The 2022 CMA Awards LIVE Blog
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the 2022 installment of the notorious and explosive Saving Country Music CMA Awards LIVE blog. As the presentation transpires, snark, thoughts, pointed remarks, keen observations, and probably a few swear words and errant typos will be presented in real time, so get your refresh fingers ready. Yes, there will be some fun at other people’s expense, so bring a thick skin, but we’ll also give credit where credit is due.
And of course, YOUR feedback and observations are always welcome, so please feel free to pipe up in the comments section.
To see all the CMA Awards nominees, CLICK HERE.
All Times Central Time.
Entertainer of the Year – Luke Combs
Female Vocalist of the Year – Lainey Wilson
Male Vocalist of the Year – Chris Stapleton
Album of the Year – Luke Combs – Growin’ Up
Single of the Year – Cody Johnson – “Til You Can’t”
Song of the Year – Jordan Davis – “Buy Dirt”
Vocal Group of the Year – Old Dominion
Vocal Duo of the Year – Brothers Osborne
Musical Event of the Year – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde – “Never Wanted to Be That Girl”
Video of the Year – Cody Johnson – “Til You Can’t”
Musician of the Year – Jenee Fleenor
10:15 – Luke Combs said it best. The 2022 CMA Awards were the most country in years, and this continues a trend that started when Chris Stapleton shocked the CMA Awards in 2015. Yes, there’s still pop stuff and poor performances. But they’re now the exception, not the rule. I started doing these live bogs to help keep myself and others sane and to cope. Now there’s just as much to celebrate and be imp[ressed by as there is to complain about. Of course it’s not perfect. Of course the best of country music are still not even nominated. But the work true country fans have been doing since the apex of Bro-Country is paying off in ways we can see right in front of us. Lainey Wilson and Cody Johnson were two of the biggest winners of the night. Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, et all were nowhere to be found. It’s a new era in country music, not just in the independent world, but in the mainstream. Who thought we’d be seeing Patty Loveless sing “Never Leave Harlan Alive,” or have measured praise for Kelsea Ballerini?
And make no mistake, the media was salivating over the idea of Morgan Wallen winning. And he didn’t. But the country music community also signaled that they’re not just going to shun him forever, but offer a path to forgiveness and understanding, while also opening up the stage to artists like The War and Treaty and Marcus King, who we never thought we’d see on the CMA Awards.
There were some lame moments of course. But overall, it was a good night full of tributes of past greats, good performances by newcomers, and COUNTRY music.
10:05 – Thanks everybody for stopping by! Thanks for commenting and sharing. I’m going to compose some final thoughts, run down the winners, and call it a night!
10:03 – Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton are the safe picks for big awards that won’t get people too excited or incensed. Would have been cool to see Miranda or Carrie win on a kind of weak year, but if you weren’t going to give it to the biggest artists in country music right now (Morgan Wallen), Combs was who it fell to.
But I gotta say, the fact that the 2nd biggest artist in country (Zach Bryan) wasn’t even mentioned tonight was a big mistake the industry will pay for with relevancy toward younger audiences.
9:59 – …and 1000 think pieces written pre-written about the embarrassment of the CMA making Morgan Wallen the Entertainer of the Year are now worthless.
“Country sounded a lot more country than it has in a long time tonight,” says Luke Combs. And he’s right.
9:56 – WINNER – The CMA for Entertainer of the Year goes to Luke Combs.
9:52 – It’s hard to know if it’s emotion, Alan Jackson’s issues with CMT (a syndrome he’s dealing with), or both. But he seemed genuinely touched to receive this award. Of course we know Alan Jackson has had a love/hate relationship with these awards shows, protesting what they did to George Jones, telling his drummer to play without sticks to tip off they were using a backing track, to walking out on Beyonce. But he seems truly gracious here.
9:49 – “I came to Nashville with nothing. Carrie called it three chords and the truth. It was more like three chords and a prayer. I loved country music. I wanted to carry it on, the kind that I love.”
9:47 – We have to appreciate that with this Alan Jackson tribute, this presentation has probably been half to 2/3rds actual country music this year. Each year since about 2015, country music has become more country, and the CMAs have followed suit.
9:46 – Glad they’re letting Alan Jackson actually sing too. Lainey killed “Neon Rainbow.”
9:41 – Dierks Bentley, Lainey Wilson, and Jon Pardi singing “Chatahoochee.” Let’s see if somebody has the balls to sing “Murder on Music Row.”
9:40 – If you’ve been fighting through the last 2 hours and 40 minutes for the Alan Jackson tribute, you’ve made it.
9:34 – Elle King is a lot.
9:32 – Kind of surprised that Herman Munster-looking Patrick Carney of The Black Keys didn’t get cancelled. You cheat on the twice hot Michelle Branch while she’s pregnant so she slaps you, and SHE’S the one who ends up in the slammer?
9:30 – Chris Stapleton is the safe, easy pick, and probably means that Morgan Wallen has less of a chance to win Entertainer of the Year.
9:29 – WINNER – The CMA for Male Vocalist of the Year goes to Chris Stapleton.
9:27 – No bigger Stones fan than me, and I know they have a tribute album coming up. But it’s going to feel weird if we get this, and no tribute to Naomi Judd, or an In Memorian segment. Then again, this was just an opportunity to feature The War and Treaty, and that’s a pretty good excuse.
9:25 – I know The War & Treaty aren’t straight down the middle country, but they are also straight fire. If there was ever an Americana act worthy of crossing over to mainstream country, it would be them. And now that they’re signed to a major label, it just might happen.
9:21 – Looks like Lainey Wilson might have a massive night after all. Winning Female Vocalist means you’re a top tier star. Hopefully folks now go and pay attention to her album, which debuted at #12. Along with Carly Pearce, country music has a new crop of top women, and they are country.
9:20 – Sorry folks, tons of load on the server at the moment. If the site goes down, we’ll get it back up shortly.
9:19 – WINNER – The CMA for Female Vocalist of the Year goes to Lainey Wilson.
9:16 – Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie. What is this? Where is Ryan Seacrest?
9:15 – Got to tip your hat to the CMA for putting this into the presentation. Right now, it’s the revitalization of the sound from the Country Music Highway where Patty Loveless, Chris Stapleton, Childers, Sturgill, and so many more are from that is fueling the country music revolution, and it was ravaged in the floods. And this wasn’t a 90-second snippet. This was one of the longest performances of the evening.
It was also the best.
9:10 – Oh my word. Patty Loveless, Mrs. Coal herself, singing “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” with Chris Stapleton is just about as good as it gets. This is worth the 3-hour commitment to watching this show all unto itself.
9:09 – So they’re going to mention the Kentucky Rising benefit, but not mention Tyler Childers and Dwight Yoakam who also were a big part of it with Chris Stapleton? They’ll do everything to avoid Childers.
9:05 – Lainey Wilson has one of those accents you can’t fake, but many try.
8:59 – As much satisfaction as it gives me to think the political functionaries on Twitter are writhing like possessed demons in The Exorcist at the mere presence of Morgan Wallen on the CMA stage, “You Proof” is click track trash, and makes me wish he would get the party end of his mullet caught in a dangerous piece of industrial machinery.
8:57 – Big win for Lainey Wilson is a super strong field that should have also included Zach Bryan.
8:56 – “This one is for that 9 year old girl that wrote her first song, and knew this is what she wanted to do.”
“It’s for the ones who believed in me, and a little bit for the ones who didn’t.”
8:55 – WINNER – The CMA for New Artist of the Year goes to Lainey Wilson.
8:54 – Kelly Clarkson can make a country album any time. Instead we get Nelly and Diplo trying to cross over.
8:52 – This Kealsea Ballerini, Carly Pearce, Kelly Clarkson collab at bad. Great three-part harmonies, some steel guitar in the background.
8:50 – Bring back Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley as hosts. Not one of these Peyton/Luke jokes have landed.
8:47 – Important to note that the camera found Maren Morris, who was up for Album of the Year. She had said a couple of months ago that she did not feel comfortable going to the CMA Awards. Apparently they coaxed her into the room.
8:45 – Again, Luke Combs is hard to not root for, but Growin’ Up felt flat to me. Album of the Year? It was an extremely weak field this year. I guess someone had to win it. I would have probably picked Miranda Lambert or Lainey Wilson.
8:44 – WINNER – The CMA for Album of the Year goes to Luke Combs for Growin’ Up.
8:43 – What is it about Keith Urban these days that makes me fear he wants to eat my soul?
8:40 – The worst part of Hardy is Hardy. The Clark Kent sunglasses and the bad radio singles. And the fact that he knows better and can write great songs if/when he wants to, like “Wait in the Truck.” Yeah, the story is pretty implausible. But it actually has a story, and is a hit song on radio featuring an incredible collaborator in Lainey Wilson. I just can’t hate on this.
8:38 – Good on Luke Bryan for mentioning the passing of Jeff Cook. I still want an In Memorian segment though.
8:36 – Thanks to everyone commenting below. I’m reading when I can. We’re halfway through!
8:32 – Katy Perry and Thomas Rhett need to take the lite R&B shit back to the adult contemporary side of the dial.
8:31 – Doesn’t Katy Perry have an inflatable shark to hump somewhere? What the hell is she doing on a country awards show?
8:31 – Thomas Rhett is the most normcore, nondescript human in history. You might as well have a slice of Wonder bread with the crust cut off by your mommy up there singing right now.
8:29 – Huge win for Cody Johnson, and for a deserving song. Johnson could have a huge night here.
8:28 – WINNER: The CMA for Single of the Year goes to Cody Johnson for “Til You Can’t.”
8:27 – This is the way I like my Tyler Hubbard: Presenting, not singing. What a fall from grace for Florida Georgia Line.
8:26 – Holy shit! Marcus King! He just made me pull my hammy playing air guitar on the top of my couch.
8:24 – Man, Zac Brown Band still can slap whenever they want. But ever since he was rapping about Patrick Swayze and Veyron whips over drum loops, it’s just hard to take him too seriously.
8:22 – The CMAs love their behind-the-scenes executives barely anybody knows or cares about. The Country Music Hall of Fame is full of them, while Dwight Yoakam and Tanya Tucker are on the outside looking in.
8:21 – Carly Pearce may have the performance of the night so far.
8:18 – Dude, they literally gave Breland the opportunity to introduce/star in a fucking Chevy truck commercial. How demeaning. I honestly feel sorry for him.
8:16 – This Urkel-looking dude Breland has about as much chance of becoming an actual country star as Beto O’Rourke has of being Texas Governor after he promised to come for your guns. Quit trying to make him a thing.
8:16 – Sonya Isaacs too.
8:15 – Damn, we got a Ricky Skaggs guitar solo on this thing.
8:13 – Carly Pearce is saving country music. Here she’s singing her Loretta Lynn tribute, “Dear Miss Loretta,” and with Kentuckian Ricky Skaggs backing her. Pretty sure that’s Jeneee Fleenor on fiddle too.
8:12 – I mess with some Carly Pearce.
8:06 – HINT Luke Bryan: If you got to tell everyone how country you are, you’re probably not country. And that wasn’t patriotism welling up inside of me when I was watching that performance, it was bile.
8:04 – Will give Old Dominion credit for mentioning Jeff Cook and Alabama, who were probably the most successful country group in history. May be the only hat tip Jeff Cook gets tonight.
8:03 – Just appreciate we live in a country music world with Mike and the Moonpies, Turnpike Troubadours, Whiskey Myers out their setting the world on fire and a group of dudes who look like Crypto-selling douche creeps in Old Dominon just won the CMA Vocal Group of the Year.
8:01 – WINNER – The CMA for Vocal Group of the Year goes to Old Dominion.
7:55 – So apparently Wynonna thought she was at the CMT Awards. No wonder she looked so unhappy.
7:53 – Luke Combs is always not bad, sometimes okay, occasionally good, and never great. He’s hard to not root for with his everyman thing. But you always want more from him. This song and performance is fine. I will forget about it five minutes from now.
7:51 – Nothing says country like a pyrotechnics show. We knew the first 20 minutes of this thing was a mirage.
7:49 – Watching Carrie Underwood perform in an evening gown in tribute to Loretta was good. But it’s not an awards show if she doesn’t show off her gams that can crush bowling balls.
Don’t care for this performance though. She does best live with ballads. Not rehashed hair metal.
7:44 – At this point Vocal Duo is Brothers Osborne’s to lose indefinitely, kind of like how Brooks & Dunn was for a decade-plus. Dan + Shay who?
7:42 – WINNER – Brothers Osborne wins for Vocal Duo of the Year
7:40 – Goodness. Wynonna’s frown face says it all. What an awkward moment as festive music plays behind her. Someone didn’t read the room here on the production crew.
7:37 – I don’t know who Geraldine is, but I would watch out. Miranda comes across as one who will throw your tossed salad in your face and hit the pavement before the po-po roll up.
7:36 – Cool to see Jeannie Seely get some pub introducing a Miranda Lambert performance. Would be even more cool if they let her sing.
7:34 – No joke, the internet is EXPLODING right now with tons of late teens, early 20s country fans wondering why the hell Zach Bryan is not on this thing. Not booking him at least as a presenter or something was a catastrophic move by the CMAs.
7:31 – They should have bailed out on the Cole Swindell song, and launched into Jo Dee Messina’s, “My Give a Damn’s Busted.”
7:30 – If the girl in this Cole Swindell song is a 90s country fan, what the fuck is she doing hanging out with Cole Swindell’s weak ass?
7:29 – My general countenance watching Cole Swindell:
7:28 – This Cole Swindell “Heads Carolina” performance would be the perfect time for Will Smith and his spring-loaded slapper to randomly dart out of the crowd and rip someone across the crooner.
7:27 – I’ll say this. “Buy Dirt” is not as bad as I want it to be. Would have much preferred “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” or “Things A Man Oughta Know.” But this was a surprisingly strong field.
7:26 – WINNER – The CMA for Song of the Year goes to Jordan Davis for “Buy Dirt”
7:23 – Damn Cody. Dude knows how to deliver a song.
7:22 – Cody Johnson is a sleeper to have a huge night. He’s also up for New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year. Before Zach Bryan started blowing up, he was really the guy blowing up in country this year, esp. off the power of “Til You Can’t.”
7:20 – Damn, a real cowboy hat on the CMA Awards stage. And another real country song with steel guitar and fiddle in Cody Johnson’s “Til You Can’t,” which already won Video of the Year. Yeah, it’s not Merle Haggard, but it’s hard to not root for Cody Johnson.
7:15 – 15 minutes in, and all we’ve heard so far is classic country music, and at the very start of the show. This isn’t the 2013 CMA Awards. Things are truly changing.
7:14 – I want to like the Pillbox Patti bit, but the electronic garbage on her record was a turn off.
7:13 – Super awesome Ashley McBryde and her new Lindeville project gets prime time placement here, but slightly lame they’re playing the one cover from the project. Still, with Brandy Clark, Brothers Osborne, Hammack, Pillbox Patti, and Brothers Osborne, this is some of the best of the mainstream on display.
7:11 – None of these monologue jokes are landing. The comp % is worse than Eli Manning in an NFC Championship game.
7:10 – Gotta love that Alan Jackson didn’t even bother to shave for this thing.
7:09 – Since we’re doing football analogies, Peyton Manning can blame CTE and concussions for being slow. What’s Luke Bryan’s?
7:08 – Wait, so our generation’s Gomer Pyle and the dude who made out with Papa John at mid field when his defense won him a Super Bowl are the ones hosting the CMA Awards? This is going to be a longer night than waiting for Midterm results.
7:05 – Now Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Reba are singing a full version of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” You really can’t complain about this start to the CMAs. Classic country music goodness here.
7:03 – As great as this Loretta Lynn tribute is, I would prefer one or two heartfelt full song performances as opposed to the medley of hits.
7:02 – Holy butt, the CMA Awards start with an actual country song (“You Ain’t Woman”), and a bona-fide steel guitar on stage. Miranda Lambert now singing “Don’t Com Home ‘A Drinkin'” … and the folks who tuned in to see Morgan Wallen tractor rapping are wondering what the hell is going on with this bumpkin’ shit.
7:01 – The presentation starts with vintage footage of Loretta Lynn accepting the CMA Entertainer of the Year. This is the 50th anniversary of Loretta Lynn becoming the first woman to win the CMA for Entertainer of the Year in 1972.
7:00 – And here we go!
6:49 – WINNER – Musician of the Year – Jenee Fleenor (fiddle)
This is Jenee Fleenor’s fourth consecutive win going back to 2019. Steel guitarist Paul Franklin has now been officially nominated 30 times, and never won.
6:45 – Early winners include:
Musical Event of the Year – Ashley McBryde and Carly Pearce – “Never Wanted to Be That Girl”
Video of the Year – Cody Johnson – “Til You Can’t”
A couple of wins for the good guys here to prime the pump.
6:40 – Some of what to expect:
The presentation will start off with a tribute to Loretta Lynn. There will also be tributes to Jerry Lee Lewis, Alan Jackson, and The Rolling Stones. Though it’s easy to cast off the CMAs as only pandering to pop country audiences, with the way the younger generation ignores television entirely, they’ve been trying to appeal to older audiences more and more over the last few years. So far though, there’s no word on a tribute to Naomi Judd. Let’s see if we even get an In Memoriam segment, which the CMAs have preempted in recent years.
Along with the usual suspects performing, there are some folks from the more independent/Americana side of music performing as well, including Marcus King, The War and Treaty (who just released an EP), and The Black Keys.
November 9, 2022 @ 9:21 pm
Why is Elle King always on these award shows? She’s awful. It would have been nice to see Hailey Whitters or Morgan Wade but of course that’s not gonna happen. And Morgan Wallen should have won. There I said it. It is obvious they chose the “safe” ones this year. One day he’ll win. He’s not going anywhere.
November 9, 2022 @ 9:27 pm
Forgot to add I was so glad to see Lainey win tonight. She is going to be around for a long time. She deserved all that she got.
November 10, 2022 @ 12:02 am
Country music has fallen so far. Chris Stapleton and a bunch of posers.
Country Charley Crockett's Butter
November 10, 2022 @ 5:50 am
Blame Adam Sandler… He funded her music career.
November 9, 2022 @ 9:22 pm
Thanks Trigger! It was actually worth it to watch this. I started watching late but- things worth seeing: Carly Pearce, Alan Jackson tribute, Wait in a Truck, Lainey winning, Cody winning, Patty. Happy to see Cody win.
It is so very bizarre that there is no Tyler, Sturgill, Zach, etc.
If CMAs want to stay relevant to young people they seriously better get off their asses and start at least inviting artists like Zach to perform. I mean it’s creepy at this point how they ignore these artists. I feel like I’m watching a weird corporate music alternative universe.
Hey CMAs- please “evolve”, meaning, start looking at country music streaming numbers, ie, Zach Bryan.
November 9, 2022 @ 9:24 pm
Was that Crystal Gayle in the audience when Carrie, Reba and Miranda ended their tribute the camera focused on her?
November 9, 2022 @ 9:25 pm
I’m just happy to see some great musicians playing on live tv. I feel like this was the highlight and direction that people would actually love. Listen to the reaction to Marcus’s solo
November 9, 2022 @ 9:56 pm
Luke Combs ain’t nothing but a crybaby. He can’t stand up for what he did in the video with Ryan Upchurch. Luke Combs ain’t nothing but a piece of s***
November 10, 2022 @ 10:04 pm
I agree 100% Ryan Upchurch is doing something right when the BIG corp doesn’t want him recognized. Best artist out there right now with Tom Macdonald right behind him.
November 9, 2022 @ 10:33 pm
There a lot music that isn’t country or is crappy country represented on the show but how does bringing Zach on the show fix anything. Outside of the numbers isn’t it just music that isn’t country?
November 9, 2022 @ 10:47 pm
On the Loretta tribute,no Dolly?
Chris/Patty best performance.
Luke Bryan sucks.
AJ tribute,Willie should have presented.
group of the year? any of the Texas Red Dirt Road groups,not crap like Old Dominion,Dan and Shit,Florida Ga.Line…
No Memorium? Lost a lot of great artist,if you have Wynonna why not a Judd’s song?
You lose a founding member of the band that invented group in country music and no salute?
Like your mention of Dwight…
Always miss the celebration of the CMA HOF inductee’s,sad omission of the history of our music.
November 9, 2022 @ 10:50 pm
No Zach Bryan?
No Margo Price?
November 9, 2022 @ 11:24 pm
I was at the awards and I thought they were painfully dull. The highlight was the Chris Stapleton/Patty Loveless. I am not a Cole Swindle fan, but it was a treat to see Jo Dee Messina. I understand that Lainey Wilson has been in Nashville for 11 years, so why did her winning Female Vocalist feel “too soon.” This has been Carly’s year (much more than last year when she won the award). The biggest miss was not having a In Memorium segment, especially in a year that we have lost Mickey Gilley, Naomi Judd and Olivia Newton-John. Jeff Cook got more mentions (died two days ago) than Naomi and Olivia got combined.
November 10, 2022 @ 3:50 am
I was confused by Peyton hosting. Was he there to teach the classic country artists how to make a comeback even if you’ve retired? Or was he there to play referee between the original country music artist and the new, over produced pop country’ish artists?
I’m glad there’s agreement that it was a boring show and focused too much on the country-tangent artists!
November 10, 2022 @ 9:35 am
I had the exact same question as you regarding Peyton hosting. After digging a bit, it turns out that Peyton’s production company, Omaha Productions, produced this year’s CMA Awards, and it’s possible that part of that agreement was to let him host in some capacity. Considering the significantly better quality of audio, stage production, and entertainment at this year’s CMAs, keeping Omaha Productions on board may be a great idea for future CMA specials and awards shows.
November 10, 2022 @ 4:33 am
I usually have these shows a background noise. My ABC affiliate preempted CMA for wall to wall hurricane coverage, damn I missed the underrated always brilliant pure country Party Loveless. Pay attention Carrie, this is how it’s done.
David: The Duke of Everything
November 10, 2022 @ 5:49 am
Personally I’m not sure not having Zach Bryan is that big of a deal. These shows have been rightfully blasted for being too pop and not enough country. I don’t see how adding Bryan to it changes that. He is just as foreign to country as a lot of people claim Florida Georgia line, Jason Aldean, Morgan wallen, etc are. But hey, maybe next year. Overall a good show. There never has been a perfect cast for a award show, always someone not performing that could have. Or someone that did perform that maybe someone didn’t think should have. Three things stood out for me. Patty loveless, Carly Pearce who I feel hasn’t got her due, one of the more original vices of the newer crop, and of course Alan Jackson. Seeing him labor through was hard but I’m glad he got his well deserved honor. He was the only reason I watched and probably won’t watch one again.
November 10, 2022 @ 7:37 am
It was tough seeing Alan Jackson labor through his speech. He seemed so out of breath–I wonder if that was related to his CMT. He’s truly a legend & deserved this award.
November 10, 2022 @ 8:27 am
The contrast between Alan singing and Alan talking was so drastic that I wonder if his singing, which was quite good, was Auto-Tuned or even lip-synced. He’s obviously in great discomfort, couldn’t even walk over to receive his trophy — a cue the presenter should have picked up on instead of having to wait for Alan to call her over in the middle of his speech and ask her to give it to him.
Country Charley Crockett's Butter
November 10, 2022 @ 8:55 am
Carrie was holding the award I think. Plus she was standing next to him.
Why give him the award for him to awkwardly hold while he speaks?
November 10, 2022 @ 9:12 am
I’m pretty sure she was several steps away from him during her introduction and presentation speech, which is when I expected her to hand the award to him. Most award recipients do hold their trophies during their speeches and don’t appear awkward in doing so. I suppose, though, that Alan’s physical issues might have made that ordinary part of the award-show routine less than comfortable. Still, his request to be handed the award struck me as unusual.
November 10, 2022 @ 9:00 am
Two separate portions of the brain handle auditory functions and singing. That’s why some people who stutter can sing just fine (see Mel Tillis). I don’t think Alan was using Autotune or lip-syncing. I think it would have been obvious then. Pitch and control are two separate things. What I did take away is that his CMT is probably worse than we thought.
Country Charley Crockett's Butter
November 10, 2022 @ 8:53 am
Jon Pardi looked terrified up on stage..
Does he need more experience in front of a camera/ more TV exposure…. Or is he a lost cause?
November 10, 2022 @ 8:57 am
The song he sung was not in a good key for him until it got to the chorus.
Country Charley Crockett's Butter
November 10, 2022 @ 7:18 pm
So was it the band’s fault or Pardi’s fault?
Why pick a song that won’t compliment his voice?
I love Pardi but man – he seems to have many vocal limitations. His own music is flawless and I don’t hear such limitations only when he’s terrified on live TV.
He even messed up recently singing his “Last Night Lonely” song on America’s Got Talent. He fumbled the words or something.
November 10, 2022 @ 10:33 am
Ironically….and being a drummer I’m certainly NOT an expert in “keys” I think he tuned down on Last Night Lonely on America’s Got Talent so Drake Milligan could sing it easier and they both struggled a bit. Jon didn’t look comfortable last night, deer in the headlights comes to mind…..but when he’s singing his own songs he tears it up just fine. Of course for some reason the CMA’s won’t let him do that.
November 10, 2022 @ 9:22 am
I wonder if when all the dust over Wallen’s dumbass incident and the equally dumb cancellation settles if he will still be the biggest. To me it seems like all the fuss obscured his mediocrity.
November 10, 2022 @ 9:43 am
I think the “incident” isn’t a factor anymore. I think the reason Morgan lost was because a lot of his radio hit are garbage hip hop/country tracks. I think if he released better singles that leaned more country, then he be a much bigger factor.
November 10, 2022 @ 9:55 am
If we’re talking “mediocrity” let’s dicuss all the mediocrity until Patty Loveless took the stage last night.
Carly Pearce, Lainey Wilson, Hardy, etc.
Wallen has better vocal quality, than Pearce, L. Wilson, & Hardy.
A shame how Trashville, and the “award” shows have treated Ashley McBryde.
November 10, 2022 @ 10:21 am
They should have gotten Hank Jr. to do the Jerry Lee Lewis tribute and the Rolling Stones song really sucked just like pop country .
November 10, 2022 @ 6:17 pm
Luke Combs, said all in the statement Country Music sounded more like Country Music than it has in several years.
It’s simple and not hard to understand, Country Means Country that’s the bottom line.
Best CMA Awards in the past 3 years for sure.
November 10, 2022 @ 6:49 pm
Luke Combs was the right one who deserved Entertainer of the Year. Every single song I’ve heard of his on the radio the past 6 years give or take has gone to # 1 & each new song I hear of his on the radio goes to # 1 so he should be Entertainer Of The Year multiple times over. Luke Combs is the biggest male artist going in country music right now, he is THE country music superstar above all male artist in country music right now. I like Morgan Wallen music too but NOT all of his songs I hear on the radio have gone to # 1 like Luke Combs has but I’m sure he’ll get entertainer of the year eventually. I’m so glad Lainey Wilson won everything she did. She’s my new favorite female country singer. If Luke Combs hadn’t won entertainer of the year I would’ve wanted Lainey Wilson to win because everything she’s done so far has been a hit so far & she is THE female superstar of country music right now, she is the new IT girl in country music right now. Her career has & is starting off way better than Morgan Wallen has as well.
November 10, 2022 @ 9:09 pm
Why wasn’t Jeff Cook honored at the cma awards????
November 10, 2022 @ 10:00 pm
Still can’t recognize RYAN UPCHURCH!!!
November 21, 2022 @ 4:54 am
Yes, the AMA’s are a running joke against real American music and it ain’t country.