Re: ACM Awards 5/18 ABC
:hiya Heyyyyyyyyyyy alll!! I always forget that there's generally a thread for these award shows, too, or I would have popped in here to watch Unk perving out some. :winkgrin I was watching this from 8-9 and then popped back and forth during DH commercials.
Loved the show and most of the same things that y'all did. Loved Carrie's opening performance with her white Elvis jumpsuit. Goodness, but she's getting comfortable on stage!
I'm not much of a Taylor Swift fan... live or recorded.. but I did love her speech to her mother. That was very touching and a wonderful belated Mother's Day gift.
No one mentioned Reba's opening montage of jokes (no small wonder, I know.) I loved her roasts of the Entertainer of the Year nominees.. thought the bit about Nicole already giving Keith that honor was quite funny. And I LOVED her talking about how 25 years ago Roger Clemens wasn't even interested in country music. :lol
Love Leann Rimes leaving her hair long and natural. Didn't pay attention to the performance, however, but I've loved her stuff this year. I wish people would just let the Carrie controversy drop... it's been two years and it wasn't even that nasty. They've moved on.. let it be. Sorry, razorbacker.
Can I just say that I actually MISS some of the old school whining country music? I miss me some Charley Pride, George Jones, Randy Travis, Alabama, Oak Ridge Boys, Statler Brothers, Sammy Kershaw, Mark Chestnut, etc. *swoon* Throw in some Confederate Railroad, too, will ya? At least George Strait is still around... and I love that CD, too, Unk. :up Sometimes I play "The Chair" on replay... love it! Amarillo by Morning, Oceanfront Property, etc.....
Re: ACM Awards 5/18 ABC
I'm so pissed because my stupid HD DVR didn't record the show because of the rain - or Earth wasn't aligned with Mars. But anyway, thanks for the update.
I read that Kenny Chesney, after winning, complained that the fans shouldn't vote for that award - anything else - but not entertainer of the year.
I love Kellie Pickler - she was GREAT live - I wish she would have beat Taylor Swift (who ironically I saw with Kelly, Brad and Jack Ingram and Taylor was definitely not great live).
I hope they repeat it on GAC or CMT so I can try to catch it.
Broadway - :lol at the Roger Clemens joke!!!
Re: ACM Awards 5/18 ABC
Kenny Chesney addresses the controversy he started over the Fans voting for Entertainer of the Year.
CMT : News : Kenny Chesney's Letter to Fans Elaborates on ACM Comments
Kenny Chesney's Letter to Fans Elaborates on ACM Comments
Message on His Official Web Site Follows His Fourth Win as Entertainer of the Year
May 21, 2008
I want to thank each of you personally for your part in this 4th Entertainer of the Year Award. ... You are not just the reason we do this, you are a lot of what makes us Entertainer of the Year. Beyond even your votes -- which were critical -- but the way you inspire me and the guys. We are more because you give so much ... and I want to make sure you know how much I appreciate you, and how much a part of this you guys are.
Just hearing the sounds from the parking lot when everyone's out grilling and hanging with their friends makes me wanna get out there and rock. To be part of that kind of a good time is the reason I started going to shows, and it's absolutely why I live to do this.
Which is part of the confusion over my response to the change in the awards criteria. There's a lot more to being Entertainer of the Year than what we show you ... and that's because I want the music to just be your music, your songs, your life -- the way it was for me. I've always been a bit uncomfortable with the amount of information that gets out there about how many trucks, how we do the effects, those sorts of things ... because I don't want it to be about semis, I want what we do to be about that moment when you hear the music and we hear you.
To me, Entertainer of the Year is about the work that goes into it. I don't ever want you worrying about the work; I want you living the songs ... being in the moment of the music ... finding your life on the radio, whether it's something easy like "Summertime" or a song that helps you through a rough time like "I Go Back" or "There Goes My Life."
That was my point. Let the people who do the work, judge the work part of it ... let the fans love what we do for that. And that was what I was being asked about ... what a lot of people in the business were talking about ... and frankly something an awful lot of artists and business people have told me they not only agree with, but something the entire media room applauded pretty resoundingly after I addressed it Sunday night.
Sure, to make me sound ungrateful is a sexy way to spin this to drive viewers. It's controversy, and that sells. But realistically -- and based on the response in our fan forum -- you know how important you are to me, how much I believe in the way we've all built this together. You, the fans, are the reason I keep pushing, keep striving, keep wanting to be more and better.
When I stood on the stage and said "this means the world to me," I meant it ... because it means not only am I blessed with the best fans in the world, but you guys were willing to stand up for us and be counted. It's not the same award ... given for the same things ... but knowing how much you care, how much you believe in this dream, well, that is everything.
So please know ... I love you. I believe in you -- and the way you believe in this music, these nights we get to share, the way it all comes together when we're together. There is nothing like the feeling of being out there with you guys ... and I live my whole life just for those moments. Thank you for that, because in the end, that is what matters the most to me.
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