Country Music Fans Were Not Happy About the CMT Awards

They were pretty livid, in fact.

Last night, many country music fans who tuned into the CMT Awards broadcast were more than a little befuddled by the acts appearing in evening's lineup. 

Leona Lewis, Pitbull, and Cassadee Pope performing at the 2016 CMT Awards.
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The night featured a plethora of country music stars , including Pitbull, Leona Lewis, Fifth Harmony, Pharrell, Cheap Trick, and Elle King — and fans on social media were not happy about it, with many wondering where all the "true" country music had gone.

Billy Ray Cyrus and Pitbull were on the tonight. So CMT now stands for Change My TV channel?

— The Other Michael J (@MichaelJRadio)

Remember when country music award shows had music performances of country music?

— Elliott (@elliottstr)

Seems like everyone wants to hop on the without playing

— Deb Holbrook (@bamalina)

Welcome to the Country Music Television Awards. Where real country music is practically nonexistent. 😒

— James Leopard Jr. ™️ (@colts_1988)

Cam and Fifth Harmony perform at the 2016 CMT Awards.
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Why can't we not just have the country singers sing their own songs? STOP having these awful pop artists come and ruin the show!

— alycia.price (@AlyciaPrice)

First, bro-country, now outright pop, invades the . Can we please get back to some actual country music? 😲

— Howard Yeung (@howardhyeung)

Is anyone else a little frustrated with so much pop and so little country music on the ? ?

— Melissa J. Hogan (@melissajhogan)

When you expect & you get pop music 🎤🤔

— Fulmer U (@SEC_CRNA)

Folks became even more upset when Dierks Bentley paid tribute to , saying that the late country legend wasn't given enough screen time.

, that was a pitiful tribute to . He embodied real .

— L I L Y T A L L E N T (@LilyTallent)

That's all for Merle??? PitBull got more time! SHAME ON YOU CMT

— OriginalShay (@shanshay20)

What happened to the tribute ? Was that it? Glad I didn't blink!

— Braden Smith (@bradenradio)

But, the awards show was able to regain a bit of authentic country cred with fans when Blake Shelton took to the stage with the  to sing "Doing It to Country Songs" and "Elvira."

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Thank you to the and for some real country music. Love, every viewer of this show ever.

— NashvilleGab (@nashvillegab)

Why can't and perform all night long?

— Cody Alan (@CodyAlan)

Fans also felt similarly about during their number, "Parachute."

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Chris Stapleton! First real country artist performance tonight

— Vermont Lawyer 🇺🇸 (@VermontAttorney)

FINALLY! . A real country music artist.

— Susan Bain (@SusanRBain)

Clearly, CMT was trying to bring in a new audience to the show (in fact, the popular show has been pairing country music stars with acts from other genres since 2002), but ultimately the attempt seemed to hit a sour note with fans.

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