CMA Awards Afterthoughts

The 45th Annual CMA Awards, Did They Hit Or Miss?

Well another year of the CMA Awards is over and done with. To be honest it wasn’t what I was expecting, I guess I had my hopes a little high. I think the winners of the night were a shock to many and the performances as well. With that being said, congrats to all.

I’m just going to give a quick rundown of the highlights of my night…

I loved Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s intro! Every year it supplies me with enough laughs for 3 days! The Tim McGraw and Faith Hill dolls were hilarious and Hank Jr. made an appearance that I’m sure made some people angry, but I found quite comical! Keith Urban’s performance was not what I’m use to from him, but we definitely wouldn’t want him to overdo it with his surgery coming up. I really do love that song of his though, “You Gonna Fly!”

Miranda Lambert paid tribute to her “Kerosene” days when she had fire during her performance of “Baggage Claim!” I thoroughly enjoyed Eric Church and Chris Young’s performances with their current singles.

BUT…by far the best performance of the night was Martina McBride! Her song, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” is such a touching song that gives me chills each time I hear it. Her voice to go along with the lyrics made it beyond amazing!

Each time the camera showed Reba McIntire she looked stunning! She looked like she was really enjoying her evening and very happy for each artist who won. She is such a classy lady and I wished we could have seen more of her!

They couldn’t of done a more perfect tribute to Glen Campbell! They picked the right people to honor him and it was so touching. I’m not going to lie…I teared up a little.

There were 3 awards that I 100% agreed with and they were Album Of The Year, Male Vocalist and Female Vocalist Of The Year. My Kinda Party has done great things and definitely deserved that recognition! The newlyweds (Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert) both winning for the second year in a row was priceless, both genuinely deserved this award!

I sure did miss seeing people like Alan Jackson and George Strait. Were they not there or the camera people just didn’t show them? I’m not sure, but they were greatly missed!

Again, congratulations to all the winners and everyone who was involved in the huge event in Nashville!

About HaleighT

HaleighT grew up in rural Sallisaw, Oklahoma, completely immersed in the country music lifestyle. She works with CMNB as our field assignment journalist, gathering concert reviews and exclusive interviews from every artist she can. When she's not out on the road, she's in our web studio filming "Takin' a Break With HaleighT" a short weekly opinion and news segment that launched in 2011.

4 Replies to “CMA Awards Afterthoughts”

  1. Can’t say I agree with you about Brad and Carrie at all. I normally love them both, but their jokes and jabs this year were more hurtful than humorous. Funny isn’t funny when it’s at someone else’s expense. Brad’s joke about his time married to Kimberly was offensive, and the joke about the Faith barbie doll was humiliating to Faith. Poor taste. Brad and Carrie used to be funny, but they took it to a new level that wasn’t appropriate.

    I, too, miss seeing any of the old country greats. George Strait, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Emmy Lou, Alabama. This show was more pop than country. Call me a purist, but I miss people who really sing country music. Some of the new artists are great, and I get that country music has evolved. But we do we have to drop everyone good who was around before in the process?

    Congrats to Blake and Miranda. They did deserve it. Taylor did great with just her little guitar. She has courage.

  2. I agree with all the comments above…classic country stars are missed…Alan is my all time favorite and I cant remember a show without George Strait! youth and new stars are great but lets now forgte all the long lasting stars that make country great!

  3. the cma’s as usual was terrible. no COUNTRY STARS. I think george strait & alan jackson should perform “Murder on music row every cma, because that’s what they’ve done to country music!!!