Given that he has won four times (male artist, new artist, collaboration and song), the first People’s Choice Country Awards, presented by fans at the Grand Ole Opry on Thursday night, were another in a series of moments in which Jelly Roll consolidated his status as a certified country star.
Fans love him for being himself and for his ability to allow them to stay true to their stories, rising star Lainey Wilson said when she accepted the Collaboration Music Award 2023 for the duet of the duo Save Me.
Jelly Roll was not present at the event. His 44-day backroad Baptism tour took him to the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The award ceremony on Thursday also featured members of the concert promoters of the Grand Ole Opry and Little Big Town in the legendary Opry Circle, who spoke about the expansion of the country music heritage of George Jones and Tammy Wynette to the special People’s Choice Country Awards winners Wynonna Judd and Toby Keith.
I don’t know what that means, but I’m going to put it on my coat because I’m glad I have it, Blake offered Shelton after winning the Social Country Star Trophy.
Transmission takes more time
Yes, the People’s Choice Country Awards TV show ended abruptly after only half of the awards had been awarded. The event had a strict broadcast limit of two hours, and for those who accepted the awards, including Toby Keith and Wynonna Judd, brevity was not in sight.
There were also times when the younger members of the Grand Ole Opry who were inducted in the last decade (including Lauren Alaina, Lady A and Dustin Lynch) seemed to improvise extensively about their favorite moments of the genre so far.
Since the show is part of a partnership between the independent strategic investment firm Atairos, NBCUniversal and the Opry Entertainment Group, the event is likely to return. However, 12 categories and several honorary awards, as well as 10 performances in 120 minutes can be too good a thing.
What is described in a press release as a (tendency) to the rich connection between country music and the opry through musical performances, genre collaborations, legendary honors and moments of surprise may need to be better timed and presented in order to achieve optimal success.
Wynonna Judd receives the Country Champion Award
On the red carpet of the People’s Choice Country Awards, the Country Music Hall of Fame talked about being honored with the Country Champion Award.
Judd has been celebrated for her decades of philanthropy and activism, including advocacy for children, working with the Wounded Warrior Project and Habitat for Humanity for Veterans, and disaster relief.
A champion fights for others. I am someone who wakes up every day and turns my pain into a purpose with a goal-oriented mindset. I still live somewhere between hell and Hallelujah.
Judd’s victory was celebrated by the Osborne brothers, who were overwhelmed by the moment and celebrated one of their favorite country icons.
Judd performed his version of two of his 1992 solo favorites, I Saw the Light and No one Else on Earth. Both were excellent examples of the kind of performances in which Judd, in Carly Pearce’s words, sang with her toenails, with might.
About every moment since his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in April, which came a day after the death of his mother Naomi, Judd has said he believes that music is his personal and professional guide more than anything else.
HARDY enters the circle
A decade after his mainstream country music career as a singer-songwriter that has topped the Billboard Country charts almost 20 times, Michael Hardy has added entry into the vaunted Grand Ole Opry circle to his list of country successes.
Doing so while playing TRUCK BED, his alternative rock-inspired drinking anthem and Nirvana’s heart-shaped box riff, is not an obvious break with tradition. Nevertheless, the harsh guitar tones and screaming vocals heralded a development in this era of the rock side of the genre.
Moderate and discreet after the presentation, he realized that the moment was very cool, and he longed for another opportunity.
Jelly Roll sings ‘Save Me’ live in Cincinnati
I could not attend because he was on stage in Cincinnati with Elle King – his opening show – on the screen from Ohio, he tearfully thanked a packed crowd on his national tour.
When she received the People’s Choice Country Award on stage before singing her popular anthem Save Me, it seems that the 12-month growth from star to superstar has been completed.
The born artist Jason Deford exclaimed: I couldn’t do it without you. It’s always for the fans first. The oppressed are back on top, baby!
Toby Keith is still not worth losing
The red Solo Cup frontman was presented with the Country Icon Award by his brother Shelton from Oklahoma. The country favorite and owner of the Ole Red Honky-Tonk brand honored Keith with a performance of his 2002 classic, Who’s your Daddy.
Keith has been making numerous public appearances recently after an 18-month tour hiatus to focus on his health after announcing a diagnosis of stomach cancer in June 2022 after receiving radiation, chemotherapy and surgery for six months.
She will release a new compilation album, 100% Songwriter, on November 3rd.
“Keith is the man who taught me more about acting than anyone,” Shelton said. After receiving the award, Keith performed his song Don’t Let the Old Man in.
I return to the form of acting, which the artist noted on the red carpet of awards. The performance of the Grand Ole Opry on Thursday showed that he is good on this path.