The Country Music Association’s biggest night of the year was once again a huge success as the 46th annual CMA Awards captured the attention of country music fans everywhere on Thursday night. The November 1, 2012 show included memorable performances by Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean as well as many others.
Amidst the great performances of the night was Little Big Town singing their smash hit, Pontoon. The staging for the group’s song was one of the most memorable of the evening as each band member stood in a separate elevated doorway while the space above, below and to the sides of them became a digital delight to the eyes. As Little Big Town delivered their wonderful harmony on the fun, up-tempo song, they appeared to be standing on a boat, surrounded by waves, then beach balls bounching, th e sun’s rays, a flock of birds taking flight and a host of images that conjure up thoughts of summer and sunshine.
Pontoon had already been named Single of the Year, giving Little Big Town their first CMA win, so the energy of the song definitely drew from the excitement the band was already feeling. Just a short time later, however, the band got an even bigger thrill when they were named Vocal Group of the Year.
At the announcement of their name, band members could be seen hugging or shaking hands with the crowd around them, including Zac Brown and Luke Bryan. As they arrived on stage, Karen Fairchild let loose with a loud, “Whoo-hoo!”, sending everyone into laughter.
From that moment on, the group’s absolute giddiness was contagious. Kimberly Schlapman yelled out that it had been a 13 year journey and “thank you, Jesus!”
As though suddenly reprimanded like a small child who had forgotten her manners, Karen Fairchild yelled, “Yes -and Jesus!”
Her humorous moment of correcting herself led to even more laughter and Jesus soon became the focus of her acceptance speech. Though everyone seemed to be excited and trying to talk at once, viewers could clearly hear Karen Fairchild saying, thank you to Capital Records-and Jesus, “our babies-and Jesus!” and continuing on with a list of people to thank, along with Jesus.
The laughter spreading through the building seemed to overtake Little Big Town’s speech and unfortunately, by the time the male members of the group tried to talk, the CMA cameras had cut away to host, Brad Paisley.
When Brad Paisley realized what was happening, he added his own humorous take on the moment saying, “He’s still talking….They’ve got a Twitter account. You can find out what they’re saying. I’m sure it ends with Jesus.” Of course, more laughter erupted and the speech officially went down in CMA history as one of the best ever.
It has indeed been a long journey for Little Big Town. Fans everywhere would agree that two CMA Awards wins after so many years of being passed over definitely calls for a huge celebration.
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