Thursday, November 11, 2010

It's all the same

Country music has gotten better in the past decade, mostly because it's become less country and more pop. Last night, the CMA awards were on and it featured the usual slew of male country artists that all sound the same, country music's superstar George Strait with a "touching" song that he stole off a mug somewhere (Life's not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away...REALLY?!) that really wasn't touching at all as much as it was a vapid reusing of a cheap Hallmark gimmicky slogan.
But here's the thing. The thing is Reba. What in the world? She's one of the most famous faces in country music and she's singing a Beyonce song? Why? Who thought that would be a good idea? And where was Beyonce? Oh wait. That moment already happened on another awards show. So why are we singing this song? And singing it badly at that.
Country music awards shows are good to watch thought because there's always a level of ridiculousness that's involved with them. They pride themselves in not being "all Hollywood" but they act just as crazy as the folks in L.A. do. Sugarland in a tutu anyone? What? Kid Rock's existence? What? I'm always entertained by the fact that they think they're so separate from the rest of the Hollywood scene when Gweneth Paltrow sang, Nicole Kidman sits front row with Katherine Heigl, Kelly Clarkson gets top billing as a performer, Reba sings a Beyonce song, and Kid Rock moans and warbles on stage. Its the exact same game, just with a Tennessee accent. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's perfectly fine. I just thought it was funny that they think they're so separate. Brad Paisley even sang a song about how separate country music is but it's not really true.  It's all the same game.

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