For years, Vince Gill was the host of the CMA Awards. And having witnessed in person how great he was, on the fly when things would go wrong, I couldn’t imagine anyone being as good or better.
That being said, I’ve really come to like Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood (pictured above last year). Especially Brad, as he has a way of loosening up a very stiff Carrie.
Well, after eleven years of this twosome, the CMA is switching things up this year. Carrie’s back, and will be joined by country music legends Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. And I’m not a big fan of this decision.
I realize what I’m about to say is not going to be popular, but oh well.
I just don’t think Dolly and Reba are relevant (neither has been a musical factor in the country music genre for years) or funny. Reba, when she hosts shows seems REALLY REALLY scripted to me. No line seems to flow naturally from her. And Dolly, well, if they would just let her be her, that would be one thing.
She’s naturally funny and engaging, but no one can “write” for Dolly and when they try, she comes off sounding too corny-almost “Hee Haw”-ish.
Also, as a guy who has always been UBER RESPECTFUL OF WOMEN (hello, have you met my co-host/wife?), I’m growing weary of have #MeToo just thrown in my face.
I get it. But, it’s not my problem, and I feel like men are now being painted as victimizers by omission. And if you think there won’t be big time political statements made during this hosting duty, my bet is you’re mistaken.
Look, I could be way wrong here. This might be the best thing that’s ever happened.
I just don’t think so.
The CMAs air in November.