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Monday, April 16, 2007

See country’s best at the CMT Music Awards tonight

What do Martin Scorsese, Russell Crowe, Jeff Foxworthy, Luke Wilson, Bon Jovi and Martina McBride have in common?

Good taste in music.

All of those folks can be seen on tonight’s CMT Music Awards at 8 p.m. EST on CMT, according to a press release from CMT. The red-carpet-arrival show begins at 7 p.m. ET.

The awards show features an all-star lineup of performers and presenters and plenty of redneck jokes, courtesy of host Jeff Foxworthy. It is a fan-voted awards show, meaning that the people you think deserve the award may actually go home with it.

I’m not ashamed to say I love country music. And I contend that the “new country” i.e. Rascal Flatts, Big & Rich, etc. is pretty much the equivalent of the pop music we all loved in the '80s and '90s. But, I’m also a diehard traditionalist when it comes to country. Give me Johnny Cash, George Jones and Patsy Cline any day. Lucky for us, tonight’s award show has something for everyone, from the traditionalist to the modern-country lover.

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening on the big show and when you can catch it on repeat, if you miss it tonight:

Performers: Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Bon Jovi and Hank Williams Jr. (I hope Underwood does that cheating song about slashing the tires. I love bad-ass Carrie!)

Presenters: Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, Randy Owen of Alabama, Barbara Mandrell, Jason Aldean, Josh Turner, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Taylor Swift, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Miranda Lambert, Paula Deen, Ron White, Rodney Carrington, and Ross “the Intern” Mathews.

Johnny Cash Visionary Award: The talented Kris Kristofferson is this year’s recipient. An on-air tribute package features Gretchen Wilson, Keith Urban, Luke Wilson, Martin Scorsese, Russell Crowe, Willie Nelson, and acclaimed producer Don Was. Singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash, the daughter of Johnny Cash, will present the award to Kristofferson. (I love Kris and think this award is overdue. Sunday Morning Coming Down is one of the best songs ever written.)

Repeats: The 2007 CMT Music Awards will re-air at the following times:
Monday, April 16 at 10:30 p.m ET
Tuesday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., ET
Thursday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m., ET
Friday, April 20 at 10:00 p.m., ET
Saturday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m., ET
Sunday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., ET

Show Recap: Tuesday, April 16, at 12 a.m. EST. CMT Insider goes behind the scenes at the 2007 CMT Music Awards for backstage interviews and red carpet styles, as well as show highlights and press room coverage.


Tim said...

At the risk of being a comment hog, I must say I'm stunned. I never really pictured Tube Talk Girl as a country music fan. You do, however, earn massive cool points for your take on Kris Kristofferson. Sunday Morning Coming Down is a great tune. I'm also pretty sure he wrote Me & Bobby McGee, too. My favorite Kristofferson story is the one about him landing a helicopter on Johnny Cash's front lawn to pitch him a song. Plus, he was the Rubber Duckie. How cool is that?

Lisa said...

Tube Talk Girl, thanks for the reminder about this show. I think you're right about the way country music has changed. When Rascal Flatts opened the show with "Life is a Highway" I realized you're right about today's country sounding like our music from the late '80s and '90s. Then, Carrie Underwood's cheating song and Kenny's Summertime song played and it all sounds like pop music. What happened to pure country?

tube talk girl said...

Tim, you aren't a comment hog. We bloggers live for comments. It's our crack.

My dirty little secret is that I LOVE country music, from the Dixie Chicks to Brad Paisly to Dolly Parton. Kris did write "Me & Bobby McGee." I believe he was dating Janis Joplin.

Convoy and Rubber Duckie rocked.

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