The CMA Awards Continue to Snub the Hall of Fame Inductees
As has been previously reported, the induction of the newest members to the Country Music Hall of Fame will not be aired on the CMA Awards, nor are there plans to even mention them on the three hour broadcast, all under the guise that there isn’t time to do them justice. What a cop out and sorry excuse if there ever was one. It’s as if completely ignoring them on the broadcast will do them more justice. It seems Chet Flippo shares my frustrations:
Am I the only one who thinks that it’s very unfortunate that Jamie Foxx and the Eagles will be on the CMA
Awards show, but the three new inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame will not be? Let me see, Vince Gill and Mel Tillis and Ralph Emery, as the newest members of the Hall of Fame, will not even be mentioned during the show, but Foxx and the Eagles get prominent screen time? Don’t get me wrong. I love the Eagles’ music and Foxx is a marvelous talent, but … Foxx and the Eagles did not build country music. Tillis, Gill and Emery were hugely important in the rise of country. I think there’s an important lesson here. As the wise University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal used to say, “Dance with who brung you.”
Gimme a break. Jamie Foxx and the Eagles are performing and they can’t find time to honor Mel Tillis, Vince Gill, and Ralph Emery. Granted Foxx will join Rascal Flatts, but it will be their second performance of the night. If you haven’t heard the song from their new album, it’s terrible. How can the CMAs find time to market a bad song that no one will remember or even care about in a couple of years, completely ignore the Hall of Fame inductees, and still consider their awards show to be prestigious?
Kevin from Country Universe conveyed his disbelief at the following quote from the COO of the CMA:
“This is destined to be the sort of one-of-a-kind performance the CMA Awards are known for,” said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Operating Officer. “When there is a meaningful and tangible connection between artists from seemingly diverse musical styles, bringing them together on the CMA Awards creates magical moments that resonate with our audience and expand awareness of the format.”
That’s a bunch of corporate bologna. Look, I’m sure some of the class acts performing that night would gladly relinquish their spots to honor the inductees, and I sure as hell know who would receive a bigger ovation between the inductees and Foxx/The Eagles/latest pop band. It’s all beyond me. So what’s your take on the whole issue? Am I off base, or do you share my thoughts? Leave a comment and let us know.
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