Gwyneth Paltrow debuts country act at CMAs

We finally got to experience Gwyneth Paltrow‘s country chops at the CMA awards this week, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.  After telling reporters that she’d just been to a bar and drank a pint of Guinness to calm her nerves, she took the stage to showcase her crossover skills.

Paltrow seemed nervous and shaky at the start, but opened up as the audience warmed to her song and even cheered for her.  At the end of the song, Paltrow and singing partner Vince Gill got a standing ovation and audience members were shouting and cheering, as Paltrow appeared visibly relieved and overwhelmed.  Personally, I’m not much on country music, but I think Paltrow did a great job, and it was an excellent advertisement for her film, Country Strong.

Carrie Underwood Wins Country Music Awards Triple Crown

Former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood nabbed the Triple Crown Award at the Academy of Country Music Awards this weekend, taking home the prize for her combined wins in the best female vocalist, entertainer of the year and newcomer categories. Taylor Swift, meanwhile, left the Country Music Awards without a single statue, despite being nominated for five awards.

Carrie Underwood (Photo: Jyle Dupuis - Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Carrie Underwood (Photo: Jyle Dupuis - Source: Wikimedia Commons

Carrie Underwood is the first female artist to ever win entertainer of the year at the Country Music Awards twice. “I think I just got make-up all over Brad Paisley,” Underwood joked as she accepted her award. “Thank you God. Praise the lord.” Underwood lost out for best female vocalist to singer Miranda Lambert.

Lady Antebellum was the other darling of the night at the Country Music Awards, winning for best vocal group, best single and song of the year. Their win for best vocal group puts an end to a seven-year run for Rascal Flatts as previous winners in that category.
Country Music Awards Winners:

•Entertainer of the Year: Carrie Underwood
•Top Male Vocalist: Miranda Lambert
•Top Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum
•Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
•Top New Solo Vocalist: Luke Bryan
•Top New Vocal Duo: Joey + Rory
•Top New Vocal Group: Gloriana
•Top New Artist: Luke Bryan
•Album of the Year: “Revolution” Miranda Lambert
•Single Record of the Year: “Need You Know” Lady Antebellum
•Song of the Year: “Need You Now” Lady Antebellum
•Video of the Year: “White Liar” Miranda Lambert
•Vocal Event of the Year: “Hillbilly Bone” Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
•Triple Crown Award Winner: Carrie Underwood
•The Home Depot Humanitarian Award: Montgomery Gentry

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Right Now In Nashville: The CMA Awards! With Lil Wayne?

No limos available in Nashville tonight, as the 42nd Annual Country Music Awards are about to begin on ABC! Watch parties are in full swing as Nashville awaits our annual late fall tradition. Tonight’s lineup includes an unusual guest, however, it’s hard core rapper Lil Wayne. Lil Wayne’s a fab talent, and he’s gonna join Kid Rock onstage for a duo! The two previously performed together at MTV’s Video Music Awards in September singing Kid Rock’s countrified “All Summer Long.” Snarkista would say it’s must-see tv!

Shania Twain is rumored to make an appearance as well- she’s been absent from the scene for quite awhile, especially since her recent divorce from reclusive hubby Robert “Mutt” Lang. The LA Times is live-blogging and handicapping the awards, so check in and see how well they do!

The CMA awards are really a week-long event in Nashville; performing rights management organizations BMI, ASCAP and SESAC give their annual songwriter and producer awards during the days before the big night. Last night, BMI gave Hank Williams Jr. its ICON award for extraordinary musical achievement. It puts Hank one step closer to membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

So tune in and watch a star-filled night! We’ll all be here trying to stay out of the limo gridlock.