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CMA Award performances: Who are the ones to watch?

cma-awards-walk-up320.jpgImage Credit: Scott Garfield; Simon Webber; Mike RuizBeardy, flannel-clad Best New Artist winners and classic country icons in ten-gallon hats; saucy Mirandas and stomping Carries.

Also: Kenny Chesney and the football-themed “Boys of Fall” (Hello, photo montage: I spy a Kenny-shaped peanut in a #7 jersey). A Sugarland, an Antebellum, and some young blonde girl, Taylor… Something? They say she’s very popular.

But you tell us–who’s doing it best so far tonight? And who do you anticipate will be the talk of the water-cooler gossip crew tomorrow?

CMA hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley: How are they doing?

Brad-Paisley-UnderwoodImage Credit: Bob D'Amico/ABC; Andrew Walker/ABCAwards-show hosting is a pretty thankless job, and it can often seem about as hokey and warmed-over as a Vegas basement buffet. But I’m kind of loving the interplay between Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley so far.

Loved the solid opening on Carrie’s “Songs Like This,” with assists from Paisley and Keith Urban (and that stompy thing she does when she rocks out, like her stillettos are stuck in chewed-up Bubble Yum). Love their pokes at BP, Brett Favre, and the national media’s underplaying of the Nashville floods in the goofy duet that followed. Love that Brad asked Gwyneth for Coldplay tickets. Even the jokes that choke on arrival seem weirdly endearing.

However!  The night is still young, and there is much more to come. Tell me what you think in the comments section below.

MTV VMAs winners' list: Gaga, Beyonce and more

Tonight’s winners, updated as they come in:

Best Dance Video
Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”

Best Collaboration
Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce, “Telephone”

Best Female Video
Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”

Best Rock Video
30 Seconds to Mars, “Kings and Queens”

Best Male Video
Eminem, “Not Afraid”

Best Pop Video
Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”

Best Hip Hop Video
Eminem, “Not Afraid”

Best New Artist
Justin Bieber

Video of the Year
Lady Gaga

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The xx beat out Mumford and Sons, Corinne Bailey Rae for England's Mercury Prize

the-xxImage Credit: Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage.comFew industry oddmakers were surprised last night when bedroom-pop savants the xx—looking atypically bronzed and smiley, left—took top honors at the 18th annual Mercury Music Prize ceremony in London.

Still, it caps off a banner year for the barely-legal co-ed foursome (currently a trio, following the late 2009 departure of keyboardist Baria Qureshi due to “personal differences”; but does she still get a piece of the £20,000 cash prize?).

And the band’s gauzy self-titled debut—with its near-constant rotation in coffeehouses, hipster hair salons, and basement makeout rooms—certainly beats last year’s left-field winner, rapper Speech Debelle’s little-known Speech Therapy, for sheer indie ubiquity.

Their 2010 competition, while considerable, never really seemed likely to surmount the xx’s long lead. If anything, close collaborators and tourmates Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons may have split votes, and 2003 winner Dizzee Rascal had little hope of repeating his luck with a two-fer. But what of fellow nominees Biffy Cyro, Corinne Bailey Rae, Villagers, Foals, and Paul Weller?

Stream a slice of the xx’s narcotic, twilit pop below, and let us know what you think of the voting committee’s final decision: READ FULL STORY

Carrie Underwood: Why do the CMAs keep snubbing her for Entertainer of the Year?

Carrie-UnderwoodImage Credit: Kent Miller/PR PhotosThe 2010 CMA Awards nominations came out yesterday, and despite nine well-deserved nominations for Miranda Lambert, including Entertainer of the Year, most of the chatter was about the blondes missing from that category. Although they both had typically strong years, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood will be sitting out the race for the top prize at country’s big fall awards show — and it’s not super clear why.

We’ll set aside the Swift issue for the time being — she took EOTY at last year’s CMAs, and her absence this year may be a combination of her being between album cycles and some sort of conscious effort by the industry voters to shine a light elsewhere within the genre to avoid these things becoming Taylor Time, All The Time. (I’m not saying that’s a worthy excuse to give her slot to a potentially less-deserving act, but it’s the best I can come up with right now.)

The bigger issue here is the continued absence of Underwood from the CMA EOTY category, given the ginormous success she’s enjoyed in the four years since Jesus took her wheel — and especially given the fact that the CMAs have no problem with Underwood co-hosting their awards show. Three times. With a dress budget running into the billions. And yet she’s never once been nominated for Entertainer. What the what? After the jump, we’ll break down the situation.


Miranda Lambert leads CMA nominations with 9. What do you think of the ballot?

Miranda-Lambert_240.jpg Image Credit: Fred Breedon/Nashville Rising/Getty ImagesThe CMA Awards announced their nominations for 2010 over the past two days, and once again, another pretty blonde girl leads the pack with 9 nods, yawn, snore, zzzz…

Wait, WHAT? It’s Miranda Lambert???? Well slap my dog and call me Sally, that is AWESOME.

Yes, in an incredibly satisfying turn of events, Lambert’s Revolution cleaned up on the ballot, earning the shotgun queen nods for Album, Song (2), Single (2), Video (2), Vocalist and the big one, Entertainer of the Year. There’s a bunch of new blood all over the place, in fact — especially in EOTY.

But did they get it right? Follow after the jump, where I’ll break down all the categories to the best of my abilities. Carrie Underwood fans, you may want to just skip straight to the comments section and start typing in all caps.


Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood team up again to host 2010 CMA Awards

cma-hosts-wImage Credit: Bob D'Amico/ABCIt was announced today that Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return for a third turn as co-hosts of the CMA Awards when the 2010 ceremony airs Nov. 10 from Nashville. They’ve been a successful team — Underwood’s nice-girl veneer blends well with Paisley’s geeky, quick wit — and their joint popularity within the industry gives the night that special, star-studded vibe. (If you’re scoring at home, it takes Paisley + Underwood = Reba, who’s managed to host the ACMs all by her lonesome for a while now.)

This year’s nominees will be announced over two days at the end of the month: Justin Moore and Chris Young will announce some on Aug. 31; Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert will announce the rest on Good Morning America Sept. 1. No one knows why it is happening this way. But let’s guess who’ll rack up the nominations, Mixers! If you had a vote for the 2010 CMAs — eligibility is July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 — who’d be on your ballots?

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2010 Oscars for Best Song: Worst nominations ever?

The Academy Awards are known for the odd Best Song stumble or snub (shutting out Bruce Springsteen entirely for 2008’s widely acclaimed “The Wrestler,” even after it won the Golden Globe, for example). Though they’ve made some admirable choices, too: See the triumph of Three 6 Mafia’s “Hard Out Here for a Pimp” for Hustle and Flow in 2005, and Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard’s Once theme “Falling Slowly” in ’07.

But this year, Ryan Bingham’s lovely and eminently worthy “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart aside, the nominations are decidedly underwhelming. No offense to Randy Newman, the Susan Lucci of Oscar Song noms, who gets two this year for his work on Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, but seriously, he needed two?

And as for Marion Cotillard’s speakeasy shimmy “Take It All” from the star-studded dud Nine, and the boppy piano ditty “Loin de Paname” from hardly-seen French musical Paris 36? All we can say is, sacre bleu. Surely, the Academy could have dug a little deeper? (Though speaking of blue, points to them for passing on Leona Lewis’ Celine-style Avatar fail, “I See You.”)

If there were justice in the ranks, we might have seen a nod for Karen O’s organic and sweetly childlike Where The Wild Things Are work, specifically “All Is Love,” or Ed Helms’ Dada goof “Stu’s Song” from The Hangover. Neither would likely have won, but they deserved a chance, as did Mary J. Blige’s “I Can See In Color” for Precious, Duffy’s “Smoke Without Fire” from An Education, and Sad Brad Smith’s Up in the Air elegy “Help Yourself.”

Also absent? Anything at all from the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack. No matter what you think of the film (to recap: rainforest, sparkle, mope, werewolf, mope, kiss), its music was almost uniformly excellent. Death Cab for Cutie, Thom Yorke, Lykke Li (who made the eligibility short list, at least), and countless others contributed tracks that should have at least earned them a shot at the statuette; it’s unclear why they didn’t.

But you tell us, readers—is this the lineup you were hoping for? Who most deserves the prize, regardless of whether or not they were nominated?

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Grammys: the complete list of winners

Grammy Awards 2010: The winners list

Album Of The Year
I Am…Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé
The E.N.D., The Black Eyed Peas
The Fame, Lady Gaga
Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King, Dave Matthews Band
WINNER: Fearless, Taylor Swift

Best Female Pop Vocal
“Hometown Glory,” Adele
WINNER: “Halo,” Beyonce
“Hot N Cold,” Katy Perry
“Sober,” Pink
“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Ego,” Beyonce and Kanye West
“Knock You Down,” Keri Hilson, Kanye West, Ne-Yo
WINNER: “Run This Town,” Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna
I’m on a Boat,” The Lonely Island and T-Pain
“Dead and Gone,” T.I. and Justin Timberlake

Best Rock Album
Black Ice, AC/DC
Live From Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
WINNER: 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day
Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King, Dave Matthews Band
No Line On The Horizon, U2 READ FULL STORY

Grammys 2010: What are your predictions?

Grammy weekend! We’re only hours away, dear readers, from the music-industry’s premier awards-show rodeo.

We know who’s heading in with the most nominations—10 for Beyonce; eight for Taylor Swift; five for La Señora Gaga—and our own Simon Vozick-Levinson has kindly handicapped the evening with this Who Will Win/Who Should Win gallery. (You’re welcome! Tell your bookie we say hello.)

The rest, as wildly unexpected wins (Herbie Hancock’s 2008 Album of the Year upset; Springfield over Springsteen, etc.) have proven year after year, is almost entirely left in the hands of fate.

So we turn the oddsmaking to you, Music Mixers. For a full list, click here; for just the top categories (i.e. no Best Regional Mexican) read after the jump; then place your bets. READ FULL STORY

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