Here’s another YouTube video of Faith Hill’s reaction. It has slo motion and zooms in for a better look at her reaction.
Her publicist and Faith say she was just goofing off. Maybe she was. But if she were really angry about not winning, what would be wrong with that? Don’t you just hate to see the losers clap politely when you know they’re thinking “you gotta be kidding me!?!?”
If she came out and said “yes I was mad about not winning but I shouldn’t have reacted the way I did”, I’d have a lot of respect for that.
By the way, Stephanie Langston was in the press room backstage and says some in the media booed when Carrie’s name was announced. I don’t think that’s because they dislike Carrie, but because they know how the Country Music Association generally saves the big awards (Male and Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year) for artists who’ve paid their dues for a few years. Kenny Chesney probably deserved EOTY for 3 years before the Association finally gave it to him.
This was Carrie’s first year to be eligible for the award and it was a surprise. But watch the clip and see if Faith’s surprise was real.
here’s the clip