Is No Man Good Enough for the People’s Choice Awards?

It’s really hard to top Sir Elton John waxing poetic about the allure of country music. But a spate of other mediocre country-music moments occurred throughout the People’s Choice Awards broadcast tonight (Jan. 5). Like when Johnny Depp won the award for favorite movie actor, and he accepted the award from Taylor Swift. “My daughter says if I didn’t say hi to you, I’d be in big trouble. So, ‘hi’ from my daughter,” he said. Then there was Kid Rock‘s performance of his song “God Bless Saturday,” which was more Southern rock than country, but still. It’s a good anthem for hard-workin’ folks who think Monday’s just a bitch, Tuesday’s such a bother and so on until the end of the week when you can give thanks and praise for Saturday. Then there was the award for favorite female artist, which was a race between Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Pink and Taylor Swift. County’s odds were good, but the majority of the 175 million votes that the fans cast went to Katy Perry. But by the end of the show, I was so ready for Queen Latifah to stop talking about Queen Latifah and just give us the favorite male artist. Tim McGraw was a long shot to win over Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, Michael Bublé and Usher, but I was crossing my fingers. He’d won favorite country male artist in 2004 and in 2005, and then in 2006 he won top male performer. So it wasn’t totally out of the question. But there was nothing. And even the People’s Choice Twitter page said, “Thanks to all the fans who carpal tunneled their little fingers voting for the past few months.. U guys rock!!!!” So the voters rock, but still couldn’t give a guy an award? I finally discovered Eminem had won, but it wasn’t easy to find. I can’t imagine why they didn’t want him to accept the award on live television. Oh wait. Yes I can.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.