I woke up this morning and turned on the Don Imus show on MSNBC and heard about how angry Faith Hill got last night when Carrie Underwood won female artist of the year. Winning and losing at an awards show is one thing, but nothing will get an artist more attention than being a sore loser. Add to that fact that most Americans just love a catfight and a show, which few were paying attention to last night, became big news before most Americans sat down to eat breakfast this morning. I for one would love to have seen Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill get into a catfight on national television in their ten thousands dollar gowns and high heel shoes.
It wasn’t that long ago that Faith Hill was an outsider in Nashville and trying to get noticed anyway she could in that closed “cliquish” society called country music. Now that everyone in Nashville loves Faith Hill and she has become an insider, I guess she just assumed that everyone would vote for her instead of Ms. Underwood. In reality, country music is no different than any other business because when someone has been around too long and decides to become part of the establishment of a business, they are always threatened by the outside that doesn’t play by the same rules and wants to come in.
I have always enjoyed listening to the music of Faith Hill and that joy will not fade because of her childish actions last night on the CMA awards. I remember when Faith Hill was becoming popular and some old time country music veterans in Nashville didn’t like the new direction country music was taking and they were talking bad about Ms. Hill and others in the field who they thought were ruining the entire country music format with their new sound. Of course, those new artist didn’t ruin country music at all, but took the format to new highs in public popularity.
Faith Hill’s visible protest last night on the CMA Awards proves that she has made the move from hard working outsider in the Nashville music scene, to full fledged insider who is afraid of changed, just like the old timers were when she popped on the charts there many years ago. Carrie Underwood has a wonderful voice and she will be a big star in the country music world, if she keeps putting out great music and doesn’t get too full of herself at an early age. There has always been an unspoken rule in country music, which says that all new artists must pay their dues before they are allowed to compete with the veterans.
While paying ones dues is a good thing in any business, the music business is so fluid that few people ever pay their dues before they become a star in their field. When Faith Hill first took Nashville by storm, she may have been talking a god game when it came to paying her dues, but in reality she would have been the most excited person in the world if she won female artist of the year so early in her career like Carrie Underwood did last night.
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