Unfortunately, the evening’s performances will inevitably overshadowed by that bizarre tie for Entertainer of the Year at the end, but aside from that fuckery, it was overall a pretty solid night.
Carrie Underwood honored her heroes like Patsy, Dolly, Reba, Martina and more with a stunning medley, Mickey Guyton had a powerful performance of “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” and Eric Church brought the house down with a performance of “Stick That In Your Country Song,” featuring a bone-chilling introduction of Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag.”
Written by Cash himself, “Ragged Old Flag” was released in 1974, a cut from his album of the same name. It was released amid the Watergate scandal involving President Nixon as a means to “reaffirm faith in the country and the goodness of the American people,” according Robert Hilburn’s Johnny Cash biography.
And THAT’S how it’s done.
At the end of the day, awards shows are about creating powerful moments that stick in your mind. Performances you’re going to remember. Plenty of artists just trot up there, sing their current single, and walk off the stage. And while they might do a great job, and it might be a great song, only the truly great entertainers will take it to the next level.
Last night, that was Eric Church. And Carrie Underwood as well.
So after all that, you’re gonna give half a trophy to Thomas Rhett?
So you’re telling me there are TWO winners not named Eric Church?