For all the country music lovers, the CMA awards for 2019 sure took a different dimension with a more peculiar highlight and shocking side tracks.
The 53rd annual Country Music Associations Award which took place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville was held on the 13th of November and it was a show of women solidarity, equality in the country music industry, the #Metoo and generational appreciation of country music from the ages till date with special performances and mashups.
One of the biggest highlights of the award night was the spotlight the women folk seemed to have enjoyed tremendously. From the red carpet to the stage various female country musicians made their statements and appearances with leading figures like Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood as the hosts of the award night and others such as Jennifer Nettles and her exquisite “Equal pay” message gown, Cody Johnson who is the first female to win the award for musician of the year and even the men folk providing support for the female cause.
Despite the unavoidable absence of Kris Kristofferson on the award night, he was ably represented by a criss-cross of not only country music stars but also rock stars who were present to pay tribute to Kris as they performed his “Me and Bobbie McGee.”
Great connections and synchronisation were also made at the awards night with the most spectacular coming from Willie Nelson and Kacey Mcgraves as they performed together the “Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie” tune. Other connections were those of Pink and Chris Stapleton amongst others.
A major highlight of the night also came from the display and tribute paid to country’s female history through song performance by superstars. With performances of various hits such as “Those Memories of You” performed by the hosts of the award night, “You’re Looking at Country” performed by Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town, alongside Nettles and many others.
However the much anticipated country song of the year seemed to have been sidelined amidst so many attractions and highlights. Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” was almost not recognised and despite its high standard record and precedence it didn’t receive the acknowledgement it deserves.
The CMA awards sure was a mash up of greatness, legends and stars along with a strong message for the generations to come and the industry as a whole.