Faith Hill’s Freak-Out Makes Award Show Only Slightly Less Boring

Brian Raftery / November 7, 2006

Pretty much everything you need to know about last night’s Country Music Awards can be found in today’s New York Times write-up, but if you’re too lazy for that, here’s a summary: Rehab-relocated Keith Urban had someone read his acceptance speech, which earned big applause (the country fans love their troubled addicts); nobody mentioned the Dixie Chicks; and Faith Hill may or may not have freaked out when she lost to Carrie Underwood. The footage of Hill’s supposed bad-sport reaction is already burning up the YouTube charts (and being splashed across Drudge’s front page), but it’s clearly a joke. Either way, we expect this to become a heavily covered non-issue issue on CNN.com for the rest of the day.

Down by the Ol’ Mainstream: Country Awards Round Up the Usual Sentiments [NY Times]