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CMA Awards: Live coverage

November 06, 2013|By Todd Martens
  • Carrie Underwood on the red carpet for the CMA Awards in Nashville.
Carrie Underwood on the red carpet for the CMA Awards in Nashville. (Evan Agostini / Invision…)

Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton are among the artists performing Wednesday night on the CMA Awards show from Nashville, and Pop & Hiss will be with you all night live blogging the festivities. 

Here's some of what we'll be looking for this evening: George Strait and Alan Jackson are slated to pay tribute to the late George Jones. Taylor Swift will partner with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss. And Foo Fighter Dave Grohl is expected to drum for the Zac Brown Band.

If that last matchup caught you by surprise, Pop & Hiss politely reminds you that Grohl rarely turns down invites to music award shows (see the Grammys, pretty much forever). Oh, he's also said to be producing the next Zac Brown Band record. 

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As for the actual awards, Swift and relative newcomer Musgraves are tied with six nominations apiece to lead this year's field. Swift is vying again for the CMA's top award of entertainer of the year, the only female nominee in a category that includes Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Shelton and Strait. 

Already some trophies have been handed out. Swift, Tim McGraw and Urban head into tonight’s CMA Awards show with two new trophies already in hand. Their collaboration on the hit single “Highway Don’t Care” was announced as an early winner of both musical event and video of the year.

The 47th annual CMA Awards ceremony began at 5 p.m. Pacific time at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and will be telecast on tape delay to the West Coast starting at 8. The show is hosted by Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

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And that's enough for the intro. Everything else that follows will be updated live below.

5:30  p.m. And we’re off, country music fans and those obsessed with music award shows. So far, we’ve had a “Duck Dynasty” appearance, an Obamacare joke and a rather awkward opening performance from Luke Bryan.

Let’s start with the last, as Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” sputtered out of the gate with awkward hip-hop phrasing.  And here’s a rule that should be instituted for future country music award shows: Unless your name is Taylor Swift, you don’t get to wear a shirt with glitter.

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 Hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, however, once again delivered a charming monologue, largely using the feud between Zac Brown and Bryan (Zac doesn’t like “That’s My Kind of Night,” either) as way to do a roll call of the audience. The Obamacare joke steered clear of politics, as it predictably mocked the now-played-out issues with the website at launch. But the moment was good for a chuckle for the way in which  Underwood and Paisley roped in Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning” into a song about singing up for healthcare.

Oh, there was also a twerk joke, but we’re going to skip that.

Single of the year went to Florida Georgia Line for “Cruise.”

5:45 p.m. Upstart Kacey Musgraves sang her hit “Follow Your Arrow,” proving that a song can start with a feisty lyric like “if you don’t save yourself for marriage you’re a bore” and still flutter, weightlessly, off into the wind. Give Musgraves points for having a feel-good song with a nice message about sexual equality, but if this one is played at gay marriage rallies, make sure the coffee isn't decaf. 

5:50 p.m. Song of the year went to “I Drive Your Truck,” sung by Lee Brice and written by Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary.

After the award – and a commercial break – Little Big Town sang “Sober,” the year’s most regal song about dying drunk.

The award for vocal duo of the year was then awarded to Florida Georgia Line.  

6:05 p.m. Right about now it’d be acceptable if you were missing a live video directed by Spike Jonze and starring Greta Gerwig. The CMA Awards may be a far more professional-looking affair than the YouTube Music Awards, but putting on a sparkly tux doesn’t instantly equal excitement.

More Paisley and Underwood might help. It was cute to see Paisley dressed in Robin Thicke referee suit, even if the Miley/twerk jokes still seem like low-hanging fruit.

Adding a little more life was the Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert duet “We Were Us.” It would have been fun to see Lambert arm herself with a guitar and go head to head with Urban, but the arena holler still provided a wake-up call. 

6:15 p.m. OK, take a deep breath. Taylor Swift performed with  Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer and Eric Carken, and Swift wasn’t relegated to backing harmonies.

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