Monday, 5 November 2012

CMA Awards 2012: Performances, Presentations, Press

CMA Awards 2012: Performances, Presentations, Press

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Motorboatin’ Through the 2012 CMAs:
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The 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards contained the usual blend of all-star concert event following on from the glitzy red carpet glam.
Hosted yet again by the now “Ma and Pa of the CMAs” Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, the Nashville-based country music kudosfest was crammed pack with 21 live performances and 8 Award presentations from start to finish on the 3 hour show.

1) 00:00 Performance - Kicking of the CMA proceedings was Jason Aldean, in bad-country boy fashion he launched into "The Only Way I Know," dedicating the 2012 CMA Awards to New York, New Jersey and "all our friends on the East Coast" affected by the massive storm that battered the East coast this week. A Country superstar jam followed as Aldean was promptly joined onstage by current heartthrobs Luke Bryan and Eric Church (2012 CMA five time nominee)  Watch the video >>  YouTube

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Co-hosts Brad and Carrie drew plenty of laughs with their comedy bits, including a song that turned Maroon 5′s “Moves Like Jagger” into “Moves Like Haggard,” poking fun at all the hell that country artists raise, including Randy Travis’ recent escapades. They also poked gentle fun at Taylor Swift’s brief romance with Conor Kennedy, but since the camera didn’t cut to Taylor, we were left to wonder if the newly million+ album “RED” debut seller was amused?
Paisley joked that the biggest shuffle was the Kennedy family trading Arnold Schwarzenegger for Taylor Swift. "What?! Why don't I ever hear about these things? I'm the last one to know!" protested a mock-mortified Paisley after Underwood informed him that Miss Swift and Conor Kennedy had in fact broken up.
Cue "We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together."

Brad and Carrie go "Gangnam Style"

Brad and Carrie then went "Gangnam Style," but Psy's was nowhere to be found!
It appears there have been some doping charges," Underwood jokes about stripping Willie Nelson of past awards.  The pregnancy of Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles pregnancy was also a target for various jokes, including an announcement by Brad putting on gloves that they were going to induce labor right there, with “Dr.” Little Jimmy Dickens overseeing everything. Little Big Town sat out front seemed stunned by Paisley's graphic description in the ear of a naïve-sweet-and-innocent Underwood regarding the true meaning of the catchphrase "motor boating." Ummm Yes there was a reason why they followed it up with a mention of Dolly Parton. When will #motorboating start to trend?
On a serious note Carrie and Brad made several references during the show sending their love out to to the hurricane’s victims and requesting donations - "Country music has always lifted people up in tough times," Underwood says about the storms that have hit the east coast.

Lisa Marie Presley

2)  00:15 Presentation & Award - Music royalty wasc represented in the CMA house as The King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, came out to present the Single of the Year to: Little Big Town
for the summer smash hit “Pontoon”>> Audio

3) 00:20 Performance - Tim McGraw with the second of nights musical performances showcased his new single, "One of Those Nights."  >> Audio Link

4) 00:23 Presentation & Award – Jana Kramer and Jake Owen (dressed in a leopard print - PHOTO)  presented the Vocal duo of the Year award to: Thompson Square.
In her acceptance speech Shawna Thompson saidEver since I was about five years old, I used to practice (singing) in the kitchen with one of my Mammaw’s Mason jars for this moment right here.”  - after their win for vocal duo of the year
  >> Audio Link

5) 00:26 Performance - Miranda Lambert in rock chick mode dressed in skin-tight black leather leggings and a colorful graffiti top ripped into "Fastest Girl in Town"

6) 00:33 Performance - Zac Brown Band added a melancholic mood bathed in soft yellow stage lighting with their song, "Goodbye in Her Eyes," from their recent album UNCAGED which drew a standing ovation  >> Audio Link

7) 00:38 PerformanceDierks Bentley performed  Tip It On Back” from his most recent album HOME >> Audio Link
The Band Perry

8) 00:45  PerformanceThe Band Perry mix the old and new as banjos and lasers combine as they showcase their brand new country radio single "Better Dig Two"

9) 00:49  Performance – 2012’s top CMA nominee, Eric Church performs his hit song and two time CMA nominated  "Springsteen," then splices it with his own rendition of The Boss’ "Born to Run" >> Audio Link

10) 00:53  Performance  Eli Young Band performed their Song of the Year nominated "Even If It Breaks Your Heart"(written by Will Hoge and Eric Paslay) on a  platform that was positioned in the middle of the crowd

11) 00:57  Presentation & Award Darius Rucker and Kellie Pickler come out on
Kellie & Darius
stage to present the Song of the Year prize to: "Over You" by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton >> Audio Link

12) 01:05 PerformanceBrad Paisley firstly pays tribute to the late Andy Griffith with a finger-picked take on the "Andy Griffith Show" theme and then introduces the reigning 2011 Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift who debuts her country single, "Begin Again," on a romantic set made up like a Paris street café scene. 

With pedal steel guitar, fiddles and mandolins audible through the mix her critics could have no cause for complaint as she delivered this beautiful tender ballad, remaining seated, during the second section with snow falling from the sky.
A smiling Taylor earned a standing ovation from the CMA crowd who showed their love
 >> YouTube   - PHOTO

13) 01:10 Performance  After receiving the Single of the Year it was now time for Little Big Town to have some groovy fun factor and make waves with their summertime song Pontoon” stood in four separate compartments surrounded by a huge screen!
  >> Audio Link

01:15  - The announcement is made for Musician of the Year award: Mac McAnally wins again, 5 times in a row!

14) 01:17 Performance  Nominated for Album and Male Vocalist Luke Bryan hit the stage with a fancy "LUKE" sign to perform his recent single "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye">> Audio Link

15) 01:22 Presentation & Award Sugarland present the Album of the Year which goes to: Eric Church who wins for "CHIEF." “I spent a lot of my career wondering where I fit in, to country, to rock," Church says. "I want to thank you guys for giving me somewhere to hang my hat tonight” >> Audio Link

16) 01:26 Performance  Nominated for New Artist 21-year-old rising country music star Hunter Hayes took the seat at his signature black piano in the middle of a crowd at the CMA Awards to perform his #1 Billboard Hot Country Song (Sept 2012) ‘Wanted’, it was intense but perhaps a bit too forced??

17) 01:34 Performance Carrie & Brad first pay tribute to this years Country Music Hall of Fame inductees then  Faith Hill, dressed in a white shirt and black pants with her long blonde hair flowing around her, delivered a forceful rendition of her latest country radio single American Heart” which is slated to appear on a somewhat delayed forthcoming album >> Audio Link

18) 01:38 PerformanceBrantley Gilbert who arrived at the red carpet on a Harley Davison motorcycle performed a curtailed "Country Music Be Country Wide"and her introduced the Radio Station of the Year winners:  Major Market – WKLB, Boston, Mass. Large Market – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio, Medium Market – WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn.and Small Market – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn

19) 01:38 PerformanceKeith Urban and Zac Brown joined forces for "Georgia Woods" taken from Urban’s now 2-year old GET CLOSER album >> Audio Link

20) 01:43 Presentation & Award The Band Perry presented New Artist of the Year to: Hunter Hayes who thanked his label and marketing team, God, and his parents but omitted his touring headline partner Carrie Underwood who earlier gave him a great shout-out.
Hunter Hayes Wins!

In a “Sweet Mama-Bear” moment Underwood took great pride in introducing her tour mate >> Audio Link

21) 01:49 Performance CMA co-host Brad Paisley gave a nod to the “Sandy” survivors in New York and New Jersey as he starts his "Southern Comfort Zone." covering Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” as a tribute. After a stripped back acoustic start to ‘Comfort Zone,’ he tossed the instrument to the stage crew and grabbing his electric axe. A choir of singers dressed in blue robes walked through the aisles and provided vocal support. Taste of Country described it as the performance of the night which personally I failed to see with its mish-mash of styles and vocally less than impressive than some of his previous and indeed epic CMA performances from yesteryear >> Audio Link

Following on the CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year Winners were announced:
National – Lon Helton, “CMT’s Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton” (Dial Global).
Major Market – Donna Valentine and Mike Mussman, “K102 Wakeup Crew” KEEY, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. Large Market – Randy Carroll and Jamie Martin,“KJ and Friends” KAJA, San Antonio, Texas
Medium Market – Tom O’Brien, Roger Todd, and Melissa Moran, “The 97 Country Breakfast Club” WPCV, Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
Small Market – Bill Poindexter and Melissa Turner, “Dex and Mo Show” WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.

22) 02:01 Performance – Then it was the turn of Brad’s CMA co-host and Female Vocalist nominated Carrie Underwood to enter the CMA stage to perform her Top 5 (Hot Country Songs) and #1 Billboard Country Airplay title cut  Blown Away” complete with fog and confetti and she held the last note for what felt like an eternity after her typical powerhouse delivery >> Audio Link

23) 02:10  Presentation & Award Scotty McCreery and gold medallist Shawn Johnson presented the Vocal Group of theYear to: Little Big Town who prompted gave the best shout-out to Jesus ever wiutnessed at the CMA’s, going bigtown in thanking the Lord for their award after a 13-year journey

24) 02:14 Performance – With 3 CMA nominations incluging Entertainer it was time for Jason Aldean to crank it up performing “Take A Little Ride

25) 02:17 Performance  Female Vocalist nominated Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill took the stage together to perform her easy-going and soulful new single ‘Don’t Rush’.

 “Country Strong” actress Gwyneth Paltrow had previously done at the award show Clarkson recruited Gill, the former long-time CMA host and multi-award winning artist to assist her and give credence to her new-found ambition to become bonafide country star.

26) 02:21 Presentation & Award Martina McBride presented the Male Vocalist of the Year to Blake Shelton. Winning the award for the third year in succession he said:  "Thank you for not forgetting about me. I know I have a side job. Country music is still what I do. It's still what I love, and I love my fans."  >> Audio Link

27) 02:32 Performance  Entertainer of the Year nominee Kenny Chesney performed his Billboard #1 and gold single “Come Over” which drew category nominated Taylor Swift to her feet >> Audio Link

* There was a shout-out to TV presenter Robin Roberts who was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, earlier this year - a disease which attacks blood cells and bone. She was at home recovering after her bone marrow transplant, which saw donor stem cells from her sister Sally Ann injected into her body. She Tweeted her disappointment at not being able to make the annual CMA awards which she usually attends to interview some of country music's biggest stars.
She wrote: ‘Will miss being at #CMAawards this yr. But will be watching @BradPaisley & @carrieunderwood. Sure to raise our spirits! Good luck to all. XO’ Ms Roberts

28) 02:35 Presentation & Award Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere and Kimberly Williams-Paisley from the new ABC TV drama NASHVILLE presented the Female Vocalist of the Year to: Miranda Lambert who also picks up her third win a row – A surprised Miranda said "I can't believe that I'm standing up here holding this right now,"...... "But I'm going to try to represent for all of the females that want to be up-and-comers and that want to just get their country voice out there, because there's room for all of us girls."  >> Audio

29) 02:41 Performance – It was time for the Willie Nelson Tribute: Lady Antebellum, “Always On My Mind/Crazy”, Blake Shelton & Keith Urban, “Whiskey River”, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, “Good Hearted Woman” and finally the man himself for old-school favourite “On the Road Again”. Nelson celebrates his 80th birthday in April. >> Audio Link

30) 02:55 Presentation & Award Reba McEntire (Malibu Country) and Tim Allen (from Last Man Standing) presented the Entertainer of the Year to: Blake Shelton. The shocked country singer-songwriter and popular TV judge on America’s The Voice said:  "I try to represent country music as best I can with everything I do. It's television, it's touring, it's alot of things”. Country music’s most mass-audience good will ambassador done good!  >> Audio Link

THANKS! Grateful thanks go to 92.5 WBKR The Country Station (Owensboro, KY) which broadcast the CMA Awards for the first time in nearly 20 years! - 

(Billboard) Miranda Defends Blake's Surprise Win - Miranda Lambert was excited about husband Blake Shelton's entertainer of the year win, naturally. Lambert said she had done some "research" on what the entertainer of the year should represent. "It not only meant touring numbers or ticket sales or how much production you had, but the way that you represented country music within the year, the media you do, the work that you do and the TV shows you're on and how much you speak out about country music. When you think of it that way, Blake Shelton deserved to win that trophy tonight. He's on a national television show two nights a week representing us as a genre and I'm so proud of him."

Eric: Country Is Cool Now - Eric Church said backstage he thinks country is cool now with the younger demographic. "When I first started touring, it was not cool to wear a country music artist's t-shirt on a college campus. There was still that stigma that country was outside of cool, and whatever has happened over the last six or seven years, that's all I see now… Frankly I think country music has always been the coolest." Read more backstage moments

CMA Tweets
Hunter HayesHunterHayes: Guys, I cannot believe this… I’m like speechless. Thank you thank you thank you! All the love going out to you all tonight!!!
Kelly ClarksonKelly_Clarkson: I JUST PERFORMED WITH VINCE GILL!!!!! I love you Vince!! Thank you everybody for all your sweet comments

Carrie Underwood - CarrieUnderwood: Got the official count for the CMAs figured out. From red carpet to the end of the show, I’ll be wearing 12 beautiful dresses! Can’t wait!
Faith HillFaithHill: Red carpet is going to be a little chilly tonight! Brrr, what would happen if I showed up in a snuggie with a cup of hot coffee?? #CMAawards

Zac Brown BandZacBrownBand: Carrie Underwood looks amazing even without makeup. Totally unfair. We spend hours before each show to look this mediocre. #CMAawards
Keith UrbanKeithUrban: What a crazy mix of unexpected tonight at #CMAs… I had a blast!!!! Viva La Willie!!!!! –KU

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