Thursday, November 11, 2010

Backstage quotes from the CMA's last night

Seen and heard onstage and backstage last night at the 44th Annual CMA Awards:
"That's how I like to start the night right there. I can relax and get drunk now." –Blake Shelton during the pre-show after winning Musical Event with Trace Adkins for "Hillbilly Bone."

"Are you guys going to wear your meat suits tonight, at least?" –Brad Paisley, apparently confusing Lady Antebellum with Lady Gaga.

"I'm her evil twin." –Actress Sissy Spacek on her bond with Loretta Lynn.
"You mean I'm the good one?" –Lynn in response.

"Shake it up, CMA!" –Jennifer Nettles interrupting Sugarland's press room Q&A as she saw Blake Shelton win Male Vocalist.

"I told him its time for them to get married and have a kid and see how good that thing sings." Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley on Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.

"What?!" –Taylor Swift responding to a standing ovation following her performance.

"He didn't die, really, he just retired ... He will rise again, I promise." –Paisley on Joe Galante.

"They never said no." –Jennifer Nettles on producers' response to Sugarland's brainstorming for their "music box" performance.

"I've been working out, but geez." –Miranda Lambert on lugging three trophies around for backstage photos.

"God bless us, every one." –Paisley closing his performance of "This Is Country Music."

As if the night wasn't good enough for Miranda- accepting the Female Vocalist of the Year award from hero Loretta Lynn- another hero gave her a call before the award show...Merle Haggard. Miranda answered her phone prior to the awards show and, not recognizing the caller, asked who it was. "This is Merle Haggard," came the reply. Lambert responded, "The Merle? This is Miranda Lambert!" Surely chuckling, Haggard said, "I know, I called you!" Beyond his verbal best wishes, Haggard also sent Lambert 37 roses: 27 pink roses in honor of her birthday, nine yellow flowers signifying each of her CMA nominations and one red rose expressly for her.

More Miranda-she will perform during Dec. 1's The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night. LL Cool J will host the television special, which will mix performances with the announcement of nominees live from Los Angeles' Club Nokia on CBS-TV at 10pm ET.

Oh and if you thought she looked better than ever when accepting her many awards last night- there's a reason. She credits her new size 6 figure to hiring a personal trainer. She tells People magazine, "It's not so much losing weight as toning up, getting rid of the jiggles and wiggles." She says she also gave up pizza for 30 days

Taylor Swift may not have won big at the CMA's last night but she's still a winner. Taylor became the youngest songwriter to win BMI's Songwriter of the Year honors Tuesday night in Nashville. She also received the Song of the Year trophy for the third year in a row -- this year for "You Belong With Me." The event was bittersweet for Taylor, who'd attended the funeral of a young friend on Monday. Other songwriters recognized for their music were Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Sugarland's Kristian Bush, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Luke Bryan and Eric Church.

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Carrie Underwood. She is among the performers scheduled to appear on CBS-TV's The Thanksgiving Day Parade telecast (11/25).

The Lifetime movie Unanswered Prayers, based on the Garth Brooks song of the same title, will premiere on the network Nov. 29. Brooks and Lisa Sanderson executive-produced the film, which follows a happily married father whose life changes when his high school flame returns to town.

Staying up late tomorrow night? Reba will perform on the Late Show With David Letterman (CBS).

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