? Night all :)

  220. Mr. Roberts
    April 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    She would gag a maggot off a meat wagon.

  221. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Juli: Did you hear Taylor’s lie that she hasn’t won Entertainer of the Year at all? Oh well what can you expect from someone like that?

  222. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Next years’ prize pack should include some Merle Haggard.

  223. Vicki
    April 3, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I was waiting for Ryan to say “Deem the lights” before announcing!

  224. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Taylor deserved it, seriously. She is leading. Everyone else is following. Tonight was an excellent example of this.

  225. SNOWGLOBE
    April 3, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Next year – Lady Gaga.

  226. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Saving Country Music: Taylor doesn’t deserve anything. She wants everyone to LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE her and she got 2 million people to follow her lead. I would imagine no one else would stoop this low to lie to their fans like this.

  227. Leeann Ward
    April 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Great work, Juli and Blake! Much better than the show itself.

  228. Saving Country Music
    April 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Don’t get me wrong Lewis, I dislike her more than anybody. But the simple fact is she is setting the trends, while everyone else falls behind. Sad but true.

  229. Mr. Roberts
    April 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    That’s what I am sorry about. Acts like hers and Pukeland setting the trends.

  230. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Yes Mr. Roberts. The trends are country music are going south… and I’m not talking south like Tennessee.

  231. Lewis
    April 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Saving Country Music: It’s the fact that she lied on stage tonight that she hasn’t ever won Entertainer of the Year from any awards show when indeed she has is what is bothering me besides her no talent, mimicing to a CD on stage, fooling everyone to love her and just plain lying to her fans. Her first album was great but since she went pop she wants ALL of the attention and ALL of the fame and if lying to her fans about her attributes is what gets her there I have to say sorry no thanks I won’t be supporting anything Taylor Swift anytime soon if not ever.

  232. Mr. Roberts
    April 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Oh well, back to Don Williams, the Hag’s older stuff, and Whitley.

  233. Barry Mazor
    April 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Oh for Godssakes Lewis. She never won Entertainer of the Year at the ACMs. Which is all she said.

  234. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    She’ll no doubt be throwing her hat in the
    ring soon. Don’t all liars go into politics?

  235. MommaYvonne
    April 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    G’night y’all.

  236. Code
    April 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Stop with the taylor hate she deserved it

  237. Leeann Ward
    April 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Yes, seriously, Lewis. We all know what she meant.

  238. e45
    April 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Yay for Taylor! She deserves it!

  239. yoli
    April 3, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    so was Taylor lip singing?

  240. K
    April 4, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Taylor “won” the award because she begged her fans for votes. She didn’t do it with integrity, therefore that alone cheapens her win to me.

    What was with her performance? “I’m gonna sing with a banjo inside a barn. That’ll show em’ I’m country!” Please.

    Anyone else notice her P*ssed face after the Darius performance? I used to think she was such a nice girl, but everytime she’s at these awards shows her actions show she thinks it should be all about her.

  241. iHATEtaylorswift
    April 4, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Honestly I was very disapointed in the ACMs this year. The performances were not country at all, it was almost as bad as the CMT Music awards the past few years. When I hear artists like Craig Campbell, Easton Corbin, and Ashton Shephard I think traditional country may be coming back. However, when Taylor’s teenage girl pop crap dominates the genre today, I am worried that this genre is fading more and more everyday. It’s an absolute joke she won and unfair to those who actually make COUNTRY music.

  242. Lewis
    April 4, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Yoli: Yes it was lip-synching and you can’t blame a cold or any other excuse for it this time. The exact same record of “Mean” was playing on the CD player backstage the whole time she was on stage and you could tell it was a CD version on account that at the beginning that they turned down the CD music until she fully came on stage. For once I wished people would know who the real Taylor Swift was before they had to shell $100 or more to hear her sing/lip-synch in concert and her 2 million “fans” who probably voted more than once and used other names and more than one phone to vote.

  243. Charles Murphy
    April 4, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Please bring back ugly people with talent instead of these pretty posing [edited] with money, ProTools and AutoTune. This is what Nashville and country music has become and so has the rest of the music industry. Remember when music was something the cool kids couldn’t do? Now technology has given them the key and it is one they don’t deserve. Its really sad. And about Taylor Shift, if you don’t think her Daddy bought her career for a present, then you are just as blind as the rest of the sheep. Her early sell out shows were because Mommy and Daddy bought up any remaining tickets by the hundreds to make them so. The sad reality is that everyone else “drank the look aid”. We can only hope, like hair metal and fringe before it, country music will collapse on itself so we can all find and hear better music a little easier.

  244. Charles Murphy
    April 4, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Fringe is meant to be Grunge

  245. Leah
    April 4, 2011 at 8:43 am

    So glad Miranda and House won so many well deserved awards! It has got to be said that Miranda once again sounded awesome live.

  246. JeffT
    April 4, 2011 at 9:55 am

    All I can say after reading these comments is, M-E-O-W. Catty, catty, catty.

  247. Fizz
    April 4, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Sounds like I didn’t miss anything by not watching another joke awards show.

    Damn, Blake, you did an awful lot of commenting on hairstyles and outfits. Hmmmm? Hmmmm!

  248. Fizz
    April 4, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Miranda singing into a pink microphone, pretty raunchy!

  249. Jo
    April 4, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Good show, but must say I was dissapointed LBB was’nt there to help Miranda carry her trophies.

  250. Leeann Ward
    April 4, 2011 at 11:29 am

    What are you implying, Fizz. That’s part of a lie blog.

  251. Thomas
    April 4, 2011 at 11:36 am

    …the universe strikes back, leeann?

  252. Fizz
    April 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Implying? Oh, nothing. It’s just that some of Blake’s observations (Reba’s black dress, Ronnie Dun’s hair), when verbalized, would tend to be, shall we say, contrary to the rigid gender roles assigned by society.

  253. Joe
    April 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Taylor was lipsynching? LOL. You guys are really putting your credibility on the line with this one. Hate over reason. Every freaking person with some ear to music and singing can tell that it was a live performance.

    What are you trying to prove LEWIS? I have been to her tour concert, and it was 100% live as well.

    Do not like the song at all,though.

  254. Jon
    April 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Who cares whether it was lip-synched or not? It’s not uncommon for all manner of artists to do it on shows like that, and the decision is usually made not by the artists but by the show’s producer(s) and director(s).

    Fact is, your favorite artist has almost certainly lip-synched a live performance, or sung live to a track if they’ve appeared in a similar context. It’s also a fact that your favorite artist has almost certainly had recorded vocal or instrumental passages overdubbed, comped and/or tuned. Because it’s so universally done, it’s pretty much universally irrelevant.

  255. MR. ROBERTS
    April 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I am thinking Jamey Johnson and Kid Rock (although another genre) are two that are on record as never lyp-syncing in a live concerts.

    What I would like to know is if older artists in their prime did so, especially on shows. Artists like Twitty, Haggard, Jennings, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, etc.

  256. Fizz
    April 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    It’s hard to get everything to sound good both for the audience in attendance and for people watching on TV. Especially on these awards or variety shows where each artist does one or two songs, and then the next one needs a whole different setup. I can understand folks not wanting to pay good money to watch their favorite artist miming onstage for two hours at one of their own concerts, but for a silly awards show, it’s probably to be expected. It’s supposed to be about the “event,” and not so much the actual music anyway, I guess.

    Hell, Yo Yo Ma even dummied up the inauguration performance. He’s up there sawing away at his cello, but what you heard was a recording. Supposedly had something to do with the weather: so cold it was hard to keep the instruments in tune.

  257. Joe
    April 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Fact is, your favorite artist has almost certainly lip-synched a live performance, or sung live to a track if they’ve appeared in a similar context. It’s also a fact that your favorite artist has almost certainly had recorded vocal or instrumental passages overdubbed, comped and/or tuned. Because it’s so universally done, it’s pretty much universally irrelevant.
    ——————————-
    It is also a fact that Taylor Swift sang 100% live last year at the AMA-s, instead of going all of the things you mentioned (which all other artists did).
    Accusations of her being some “auto-tuner” and “lip-syncer are ridiculous. Yeah she risked to sound lousy (and somewhat did)…but i can respect the bravery.

    Where did i say i am her fan? Just not a blind hater. You should try some of this.

  258. Fizz
    April 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Well, Joe, I don’t know about you, but personally, I don’t go to concerts (plural) unless I’m a fan.

  259. Jon
    April 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Dude, the “your favorite artist” is directed at everyone reading here, not you in particular. For the reasons Fizz points out, pure live performing on shows where there are only a few minutes to change from artist to artist to artist to artist to artist is rare, and for good reason; just check the sound on the Grand Ole Opry to see a good illustration of why that’s so. And that’s been the case for years, so the answer to the question of whether it’s been done for a long time is yes. So no matter who your favorite artist is, the odds are very high that when you see them appear on a show like these awards shows, they’re lip-syncing, singing to pre-recorded instrumental tracks, or some other variation of “artifice.” Same thing is true with recording; very few studio recordings are done “live,” without overdubs, comps and, in the past couple of decades, tuning.

  260. MR. ROBERTS
    April 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    @Joe-Though not speaking for Jon, God help us, I don’t think he was referring to Swift as being your “favorite artist.” I “think” he was referring to whoever your favorite artist is has probably lyp-synched.

    Of course, I could be wrong and I expect to be corrected if I am not making a proper assumption of Jon’s intent.

    Love,
    Waynoe Rehabilitated

  261. MR. ROBERTS
    April 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Sorry folks, but my spelling has sucked lately.

  262. Joe
    April 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Fizz- sure you can go to concerts of artists you are not a fan of. There could be several reasons for this, actually. Maybe the said artist is warming up for your favorite artist? i could go on, but you get the point… :)

    Jon- yeah, i do agree with most of what you said. It is really not that unusual. And i have no problem with your posts, really. I was talking about the post LEWIS left earlier. I guess i should have made it more clear.

    I still think she did not lip-sync. I mean the singing part at least. Were all the instruments played making the sound that we heard? Very much doubt that. But singing seemed real. Anyway….with shows like that if one of them is not 100% live, probably no-one is. Just the way it works. Very little time to adjust everything to all the performers liking.

  263. Fizz
    April 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    That’s why I like to collect concert bootlegs. It’s fun to hear your favorite artist “warts and all.” Even when they don’t sound so hot, you know it’s the real deal, no studio magic.

  264. Noeller
    April 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Just went through the live blog, and pure hilariums, as always. Well done Juli and Blake!! After all the heat I took on Facebook last night for my snarky ACM-related status updates, it was nice to know I’m not insane! :)

    Couple things:
    1) Church apparently wears the shades because the stage lights once melted his contact lenses. So he says..

    2) Zac Brown wears a TOQUE, not a beanie…say it with me, American friends: “TOQUE”. It is fashionable and warm. #canadarules

    3) Is anyone else offended by the new Aldean “Dirt Road Anthem” when they mention “…Swerving like George Jones…” — I mean, really? We’re now making jokes about his DUI that resulted in “Choices”, which is one of the best Country songs written in the last 20 years. Really? When did that become acceptable??

  265. Fizz
    April 4, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    About Noeller’s #3 … No, not really, since the ol’ possum himself doesn’t seem to have any problem mining his “legendary exploits” for laughs, once the statute of limitations was up.

  266. Jon
    April 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I know it’s a side issue, but I’m still going to point out that not only are “real” and “studio magic” not really antonyms, but there’s plenty of “unreal magic” that can be and has been applied in performance settings.

  267. Noeller
    April 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    @Fizz — that’s cool, just checking. Every time I hear that line, I think of what Alan Jackson went through to get that song played live on the CMAs, and I cringe. It’s just me, though — I’m sure most are cool with it.

  268. Fizz
    April 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Really, it’s just a way for Aldean to name-drop an old country legend.

  269. Noeller
    April 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Yeah, that sounds about right. And I put as much blame on Colt Ford for writing that turd, anyhow. Nobody should be surprised anymore, when Aldean chooses to record that kinda stuff.

  270. Jon
    April 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Every time I hear that line, I think of what Alan Jackson went through to get that song played live on the CMAs…

    He sang a piece of the song, everybody cheered, he walked off the stage. I don’t see where he went through anything.

  271. Noeller
    April 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for over-simplifying. The song was nominated, the CMA wouldn’t let Jones perform, so AJ told them he was going to perform a certain song, then at the last minute, he and the band switched songs mid-stream and sang part of Choices, to make sure Jones and the brilliance of that song were properly honoured on the telecast.

    That’s a little closer to what really happened. It’s just me, but the song “Choices”, which was written after that infamous DUI which happened on the old dirt road, is one of the best from the past 20 years, and I wasn’t really a fan of someone like Ford/Aldean using the reference as a joke.

    Just me, though…

  272. Fizz
    April 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    The only thing i would take offense at is is the che, played-out name-dropping gimmick, rather than any kind of disrespect to Jones or exploitation of the event. I mean, we all know what a raging drunk Jones was in his day. It’s not like it’s some kind of taboo subject.

  273. Jon
    April 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    That’s a little closer to what really happened.

    That’s what I said, only without the spin. Jackson didn’t “go through” a lot in any respect – it wasn’t an elaborate plan, and he suffered no consequences. As for the song, it’s a dandy for sure, but that has nothing to do with what Jackson did or didn’t go through.

  274. Noeller
    April 4, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Okay, now I’m arguing just for the sake of arguing, but would you not say that Jackson was taking a big risk of ruffling feathers with the Powers That Be within the CMA by taking a chance like that? Was he not taking a risk that could have dramatically altered the course of his career, had it gone wrong for him??

  275. luckyoldsun
    April 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Noel–
    Gotta go with the Literalist on this one.

    Jackson singing half-a-minute of “Choices” was a dramatic touch and a salute to Jones, but it wasn’t an attack on the Country Music Association. I would bet that Jackson’s “impromptu” digression was actually worked out with the producers of the show beforehand. The way they showed the whole auditorium–from different cameras and different angles–giving a standing ovation as Jackson went into “Choices”, suggests that it wasn’t unexpected.

    I think the CMA’s were extending an olive branch to Jones–and allowing Jackson to sing a bit of “Choices” was the best way to do it. Heck, the CMA’s had INVITED Jones to sing a bit of the song. (But why spoil a memory–I guess people prefer to remember it as an act of rebellion by Jackson.)

  276. Jon
    April 5, 2011 at 1:19 am

    There’s a lot of imagination going into this bit of the discussion.

    “Choices” was a nominee for, I believe, Song Of The Year. That year, the show’s production team decided that, in the interests of moving the show along, they would have just a verse and chorus of each nominated song done. Jones took an all-or-nothing position; the producers wouldn’t budge. The latter and their supporters argued from equality of treatment; the former’s supporters argued for an exception on the grounds of legendary status. There was, at least in my opinion, merit on both sides.

    There’s no good reason to think that the producers knew what Jackson was going to do, and there’s no good reason to think he was taking a risk.

  277. Fizz
    April 5, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Jackson was really stickin’ it to Da Man!

  278. M.C.
    April 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    From the perspective of the pressroom backstage, when Jackson changed his song, it was quite apparent it wasn’t planned and the producers were surprised, and angered, by Jackson’s choice. So I think there is good reason to think he took a risk in doing it, although he arguably was one of the few stars big enough to take such a risk. The press mostly cheered. A couple of years earlier, when Jackson hosted the ACM’s, his drummer played their “live” song (recorded during rehearsals the previous day) without his drumsticks, mimicking playing his part just as Jackson mimicked singing. I don’t know if Alan knew about his drummer’s joke beforehand. I do know Alan and his manager got blasted immediately, backstage, by a very angry Dick Clark. Somewhere there’s a photo of a red-faced Clark giving it to Jackson away from the crowd and the live cameras. Jackson performed the next year, but he never served as host again. I doubt that bothered him.

  279. M.C.
    April 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Also, Jones wasn’t on a dirt road when he ran into the concrete embankment and injured himself. It was a paved street in Williamson County, which is why he was going fast enough to get hurt. Jones didn’t write “Choices,” either, nor was it written for him or specifically about his crash. It did work as a good song after the event.
    There’s no indication Ford/Aldean are referring to Jones’ accident at all, since the accident didn’t occur on a dirt road.

  280. Jon
    April 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    the producers were surprised, and angered, by Jackson’s choice. So I think there is good reason to think he took a risk in doing it, although he arguably was one of the few stars big enough to take such a risk.

    I think he was big enough that it wasn’t a risk. What could the producers have done to express their anger in a way that would hurt his career? Not have one of the genre’s marquee artists appear on future shows? That’s the most likely and realistic possibility, and it seems to me to be plenty unlikely and unrealistic. And I’m not trying to detract from the sincerity of Jackson’s gesture; but it didn’t strike me as risky in any meaningful sense then, and it still doesn’t.

  281. luckyoldsun
    April 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    M.C.
    I seriously doubt that the history as you recount it is correct.

    Take a lookd at the performance.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJVp6FM0aH0

    When Jackson segues from “Pop A Top” into “Choices”, it’s with his full band and even with what sounds like multiple female background voices. And the whole audience erupts in a standing ovation and the production team plays it to maximum effect, with both close-up shots and a wide-angle camera that captures the entire auditorium. If that was pulled off without the knowledge of the producers, then there’s no need to rehearse any productions–they should just let everybody wing it.

    If all those industry people really wanted to stand with George Jones against the CMA’s snub, they could have boycotted the ceremony and stayed home. Nobody did that. This was just the CMA’s and the audience’s way of saying “We still love you George; no hard feelings” (–”But you still can’t peform here tonight, Old Man!”).

    And it strains credulity to think that Dick Clark–if he was in fact, running that show–would have been visibly fuming and blasting Jackson when he had just given the show a great moment and gotten a full standing ovation.

  282. Brady Vercher
    April 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    @luckyoldsun: I seriously doubt your observational skills and don’t see any reason to doubt M.C.’s first hand account.

  283. Jon
    April 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Not to mention reading skills, since M.C.’s account of the Jackson-Clark contretemps clearly stated that it occurred at a different show.

  284. luckyoldsun
    April 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Brady–
    Don’t go by my observational skills. Check out the video yourself and see if it looks like an improvisational event.

    I think the story as recounted is a quintessential example of “kayfabe”.

    Jon
    Indeed, the Jackson-Clark contretemps, as recounted, did occur at a different show, and I misread that.

  285. Brady Vercher
    April 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    That you misread M.C.’s comment and used it as evidence in your rebuttal was one of my points about your observations.

    But the rest of your speculation is still beyond weak. I have seen the video before, but going back and taking a look, it takes 30 seconds after Jackson starts singing “Choices” before they actually switch to the camera panning over the audience. That’s not nearly as dramatic as you seem to think it is.

    Cameras are in place throughout the show, constantly capturing various angles, so there’s nothing hard to believe about someone in the control room switching to a different view after 30 seconds, especially for a standing ovation. I’ve seen plenty of live events where they switch angles in an instant when there’s any sort of interruption on stage. Are you going to tell us those same angles weren’t used throughout the rest of the broadcast?

    So, yeah, I think it’s ludicrous that you’re telling everyone that M.C. is wrong for recounting what he witnessed because you think the production was too dramatic for a spontaneous event.

  286. luckyoldsun
    April 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Brady–
    If AJ had segued into “Choices” with just his guitar, I might buy it. But he had the full band and BACKUP SINGERS! doing “Choices.” And you think that was arranged surreptitiously–behind the backs of the producers??

    “there’s nothing hard to believe about someone in the control room switching to a different view after 30 seconds”
    No doubt. But if Jackson were really “going rogue,” so to speak, would the people producing the show have played it up in all its glory?

    I’m not disputing that MC saw what he saw. And people at the MTV Awards (or some show of that ilk) saw Sacha Baron Cohen “surprise” Eminem by floating down half-naked onto his face. And people at the Letterman Show saw Jerry Lawler smack Andy Kaufman upside his head. Just because you see something, doesn’t mean it’s really what you think you’re seeing.

  287. Jon
    April 6, 2011 at 12:52 am


    If AJ had segued into “Choices” with just his guitar, I might buy it. But he had the full band and BACKUP SINGERS! doing “Choices.” And you think that was arranged surreptitiously–behind the backs of the producers??

    This is the kind of funny stuff you get when someone thinks that a pseudonym confers a cloak of respectability on their ignorance. The “full band and BACKUP SINGERS” were, as one can clearly see in the tape, Jackson’s band. Period. Though it may startle luckyoldsun to learn this, there are in fact men who can not only sing tenor to Jackson, but high baritone as well, and there were (and almost certainly are today) men in his band doing just that; you can see that the drummer was one of them. They sang harmonies on “Pop A Top” and on “Choices.”. Luckyoldsun’s prime piece of evidence is, in fact, nothing of the sort.

    I wonder what luckyoldsun thinks the show’s director could have done other than show Jackson’s performance of a bit of “Choices?”. Blacked it out? Cut the sound? Of course he was going to show the performance, and he would have had to have been an idiot not to get cameras on the audience. I’m going to ask Jim Yockey if it was him – I’ll bet it was – and, if so, what the deal was.

    Dunno about the other stuff he refers to, but the fact is that this took place nearly a dozen years ago, and no one there has ever come forward with anything to support luckyoldsun’s claim that it was faked. Like I said, I don’t think Jackson was risking much, but to claim that he and countless others colluded in a public misrepresentation and have covered it up for more than a decade without a shred of evidence to back it up is reprehensible, especially when done anonymously..

  288. MR. ROBERTS
    April 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Jon concludes his comments with “especially when done anonymously.” Honestly, if he keeps stewing about anonmynous posters he is going to have health issues over it. Please pray for him.

  289. the pistolero
    April 6, 2011 at 11:14 am

    to claim that he and countless others colluded in a public misrepresentation and have covered it up for more than a decade without a shred of evidence to back it up is reprehensible

    Yeah, and maybe it’s just my impression of AJ based upon his music, but I really hate to think he would have been a party to a dog-and-pony bit like that. Of course it would have been disgusting had ANY artist been a party to it, but the thought of Jackson letting his respect for George Jones be played like that is especially distasteful.

  290. Fizz
    April 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    So how about this scenario: Jackson says to his band, as they’re sitting around somewhere in the days leading up to the show: “Hey guys, George Jones doesn’t get to play the ACM Awards. Tell you what, let’s do half of “Pop A Top” and then, when we get to such-and-such point, we swing right into “Choices.” Don’t tell anybody about it, so they can’t say no. Better to ask forgiveness than permission, ya know.” And, being professional musicians, didn’t need to rehearse it four dozen times to figure out how they’ll do it. So when the moment comes, the producers are caught off-guard for a few seconds, “What the hell is he doing?!” but try to make the most of it, and maybe act as if they DID know it was going to happen.

    Sound plausible to anybody?

    Posted anonymously. Eat it.

  291. luckyoldsun
    April 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Jonny, Pistol
    “to claim that he and countless others colluded in a public misrepresentation and have covered it up for more than a decade without a shred of evidence to back it up is reprehensible”

    So are you saying that if it were to turn out that I’m right, then what Jackson did is “reprehensible.”??

    Was it “reprehensible” when MTV and Sacha and Eminem rigged up that flying stripper act?

    I happen to like Jones and Jackson (their singing) quite a lot. But I recognize that their public personas are–personas. And that a show is supposed to be entertaining. The CMAs were entertaining that year and I think that’s great. But I don’t have to believe the “kayfabe”.

  292. Jon
    April 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    “to claim that he and countless others colluded in a public misrepresentation and have covered it up for more than a decade without a shred of evidence to back it up is reprehensible”

    Is there some part of that that you didn’t understand?

  293. Leeann Ward
    April 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Give me a break. Give. Me. A. Break.

  294. Rick
    April 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Good job Juli and Blake as this was a very entertaining read. I’m glad these pop/rock/modern country TV schlockfests are good for something!

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