My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

2011 CMA Awards Recap

Now that the annual train wreck known as the CMA Awards Show has again come and gone, it’s time to take a look back and see how well the MKOC writers did with our predictions. The results are pretty evenly split this year, with Jonathan Pappalardo and Occasional Hope correctly predicting the winner in six categories, while J.R. Journey and I each guessed the winner five times.

Entertainer of the YearTaylor Swift

Perhaps in denial that such a travesty could happen more than once, none of us chose Taylor Swift as the winner in this category. All of us were rather confident that the trophy would go home with Blake Shelton.

Male VocalistBlake Shelton

Jonathan, Occasional Hope, and I all accurately predicted the winner in this category, while J.R. thought that the honor would go to Jason Aldean.

Female VocalistMiranda Lambert

This one was pretty much a no-brainer that all of us accurately predicted.

New ArtistThe Band Perry

Both J.R. and Occasional Hope called this one correctly, while Jonathan chose Luke Bryan and I predicted that the award would go to Chris Young (wishful thinking on my part).

Vocal Group Lady Antebellum

Jonathan and I got this one right, while Occasional Hope went with the Zac Brown Band and J.R. predicted that The Band Perry would be the victors in this category.

Duo of the YearSugarland

There wasn’t any real competition in this category; consequently we all accurately called this one for Sugarland.

Single of the Year“If I Die Young” – The Band Perry

Both JR. and Occasional Hope got this one right. I thought that the award would go to “Colder Weather” by the Zac Brown Band and Jonathan felt it would go to Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson for “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”

Song of the Year“If I Die Young” – The Band Perry

I was the only one who got this one wrong, thinking (hoping) that it would go to the Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather”.

Album of the YearMy Kinda Party – Jason Aldean

I predicted that this award would go to Taylor Swift for Speak Now. While I’m not sorry to have been wrong, it is small consolation that it actually went to Jason Aldean as Jonathan alone accurately predicted. Both J.R. and Occasional Hope had thought that Brad Paisley would win for This Is Country Music.

Musical Event of the Year“Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson

I was the only one who got this one right. Everyone else went with “As She’s Walking Away” by the Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson. I take no pleasure in being right on this one.

Music Video“You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter

Only Jonathan and Occasional Hope made predictions in this category, and neither was correct. Jonathan chose “Mean” by Taylor Swift while Occasional Hope went with “Old Alabama” by Brad Paisley and Alabama.

Musician of the YearMac McAnally, guitar

Occasional Hope and I were the only ones who participated in this category. Both of us thought that Dann Huff would win.

To say that I am disappointed in any of the results would imply that I had any reasonable expectations that I would be happy with any of the outcomes. I don’t feel that any of the awards, with the exception of the Male and Female Vocalist trophies, went to the most deserving winner. The program lived up to my low expectations, but all the same it is still somewhat discouraging that this bunch seems to be the best Nashville has to offer these days.

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4 responses to “2011 CMA Awards Recap

  1. Andrew November 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I’m very much okay with Taylor winning entertainer, because it means Jason Aldean didn’t.

  2. luckyoldsun November 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I’ll confess ignorance on what Taylor Smith does so I don’t know her qualifications for Entertainer of the Year.
    Does she fill stadiums or full-size arenas?–a la Garth or Strait or Chesney?
    Does she appear on mainstream TV and media all the time, like Toby?

    • Angie Merchant-Stueck November 14, 2011 at 9:15 am

      I saw this just before the awards, and if, in fact, this truly reflects the criteria for choosing EOY, then I can see how Taylor Swift can win. She can win on staging, public acceptance, attitude and someone else (not mine) opinion of overall contribution to Country Music. The fact that she actually can’t sing live is completely over shadowed by all other aspects of her show. Scratch that, she does stadium productions, not shows.

      Category 1 – ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
      This Award is for the act displaying the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field. Voter should give consideration not only to recorded performance, but also to the in-person performance, staging, public acceptance, attitude, leadership, and overall contribution to the Country Music image. Award to artist.

      I, personally, am boycotting all award shows, especially those where awards are decided by fan vote. It is obvious that they fail to reflect quality of the actual music.

  3. Tom November 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    …well, razor x, voting for material and artists that still sound a little country won’t get us anywhere at present. nashville is celebrating pop music, whether the two of us like it or not. having said that, apart from lady a. winning over zac brown band, it looks to me that the trophies were given into deserving hands – under the circumstances.

    still, before the flood of awards and shows will continue and probably even leave brad paisley’s dog also with a title and some obscure object for his dog house, i close the books on country music for the year. 2011 has had, as always, its moments in country, but they were rather scarce occasions.

    there’s a new dwight yoakam studio album scheduled for 2012 – at least one good reason to stand by.

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