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I would say Wednesday was big night for country music, but I’m pretty sure they do everything big in that genre. Or maybe that’s just in Texas. Regardless, last night’s CMT Music Awards were as big and all-American as expected.
Actually, everything was pretty much as expected. Even if you didn’t watch it, you can guess what you missed (I held out the entire show waiting for some big Britney-and-Madonna-esque fiasco to go on, but let’s be honest; that would never happen on CMT).
With that said, here’s the best of what you missed but what you probably already knew:
- The show started out strong with Lady Antebellum’s performance of “We Owned the Night,” a nominated song of the evening. That country bliss lasted about 20 seconds before Hot Chelle Rae busted on stage to collaborate. Are they even country? I wouldn’t know because I change the station every time their song “Tonight Tonight,” comes on. So much for making it through life without hearing that song in its entirety. CMT Awards, you lost me at hello.
- The night continued with surprise cameos at the awards show in Nashville, Tenn., (by surprise I mean exceptionally random) but the most notable was the intro video with President Obama and Mitt Romney. I’ll let you guess which candidate got applause from the audience and which one didn’t. Awkward!
- The hosts of the show were country singer-songwriter and performer of the evening Toby Keith and actress Kristen Bell. Toby Keith I understand, but Kristen Bell? Exceptionally random.
- I forgot at one point that it was an awards show and not a televised block party. OK, I didn’t actually forget that, but with performances of songs such us “Drunk on You,” “I’m Gonna Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams,” “Beers Ago,” “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” and “Drink in My Hand,” I think even they forgot it was an awards show. But hey, whatever floats your boat! In this case, it’s a pontoon boat that Little Big Town danced on while they sang about motorboating.
- Carrie Underwood won video of the year award for the third time. She also wore really nice shoes that people couldn’t stop talking about.
- The show closed with a performance by Rascal Flatts. The band was accompanied by the ‘80s rock group Journey for a duet. Again, exceptionally random.
That was everything you should know about the CMT Awards Show. If after reading that you want to actually watch it, here it is online.
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