Jason Isbell Has Big 2018 Americana Music Awards
2018 Americana Music Award WINNERS:
- Musician of the Year – Molly Tuttle
- Emerging Artist of the Year – Tyler Childers
- Song of the Year – “If We Were Vampires” by Jason Isbell
- Duo or Group of the Year – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
- Album of the Year – The Nashville Sound – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
- Freedom of Speech Award – Rosanne Cash
- Lifetime Performance Award – Irma Thomas
- Lifetime Instrumentalist – Buddy Guy
- Lifetime Executive Award – Cris Williamson and Judy Dlugacz of Olivia Records
- Trailblazer Award – KD Lang
The 17th Annual Americana Music Awards held at the Ryman Auditorium Wednesday night (9/12) found the organization addressing the social tensions boiling in America, the call for more diversity throughout culture, and facing it’s own transitionary period for the awards themselves. Hosted by Americana legend Jim Lauderdale since the early years, 2018 saw folk duo the Milk Carton Kids jump into the spot as Master of Ceremonies, symbolizing a shift to a representation that includes more younger artists, though with still plenty of fanfare for the founders of the burgeoning genre, and the performers of the past.
The show opened with a rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” sung by Nathaniel Rateliff, Fantastic Negrito, and Lukas Nelson, immediately setting the table for diversity, strong messages, and the new generation of artists bringing the roots of American music forward.
Everyone expected a lot of political speeches, but Tyler Childers—who won the evening’s Emerging Artist of the Year award—possibly took the evening’s biggest stance. The Kentucky songwriter came out on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium dressed like Colonel Sanders, with just an acoustic guitar to perform solo at center stage. After his performance, he was awarded the Emerging Artist of the Year award—the same award his producer Sturgill Simpson won in 2014. He also delivered a pointed message about the term Americana, saying it was a distraction from the real problems in country music, and inappropriate for country artists. “It kind of feels like ‘Purgatory'” he said, making reference to his most recent album (read more).
Courtney Marie Andrews took the stage in a rhinestone jumpsuit and earned the evening’s first standing ovation with her rendition of “May Your Kindness Remain.” Brandi Carlile delivered a version of “The Joke” that was beyond epic, with her incredible range echoing through the world-class acoustics of the Ryman. It was so moving, her standing ovation started even before the performance ended.
Rosanne Cash was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Free Speech. As it was pointed out in her introduction, the award itself does not take a political side, since both Kris Kristofferson and Charlie Daniels have won it in the past. But Rosanne used the award to take some strong stances.
“We are the premier service industry for the heart and soul,” Rosanne said, advocating for the rights of musicians and songwriters. “Women are not small inferior versions of men,” she also said, broaching the most hot button issue of the day. She also came out for protection of immigrant children, and against people’s right to own an “arsenal of military-style weapons.”
Jason Isbell came out in white Nike Air Jordans, singing “White Man’s World,” adding a double shot of political expression. “That’s the first time we’ve played that song, and nobody’s gone to the bathroom,” Isbell said after finishing the song. But it was his song “If We Were Vampires” that would win Song of the Year. He thanked his wife and 2017 Emerging Artist of the Year Amanda Shires for inspiring him to stop watching TV one day and to write a song.
This would be the first of three awards Jason Isbell would win with his band The 400 Unit, including Duo or Group of the Year, and Album of the Year for The Nashville Sound. But the biggest award of the night would go to John Prine for Artist of the Year. “It feels like Groundhog Day,” he said after winning the award the last two years in a row. Aside from Compass Records’ Molly Tuttle who won for Instrumentalist of the Year, Thirty Tigers and Thirty Tiger’s-distributed artists swept the competitive awards.
Lifetime Achievement Award winners included Irma Thomas, who was allowed to come back to the stage to perform a second time after technical issues dogged her first performance. Buddy Guy said, “Better late than never” when receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist. Cris Williamson and Judy Dlugacz who operated the first woman-owned and woman-operated record label called Olivia Records were given the Lifetime Achievement for Executive. And a tribute to KD Lang via her Trailblazer Award closed out the festivities before the final number, which a tribute to the recently-passed Aretha Franklin.
Though Jim Lauderdale’s contributions to Americana are rivaled by few, it felt like it was time for fresh blood at the emcee position, and the Milk Carton Kids delivered with their quirky sense of humor. A few early technical difficulties aside that will be edited once the show is rebroadcast on PBS at a later date, it was a solid presentation that rose to met the calls for diversity in music.
September 12, 2018 @ 8:44 pm
Happy about Ty at least.
September 12, 2018 @ 9:31 pm
Didn’t know Buddy Guy was country… or Americana. Good for him. Jazz is alive and well, not Country music though… or my bad “Americana”
September 12, 2018 @ 11:33 pm
yeah ….wierd eh ? Buddy Guy ..Americana ?….BLUES BLUES BLUES .
k d lang …..? trailblazer ……for the likes of whom ? jason Isbell ? sturgill …..? milk cartons ?…or lesbian entertainers ?…….weird kinda stretch , this stuff .
…. look forward to the PBS show
September 13, 2018 @ 7:48 am
A “lesbian entertainer” by the name of Brandi Carlile hit the most incredible note I’ve ever heard from the Ryman Auditorium stage while singing “The Joke” last night. I’ve heard some incredible moments in that building, and seen some incredible performances, but when she hit that high note, it was like you were in the presence of God.
I agree we should look at entertainers for their talents, not shove their sexual orientation down our throats with the assumption that this somehow makes us more “inclusive.” But I am damn proud artists like Brandi Carlie, KD Lang, and Brandy Clark who were all there last night can make it in this business, because they’re all damn talented.
September 13, 2018 @ 8:09 am
Don’t act like they don’t wear it as a badge of courage/honor.
September 13, 2018 @ 8:23 am
I agree many gay and lesbian performers do, but I have written in the past about how both Brandi Carlile and Brandy Clark do not, and seek to let the music speak for themselves.
My stance on this is that country music should be pushing the best performers to the top, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, etc., and when you see some artists having success, you can feel confident this is happening. But if it becomes a situation where we’re pushing bad music just because we want to be “inclusive,” that’s a problem. Brandi Carlile and Brandy Clark are not bad music.
Cool Lester Smooth
September 16, 2018 @ 2:13 pm
Eh, it’s RD.
The whining, triggered child probably still gets into arguments about who cares less about Michael Sam being gay.
September 13, 2018 @ 8:53 am
My point , Trigger , was the idea the idea that KD , who I’ve absolutely loved since day 1 ( how can you NOT ), being considered ” Americana” along with Buddy Guy is just a total headscratcher . I’m sure the “trailblazer “honour was bestowed because of the gender thing ….but it still seems a stretch that ” Americana ” is claiming these artists at this point….at least to me . Whatever , though …the artists mentioned are incredibly blessed , unique, and authentic ….so its all good . Bring on more AUTHENTIC ….
September 13, 2018 @ 3:46 am
Happy for Courtney Marie Andrews I’d really like to have seen it. “May Your Kindness Remain” is a wonderful song I must have listening to 50 times by now…and her voice is outstanding. I can’t believe that she still seem to be more appreciated in Europe than US…Right now she has most Spotify listeners in London and Stockholm. And it has been that way for at least one and half year now…
September 13, 2018 @ 7:49 am
She stood on the stage for the finale with some of the biggest voices out there for the Aretha Franklin tribute, and held her own. She was a big takeaway from last night.
September 13, 2018 @ 8:57 am
not surprised in the least . Courteny is an incredibly gifted vocalist …..I’ve worn out her last album ….her voice borders on something spiritual …unique and beautiful …..not to take anything from her writing …..but those vocals are something else .
September 13, 2018 @ 4:56 pm
agreed but she needs better material, better sense of arc, but it’ll come with time
September 13, 2018 @ 9:36 am
Wow! That says it all!! Hope things will change for her now. In my view she has the nicest voice since Linda Ronstadt. I know there are other woman with very strong voices out there But It’s three thing that make me love her voice. First of all her voice has such a beautiful color and it’s very strong, but what I love most is her phrasing she so, so good at it.
And on top of that she can also write a song. “Rough Around The Edges” Is my favorite from her latest album.
Was this ceremony recorded and if so, will it be stream again later on? I think they done so with previous award ceremonies.
September 14, 2018 @ 12:09 am
If anyone should ever ask me why I love countra music, I will tell this person to listen to her singing Townes Van Zandt`s “I´ll be there in the morning” for BBC Radio Scotland. If you don`t love that, you have neither hjeart nor soul.
September 14, 2018 @ 12:10 am
country, not countra
September 14, 2018 @ 3:30 am
I absolutely love that song.
September 14, 2018 @ 5:26 am
“If you don`t love that, you have neither heard nor soul”
I’ve listening to it and yes it’s is damn beautiful.
But Isn’t that true for almost everything she’s singing, whether it’s a cover or her own songs. And with her own songs including the albums before her two latest. She always put her heart and soul into her singing…
Here is a another cover from 2014. I found it when searching for info about Blaze Foley… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXpWHhIC-FU
September 14, 2018 @ 5:37 am
Sorry.. *I include the albums* Not *including the albums* Brain lock again…
September 13, 2018 @ 5:32 am
“Jason Isbell came out in white Nike Air Jordans, singing “White Man’s World,” adding a double shot of political expression. “That’s the first time we’ve played that song, and nobody’s gone to the bathroom,” Isbell said after finishing the song. ”
Take the hint Jason. It’s because the song isn’t good.
September 13, 2018 @ 6:28 am
Actually the song is great, just some people don’t like listening to the truth.
September 13, 2018 @ 8:10 am
White man living in a white guilt world.
September 13, 2018 @ 8:22 am
Along with all the other bedwetting, gender-fluid NPR fans, right Kevin?
September 13, 2018 @ 8:24 am
Tell me about the “good message.”
Assume I’ve never heard it before.
September 13, 2018 @ 8:29 am
I’m pretty sure you don’t want to hear it. But being reminded that other people have challenges that you don’t face, isn’t really a bad thing.
September 13, 2018 @ 10:53 am
Oh, wow. Never heard that before.
September 13, 2018 @ 11:32 am
Not sure if you know this, Kevin, but most songs, stories, movies, etc, do not communicate wholly original ideas.
Cool Lester Smooth
September 16, 2018 @ 2:15 pm
Oh, Kevin. We know you’ve heard it before.
That’s why you’re whining about it.
September 13, 2018 @ 10:20 am
Kevin, I can’t reply below so I will reply here about the “good message,” in my opinion. I (think I) understand both sides of this debate. Continuing to push race into the forefront in a time when overt racism has become more and more a thing of the past…could that itself be racist, when being poor white is often overlooked (there are far more poor white people by numbers – not percentage – but numbers)…and what privilege do they currently have, when their local factory etc, closes down? And then there is accountability, etc. I get it. I could go on, but I get it. At the same time, as white person myself, is it not OK to feel at least a little uncomfortable with PART of a history that has in the past performed genocide on the native population, and enslaved and oppressed a race of people in a truly disgusting manner? I guess the “good message” might be. “Hey, I get it. At the very least recognize what has happened in the past, and that you are still living with the effects of it.” Empathizing with someone else, IMO is more of a good message than a bad one. I lean conservative in a lot of ways, but as a human being, is it not possible to accept someone writing just one of their dozens of songs that he feels guilty? Theres no call to action in the lyrics that seeks to take anything away from you. He’s not upholding affirmative action in this song. I think he’s just telling a group of people “I understand.” If you take politics out of it, and think as a human being, does that make Jason, or me, a bad guy?
There are REAL issues out there that scare me personally, like the decent of democrats into socialism and la la land geopolitically. If we want to talk politics, why not talk about real issues, not about who or what the fuck somebody wants to sleep with, or if a guy writes one song about “his guilt.” Theres a lot of time an effort being wasted on issues that, for the most, will never effect our lives. The economy on the other hand…
Someone awhile ago here posted a comment about Isabel to the effect of: “I’m conservative. I don’t agree with Jason, but I love his music and I like hearing the other perspective. I don’t need to hide or insulate myself from it.” God bless that person.
September 13, 2018 @ 11:05 am
I’ve been a fan of his since his 3rd show with the DBT. His signature on my guitar is one I’m really proud of.
On the glass half-full side, at least the election of 2016 didn’t send him into a complete tailspin like it did his former band mates.
On the other hand, “The Nashville Sound,” overall, was a step backward from Something More Than Free and Southeastern. (And Here We Rest, for that matter.)
It’s a good, but not great, album. It lacks a coherent theme — and as I wrote in a review on another site — the cumbersome flailings at politics are what stand out.
As a conservative I’ve long been aware that the folks doing quality songwriting lean left politically. But when artists make it all about politics, to me that defeats the purpose.
And when, for example, Sturgill – whose work I love – starts talking about “fascism” in the United States, he shows either his ignorance of what the word means or deliberate demagoguery. And celebrity leftists are all to quick too quick to decry mythical “Islamophobia,” when Muslims throw gays off of buildings and enslave women.
Just spare me the politics. It’s boring.
And I never owned a slave or kept anyone from eating at a lunch counter. I certainly don’t need a lecture from a talented millionaire about it, either.
September 13, 2018 @ 11:40 am
Actually I agree with you about this album, musically. But I was trying to answer your sepcific question. Your question was about the “good message.” I tried my best to answer that, and asked what is so wrong with it. Bringing in another artist’s comments on Fascism, and then Islamophobia doesn’t really answer my question about THIS song and THIS artist. I guess you not needing a lecture was kind of close. But clearly, the negative reaction that some people have to this song goes way further than them being annoyed by an unwanted “lecture.” Anyway, “good comments.”
September 15, 2018 @ 3:28 am
I’d just point out that there is no requirement for a “good message.” Jason Isbell is no more or less deep than Britney Spears, the Chain Smokers, GWAR, Luke Bryan, whoever…they’re all just entertainers.
September 13, 2018 @ 8:14 am
Eh, the song is ok. It might be the worst song on an excellent record (Anxiety also doesn’t do much for me, personally).
It’s got a good groove, and a good message for anyone who wants to hear it. But coming from someone who is so good at tactfully and beautifully addressing difficult subjects, the lyrics of WMW are blunt and a little boring.
September 13, 2018 @ 8:46 am
I happen to think the song is decent – not his best I agree, but I respect that at least you’re taking about the music and the crafting of the lyrics, something almost completely lost on a lot of people…
September 13, 2018 @ 10:08 am
“Republicans buy sneakers too.” —Michael Jordan
September 13, 2018 @ 4:13 pm
By far my least favorite song on his new album. Not because the message is “offensive to me” but because the melody is boring as all get out. It just repeats itself sonically over and over again, and the melody isnt strong enough to stand on it’s own like other repetitive songs are able to do
September 15, 2018 @ 6:43 am
I don’t think it’s a great song. I’d rank it among his most boring songs actually. And I don’t think that has to mean that I’m not a truth seeker.
Cool Lester Smooth
September 16, 2018 @ 2:17 pm
Eh, I can actually trend left of Isbell, and I hit the bathroom during that song.
…mainly because all of his other songs are so much better, and I’ve listened to and enjoyed much better songs on the subject.
September 13, 2018 @ 7:48 am
I love that song.
September 13, 2018 @ 8:05 am
Clearly, he’s not going to “take the hint.” He’s s charted his course and he’s sticking to it. People who have purchased his albums in the past do not have to continue to purchase his albums. Hopefully, for his sake, he can sell enough albums to antifa members that he can continue to afford to buy Air Jordans, like some 12 year old wannabe hoopster.
September 13, 2018 @ 8:18 am
Right, all of Isbell’s fans are antifa members. Because we haven’t abandoned him for daring to sing a song that says it’s easier to be a white dude than a woman or minority.
September 13, 2018 @ 11:56 am
And hearing about it from a privileged millionaire will really drive the point home. Because the opinions of talented musicians count for something…more.
In fact, I think I’ll start voting Democrat, bowing to mecca, and wearing dresses & going to different bathrooms now.
September 13, 2018 @ 12:12 pm
Ah, there we go. “You’re rich, so STFU. I only accept the opinions of celebrities I agree with.”
September 13, 2018 @ 12:42 pm
Trump voters are funny with how they pick and choose which white millionaires to support.
September 13, 2018 @ 12:52 pm
For Mr. “Tx Music,” down below here:
I didn’t vote for Trump. Not in the primary or the general. Ok, sweetie?
Jared: I couldn’t give less of a damn what the political opinion of ANY celebrity is. I’m a conservative – mostly libertarian. Period. I don’t care to be preached to by any artist.
Cool Lester Smooth
September 16, 2018 @ 2:19 pm
I’m very impressed with your stance that art carries no meaningful cultural or political value, hon.
It’s pretty bold.
September 13, 2018 @ 6:13 am
Also where the fuck is John Moreland?
September 13, 2018 @ 7:50 am
John’s been featured prominently in the past on these awards. He’s between projects.
September 13, 2018 @ 7:11 am
What a self-loathing loser. I’d like to see Hank III re-emerge and Jason Isbell go into hiding. Permanently.
September 13, 2018 @ 7:51 am
September 13, 2018 @ 8:32 am
I get a kick out of that. If this multiple award winning, critically acclaimed(including from this website), successful (huge for an independent artist – who finances his own records)is a “loser,” god help the rest of us. I may not agree with everything he says or does…. but “loser?” I have a sneaking suspicion that if he only shared your political views, he suddenly and magically would be a “winner.” Maybe you could hand out RD Winner Awards based on that rigorous criteria.
September 13, 2018 @ 3:10 pm
@ RD Self-loathing loser…pot meet kettle. Always so self-important and full of shit. I’m sure you’re gratified by the cadre of simpletons that might give your bullshit a like. I can’t imagine you ever have or will accomplish anything with your life because your bar is so low. Now put put your asshat back on, march around in your cage and go back wallowing in your misery.
Cool Lester Smooth
September 16, 2018 @ 2:23 pm
RD lacks the capacity for self-examination, empathy and critical thought to ever imagine that he might do something worth disliking himself for.
He may be a loser, and he’s definitely a vacuous, self-fellating waste of oxygen…but don’t you DARE call that useless twat self-loathing!
September 13, 2018 @ 7:13 am
what the hell is a freedom of speech award? sounds like someone needs to come up with another award show for real country artists.
September 13, 2018 @ 8:39 am
However flawed the this genre might be, the one thing I like about it is that it seems to capture traditional music styles. Yes, there is overlap, but every other major awards show features and awards artists that heavily rely on technology to make music. I’m not criticizing that, as I like a fair amount of be more creative side of that. But it’s great to honor and recognize people playing their own music in a more “traditional” manner. All definitions fall apart when you look too closely, and it’s so easy to immediately bring in stupid ass politics, but I do like the fact that when you look at all these artists, they are carrying on a tradition that has died in the mainstream.
September 13, 2018 @ 9:11 am
” But it’s great to honor and recognize people playing their own music in a more “traditional” manner. ”
this says it all ….REAL talent …regardless of your tastes ….pop music almost ignores talent in these times . are you ‘ hot and marketable as eye-candy ? great …we’ll fire up the laptop , crank the autotune to ten , rap-up the phrasing and feed it to anyone who isn’t the least bit interested in ” REAL ” . pop music fans are music WATCHERS first …listeners second , it seems
September 13, 2018 @ 9:27 am
Yeah, I’ve often thought about that. Take away videos, images, identification….what would we ALL listen to. Maybe classical. Ha.
September 13, 2018 @ 11:02 am
Is no one going to address the loss suffered by all with Jim not being at the event? I mean the Milk Carton Kids jokes fell flat throughout.
September 13, 2018 @ 12:50 pm
Agree. Jim is the ultimate.
September 13, 2018 @ 3:29 pm
livestreaming some performances today on PBS
September 13, 2018 @ 4:42 pm
All the political bickering is getting really tedious. It’s boring and predictable. I’d rather hear an artist who means what they sing, even if I disagree with it, than hear an artist take part in some patronizing dog and pony show.
I don’t expect to agree with everyone and I don’t expect everyone to agree with me. I’m not going to disparage an artist or a fan just because they don’t share a point of view. Living in this perpetual state of disingenuous, feigned indignation is not healthy. Most Americans, left or right, are good people. We are all in this together, so pick up a guitar, grab a beer, and cut the shit already.
September 13, 2018 @ 4:59 pm
I’d drink to that. 🍺
September 13, 2018 @ 5:37 pm
I hope you take Isbell to task for these erroneous comments:
September 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
He’s full of shit there. With the way this country was back in those days after 9-11 little Timmy and his plastic cowboy hat would of been thrown to the wolves too. What a dumbass. Don’t hold your breath for him to be taken to task on anything on THIS site though..
September 13, 2018 @ 11:37 pm
I said that “White Man’s World” was an unnecessary politicization of Jason Isbell’s music, so THIS site has taken him to task. That said, the biggest issue here is music media making every single article and interview political. What happened to music outlets talking about music, and political outlets talking about politics?
September 14, 2018 @ 1:41 am
Trigger, I don’t have much of a problem with a song being political – I can just NOT put that particular song on my playlist and go straight to “If We Were Vampires”. What bothers me is when I plunk down large money on a live show (I’ve never seen Jason live, btw) and an artist gives me a 5-minute screed before the song. Even if I agree with their views, I don’t want to hear it. Save it for some PAC rally.
September 14, 2018 @ 6:32 am
I’ve seen him do the song twice. Both times, he just played it. No lecture.
September 14, 2018 @ 6:44 am
Cmon Trig. When it comes to the interview Hoptown posted, If some mainstream artist you hate (i.e. Luke Bryan ,Urban,Blake etc) said those same scathing comments,you would have a blog blasting them minutes after you got done reading it. White Knight Isbell gets a pass though.
While I agree that music sites should leave politics out of it,it’s pretty easy for artist to say something like,”I don’t want to get into that,let’s talk about my album”. Something to that effect anyway… Isbell raises his hand for this shit.
Also I keep hearing this guy talk about people not being happy. The only people I know who are not happy are cry baby little whine bag pussies like him who didn’t get their way in the last election. I’m happy, family and friends are happy,shit everyone I know is happy!
September 14, 2018 @ 8:26 am
I’m not saying I’m not going to address it. This week I’m out in the trenches at AmericanaFest, and am not in a position to cover every single possible story that comes down the pike. All I’m saying is I see this is as part of a bigger trend to politicize everything in music, which is something I have been fighting against for a long time, but especially over the last year. This is the underlying issue, that Jason Isbell does an interview, and the biggest thing that comes out of it is his stance on some hot button political issue from 15 years ago. There’s a story like this every day. It’s like a flood. Meanwhile, nobody’s even talking about the music anymore.
September 14, 2018 @ 8:32 am
I agree Trig, but artists can give panned vanilla answers. Isbell endulges. And he’s flat out wrong. It’s ironic he uses McGraw as an example when he recently had the Sandy Hook concert incident.
I don’t give a shit about your political views, just get your facts correct.
Cool Lester Smooth
September 16, 2018 @ 2:27 pm
“Incident” being the key word.
He’s gotten more country airplay in the last 3 years than the Chicks have in the last 15.
If Tim McGraw had pulled a Maines in 2003, the triggered crybabies might still have protested…but then everyone would have forgotten about it, because he’s white, has a penis and sings about trucks.
Seth of Lampasas
September 14, 2018 @ 2:29 pm
Because in this day and age politics and entertainment have become an incestuous symbiote
September 13, 2018 @ 7:07 pm
Is anybody but the commie hipsters listening to what he says?
September 13, 2018 @ 8:26 pm
Socialist hipsters listen to Isbell as well.
September 13, 2018 @ 9:31 pm
Ok who is going to break the news to John Prine that he’s a socialist / communist hipster? 1 2 3 not it.
September 14, 2018 @ 6:30 am
Well, Socialiats are just Communis6s in training.
Dirt Road Derek
September 15, 2018 @ 9:37 am
Look at you, taking a break from Farmville to post a tired cliche. You go, girl!
September 15, 2018 @ 10:44 am
There’s the wit that can’t pay the Bill’s. I thought you only post in FGL articles?
Dirt Road Derek
September 15, 2018 @ 11:00 am
I wasn’t even aware I owed Bill money, let alone other “Bill’s”, as well?
Does your bedazzled iPad not have spell-check? Maybe you could ask one of the other soccer Mom’s to help you out?
I’d do it myself but I’m pretty busy rock journaling somewhere on the east coast (on your next Farmville break, maybe you can give me a little more detail about my city, residence, etc. “east coast” is pretty broad).
September 14, 2018 @ 5:25 am
“Pence looks like enough of a Mennonite to maybe go along with that kind of stuff. He looks like the kind of guy who wouldn’t marry a woman who wore pants.”
I’m Mennonite and I take a bit of offense here. My wife makes way more money than I do, and is more educated than I am. She can even wear pants if she wants to lol.
Cool Lester Smooth
September 16, 2018 @ 2:24 pm
It’s very rude to compare Mennonites to Mike Pence.
September 14, 2018 @ 3:27 am
No comment. I’ll just get myself in trouble.
September 14, 2018 @ 7:48 am
It would be nice if there could be even one awards show without all the political bullshit. Especially music awards. It’s gotten old and way beyond predictable
September 14, 2018 @ 8:29 am
Sad that a few had to inject politics into the night. No surprise I guess.
September 14, 2018 @ 3:24 pm
Entertainers should steer clear of politics and religion. Why? Because their fans come from all walks of life, different religions, different cultures, different ways of life, etc; No matter what side they come down on, all they’re going to do is piss off a portion of their fans. They should respect ALL their fans that have made them successful.
September 15, 2018 @ 6:58 am
Or maybe the fans could try not wearing their feelings on their sleeves. It’s not “disrespecting their fans” to voice an opinion. Don’t you have friends/family members that you have differences of opinion with? Don’t you agree to disagree with them? Why can’t you do that with artists you like? Too many people are following the Trumpian example of intolerance and petty insults.
Dirt Road Derek
September 15, 2018 @ 9:47 am
A great night for Isbell, and I like the Nike nod, subtle but important.
And I love this quote:
“Women are not small inferior versions of men,”
And what an awesome surprise to KD Lang on that list!