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Why Are There So Many Country Music Awards Shows?

For all the talk about traditional values in country music, the industry may be the most self-congratulatory of all of them.

Chris Queen


December 17, 2013 - 8:00 am

CMA Awards

Last week Fox preempted one of my favorite shows, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, to show the American Country Awards. About a month before, another favorite show – Nashville, ironically enough – didn’t air because of the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards on ABC. The preemptions made me think that there’s a country music awards show on the air somewhere at any given time.

OK, I may have exaggerated a bit there, but the country music industry does love to give out awards. Looking at the 2013 awards show schedule, we find:

  • The 48th Annual Academy of  Country Music (ACM) awards on April 7 on CBS
  • The 2013 CMT Music Awards on June 5 on CMT (of course)
  • The 47th Country Music Association (CMA) Awards on November 6 on ABC
  • The CMT Artists of the Year 2013
  • The 2013 American Country Awards on December 10 on Fox.

Add to that list something called 2013 CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, which aired in August on ABC, and there are more than enough specials and trophy nights for country music. I’m not alone in thinking that the country music industry has too many awards shows. Writers Jennifer Bowen and Allison Scott made a similar point the night of the CMA Awards:

We could forgive you for not knowing tonight is country music’s “biggest night,” AKA awards night.

Because, didn’t country music’s “biggest night” already happen in April? Or June? Or isn’t it coming up in December? Weren’t the nominees for the “biggest night” released just last week?

Is it the CMA’s? Or the CMT’s? Or the ACM’s? Or the ACA’s?

(We have too many country music awards shows, for real.)

Don’t get me wrong – I like some country music, though I’m not too crazy about what’s popular right now. And I appreciate how the country music industry is just about the only group of folks in the entertainment business promoting traditional American values. I just tend to think that the industry is a bit too self-congratulatory.

What do you think? Are there too many country music awards shows?

All Chris Queen wanted to be growing up was a game show host, a weather man, or James Bond. But his writing talent won out. By day, Chris is a somewhat mild-mannered office manager for an IT managed services provider, but by night, he keeps his finger on the pulse of pop culture and writes about it. In addition to his Disney obsession (as evidenced by his posts on this website), Chris's interests include college sports -- especially his beloved Georgia Bulldogs -- and a wide variety of music. A native of Marietta, GA, Chris moved with his family as a child to nearby Covington, GA, where he still makes his home. He is an active charter member of Eastridge Community Church and enjoys spending time with family and friends. In addition to his work at PJ Media, Chris spent nearly a year as a contributor to NewsReal Blog. He has also written for Celebrations Magazine and two newspapers in Metro Atlanta. Check out his website,

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Jon Christopher Davis wrote a protest song a few years back regarding the state of country music emphasizing the visual over the music.

Jon Christopher Davis - Bottom Line

"Beautiful girl in ripped up jeans, head full of air and karaoke dreams
Bartender says she looks so good, she oughta be in Hillbilly Hollywood
Well the fat cat told her she could be a star, not because shes good, because she fits the part
I'd like to find the jerk that said sex sells, take his job away and throw his ass in jail

Hey man, you went too far, won't you bring back the radio star
You ran a good thing into the ground when you started selling sight over sound
And the thing that saddens me the most are the things that once mattered are now a ghost
Why dont you take a look at what youre leaving behind 'stead of always thinking about the bottom line..."

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I suspect if you tallied the award presentations from all aspects of the entertainment industry (Music, Movies, TV, Cable, et al), you probably couldn't find a single week out of the year that wasn't blessed by at least one of them. The celebutards in the various fields of the industry used to ubiquitously declare that their work wasn't about awards, although I seem to see less of that lately as even the brain dead bozoes seem to have realized the glaring hypocrisy of such statements. The fact that we live in a culture in which celebrity is worshiped more ardently than the God of any religion doesn't seem to be sufficient for them. The adulation of their "peers" is needed to justify to themselves the inordinate wealth that falls to them for their mostly content free lives. It also partly explains why they are such suckers for every lefty scam disguised as an effort to " save the planet".
17 weeks ago
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I don't watch these myself, as most
of it is "pop country" as opposed to
the real thing(50's shuffles with pedal
steel) but it would be interesting to
compare it to the number of award shows for
other types of music (Rap, Hip Hop, etc.)

There are a lot of these, they're just not on
"network" channels...
17 weeks ago
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I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who has noticed this. :-)
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