Lil Wayne Performs With Kid Rock At CMA Awards -- But Doesn't Say A Word
MC reprises his VMA performance with Rock on 'All Summer Long,' but doesn't rap.
November 13, 2008; Written by Shaheem Reid
Kid Rock - "All Summer Long" Label: Top Dog/Atlantic Records Director: Deaton-Flanigen
The best rapper alive never got around to rapping Wednesday night in Nashville.
As he did at
the VMAs in September, Lil WayneLil Wayne joined Kid
RockKid Rock onstage for a performance of the remix of Rock's "All
Summer Long" at the Country Music Association Awards. But this
time there was no verse from Weezy — in fact, he barely made a sound at all. He just acted as part of the band, bringing
out his guitar and strumming the strings inaudibly alongside Kid Rock's guitarist.
Not having the New Orleans Fireman
rhyme was a curious move, considering that Weezy's people put out a press release late Wednesday afternoon trumpeting the
fact that Wayne was the first
hip-hop act ever to performfirst hip-hop act ever to perform on
A source close to the situation told MTV News on Thursday that Wayne didn't rap in order to keep things fresh
— that the duo did not want to copy what they had done at the VMAs and figured Weezy playing guitar was a fly new take
on their collaboration.
Watching on TV, you didn't even see Wayne until somewhere around the song's two-minute mark,
when Kid came over and gave him five. Both performers wore Tennessee Titans jerseys: Kid with the number two on his, but instead
of Rob Biranos' name on the back, Rock had his own name; Wayne sported a #28 Chris Johnson Jersey.
Big CMT winners
included Kenny ChesneyKenny Chesney (who took home his fourth Entertainer of the Year award, tying Garth BrooksGarth
Brooks for the most wins in the category), George StraitGeorge Strait (Single and Album of
the Year, making him the biggest award-winner in CMA history) and Jennifer Nettles of SugarlandSugarland (the group won Vocal Duo of the
Year, and Nettles won Song of the Year for Sugarland's "Stay").
The show was hosted by Carrie
UnderwoodCarrie Underwood (who won Female Vocalist of the Year for
the third consecutive time) and Brad
PaisleyBrad Paisley. Taylor
SwiftTaylor Swift performed her hit "Love Story" (and borrowed Miley Cyrus' boyfriend for the performance), and Shania
TwainShania Twain made her first major public appearance after a