As for the music, very few songs sounded country to me – at least not what I consider to be country. The acts kept offering light pop tunes and belting out noisy rock ditties that are passed off as country music when they really aren’t. Roy Acuff would turn over in his grave if he heard the loud, pseudo-Keith Moon drums employed by Big & Rich. If not for the cowboy hats and boots that some artists were wearing, one could hardly tell that we were at a country concert. Country could be seen, but not heard, and that is definitely a problem because country should not be just about the looks, but primarily about the music. Country may and should be influenced by other styles, yet never to such an extent that the generic differences that define it as country are entirely obliterated.
“Cowboy” Anton Garcia-Fernandez describing the CMA Awards, November 2007