Worst: The CMAs Give the ACMs an Identity Crisis
It was tough to catch, but this year's ACM ceremony actually included a WTF identity crisis moment – the Academy of Country Music giving an award to its rival, the Country Music Association. The award for Video of the Year went to "Forever Country," a mashup of three classic songs and 30 artists that was produced by the CMA to celebrate their 50th anniversary awards show last November. All of the artists who were in attendance went up to accept the trophy – Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, among them – but when Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild stepped to the mic she was speaking as a member of the CMA board of directors, not an artist. Strictly speaking, the ACM and the CMA aren't really competitors (they're not-for-profit advocacy organizations), but they do vie for prestige, so count it as a grudging tip of the hat for a project that helped connect country's growing number of young fans with the legendary music of the past. C.P.