CMA Awards Poked Funny Swipes at Kanye West as Taylor Swift Wins Top Honors
Country Music Association (CMA) Awards 2009 took several swipes at Kanye West during its ceremonies in Nashville last Wednesday, November 11, 2009 as Taylor Swift won four awards including top honors Entertainer of the Year.
Country music poked fun at West’s famous interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards last September. Swift who won the Best Female Video award back then, did not finish her speech after West grabbed the microphone from her to express his opinion that Beyonce‘s Single Ladies video should have won the award.
Swift performed the opening number at the CMA Awards. Moments later, hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood made their first swipe after they sang “Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to Kanye. Let them pick guitars and drive them old trucks, ‘cause cowboys have manners, they don’t interrupt.” They changed the lyrics from the standard country song “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,”
Later during the show, Underwood told Paisley that “Welcome To The Future” was “one of my favorite videos of all time.” His co-host then went to proceed to thank his video team but was interrupted by country legend Little Jimmy Dickens who walked into the stage.
The legendary singer, who is already 88, said, “Excuse me! Excuse me sir … I’ll let you finish later. Now Brad Paisley, I know you had a nice video and all that, but Taylor Swift made the best video of all time,” to the great amusement of the audience.
Then as the camera panned out to Taylor, Dickens said to her, “You go girl.”
The 2009 43rd Annual CMA Award winners include:
Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
Song of the Year: In Color – Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto
Single of the Year: I Run to You – Lady Antebellum
Album of the Year: Fearless – Taylor Swift
Male Vocalist of the Year: Brad Paisley
Female Vocalist of the Year: Taylor Swift
Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally
New Artist of the Year: Darius Rucker
Musical Event of the Year: Start A Band – Brad Paisley and Keith Urban
Music Video of the Year: Love Story – Taylor Swift