Bobby Bones: 'I Got Beat By A NASCAR Show'
But Apologizes To CMA On-Air Today
September 4, 2014 at 4:56 AM (PT)
“Going to need a lot of old people in this industry to retire or die before the NASHVILLE ‘guard’ lets something new get recognized.”
That’s PREMIERE syndicated morning show host BOBBY BONES, tweeting yesterday (9/3) after his show was not among the finalists for the COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) National Personality of the Year Award.
BONES won the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) trophy as National Personality of the Year last APRIL.
“It’s not injustice,” BONES also tweeted. “I simply don’t play the political games the format is known for.”
In an email to the TENNESSEAN later on WEDNESDAY, BONES said, “I have to voice my displeasure. We’re the biggest morning show in the country, killing the other stations in NASHVILLE. I have the biggest countdown show in the country and have changed the culture of Country radio in a simple 18 months. So, it’s obviously political. I got beat by a NASCAR show.”
Despite his displeasure, BONES appeared to downplay the entire concept of industry recognition, saying, “Awards in the end aren’t anything but dust collectors.” Instead, BONES says, “I’m in the game to change the culture of the format and do lots of great things for people while I’m at it. And if I can make someone’s ride to work a little easier with laughter, that’s perfect too. I’m not upset at not being nominated, I’m upset with the antiquated system.”
Bones Apologizes For The Rant
On his show this MORNING (9/4), BONES attributed his CMA Twitter-rant to having a bad day overall on WEDNESDAY, then said the real CMA snub was JASON ALDEAN’s lack of a nomination as Entertainer of the Year. BONES pointed out that ALDEAN was one of three Country stars along with LUKE BRYAN and BLAKE SHELTON capable of selling out stadium shows. Later in the same break, BONES apologized to the CMA for his earlier comments, joking that he was told he’d be receiving a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the organization.