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Gwyneth Paltrow CMA Performance: What Are People Saying?

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How was Gwyneth Paltrow's CMA performance?

Gwyneth Paltrow made her live television singing debut on the Country Music Awards 2010 last night. I thought she was fantastic and will definitely see the movie Country Strong when it comes out in January. And the fact that Tim McGraw is the co-star doesn’t hurt… So what are people saying about Paltrow’s CMA performance? Here’s a roundup:

Miranda Lambert: “Gwyneth is a great singer. She did a great job, I think. She sounded really country, I think. She seems very genuine. And she had Vince. You can’t mess up if you’ve got Vince.”

Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly: “Strumming an acoustic guitar, looking a little nervous but singing the movie’s title song in an expressive, surging tone, she didn’t really need the assistance of the wonderful Vince Gill, there to give a polite, country-industry imprimatur to Paltrow’s efforts.”

Willa Paskin of New York magazine: “Vince Gill backed Gwyneth on the chorus, but she held her own.”

New York Times music reviewer Jon Caramanica: “The surprise was that she didn’t need [Gill]’s steadying hand nearly as much as some of the night’s other performers.”

New York Post writer Jarett Wieselman: He said even though he was bracing for a “car crash,” he changed his mind after seeing her sing. “Gwyneth delivered a very solid — if not sensational — performance.”

Not everyone was thrilled to see the A-list Hollywood actress performing at the CMAs. “The feeling is that she’s taking a slot that would otherwise go to one of our acts – be it a new artist or someone who’s actually nominated – just so ABC can garner some ratings,” sniffed a record label executive to the Hollywood Reporter.

How did you think Paltrow did and was it appropriate that she performed?

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