Carrie Underwood fans are putting the CMAs on serious blast and claiming that the singer was “snubbed” of the prestigious Entertainer of the Year award during the 50th Annual CMA Awards on October 2.
Underwood, who was nominated for the prestigious country music award alongside eventual winner Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban, missed out on the award after receiving her first ever nomination in the category, and Carrie’s fans are not happy.
A number of social media users took to Twitter to slam the CMAs for failing to acknowledge Underwood’s stellar year, blasting the Country Music Association and claiming that they “snubbed” Underwood, who co-hosted the 50th anniversary of the award show with Brad Paisley.
“[Carrie] should’ve been EOTY as well based on criteria,” Twitter user @ATweetForCallie hit back at the CMAs after Entertainer of the Year was awarded to Garth Brooks. “CMA’s a joke with WME Block/running show.”
“Anyone who has seen [Carrie] live EVER, but especially this year knows she truly deserved that award!” @CountryGirl7812 added and @TinaBee18 tweeted, “[Carrie] snubbed. AGAIN. @CountryMusic all around. I’m so sorry Carrie. YOU DESERVED THAT AWARD. You’ve had an amazing [year] & tour.”
A number of Underwood’s dedicated fans were also quick to note that Carrie has done more than enough to warrant her first CMA Entertainer of the Year win, pointing to her uber-successful “Storyteller: Stories In The Round Tour,” which will have played close to 100 shows across North America and Europe when it raps later this month, reportedly grossing more than $40 million.
Both Underwood and the CMAs are yet to comment on the backlash over the Entertainer of the Year award, though Carrie did admit in a recent interview with the Tennessean that she was hoping to take home the hardware after gaining her first nomination in the category more than a decade after winning American Idol in 2005.
“I cannot tell a lie, that one was just really important,” Carrie Underwood told the newspaper of her CMAs Entertainer of the Year nomination in September. “I’m just beyond excited, and I’m humbled, and thankful for that nomination. It’s incredible.”
Underwood also touched on being “snubbed” by the CMA in the interview, commenting on the fact that, despite being one of the most popular acts in country music for more than 10 years, she had not won a CMA Award since 2008.
“I don’t want to say that I got used to [not winning], but a little bit,” Underwood admitted of her lack of CMAs prior to the 2016 “snubbed” accusations, but revealed that not focusing on awards allowed her to become a better entertainer and musician.
“It ended up being kind of a blessing, so I could just realize what we do is all about and being out on the road and seeing people and having people sing your songs back to you,” Carrie said of being snubbed. “Just seeing the crowds grow and grow and grow and feeling stronger in myself as a performer and as an entertainer.”
But while Carrie didn’t take home her first CMA Entertainer of the Year award at the 2016 show, fortunately for Underwood, she didn’t go home empty-handed despite her fans’ disappointment.
Carrie took home her first CMA award in eight years during the ceremony, which celebrated 50 years of the CMA Awards, beating out her fellow females Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, and Kelsea Ballerini to take home a statue for Female Vocalist of the Year, Underwood’s fourth win in the category and her first since 2008.
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