The Country Music Awards show paid tribute to the dead of Las Vegas but not even lip service to the elephant in the room.“Co-host Carrie Underwood honored the fallen members of the CMA community with a loving version of ‘Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling,’” noted Karla Peterson of The San Diego Union-Tribune.
“It wasn’t the gun-control statement that many people were hoping for but were realistically never going to get. Guns, pro or con, did not come up once. But it did the cathartic job we needed it to do — even if the show took its sweet time getting to it.”
Co-host Brad Paisley said at the outset: “Tonight, we’re going to do what families do. Come together, pray together, cry together and sing together.”
He added: “The way we see it, the best way to honor our fans is to play our music loud and proud. Our music lifts people up. This year’s show is dedicated to all those we’ve lost and all those still healing. We love you, and we will never forget you.”
They also didn’t forget President Trump — whose tweets were the subject of a mocking duet by Underwood and Paisley.
Some didn’t appreciate that.
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