Carrie Underwood’s Label Screws Her Over

Entertainment reporter, Jimmy Carter, tells U.S. Country Radio WKKT that the apparent snub the ACMs inflicted upon Carrie Underwood with only one nomination was nothing more than a political play by her label.

Apparently, the label decided to campaign for Miranda Lambert since they thought she “needed it more”.

Carrie Underwood only got a nomination for “Female Vocalist Of The Year”, and being country music’s most played female artist for the past five years, getting nominated for this is a lock. She doesn’t even need a label’s support to land this nomination.

Many country music analysts were shocked about the lack of an “Entertainer Of The Year” nod – the highest honor that could be bestowed upon a country artist – after the year Carrie has had:

– 3 #1 singles and 1 #2 single.

– 2 million albums sold.

– Over 2,000,000 digital downloads.

– Over 1,000,000 fans attended her sold-out “Play On” Tour.

– Critical acclaim for the “Play On” Tour.

On the other hand, Miranda Lambert got 7 ACM nominations, including one for “Entertainer Of The Year”. This is Miranda’s year:

– 2 #1 singles, including the smash “The House That Built Me”

– Less than 1,000,000 albums sold.

– She just started her first headlining tour.

 

See what’s wrong with this picture? I understand both of them had a great year. And I understand that Miranda needs a push to improve, especially commercially. Her latest single, Only Prettier, barely made the top 10, even after riding the massive 5 week #1 streak that “The House That Built Me” gave her. But for the label to do this to their greatest asset, Carrie Underwood? This, I cannot fathom.

Honestly, Carrie’s label has missed on a lot of opportunities when it comes to marketing her music. She may not want to crossover to other radio formats, but some of her songs were just wanting to smash on different formats: Cowboy Casanova and Undo It, anyone?

Maybe the label’s decision to support Miranda is true in certain categories – but definitely not in the “Entertainer of the Year” one. Carrie has won that award twice at the ACMs so far and many expected to win it this year as well.

It is a sad day for country music when the most deserving gets snubbed.

51 thoughts on “Carrie Underwood’s Label Screws Her Over

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  3. It’s been this way forever. You can bet someone else got screwed by the label to boost Carrie’s career. Only difference is someone spilled the beans this time.

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      • Carrie’s push to the top came at the expense of others. Other artists took the backseat of label support when Carrie started her career enabling her to reach her current level. It just isn’t noticed until it happens to your favorite artist.

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    • This is different because at no time was the support for Carrie screwing somebody else from her label out of an EOTY nomination everybody thought they deserved at a time when a lot of people thought they should be winning. With FVOTY there unfortunately haven’t been enough women to fill out the 5 spots lately anyway.

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    • No, the only difference is that Carrie deserved her awards when she got them. Miranda deserves the album awards, song, single, video, etc, but not Entertainer. The label made themselves look like ignorant fools by stabbing their biggest star on the label in the back. Carrie is a much bigger money maker for them then Miranda is– and they screwed her! I hope she runs from the label and doesn’t look back! Miranda is not ready for Entertainer yet. She was an opening act half of 2010, and the shows she did headliner, were 2,000 people venues.

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  4. This was a definate slap in the face blatent SNUB for Underwood. She needs to leave the record co she is with and get one that will promote her and treat her right. She is a definate asset to them and I am shocked they do not capitolize on that as most businesses would do—if they are smart. Carrie is liked and respected in all genres. Lambert can’t hold a candle to Underwood in vocals, sales, touring, etc.. I for one do not like her whiny–sing-songy voice. She has had 1 good song—which she did not write or co write. My friends and I will NOT buy her albums and pushing her in our face just turns us off more. She does not deserve some of the nominations and surely NOT ETOTY.

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  5. agree! I hate the label politics! What they are doing to Carrie Underwood is so unfair! I hope she leaves her label and gets someone who will fight for her interests! I like Miranda too, but this is some BS. Miranda is an opening act, Carrie had a major headlining tour. Total rubbish.

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  6. The Revolution tour is Miranda’s second headlining tour. Her first was the Roadside Bars & Pink Guitar’s tour which took place in early 2010.

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    • Miranda played her first headlining tour in festivals and bars. Carrie did the same thing with the Some Hearts Tour, but she did that in 2006 while Miranda did it to promote her latest album, Revolution. She can go ahead and be nominated for Female Vocalist, Album, Single etc. But Entertainer is taking it way too far. She has not had half the success other artists in the genre had this past year and it’s a shame to see none of the other artists being recognized for their hard work. And Carrie Underwood stands out the most. Like one of my friends said, “If flying around arenas on a pick-up truck doesn’t get you nominated for Entertainer of the Year, I don’t know what the hell will.” Miranda, Jason Aldean and even Toby Keith being nominated for what used to be the most prestigious award now makes it a complete joke.

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    • Miranda is not headlining a major tour. She plays to 2,000 people venues, at least she did in 2010 which is the eligibility period. She did not headline enough to earn the Entertainer award over Carrie, who put out a 100 city major headlining tour that got great critical reviews. The whole thing stinks, period. I hate Carrie’s label!

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  7. I honestly thought she had EOTY in the BAG! I wasn’t even worried about the nominations, I was so sure she’d get it and even win… I just don’t understand this at all, the ACM’s made a huge mistake. Just like the CMA’s did!! Why is she suddenly being snubbed like this? Doesn’t her label understand how much money they’ve made off of her? They’re probably wiping their asses with dollar bills thanks to CU. And do they honestly believe ML is going to start raking in more dough than CU? I’m all for helping out ML because she is a great artist that deserves recognition, but not if it means shutting out a country icon… that’s unacceptable. Arista should not have to throw Carrie under the bus for Miranda to shine.

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  8. Well by Carrie not being nominated I hope they don’t think Miranda will win. Taylor has this in the bag on the strength of her fans voting. Carrie had the most deserving year no doubt and she was snubbed, maybe they were afraid of a shoe in victory for Carrie on the year she actually deserves the win more so than the previous years. Miranda won’t win this award since it’s fan voted… I honestly don’t get the label.. miranda mayyybe should be nominated but now that carrie is out taylor wins this one in a landslide. Hey maybe Carrie will win FVOTY … after this snub..

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  9. “but some of her songs were just wanting to smash on different formats: Cowboy Casanova and Undo It, anyone?” That argument cannot hold with Lady A’s hit ‘Need You Know’ crossing over to other genres. Also, Miranda’s album ‘Revolution’ has at least 4-5 songs that could be considered pop/rock country. That song she sang at the CMAs was borderline pop. Thats no excuse to exclude a headliner like Carrie.

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    • Actually, Need You Now received its label’s full support. They even issued a pop remix. As much as I dislike remixing songs, at least a label setting up interviews and little pushes along the way would be a great help.
      Without a remix, Carrie could have had at least a top 20 on pop with Cowboy Casanova and Undo It. She could have gone higher also. Can you imagine what that would have done to her sales?
      She’s a very consistent radio artist. Cowboy Casanova and Undo It both did pretty well on Hot AC with zero promotion. This is indicative of their potential.

      Moreover, just to be clear… the argument I was trying to make with referencing Undo It and Cowboy Casanova is the fact that her label has missed on a lot of opportunities concerning her.

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      • I see. My apologies if I misinterpreted what you meant, didnot mean to sound rude. You are obviously making a statement on Carrie’s behalf 🙂

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  10. I think it is a shame your own record label don’t support you. Carrie, Had a great year. Totally
    awesome tour, Great CD, and she cares about people.
    Look at what she does for charities. She is our All
    American Girl. “ETOY” always. Arista, its a shame
    what you didn’t do. Love you Carrie.

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  11. I think that carrie should have been nominated, I mean shehas had such a great year, probably one of the best, and for her not have been nominated for EOTY is really disappointing, she broke the record last year so why not this year again? Really puzzles me,

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  12. Miranda’s CD is at over a million sold. I think they have the current sales at the Roughstock blog.

    People have discussed the crossing over thing so much and it’s all dependent on whether you’re willing to work with a pop label. Carrie’s label is country and they can’t do anything on pop so blaming them for that is barking up the wrong tree. Need You Now crossed over because Lady A cooperated with the pop side of their label.

    It lessens your credibility if you can’t get basic stuff like that right :\

    2 constructive suggestions: Link to the interview you’re talking about and quote reviews from Carrie’s tour so it’s more than just some fan’s take.

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  13. I think Carrie, Rascal Flats, Tim McGraw, and Toby Keith should make up their own label, and have their own award shows. No one is welcome that snubbed them. It would rock!

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  14. When Sony/Arista realizes what a big mistake they made by kicking their biggest cash cow to the curb, they will be running to Carrie and kissing her butt. But I hope she tells them to go to hell, and joins a real label who can get her an international tour finally. Carrie is the only country artist to date of her stature who has not toured internationally. It is sickening. The label sent Miranda to tour overseas, but not Carrie. What a joke! Carrie’s fans have waited 5 years to see her overseas! What are they waiting for!!!

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  15. I fount it refreshing. That other people are being nominated for big awards. Carrie isn’t the only artist that works hard and has “big years” in music.

    Carrie is an amazing performer and vocalist there is no doubt about that. But, she always shuts out Martina and Reba both amazing vocalists as well.

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      • Martina and other Female Vocalists earned noms. and awards when Carrie started winning awards shortly after she got off American Idol. Carrie shut them out then, whether it was to early for her or not. The same thing is happening now with Miranda.

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      • No one wants to acknowledge that politics even exist when their favorite Artist A is getting all the label support at the expense of other artists. Label support is what gets airplay, nominations, awards and performances on major award shows. Artist A is able to achieve great things, but so could have Artist B and C if they had the same support.

        The other artists that had to sit out nominations in many awards deserved their spots, but lost out to the Golden Child of the Moment of the label.

        When the label support shifts in favor of Artist B or C for whatever reason, the politics and back door dealings that have always existed become news to the fans of Artist A.

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  16. Funny you people didn’t hate Carrie’s label when she thanked Arista promotion on stage while winning so many awards, or when they got her 12 #1 songs and sold millions of albums so she can headline tours. Sony pushed Carrie and Miranda for EOTY. Miranda got more votes because she’s always been the critics top choice and they vote too.

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    • The point of this is to point out that Sony didn’t actually push Carrie. Had they pushed Carrie, she would have won.
      Besides, we, Carrie Fans, didn’t always love the label. We’ve been pointing out mistakes they have made for a long time now.

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  18. It is painful to realize that label politics exist, and that they always have. Carrie was the beneficiary of these politics for a good long while, and it helped her career tremendously. She’s still a label and media darling with a long career ahead of her. What she is experiencing now isn’t anything that those that have come before haven’t already experienced when the politics and dealings shifted in favor of another artist.

    There are fans of others that were left off the EOTY nominations that felt their favorites were more deserving during the years when Carrie was nominated and won her first and second EOTY awards.

    The politics were always in play, but just weren’t spoken of like they are this time.

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  19. It sucks Carrie doesn’t get nominated, but just to be clear according to the Grammy’s, Carrie’s label is Arista, while Miranda’s is Columbia Records. So I don’t think theres anything to do with labels. Plus, record labels are all about money, Carrie is (or was) obviously more popular than Miranda and there was no reason for them to snub Carrie from these awards.

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  21. I have been trying to set up a meeting with Bob Romeo (ACM Prez) for a few weeks to ask ACM to add the 7th and 8th nominees like last year, see below:

    In light of your recent 2011 nominations please reconsider your 2011 Entertainer of the Year nominee list to include Carrie Underwood. According to ACM voting/nominee criteria Carrie has accomplished each and every ACM nomination criteria during this past year as follows:

    ACM – ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

    This award is presented to the individual, duo or group who showed the most overall success in the country music industry during the prior calendar year of December 1st to November 30th. The factors to be considered include, but are not limited to,

    1. Success at radio = Carrie, 3 #1 songs, 1 #2 song
    2. Sales of pre-recorded music = PLAY ON certified 2x Platinum
    3. Music videos: COWBOY, UNDO IT & MAMA’S SONG videos all had a record breaking year
    4. Vocal performances = Carrie is considered the best female vocalist in the industry
    5. Live concert ticket sales = PLAY ON Tour sold 1M+ tickets – #1 Female Solo Tour!! (Reba co-headlined, Carrie toured solo)
    6. Artistic merit = Carrie co-wrote her last 6 #1 songs. Incredible, emotive vocalist
    7. Appearances on television = TV guest spots, CBS Thanksgiving special, ACM Tribute(s)
    8. Appearances in films = Film debut in “Soul Surfer”
    9. Songwriting success = Golden Globe nom, BMI award, ACM triple play award, etc.
    10. Digital media = Platinum & Gold digital singles in 2010!!
    11. Contributions to the country music industry = Superstar, positive role model, ACM Lifting Lives, ACM Hometown Heroes, ACM Brooks & Dunn tribute, ACM Legends, Opry Member, multiple benefit shows, continues to bring millions of new fans to country music and remains faith-based, humble, and appreciates her elders in the industry (Randy Travis, Vince Gill, etc.). Carrie is an amazing, classy symbol of what country is and can be!

    *** If Carrie has achieved so much during 2010, and is the incumbent 2-Time reigning ACM Entertainment of the Year, there is no question she should be nominated ***

    I trust and hope that ACM will make this situation right and increase the 2011 nominees to (7) seven (just like last year) to include Carrie and make the 2011 vote fair to the artists, industry, and most importantly, the fans who made all the nominees so successful during 2010. Millions of fans/viewers do not care about losing 15-20 seconds of the broadcast to read two 2 more names from the podium. They want to feel the winner competed with the very best artists of the year based on all levels of successful (above) so we all can ensure the most deserving artist won, or at least gets a chance to win fair and square. If Carrie is one of the best by all ACM criteria category then objectively she must be included.

    Just like a NFL call can be changed after referee review, the ACM has the power and insight to make 2011 ETOY nominations right for all. The fans deserve a fair, legitimate playing field and by adding Carrie Underwood to your list would achieve that goal and be an example for all within the industry.

    I await your reply. Thank you for your consideration.

    Rob

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      • I see your points about Brad, however, I truly think Keith is the best (by far!) male entertainer… the honest truth is Brad has an average voice, plays the same honky-tonk guitar licks, sings the same mid-tempo good ole-boy song, and ah-shucks attitude year after year.. it does make a lot of money for sure !! But Keith Urban blows everyone else out of the water in terms of incredible, emotional vocals, diverse songwritting, killer guitar player, amazing, epic live shows, great personality and energy.. he (like Carrie) are on an entirely higher level of entertaining than others. that’s why the Carrie/Keith Tour was incredible… they fit so well together. Yes, I love Brad and Carrie’s chemistry on TV and happy they are friends… but if Carrie truly deserves the award, then the alternative should go the other most deserving artist… that is Keith Urban anyway you slice it. Either way Miranda or Toby hopefull will not win,.. that is a fraudulent sham… Note, I still plan to make a big banner outside ACM’s offices in Encino, CA to let them all “see” why they made a huge, shameful error in judgement… it makes them lose much credibility, I will send you a picture if I do it,. Have you ever spoken to ACM board members before?? best, Rob

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