Monday, September 10, 2012

Was there a little too much American in the Canadian Country Music Awards?

 Last night the CCMAs aired and has one of the best shows that Canada has seen in years.

Why? Maybe it's because they created a new award and gave it to country music sweetheart Taylor Swift which was enticing enough to get her to make the trip. Or maybe it was because they had big time American headliners performing such as Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and the Pistol Annies. I am guessing a little bit of both.

Just to be clear...they are the CANADIAN Country Music Awards. It's unfortunate that the big draw for the viewers were our neighbours to the south, but that's not to say that the Canadian talent there didn't do the Red and White proud...they just we out performed and overshadowed.

I don't want to rag of the Canadians...but there wasn't really one performance that I loved as much as their American counterparts. Dean Brody's performance of Canadian Girls was flat, as was Gord Bamford's Is It Friday Yet. Paul Brandt, who I love, sang a song which transported me to chapel at an old folks home. The only one that was decent was Chad Brownlee's Smoke in the Rain...which didn't sound country at all (as I have said previously, Brownlee is a Canadian rock singer that couldn't cut it next to Nickelcrack).

So did focusing on the American country singers pay off for the CCMA and CBC? Probably. They got the viewers, everyone thought the show was great and some well deserving Canadian talent got some awards. Bravo.

Until next year...that's a wrap on the Canadian/American Country Music Awards.


For a full gallery of photos from the Green Carpet and Awards click here.

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