CMA Awards: The Show Itself

Thursday, November 11, 2004

In the last day, I have read tons of posts from people talking about the CMA Awards. Some good, some bad, some people that just enjoy picking fights and demean the industry, some that "their" artist could come out with no voice, sing the wrong song to the music, and cry and still think that artist was the best of the show.

I thought this show was a bit different. The pace of the show was real fast. I felt that I was watching a marathon showcase. I think it was a good thing though. It gave the chance to about 18.5 million viewers to see what country music is all about. The show easily took first place in the ratings for the evening.

I was very happy with how things went, though, may not the best show they have done. I was somewhat disappointed in the lack of retospect the Vince Gill usually helps bring to the show. This is a time not only for award presentations and performances, but also a chance to take a look back at the year's accomplishments. What was missing the most was a tribute to the indutry members that died in the past year.

I was happy with the overall show, keeping it entertaining, fast moving, and acceptance speeches meaningful but not too long.

In the next few days, I will take a look at what I thought of the award winners and what I thought of the performances.