At the moment Faith Hill realized Carrie Underwood had won the CMA’s female vocalist award on Monday night (Nov. 6), she suddenly threw her arms wide open, mouthed what appeared to be a very angry “What?!” and stormed away. All the while, she was still being shown on camera as all five nominees reacted to the announcement that the award was going to the American Idol winner.
Fans immediately weighed in on the CMT.com message boards with posts ranging from “Faith Flipped Out!!” to “Oh, My … She was totally kidding!”
As the nominations were being read by Billy Ray Cyrus and his daughter, actress Miley Cyrus, Hill was laughing as she appeared to be talking to someone out of the camera’s range. When Underwood’s name was called as the winner, Hill’s facial expression quickly changed before she marched out of camera range. The motives for Hill’s reaction were unclear.
Hill sang “Stealing Kisses” earlier in the broadcast, but she was still backstage following performances by three other acts and three award presentations when the female vocalist trophy was presented. She and husband Tim McGraw were nominated in the musical event category for “Like We Never Loved at All,” but the award went to Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton’s “When I Get Where I’m Going.” Hill won the female vocalist award in 2000, but this was her first nomination in the category since 2001.
McGraw and Hill’s Soul2Soul 2 tour played to more than 1 million fans this year.
Other nominees in the female vocalist category were Sara Evans, Martina McBride and Gretchen Wilson. Underwood is the first artist since Alison Krauss in 1995 to win both Horizon Award and female vocalist.
Hill did not visit the pressroom after the show. E-mails sent to Hill’s publicists following the ceremony were not immediately returned late Monday night.
However, Sandra Westerman of Borman Entertainment, Hill’s management company, told USA Today that Hill was merely joking and didn’t realize she was still on camera. “She would never disrespect one of the other artists,” Westerman said.