I’m sure it was mostly for sentimental reasons…

…but this was still nice to see:

The entertainer of the year trophy at the Country Music Association Awards is one of the most coveted honors in the genre, but sometimes it’s OK to lose — like, say, when George Strait is a nominee.

Strait won his third entertainer of the year award and his first since 1990 Wednesday night against country music’s current hitmakers, and there wasn’t a disappointed person in the house. Heck, Blake Shelton — one of five performers with a leading two victories — was excited to lose to the 61-year-old whose popularity defies his age.

“That’s how it needs to be because he’s not just entertainer of the year, he’s entertainer of the last three decades, I guess, or four decades,” Shelton said. “I don’t know who’s keeping score. I mean, it’s George Strait. He’s King George. I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out.”

Does it ultimately matter? Of course not. But does he deserve it? Yeah, I really think so, if only to make up for some of the questionable choices of the Country Music Association over the years, such as not letting George Jones sing his Single of the Year-nominated “Choices” in its entirety in 1999. It’s only fitting that Strait’s win was at the end of the show, as it was perhaps the only bright spot in an otherwise dark night at Bridgestone Arena. Of course the CMA Awards are only a reflection of the current state of “country” music, of course, but that doesn’t make it any less depressing. I wanted to tear my hair out last night reading my Facebook feed and seeing people talk about stupid crap like how hot Carrie Underwood’s legs were.

And Blake Shelton’s still a jackass, but even jackasses are right every so often.

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2 Responses to “I’m sure it was mostly for sentimental reasons…”

  1. Greg Says:

    George’s modesty is always present, and it likely keeps him from openly criticizing the current state of the genre. I refuse to endure FM radio’s playlist of “country”, waiting for a Strait or Jackson song. I admit I have not heard George’s latest release, due to what else is aired.

    • Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

      The latest album is not as good as the one before, but it’s still solid. This is where services like Spotify shine; it gives you the ability to listen to a specific album and see whether it’s worth buying. Of course, ’round here the new George Strait album gets bought on day one, but I was still able to listen to it before Erik, courtesy of Spotify.

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