June 7, 2017 What To Expect at the 2017 CMT Awards Trigger Down with Pop Country 77 Comments © 2022 Saving Country Music 1+ CMT Awards
June 7, 2017 @ 7:40 am
P.S.: IF a reliable online stream can be secured (since Saving Country Music headquarters doesn’t have cable), and we’re feeling froggy, perhaps there will be an anti-CMT Awards LIVE blog this evening to coincide with the presentation. We’ll see.
June 7, 2017 @ 7:49 am
You could do a 7-day free trial of Sling TV and then cancel it after.
June 7, 2017 @ 7:54 am
Most every year they’ve provided an official online stream for non cable folks, and with so many cord cutters these days I would be surprised if they don’t this year. They never promote the stream until the last minute though, so you never can be guaranteed it will happen. I remember one year they didn’t have it. I found a renegade stream and then it got cut off halfway.
June 7, 2017 @ 5:23 pm
Sorry folks! Not finding any streaming options for the CMT Awards. So it looks like there will be no LIVE blog. All for the better likely.
June 7, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Its on CMT.com but um yeah…also its terrible, just here for the drinking games
June 7, 2017 @ 5:33 pm
I’ve been all over CMT.com and aside from signing in with your cable provider, I’m finding nothing. I’m an old hand at securing streams and know all the right haunts. There’s nothing I can find.
June 7, 2017 @ 5:52 pm
I know I don’t get CMT on my cable that I don’t actually have, and I clicked the cable provider stream, chose xfinity, and got the stream when I signed in with my email (nothing with the cable). Dunno?
June 7, 2017 @ 5:53 pm
But honestly, Pardi didn’t get anything really, Brothers Osbourne was good, and even Miranda stunk
June 7, 2017 @ 7:51 am
LOL – Love this!
June 7, 2017 @ 7:49 am
Give em’ hell Trigger
June 7, 2017 @ 12:28 pm
Defenseman for the Ducks?
June 7, 2017 @ 7:59 am
Didn’t even know it was happening.
June 7, 2017 @ 8:21 am
Dude – surely you know someone who has cable TV. Blog from there.
June 7, 2017 @ 10:13 am
Asking friends if you can come over and commandeer their television to watch the CMT Awards is a good way of losing them.
Also, conducting a live blog is pretty intense. I need to be in my command station.
June 7, 2017 @ 8:40 am
I miss Stevie Gaines
June 7, 2017 @ 9:05 am
LOL Dumpster fire +1 Trigg!
June 7, 2017 @ 9:17 am
Along with the dumpster fire motif, per Rolling Stone (God, it’s gotta be true) CMT Awards tap Jason Aldean, and Darius Rucker for Gregg Allman tribute. Must watch TV. Yeah, no.
June 7, 2017 @ 4:37 pm
Yeah, the Gregg Allman tribute is a sin.
June 7, 2017 @ 6:54 pm
Didn’t see it. Friend of mine posted it was great, but she’s a raging Luke Bryan fan, so…
June 7, 2017 @ 7:18 pm
Apart from the notion of having your “hottest” artists do this, however variable the quality of their own work, this pairing for a supposed “tribute” to a Southern rock legend whose band’s sound owes as much to the renegade country music of the late 1960s as to Southern R&B really doesn’t make a whole hell of a lot of sense. But it also points out to something that I feel is true to this current generation of performers, country and otherwise, that they don’t have much of any sense of the past. And so once again, George Jones’ musical question “Who’s gonna fill there shoes” seems to be answered with “It ain’t gonna be THESE guys”/
June 8, 2017 @ 4:38 am
It could be good with Willie, Isbell, Sturgill, Stapleton and the like. Even Brothers Osbourne and Eric Church, but I don’t want to see Aldean and Rucker lip-syncing and pelvic-thrusting to anything by the Allman Brothers Band.
June 7, 2017 @ 9:45 am
Did ya hear Kelsea Ballerini’s new tune? Craptastic & NOTHING Country about it.
June 7, 2017 @ 12:39 pm
So, pretty much the same as the last one? And every other one before that?
June 7, 2017 @ 6:16 pm
Cali pepperoni is a dog faced gremlin
June 7, 2017 @ 9:48 am
Has it always been on a weekday, or have ratings been that bad? I remember they were terrible last year and even made some news headlines about the lack of country on the show. My last $5 say they bring Shitbull *ahem* I mean Pitbull back again.
June 7, 2017 @ 10:15 am
It’s usually on the Wednesday of CMA Fest, which happens in Nashville this week. And yes, the ratings suck. That’s why it’s mostly filled with B-level stars.
June 7, 2017 @ 7:24 pm
Kid Rock, wow.
June 7, 2017 @ 9:56 am
I know Linda and Vaughn are gonna watch it. I hope there’s a blog so I got something to do.
June 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am
Aside from Jon Pardi, Midland, Miranda Lambert, and to a slightly lesser extent, Lauren Alaina and Brothers Osborne, the rest of the show will be a complete shitshow.
Probably the only ones playing country music all night will be Jon Pardi and Midland. And how much you wanna bet that neither one will get a full performance slot.
June 7, 2017 @ 10:05 am
June 7, 2017 @ 10:37 am
Serious question here. Is CMT even relevant? Radio barely even reaches that threshold (and even that is debatable). In the era of youtube, it seems outlets CMT and MTV are practically worthless.
June 8, 2017 @ 4:34 am
What….you don’t like “Still the King” or “Teen Mom”? Hater. 🙂
June 8, 2017 @ 9:33 am
Man, now I am pissed. I had never even heard of Still The King. Now I know what it is and I am the lesser for it…
June 7, 2017 @ 11:59 am
I’ll be watching Cryptopsy perform the None so Vile album live tonight. Referencing the recurring joke in these comments that I hate: Cryptopsy playing None so Vile more country than the CMAs!…maybe not
June 9, 2017 @ 6:05 am
Dawn of The Black Hearts by Mayhem is still more country than the CMT Music Awards.
June 9, 2017 @ 10:13 am
Ugh…I guess there’s a country connection in that Mayhem’s album cover reminds me of the insert of Hank 3’s Straight to Hell, although, Hank’s insert was a drawing.
June 10, 2017 @ 12:48 pm
Is that the one where Dead blew his head off with a shotgun? Or the Deathcrush album?
June 11, 2017 @ 8:04 am
Yeah, the cover of Dawn is the suicide photo of Dead with the gun laying next to him that was reportedly staged
by Euronymus (I think). As far as Hank 3s, album, I’m thinking of the illustration of the guy (I assume is Hank?) with the shotgun in his mouth. I was never much of a black metal fan, with a few exceptions, although I love blackened thrash.
June 7, 2017 @ 12:13 pm
Why is it necessary to have a country music award show on tv every three weeks? Especially when the music performed (and awards won) is rarely anywhere close to being country music.
June 7, 2017 @ 12:29 pm
I would rather give David Allan Coe a sponge bath than watch the CMT Awards Show.
June 7, 2017 @ 5:24 pm
since CMT ain’t country he’ll wash his ass
June 7, 2017 @ 1:36 pm
lol I’m relatively new to this site but I had a feeling I’d like you.
I happily haven’t owned a TV since 2006 and have never watched these award shows. Is this the one Brad Paisley hosts? He’s been real busy lately, pulling his pud with Mick Jagger down on the river bank.
June 7, 2017 @ 4:26 pm
Brad hosts the CMA awards and that’s in November
June 7, 2017 @ 2:39 pm
hmmmm………… what to do what to do…. intentionally eat raw chicken, watch the cmt awards, staple a cobra to my crotch, try boiling mustard to see what happens, you know what I’m going for the chicken, seems like a more productive evening that the constant mediocre trash awards.
I miss Stevie Gaines
June 7, 2017 @ 6:27 pm
I had to Google that,, lol
June 7, 2017 @ 5:03 pm
Since Brothers Osborne is playing tonight I guess this is a good time to share a story. I had a chance with my day job to chat with a local DJ. I asked him about Sam Hunt’s Body Like A Backroad which the station plays every 15 minutes it seems like. He said they do get calls to play it, but it pales in comparison to the number of calls they get for “It Ain’t My Fault,” by Brothers Osborne. He said they get “tons” of calls to play it.
I said I was surprised because I rarely hear it on the station and he said and I’m not kidding “Oh, we’re not really playing that song right now.”
And I was like why not? He didn’t really answer.
It’s sad that listeners don’t have a say in what’s being played. Record companies pay to jam a song down people’s throat until it’s so engrained in their heads they like it. I really need to cut the cord on radio.
Fat Freddy's Cat
June 7, 2017 @ 5:28 pm
That’s a big part of what drove me away from radio many years ago: the discovery that my requests were regarded as utterly meaningless. I can remember as a kid calling up the local Top 40 station, making a request, and actually hearing it on the radio (usually within 30 minutes) and the DJ would even say the requester’s name and town. Nowadays the radio stations act as if I literally do not exist. That lack of a human touch makes an enormous difference.
Saving Bro Country Music
June 8, 2017 @ 6:51 am
I agree that we’ve lost that nice human connection element, but the landscape makes it hard to program based on “requests.”
On the one hand, the rise of technology has ruined the nature of requesting. You now have “fan armies” creating campaigns and building websites for the purpose of mass-requesting songs across every station. These people aren’t actual listeners — they’re just fans that want to get their “faves” on the charts.
On the other hand (and this has sort of always been true), “requests” aren’t really the best way to gauge what the overall audience wants. Not when we have sales data, streaming data and callout research to give us a better understanding of what the overall market wants (don’t get me wrong – these methods have their flaws – but they’re more scientific than requests).
June 7, 2017 @ 5:53 pm
Only thing I don’t understand is why someone would call a radio station to play a song
June 8, 2017 @ 4:45 am
Because a lot of us are farmers that are in tractors or equipment 12-14 hours a day. Sure, satellite radio is pretty popular for truckers and people that spend long hours in vehicles but, for many, the local station is still our only connection to the weather forecast, local news etc.
I know a few farmers that don’t even have cell phones, and at their ages they never will. But for the rest, calling in to hear a song still breaks the monotony of a long day.
June 8, 2017 @ 5:11 am
I farm too….. and I get local radio. Download music on a device put in your earphones, get on the tractor and you’ll never hear another commercial….
June 7, 2017 @ 7:18 pm
IMO the Brothers Osborne have talent but are more southern rock than country.
June 8, 2017 @ 12:44 pm
They aren’t country, but they sure are good. Brothers Osborne is a very talented duo.
June 8, 2017 @ 4:27 am
And this right here is why radio will eventually fade into oblivion. They can’t seriously be this out of touch with the listeners? The only thing that will be left is talk radio because it is similar to podcasts.
Speaking of Podcasts, Trigger that should be something you incorporate into this blog. A weekly or biweekly podcast would be a great addition.
June 7, 2017 @ 6:14 pm
the moment that fgl and chainsmokers garbage started i was hoping you were live blogging
June 7, 2017 @ 7:07 pm
Well, FGL just won Duo of the Year so I really don’t need to watch anymore.
June 7, 2017 @ 7:13 pm
Also, Jada Pinkett Smith as an announcer? What is Carrie Underwood wearing? Help.
June 7, 2017 @ 7:44 pm
Just watched the last 30 minutes. I must’ve missed the Country awards portion of the show….but they managed to cram pop, rock, punk, hip hop, rap and head banging in the last 30 minutes. I didn’t realize that the “Country” part of CMT, was strictly referring to Location. Maybe FCMT (Foreign Country Music Television) will televise the Country awards.
June 7, 2017 @ 7:55 pm
I was hoping to get some insight from Trigger here as I enjoy his perspective of these ‘events’. I rarely watch TV anymore but had a job obligation today that required a stay in a hotel. Turned on the TV and have been watching this crap show as in the same context of watching a car wreck. Good beJeebus.
So sad EWF agreed to participate in this shit show. Love them from my old school days. But I doubt the current effort targeting the new country tattoed-up wal-mart meth user country demographic would feel comfortable at all if a few older black guys showed up in their driveway or (better stated) their trailer park with a RV load of true funk.
Was there one steel, one fiddle present? Don’t think I heard any.
I am now even more skeptical on how true country music will survive.
June 7, 2017 @ 9:11 pm
I think Keith and Carrie had fiddle in the remake of the fighter, and Blake has steel in EIHTS. Pardi has lots of fiddle, but he didn’t get a full song. Brothers Osbourne is pretty country, even if they weren’t using fiddle and steel…..and that’s it I’m out. Don’t think I saw a banjo around.
LOTS of horns….I blame Sturgill :p
June 8, 2017 @ 11:50 am
I actually liked their version of the fighter last night, but I still don’t like the song. It isn’t country at all but if I remember correctly he did say it wasn’t a country song.
June 7, 2017 @ 8:20 pm
2 guns up. 10/10 for the dumpster fire photo. 😀
June 8, 2017 @ 12:26 am
I am so disappointed (even though I guess I shouldn’t be) at the results of the CMT awards. Eric Church Record Year and Dierks Bentley and Elle King didn’t win an award. I don’t even think that they listen to the lyrics anymore, the fans just vote on who they think is sexiest.
June 8, 2017 @ 1:33 am
What scares me is this is what the fans think is good or do they not know anything else exists? Keith Urban seems like a nice guy, but I just can’t with his music. Eric Church is really good and popular and he still gets short changed.
June 8, 2017 @ 12:48 pm
Yes, it is sad. Different for Girls and Record Year are very deep songs. Keith Urban seems like a nice guy but it seems like I am “settling” for who is “not as bad as the others”. I don’t listen to any modern day country music except for a few select artists or when I am with my mom and she is listening to it. What an absolute mess it is.
Saving Bro Country Music
June 8, 2017 @ 6:45 am
It’s a music video awards show.
June 8, 2017 @ 7:28 am
The Chainsmokers + FGL performance was the biggest hot mess I’ve ever seen.
June 8, 2017 @ 7:31 am
I saw a STEEL GUITAR during the Miranda performance. It was barely audible above all the other junk, but it was THERE!
June 8, 2017 @ 1:28 pm
I also saw a steel guitar and fiddle during the first part of the Underwood/Urban train wreck, both not really audible. The first 2/3 of the arrangement of the song actually sounded decent – slowed down with minimal instrumentation, but then they took it down in a headlock with the electro-drums and synthesizers.
June 8, 2017 @ 7:35 am
As usual, Jon Pardi was banished to the side stage to sing 10 seconds of “Dirt on My Boots,” then after the commercial break, 10 seconds of “his other hit” “Head Over Boots.” Those were the only 20 seconds of country music of the night.
June 8, 2017 @ 7:44 am
Actually, Midland was allowed to perform 10 seconds of “Drinkin’ Problem” on the side stage, so there was 30 seconds of country music including the 20 seconds of Jon Pardi.
June 8, 2017 @ 5:44 pm
I guess my prediction was right. I knew only Jon Pardi and Midland would be the only ones to sing actual country music. I didn’t watch because I figured those two, Brothers Osborne, Miranda, and Lauren Alaina would be the only performances worth watching, and I wasn’t going to sit through a show full of shit just to see a few decent-to-good performances.
Also, someone tell me how in the hell did we go from George Strait and Alan Jackson to FGL and the Chainsmokers? There’s been an awful murder down on Music Row, that’s for damn sure. I would love to know what Trigger’s reaction to the FGL and Chainsmokers thing, but I guess the picture at the beginning of the article says it all.
Another thing, the fact that someone like Jon Pardi (an actual country artist, who even makes his worst songs try to sound country, someone who actually seems to care about country music and respects the roots and origins of country music) and someone like Chris Lane (just another wannabe pop singer who could give two shits less about country music) can be considered in the same genre of music just makes me sick.
June 8, 2017 @ 11:20 am
Only country performances of the night were brothers Osborne and Jon pardi. And after the year Pardi had, they could have given him 3 minutes to sing dirt on my boots. This night made “every time I hear that song” look more country even though it’s more southern rock-pop.
June 8, 2017 @ 11:53 am
You think the host Charles Esten from Nashville wanted a trash can on fire on the stage?
June 9, 2017 @ 6:08 am
Aaaaaannnnd someone obviously didn’t get the joke!!!
June 9, 2017 @ 12:20 am
random question i’m hoping someone can answer
little big town played a cut off their new album that i actually didn’t hate but that’s not the point, did that happy happy joy joy song bomb so hard that they’re pulling in favor of a different single after only a few weeks?
June 12, 2017 @ 6:22 am
Yes, the song bombed, it only peaked at number 46.