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Nothing more has to be said because Peter Cooper has said it all, and
hit the nail right on the head. There is more politics in the CMA
balloting and voting then in Florida or Washington, DC. No Tim McGraw
and Faith Hill-the biggest package grossing tour in history and nothing
from CMA. Something, as usual, smells like rotten fish, but that is
nothing new for the way the voting is done. Who counts the ballots??????
Oh, by the way, where is Carrie Underwood this year. Talk about one hit
wonders, that is not the case, it is hype, hype and more hype, and this
is only one year later and where is this great superstar. What an
embarrassment not to have Martina McBride nominated as female artists
and entertainer of the year. Some of those nominated have had one, I
said one, good record and now they are being considered nominees over
the likes of Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and other who
were snubbed-yes the word is snubbed. Yes Mayor Purcell the eyes of the
world will be on Nashville, Tn., on Nov. 7th to see how much we screwed
up another awards show. It won't be long before the TV Networks won't be
coming back to this neck of the woods. And they we still have to put up
with the Country Music Hall of Fame balloting and nominating, with all
due respect to the inductees, we sure have missed the boat on some of
our great legendary artists, haven't we?
So Peter Cooper, your article was right on the money and many great
artists were surely snubbed.
CMA nominations bring thrills, snubs
Country award nods omit some top names
By PETER COOPER
George Strait and Brad Paisley's red-letter day was nothing to write
home about for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Toby Keith and Gretchen Wilson.
Strait and Paisley have a field-leading five nominations apiece for the
Nov. 7 CMA Awards, while those other stars need not get too excited
about the show billed as "Country's Biggest Night."
Some key nominations were revealed Thursday on ABC's Good Morning
America (by Best Duo nominee Sugarland and non-nominee Sara Evans),
while Montgomery Gentry (Best Duo) and Taylor Swift (Horizon) revealed
the rest of the nominees during a follow-up news conference at the
Sommet Center. By 9:30 a.m., it was clear that the Country Music
Association's 6,000 industry professional members had arrived at some
McGraw and Hill's "Soul 2 Soul" show last year was country's
biggest-grossing tour in history, yet the pair received no entertainer
nominations. Hill joined Keith, Evans and Wilson in the shutout camp,
while McGraw's only nod came for Musical Event, for singing with Tracy
Lawrence on "Find Out Who Your Friends Are."
Country radio doesn't often feature Alison Krauss or the Dixie Chicks
now, but Krauss got four nominations, including one with her Union
Station band for top vocal group. The Chicks also got a vocal group
What do Alan Jackson, John Waite and Kelly Clarkson have in common?
They each have one CMA nomination, in the event category. Waite
recruited Krauss for a remake of his pop hit "Missing You," and Clarkson
sang with Reba McEntire on a remake of the young pop star's 2005 hit
"Because of You." Clarkson's response: "To be honored with a CMA
nomination is incredible. This totally kicks (butt)." Wow, so that
ringing sound we hear may be Gwen Stefani calling Little Big Town to do
a remake of "Hollaback Girl."
No female acts are up for the Entertainer or Album of the Year prizes.
The Female Vocalist of the Year category found Evans, Hill and Wilson
bumped in favor of Krauss, Miranda Lambert and McEntire. "All I have to
say is, 'I'm in a category with Reba,' " Lambert responded, happy to be
in the same race with a hero.
Country fans and industry folks will argue over some of these things
until November, but the nominee list did provide for some inclusions of
the feel-good variety. Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson is
nominated in the Song of the Year category for a song he co-wrote for
Country Music Hall of Famer Strait. Vince Gill's much-praised, four-disc
These Days collection is up for top album, and Keith Urban's three
nominations signaled that he's back in the country music business after
undergoing substance-abuse treatment last year.
Swift is totally excited
And there were no complaints from buoyant, 17-year-old Swift. The former
Hendersonville High student punctuated a reading of the nomination list
with "Sweet!" and "Awesome!" after names she particularly approved of,
and she hollered for joy when Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry read her
name as a Horizon Award nominee.
"I apologize to viewers who heard that squeal, but I'm so excited, and I
don't ever wanted to lose this feeling," she said.
The big-name exclusions were notable enough to cause some concern even
for Taylor's label president, Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records.
Borchetta's company is best known for bringing new acts to the format,
but he questioned some of the selections.
"You can't ignore the biggest ticket-sellers in the music and have that
be a good thing," Borchetta said. "This is not a new challenge, it's
ongoing. But if the show doesn't look like we want it to look, we need
to make changes."
Some labels don't lobby
McGraw and Keith are on labels that don't lobby hard for CMA votes.
Other labels send out elaborate mailings with reasons why their artists
should be awarded. Asked if promotion plays a part in the final nominee
list, Borchetta simply said, "Yes."
CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese was pleased with the
nominations, which featured first-time considerations including Josh
Turner for Male Vocalist, Lambert for Female Vocalist, Emerson Drive for
Vocal Group, Sugarland for Vocal Duo and Dierks Bentley for Album of the
"It should reflect the very best of our music, not just the mainstream,"
Eligible CMA members will vote again on the nominees, with the winners
announced on the show. Last year's CMA Awards ranked in the top five
most-watched TV award shows, with the Academy Awards, Golden Globes,
Grammy Awards and Emmys. Thus Mayor Bill Purcell said Thursday that on
Nov. 7, "The eyes of the nation are focused on Nashville. We are the
Sometimes when Beverly Keel writes an article she really gets the points
across by not mincing any words, so that everyone can understand exactly
what she is saying. And the following is one of those articles. Sadly,
female artists are not getting recognition they deserve, but then again,
all we heard about last year was Carrie Underwood, and maybe I am losing
my hearing and my eyesight but I don't think she is a part of the
industry anymore-is she????? There is something really wrong at CMA.
Young new artists who don't have hardly any fan base or are just getting
started, are nominated for categories that they do not deserve. But at
any rate, it was a truthful article and now maybe people are beginning
write about this problem in the voting and nominating for the CMA Awards
Show and the Country Music Hall of Fame nominees!!!!!!!
Again? CMA snubs women in top two categories
By BEVERLY KEEL
Back in the day, female country singers were told to just sing and look
pretty. Apparently they haven't come a long enough way, baby.
For the second consecutive year, no females were nominated in the
Entertainer or Album of the Year categories of the Country Music
Association Awards. In fact, there hasn't been a woman in the
entertainer category since the Dixie Chicks in 2001.
What does this say about the state of the country music industry? In
2007, it is still a good ol' boys club.
Conventional wisdom holds that the Entertainer nods are heavily
influenced by the success of headlining tours in addition to album
sales, hits and other achievements. Then why wasn't Faith Hill
nominated? Last year, she co-headlined the highest-grossing one-year
tour in the history of country music.
Why hasn't Faith been embraced more by CMA voters in recent years, given
her undeniable success? Perhaps some green-eyed voters believe that
she's already hit life's lottery with her beauty, husband, family and
Some small minds in the industry don't like it if you get too big, and
heaven forbid if you buy a house in Los Angeles or make a go in the
movies. When Faith soars like performing at the Oscars or landing the
opening theme of Sunday Night Football she takes country music with
Some speculate that her snub is partly a fallout of her reaction at last
year's CMAs to the news that Carrie Underwood won Female Vocalist. Faith
says she was just kidding, but some still believe she was serious when
she raised her hands dramatically and said, "What?"
(I also think Tim McGraw the other half of that highest-grossing tour
was wrongly omitted from the major categories, but that is another
column for another day.)
Not only did Martina McBride have a successful headlining tour, but she
also had a consistent television presence from stints as musical mentor
on American Idol and the subject of ABC's Six Degrees of Martina
McBride. (Her ubiquitous media presence is in contrast to that of
Entertainer nominee Keith Urban, whose 90-day rehab stint forced him to
miss last year's CMAs and cancel media interviews to promote his album.)
Not only do Martina's vocal abilities surpass those of several
Entertainer nominees, but she also produced her album and co-wrote
several of the songs, including "Anyway," which was nominated for CMA
Single and Song of the Year.
This discrimination is a multi-faceted problem with no easy solution.
There's not one person, company or industry faction to blame. I don't
think there's a vast conspiracy to hurt women.
It's a problem of perception. Many still do not consider female country
singers or songwriters to be on par with their male counterparts,
especially those industry types who still use the term "girl singer."
It's no wonder that this perception persists, given the images that are
For instance, Great American Country will soon air a reality show called
The Hitmen of Music Row featuring only male songwriters. They couldn't
find one woman to add to this group? Surely Hillary Lindsey, Matraca
Berg, Victoria Shaw, Aimee Mayo and Vicky McGehee weren't all busy.
In addition, there has not been a woman inducted into the Country Music
Hall of Fame since Dolly Parton was so honored in 1999.
Women can't rely on the men to change this perception, so the women in
positions of music industry power must be diligent in fighting for
opportunities for female artists and writers. They need to battle the
double standard that says female country singers must be impossibly
thin, beautiful and young, while men can be balding, unattractive and
Women must fight for more positions on boards like the CMAs and create
programs to groom young women to become radio programmers and other key
The long-held notion that women can't sell as many country albums as men
has been shattered. Isn't that right, Carrie Underwood? So it's time for
the women to step up and claim their rightful place of influence and
respect in the industry. Surely if a woman can be a presidential
front-runner, a CMA entertainer nomination isn't far behind.
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OPINION: " A Sunday Point
Of View " - Has Music Row Lost It's CMA Voting Power...?
Sunday - 02 September 2007
By Dick Shuey
It's with great interest to see and hear some ripples of unsatisfaction
coming from the suits on Music Row about the CMA voting selections in
the various categories for the 2007 CMA AWARDS.
One opinion was expressed in Friday's Tennessean that changes need to be
made in the voting procedures because that party did not agree with the
It will be interesting to see if this is the feelings of the majority of
the suits on the row.
I'm sure that it is...because a AWARDS winner brings in big buck$ to
One with any brains should realize that the CMA voting membership may be
sending a message to the suits on Music Row that they are not happy with
the present status quo on Music Row.
The Belly Button and Rock Music they are trying to shove down the genre
throat's as country music may no longer cut it.
Through consolidation & down sizing they have lost their majority voting
numbers and the "now" majority of the current voting members are saying
enough is enough.
Hopefully they will finally take a step back and listen to what the rest
of the country music industry is telling them and make some meaningful
and positive adjustments to put the country back into country.
The message may be that "my way or the highway" attitude on music row is
now finally coming to an end.
It will be very interesting to watch the activities and efforts that
surface over the coming year.
One can only hope that it will be a breath of fresh air and real country
music will return to the airways and the merchandise shelves.
The CMA Ballot Box may be country music's savior.
That's just my "Sunday Point Of View".
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