With Kid Rock as host, it’s no surprise that the CMT Music Awards went pop last night. After a gag entrance in which Kid Rock tried to open the show with “Bawitdaba” only to be interrupted by Wynonna for a duet debut of her “Till My Dying Day.” Later in the show, The Band Perry introduced their performance of single “You Lie” with a snippet of “Love the Way You Lie.”
The undisputed crossover champions of the night were Lady Antebellum, who halfway through their performance of “Just a Kiss” switched over to a much funkier “Kiss”?the 1986 single from Prince and the Revolution‘s Parade. Lady A, who have showed their pop potential at the Grammys, on the charts, and, increasingly, in performance, turned out a great rendition (though admittedly, Prince songs are really hard to cover poorly). They didn’t explicitly mention Prince’s 53rd birthday the day before, but we’d like to think the performance was, in part, a birthday tribute.
Elsewhere on television?
Conan: Death Cab for Cutie, “You Are A Tourist”
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: You Oughta Know alumna Lenka, “Everything at Once”
The Late Show with David Letterman: Roy Haynes (drum solo week)
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: I See Stars, “Glow” (rerun from 5/31/11)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Joe Jackson “Steppin’ Out” (Featuring the Roots)
Last Call with Carson Daly: The Black Angels, “Haunting of 1300 McKinley”/Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea, “Cry Cry Cry” (rerun from 4/8/11)