The 2023 CMT Awards could very well go down in country music history as a significant moment, but it won’t be for the reasons the producers of the presentation or their proponents in the media hoped for, or will purport it to be. And no, we’re not just talking about the polarizing political moments…
This weekend, Police and Fire personnel had large swaths of downtown Austin cordoned off due to a mass casualty/hazardous exposure event, also known as the CMT Awards. The barriers and checkpoints weren’t there to keep freeloaders out, it was to keep the grotesque infection of pop country quarantined.
Alanis Morissette, Ashley McBryde, Billy Gibbons, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Chapel Hart, CMT, CMT Awards, Gary Clark Jr., Hardy, Jelly Roll, Jennifer Nettles, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, Lily Rose, Megan Thee Stallion, Parker McCollum, Shania Twain, Slash, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Black Crowes, Tyler Hubbard, Wynonna
In the 90’s, aggressive, angry, angst-filled music was the pop music of the day—Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, and Chris Cornell and Soundgarden. And it wasn’t just limited to what was referred to at the time as “grunge music.” In the 90’s, Marilyn Manson was a pop star.