Were Rascal Flatts Snubbed?
September 11, 2008 at 7:58 AM (PT)
TODAY’s (9/11) TENNESSEAN has a front-page story on LYRIC STREET’s RASCAL FLATTS being omitted and "snubbed" from this year’s "Entertainer of the Year," CMA Award for the 42nd Annual CMA AWARDS, to be held NOV. 12th at 8p (ET) on ABC-TV. The nominations were announced by the FLATTS and TAYLOR SWIFT during a live broadcast from TIMES SQUARE on ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA yesterday morning (9/10).
The nominees for Entertainer of the Year were the same as last year, except SUGARLAND was in and the FLATTS were out. Nominated this year are KENNY CHESNEY, GEORGE STRAIT, SUGARLAND, KEITH URBAN and BRAD PAISLEY. RASCAL FLATTS received one nomination yesterday, for ‘Vocal Group of the Year.”
Written by music-writer PETER COOPER, the article points out that last year the FLATTS were one of the top-10 touring acts from all genres and sold more than two million albums. "Our nominations are obviously not based on numbers per se or stats," CMA CEO TAMMY GENOVESE said. "It's really voted on by their peers and the people in this industry."