Nearly every morning, I drive my daughter along with three of our neighbors’ children to school. During our commutes, control of the radio dial is a hot commodity. Every now and then, it finds its way to XM 20 on 20 and I’m forced to contend with Katie Perry and her glorification of sex on the beach despite the inconvenient byproduct of sandy stilettos.
Lucky for me, the oldest of child (an eighth grader) rides shotgun, and she likes country. That means my radio is usually tuned into XM16—The Highway. And whether you like country music or not, you have to admit, the lyrics have a lot more substance and a lot less vulgarity than that of today’s pop. The same holds true of the genre’s award show.
It’s reassuring to know that tonight, after we get the triplets down, my wife and I can kick back with our 9 year-old daughter and watch the CMA Awards without worrying about Adam Lambert executing a five-minute tribute to S&M. While singing a song. Though Taylor Swift will be in the house, Kanye won’t. So I suspect that there will be no need to explain why, exactly, stealing someone’s moment is so wrong to our fair-headed child.
About the most controversial thing that I expect tonight will be the unveiling of Miranda Lambert’s self-proclaimed new body. Apparently the talented singer has been hitting the gym. But it’s unlikely, I’d wager, that her fiance Blake Shelton will hit her mere hours before the curtain is scheduled to rise.
I don’t mean to make light of a horrible situation, but by alluding to several not-so-proud moments belonging to other award shows, I do mean to say this—the CMA Awards is the only major music awards show that is guaranteed to be family friendly. And in this day and age, that’s no small feat.
Seeing who wins the actual awards is always exciting, but I’m all about the music. Here are the acts I’m most looking forward to hearing tonight:
- Miranda Lambert and Cheryl Crow who will team up to pay homage to Loretta Lynn.
- The Zach Brown Band who will be playing with Alan Jackson.
- Taylor Swift, who will be performing a song from her recently-released album.
- AND, Gwyneth Paltrow, who will make her CMA debut tonight. I have to admit, I’m not a fan of Gwyneth (she lost me at Apple, if not uber-sanctimonious Chris Martin), but I will be curious to see how she handles herself.
What’s even better—I know I can do so without worrying about my daughter witnessing an inappropriate moment. The CMA Awards are good like that.
Will you be watching? Are there any acts you’re excited about?
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