Now, I’m not going to bore you with who-won-what, since the results will be quite easy to locate. Instead, I will offer my unique take on everything from apparel to presenters to performers.
I have to start with Taylor Swift, whom I love. The world was buzzing with anticipation over how she would top herself after her drenched performance of “Should’ve Said No” at the ACMs. For “Love Story”, she had a Romeo and Juliet-esque set complete with dancers. Clad in a beautiful purple gown, she slowly ascended the stairs throughout the song until, ta-da a costume change on set mid-song. Needless to say, she was great! I’d also like to know who the hunky Romeo at the end was.
Speaking of costume changes, by the end of the first hour, I was wondering whether it was truly necessary for Carrie Underwood to change her outfit so many times. Thankfully, by the end of the show, she slowed it down.
Julianne Hough as a presenter was just adorable. She was obviously very excited to be on stage and looked beautiful. Reese Witherspoon, presenting Male Vocalist of the Year, was equally vivacious.
Kellie Pickler has come quite a long way since her American Idol experience and also looked amazing as she performed her new hit “Best Days of Your Life.”
Does anyone else think that Brad Paisley just looks too perfect? Not once have I ever seen that man with a hair out of place, crooked hat, ill-fitting jeans, or dirty boots. Nevertheless, he is a great host – funny, personable, and can read cue cards without vocalized pauses or mispronounciations. Plus, when he won Male Vocalist of the Year, he was so darned cute running down the stage steps to plant a kiss on his gorgeous wife Kimberly and her very-pregnant-with-baby-#2 belly.
In addition to Taylor Swift, I’d have to say the best performances of the evening were from Sugarland and Trace Adkins, who both project amazing emotion and stage presence every single time they perform, and Kellie Pickler.
All in all, for being such a widely-hyped show, it was a bit boring. Some performances were entertaining, others not as uch. Since I have undertaken this blog (and am trying to get some interviews), I will exercise my better judgment and end this sentence now.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners and keep up the good work!
(2008 CMA Entertainer of the Year)