Worst Buzzkill: Knowing the Winners
Of all the predictable shows in the saturated music awards market, the ACCAs took the cake: Even the winners knew they won. Oftentimes, the victor's name wasn't included in the list of nominees, with the presenters instead revealing the champ as they tossed to the live performance: "And the winner is . . . Kelsea Ballerini!" While the music may be the biggest audience draw, the winners' — and especially the losers' — reactions are our awards-show guilty pleasures. Where are all the pageant-worthy smiles when someone loses to Miranda Lambert, or the Taylor Swift surprise-face disciples who spent all day practicing astonishment in front of a mirror? Plus, with rehearsed acceptance speeches, there are no tears, no awkward babbling, no bleeped swear words. When it comes to its winner revelations, the ACCAs were one big buzzkill, before even catching a buzz.