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Live blog: 2010 CMA Awards

by Brandy McDonnell Published: November 10, 2010
Brad Paisley and Checotah native Carrie Underwood
Brad Paisley and Checotah native Carrie Underwood

7:00: Checotah Carrie Underwood just drove up in all black to match her classic convertible and is opening the show with a feisty rendition of her “Songs Like This.” Love the red heels and love that her co-host Brad Paisley is doing the guitar duties on this opener. These two are pretty much a sure bet for a fun opening, so kudos to the CMAs so far.

7:02: The opener gets a little bigger with entertainer of the year nominee Keith Urban coming out for a little banjo action. So far, you can’t help but like it.

7:03: This may sound geeky but I love the 44th Annual CMA Awards logo with the interlocking 44 forming the M. I’m a font nerd, I suppose.

7:04: Good grief that was fast. Carrie already is on her second outfit. She changed during the intro and now she’s in a short silver dress with a black flowery decoration on one shoulder. The co-hosts, who are in their third year of this, are singing a little ditty to the tune of the “Beverly Hillbillies” theme about Nashville’s flood barely making the news because of the BP oil spill. “Thanks BP,” she says. “You’re welcome,” he replies. “You’re such a dork.” Now, they’re begging for Gwyneth Paltrow’s autograph; the Oscar winner is going to be singing tonight to tie in with her upcoming film “Country Strong.” They’re seguing into riffing on Tim McGraw’s acting career, Dolly Parton’s, um, assets (always a favorite country joke, particularly with Brad’s love of ornery guy humor), and Brett Favre and Tiger Woods’ indiscretions.

7:09: Well, there’s something you don’t hear every day. Brad is pretending to confuse Lady Antebellum with Lady Gaga and singing a country version of the latter. Wow. That was nearly as weird as her meat suit. Oh, there it is: As Carrie tries to correct him, he asks “Are you at least going to wear your meat suits?”

7:10: Yikes, that last joke might have been a little out of bounds. Brad apologizes that “Modern Family” isn’t on tonight. “We don’t have an adorable middle-aged couple of men – at least not since Brooks & Dunn broke up.” Kix’s grin looked a bit fixed.

7:11: “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” host Ty Pennington, looking slicked-back and handsome in his suit, and LeAnn Rimes are here to promote the Nashville edition of Sunday’s “EMHE” and present the first award of the night, single of the year. Here are the options:

Single of the Year

(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

“A Little More Country Than That”

Easton Corbin

Produced by Carson Chamberlain

Mercury Nashville

*“Hillbilly Bone”

Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins

Produced by Scott Hendricks

Reprise Records

“Need You Now”

Lady Antebellum

Produced by Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum

Capitol Records Nashville

*“The House That Built Me”

Miranda Lambert

Produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke

Columbia Nashville

*“White Liar”

Miranda Lambert

Produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke

Columbia Nashville

Will Miranda Lambert, who has a leading nine noms, win her first-ever CMA Award? C’mon, it’s her 27th birthday; she needs a trophy!

Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum

7:13: Nope. It’s Lady A’s “Need You Now.” Not really a surprise, but with 2 nominations in the category, Miranda had great odds. Aw, Lady A is letting their producer speak first so he won’t get the evil get-off-the-stage music. Now, the band is thanking God and Charles Kelley is making it a point to thank his brother Josh for making him move to Nashville six years ago. I saw on the black carpet that Josh and wife Katherine Heigl are here for their first CMAs.

7:17: The best-selling country group of the decade, Rascal Flatts, which features Joe Don Rooney of Picher, is taking the stage to perform “Why Wait.” This is the first single off their new album “Nothing Like This,” dropping Tuesday. Love the wedding-theme backdrop with all the 3D dice, diamond rings and poker chips. These guys do some crazy-good harmonizing. But I like it better when Joe Don gets to really rock a guitar solo. Ah, well, there’s sure to be another country music awards show in a couple of weeks. (I’m not even kidding.)

7:21: Kellie Pickler and her two “sexy backup singers” Jerrod Niemann and Luke Bryan, both dressed in sharp black, are her to present song of the year. Come on, Miranda!!

Song of the Year

(Award goes to Songwriter(s))

“A Little More Country Than That”

Rory Lee Feek, Don Poythress, and Wynn Varble

“Need You Now”

Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Josh Kear

“The House That Built Me”

Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin

“Toes”

Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, John Driskell Hopkins, and Shawn Mullins

*“White Liar”

Miranda Lambert and Natalie Hemby

7:22: Winner: “The House That Built Me.” Well, it was close. Miranda is thanking the guys for writing such a great song. It’s interesting how the song reflects the real-life circumstances of her childhood. Tom Douglas is wearing his dad’s tuxedo. They’re saying some sweet things, but they get the go-away music. It’s interesting that Miranda’s sweetie originally got the chance to cut the song and passed it to her. It’s also interesting that Miranda just kind of beat herself in that category.

7:24: Carrie is wearing yet another outfit, a pale pink dress with an intricately flowered skirt. Brad points out that it’s Carrie and hubby Mike Fisher’s four-month anniversary. “Four months of celebrity marriage, how do you do it?” Brad asks. She attributes it to love “and the fact that he lives in another country.” In honor of Blake and Miranda’s engagement, they’re singing a little ditty to “Golden Ring” to mock the ring Blake got Miranda. When Carrie comments that it’s actually really big and beautiful, Brad can’t help adding “that’s what she said.” How can anyone this juvenile be so charming? It’s the magic of Paisley.

Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton

7:25: So all that was to led up to introducing Blake Shelton, who is on a platform in the middle of the crowd to sing his raucous No. 1 hit “It’s All About Tonight.” The suit doesn’t fit the song, but that is one handsome fella in it, so who cares?

Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert

7:33: Carrie tells us that Miranda Lambert is already a winner tonight. That’s good, but hey, CMAs, you want to actual hand out the awards on your awards show? Yeesh. Anyway, she’s rocking a short black dress with silver fringed shirt and rocking her cover of John Prine’s “That’s the Way that the World Goes ‘Round.” I love this song on her album, but it’s honestly not her best performance. It started out a little weak, with the band drowning her out a bit, but she recovered a bit before the end. Love the silver streamers that match her skirt blowing in the wind machine, though. I’m trying to be nice because she’s one of my faves, but I think she must be nervous because she can do better.

George Strait (AP file)
George Strait (AP file)

7:36: Little Jimmy Dickens is there in a snorkel to serve as an early warning system in case of more Nashville flooding. That early warning will be an adorably shrill scream. There apparently nothing that Little Jimmy won’t do for Brad Paisley, and there’s precious little that Brad won’t do for a laugh. He’s pretending to bask in the glory of Carrie’s introduction of the King of Country Music, George Strait. May I just add that George and Reba are bringing their tour to OKC in January. I. Cannot. Wait! King George is singing his “The Breath You Take,” which reminds me of a downbeat version of Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.” Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not a fan of this song. Anyway, George always sounds great, so par for the course there.

7:40: Darius Rucker is pondering “How do you follow George Strait?” Well, Darius is going to give out an award, best new artist, the honor he won last year. (BTW, interviewed Darius last week about his upcoming Tulsa tour date. Look for that soon.) If Zac Brown Band doesn’t score this one, I will be shocked.

New Artist of the Year

Luke Bryan

Easton Corbin

Jerrod Niemann

Chris Young

Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band

7:42: WINNER: Zac Brown Band. Yep. Zac is thanking their wives, team and everyone who believes in them. The rest of the guys are thanking parents, country radio, etc. Love the ZBB and looking forward to their performance with Alan Jackson. The last couple haven’t really done it for me.

7:47: ZBB is back to perform “As She’s Walking Away,” their sixth No. 1 country hit, which is just remarkable. The Atlanta band just won best new artist, and they’re nominated for entertainer of the year, too. I think I heard on the black carpet that the last time that happened was for Ricky Skaggs. Wow. The performance is good, but Alan Jackson just walked out to big applause and made it 100 times better at least. No slam on ZBB, Alan Jackson makes so many things better, like country music and Christmastime and mustaches. He’s fairly terrific.

Alan Jackson (AP file)
Alan Jackson (AP file)

7:51: Kenny Chesney is going to perform his ESPN tie-in/ode to football “Boys of Fall,” but not before we see a little gridiron video. It’s not my favorite of his, but his tanness sounds good on this pigskin ballad.

7:55: Just a quick note: Lots of media outlets are reporting that Miranda won song of the year. If you read the awards categories, song of the year goes to the songwriters. Miranda didn’t write “The House That Built Me,” though it mirrors actual events in her childhood. She just went onstage with the songwriters to thank them for the song.

7:57: CMT.com is reporting that Blake, Miranda and Mac McAnally are early winners at the CMAs. Lambert and director Trey Fanjoy won the video of the year win for “The House That Built Me,” which she heard about on the black carpet. Shelton and Adkins shared the honor in the musical event category for “Hillbilly Bone.” So both Blake and Miranda get their first CMA win tonight. McAnally is getting his third straight win as musician of the year. Congratulations to those three fine folks, who don’t get to have their awards moment on this awards show.

8:01: Leighton Meester, one of the stars of the forthcoming film “Country Strong” (I’m going to be typing that at least a dozen more times tonight), is introducing bona fide music star Taylor Swift, who is performing “Back to December,” off her third album “Speak Now,” which has sold more than 1 million copies in just a week. With her blond hair up and that dark red lipstick, she looks much older, at least 21 or 22. Sigh. Our little Taylor’s growing up, and at this point, she’s one of the few sure things in the music biz. Sorry, Taylor haters, it is a fact. She’s sitting at a piano in a long silvery gown while fake snow falls and an orchestra plays. She sounds solid, and it’s a romantic, lovely setup that matches the ballad. BUT we’ve seen Lady A do practically the same thing. And I have to admit that my inner teenager misses her flinging her blond tresses around. Again, could be just me.

Sugarland (AP file)
Sugarland (AP file)

8:05: Carrie Underwood, who for some reason has donned a wadded OD green Army blanket, is introducing the dynamic duo of Sugarland to perform “Stuck Like Glue.” Brace yourselves for the controversial reggae interlude. Honestly, it’s not that big a deal, folks. I mean, I know it’s not pure country, but except for King George and maybe Easton Corbin, hardly anything is in this show and genre. It’s not like they’re adding reggae to a Hank Williams song. In spite all the fuss, I have to say their album “Incredible Machine” is growing on me. I was unconvinced at first, but I especially like hearing more of Kristian singing. But this little setup is a bit weird (even for them), with Jennifer Nettles imitating a music-box ballerina/dancer marionette complete with tutu and jerky dance moves. Kristian Bush is rocking a top hat, but his playful taste in headgear is a given at this point. Oh, there goes the tutu, and here comes the reggae. They’re great entertainers and showmen, and this is a fun performance.

8:10: Here comes Sara Evans with fresh (and handsome) faces Chris Young and Easton Corbin. Good to see Sara Evans back even though she’s violating my basic-black-is-boring rule. They’re going to present vocal group. Here are the noms, and I’m betting another Lady A win here.

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

*Rascal Flatts

The Band Perry

Zac Brown Band

Lady A (AP file)
Lady A (AP file)

8:12: Yep, Lady A’s big year continues. Sorry, Rascal Flatts. I adore Hillary Scott’s dramatic, long red gown, but that sucker is tight in the back. Love Dave Haywood remembering to not only thank the fans but also complimenting all the other noms. “We love you all and it’s an honor to be in the category with you.” Classy.

8:18: The dreamy and talented Keith Urban returns to the stage. The Aussie has a new album coming out next week, and he’s performing the bouncy new single “Put You in a Song.” Loved the rocking guitar solo, but it was way too short. By the way, Keith and wife Nicole Kidman said on the black carpet that their daughter sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in the studio during Daddy’s recording sessions. Say it with me now: Awww.

Reba McEntire (AP file)
Reba McEntire (AP file)

8:21: “There is and only ever will be one Reba!” exclaims Carrie (whose sassy white and orange frock is a vast improvement over whatever that green thing was). Reba, who also gets a pass on BAM’s boring-black rule in her trademark sparkling gown, is crooning her cover of Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy.” Is there nothing this woman can’t do? I would happily listen to this fellow Okie sing toothpaste jingles for two hours. I love the way she quietly ratchets up the intensity on this pop ballad. BTW, did I mention that Reba and George are coming to OKC in January?!?

8:26: Just curious: Who decided Kid Rock was a country artist? Was there a committee meeting, an Oscar-style industry campaign, a payoff made somewhere? I’m not trying to put down Kid Rock, but he’s like an obligatory addition to these country awards shows and he’s just not country to me, even by the very broad definition we’re using at this point. But since I just defended Sugarland’s reggae interlude, I can’t protest too much.

8:31: Still love that streaky orange and white gown that Carrie’s rocking. She’s speaking about the dangers of identity theft next to an unusually quiet Brad Paisley, who has his white cowboy hat suspiciously low on his forehead. Of course, that’s actually NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and this is setup to make fun of the similarities in appearance between the two men. “Everyone knows Brad Paisley lip syncs,” Gordon declares. “Fine, give me the keys to the #48 car and you can stay,” Brad replies. “I drive the 24 car.” “Exactly.” Silly but fun.

8:34: This is the performance I’ve been waiting on: Jason Aldean and “American Idol” Kelly Clarkson are blasting through “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” their passionate duet off his new album. She’s violating the no-basic-black rule, but I’m totally going to let it slide because they sound terrific. I just want to add that it’s a crying shame that Jason has ZERO nominations tonight. Really? You cannot be serious. Hitmakers like him should be praised for staying with the indie labels that brought them to the party. And the duet gets a well-deserved standing O, and I think that’s tears of joy coming from Kelly.

Little Big Town
Little Big Town

8:36: Little Big Town are showing off their amazing harmonizing skills singing a bit of Taylor’s “You Belong With Me.” Quite honestly, they’re kind of making Taylor sound bad with this little interlude. Why are they not performing on this show again? Because it’s some of the best downright singing we’ve heard all night. But no, they’re just introducing album of the year, and I am rooting so hard for Miranda.

Album of the Year

(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

Need You Now

Lady Antebellum

Produced by Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum

Capitol Records Nashville

*Play On

Carrie Underwood

Produced by Mark Bright and Max Martin

19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville

*Revolution

Miranda Lambert

Produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke

Columbia Nashville

Twang

George Strait

Produced by Tony Brown and George Strait

MCA Nashville

Up On The Ridge

Dierks Bentley

Produced by Jon Randall Stewart

Capitol Records Nashville

Miranda Lambert (The Oklahoman Archives)
Miranda Lambert (The Oklahoman Archives)

8:38: WOOT! Miranda’s “Revolution” wins! She’s stomping excitedly in place, sending the fringe on her sassy white dress flying as she hugs Blake. “‘Revolution’ has truly caused a revolution in my life this year,” she declares. “It’s my baby. Thanks for loving it too.” She’s speaking quickly and giving her producers time to speak without worrying about the go-away music, which starts to creep in anyway. I love Miranda, and “Revolution” was on my top 10 albums list last year. This is her first album of the year from the CMAs; she’s won the title twice at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Congrats to her!

8:40: Carrie is introducing “Detroit’s No. 1 cowboy,” and it’s Kid Rock at the piano. See what I mean? How did he get that title? And he’s not staying at that piano for long, I know that. Yep, it’s turning into a rock song, “Born Free,” from his forthcoming album, titled, yes, “Born Free.” The fringe on his jacket – and fringe is definitely in here tonight – is the most country thing about this performance. It’s not a bad rock song, but it barely qualifies as Southern rock let alone country.

Brad Paisley (AP file)
Brad Paisley (AP file)

8:49: Brad Paisley has promised to debut a new song tonight, and I’m looking forward to it. He’s starting acoustic but switching to electric as he pays tribute to country music with its themes about patriotism, rural living and Jesus. It’s even pulling in some lyrics from several of the big ones like “Amarillo By Morning,” “Stand By Your Man” and “God Bless the USA.” Awesome tribute and great performance. He is an outstanding entertainer, and I get the feeling he’s going to take that award home tonight. Love his guitar solo, but again too short. I want a drawn-out smoking solo! But he’s getting a worthy standing O.

8:54: Reba’s TV daughter Joanna Garcia is coming out with Jeff Gordon. She’s pitching Reba’s upcoming guest spot on her show “Better With You.” Yes, it’s another shameless pitch. Jeff is there to tell about Chevy’s participation in the Wounded Warrior Project. He was not meant to read from a prompter.

Now they’re presenting vocal duo. Will Brooks & Dunn get one last win?

Vocal Duo of the Year

*Brooks & Dunn

Joey + Rory

Montgomery Gentry

Steel Magnolia

Sugarland

Sugarland
Sugarland

8:56: Nope. Sugarland is getting their fourth win the category. Kristin is there with his daddy for the first time, so he’s thanking him. “You were right, play guitar.” Jennifer also is thanking country radio for continuing to grow with them and play their music. Well, sort of, anyway.

8:57: News flash: The CMAs are finally telling us that Miranda won video of the year. Some awards show, huh?

9:01: Dave Haywood is at the piano as Lady A takes the stage for their performance of “Hello World.” It’s not my favorite from their sophomore effort, but Charles sure sounds dreamy crooning about that cute little chocolate-face girl. These guys are just so darn likeable would can’t help but appreciate them. Although I’m not fond of Hillary’s pant suit, which looks like something a green-skinned dancer would wear in Jabba the Hut’s palace. (That was quite possibly the nerdiest sci-fi reference I’ve ever made in a country music live blog.)

9:07: “One of the finest singers on Earth,” as Carrie calls her, is coming” Martina McBride. She is breaking the lackluster hair, boring black and poofy sleeves rules. But she’s going to name the top male vocalist, so here goes. Go Blake!

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Brad Paisley

*Blake Shelton

George Strait

Keith Urban

Blake Shelton (AP file)
Blake Shelton (AP file)

9:09: WOW! Blake actually got it! I think he’s crying. Is he crying? He’s getting emotional anyway. Reba looks like she’s about to cry, and Miranda is smiling wide enough to split her face. “I love you, too, and I mean that,” he says as a random fan shouts their affection. “That’s about 34 years worth of steps for me there, y’all.” Reba and Miranda are among the folks he’s thanking, and he’s also taking time to thank songwriter/producer Bobby Braddock. With the exception of his ornery Twitter feed, he’s a pretty classy Okie. I am just thrilled for him. What a night and year for him and Miranda.

9:10: We’ve introduced every person on this show, but we don’t bother with who might be the newest artist on the roster? The Band Perry is singing their hit “If I Die Young.” But they are there for a reason – to name the CMA radio winners. I’m still undecided about The Band Perry. The song is kind of growing on me, but they still look like they should be throwing a tantrum about San Francisco outlawing Happy Meal toys.

9:17: “You know, after the night Blake and Miranda are having, I think we can expect a baby in nine months,” quipped Brad. That one made me laugh out loud so hard. Best line of the night.

Carrie Underwood performs "I Told You So" at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: NVDC224
Carrie Underwood performs "I Told You So" at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: NVDC224

9:18: It’s that time of the awards show: It’s Carrie Underwood big-dress time! This year’s model is a billowing lavender floor-length number with an off-the-shoulder bodice and an approximately quarter-mile-long skirt adorned with lots of sparkles. She’s singing her latest hit “Mama’s Song,” while the video starring her mom Carole and hubby Mike Fisher plays in the background. I liked the a cappella opening of this emotional little song, and of course, Carrie can just plain sing. She’s really making this a shining moment.

Dierks Bentley
Dierks Bentley

9:22: Another great Brad funny: He’s waving his hands at the billows of stage smoke that’s pouring in and says “Very calmly evacuate the building.” Now, he’s praising Dierks Bentley’s bluegrass album “Up on the Ridge,” joking “Bluegrass grows wild in his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz.” I don’t care where he’s fun, Dierks and this album are awesome. He and his band are singing and sawing through the title track. I will come with you tonight where moonlight drifts into my eyes. Yes, I will, Dierks Bentley.

Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn

9:31: Here comes an Academy Award-winning actress. Nope, it’s not quite time for Gwyneth. Sissy Spacek, who played Loretta Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” and she’s going to introduce Loretta’s 50th anniversary as a recording artist tribute. “She didn’t need an actress to turn her into a great character. She was born one,” great compliment. “Loretta Lynn defines downhome excellence.”And now Miranda and Sheryl Crow are going to pay homage by singing “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Miranda sounds fantastic this time around. Maybe she just wants to do right by Loretta or maybe her earlier nerves are out, but she’s really redeeming her earlier less-than-stellar performance. And Sheryl is doing a lovely job, too. They really sound good together, and here comes the non-surprise but still welcome grand entrance of Loretta herself. She’s got one of her trademark grand gowns on and she’s crooning along with the youngsters. The standing O is very appropriate here, because this is a great moment. Loretta looks really touched, and Reba is getting teary again, too.

9:36: Sissy, who seems to be having a surprisingly tough time with the canned dialogue here, and Loretta are going to present the award for top female vocalist. Okies have three girls in this hunt:

Female Vocalist of the Year

*Miranda Lambert

Martina McBride

*Reba McEntire

Taylor Swift

Miranda Lambert (AP file)
Miranda Lambert (AP file)

9:38: She is the golden girl tonight: Miranda. She’s embracing Blake. “I don’t know what’s going on. I told Blake we need to start going to church.” She gets choked up as she thanks Loretta and Reba for paving the way and promises to keep going on for all the women coming up in country music.

Gwyneth Paltrow (AP file)
Gwyneth Paltrow (AP file)

9:44: After Gwyneth Paltrow makes her country music debut, Carrie’s going to dance in the Nutcracker! Quick, let Jennifer Nettles grab her tutu, too! Brad’s commenting “Here’s something you don’t see every day: An Oscar-winning actress with a country star. Unless you’re Keith Urban and then you can’t avoid it.” Gwyneth, who is starring in the upcoming film “Country Song,” is singing the title theme, with Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill playing guitar and backing her up. She looks a bit nervous, but she’s got top-notch backup. Unfortunately, somebody’s mike is a bit hot. But she’s pulling off the vocals, and she’s even playing a bit of acoustic guitar to go along with it. I don’t believe I’d give back the Oscar or anything, but she can hold her head up. The audience is giving her a standing O, so that’s a nice gesture.

BTW, you have to hear what legendary songwriter and fellow Oklahoma native Jimmy Webb has to say about Vince. I’ll have that story Friday. Vince is amazing. Next year, let’s get him up front.

9:49: Ooh, ooh, we’re getting a preview of Carrie’s new song for the cinematic sequel “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” I was hoping to hear a snippet of “There’s a Place for Us,” and, hey, wish granted. I think I like it. It’s ballad Carrie instead of sassy Carrie, which is to be expected, considering the material.

9:53: Tim McGraw is comign out to present the final and top award, entertainer of the year. Could it be Miranda? Maybe Brad? Will we actually finish on time?!

Entertainer of the Year

Lady Antebellum

*Miranda Lambert

Brad Paisley

Keith Urban

Zac Brown Band

Brad Paisley (AP photo)
Brad Paisley (AP photo)

9:54: And the winner is … Brad Paisley! Well, I was rooting for ‘Ran, but I can’t help but be happy for Brad. He looks a bit choked up, and his actress wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley is hugging Nicole Kidman. “My hero Little Jimmy Dickens has a saying, if you see a turtle on a fencepost, he had some help getting up there. I feel like a turtle on a fencepost right now.” His voice is breaking as he praises the fans and talks about how his late grandpa wanted him to learn to play guitar because it would get him through hard times. He’s thanking everybody on the planet, even after they start playing the buh-bye music.

If you want to see Brad in person, Okies, he’s playing Tulsa’s BOK Center Nov. 20. And with that dress, Carrie is halfway to her dream of becoming a sugar plum fairy! No, not a fan of that last dress, but I’m a fan of award shows finishing on time!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this live blog of the CMA Awards! Look for the story on the Oklahoma winners, a full list of the victors and photos of the event (yes, even Carrie’s ballet dress) tonight and Thursday. Good night!

-BAM

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by Brandy McDonnell
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