Although the marathon was significantly shorter and missing its signature Jerry Lewis, the MDA this Labor Day weekend raised more money than last year with Nigel Lythgoe as host. This is the first time Lewis was absent after 46 years.
MDA raised $61.4 million. Other co-hosts besides Lythgoe included Alison Sweeney, Nancy O’Dell and Jann Carl. Guests included Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Can’t imagine Nigel had anything to do with that?
The show didn’t ignore Lewis, providing montages and kind words. Lewis did not make a surprise appearance though Nigel said he had hoped he would.
As we know, Lewis badmouthed “Idol” a few weeks ago and soon after, he was gone from MDA. Coincidence? Who knows?
- CMA nominations are out and Carrie Underwood was nominated for female vocalist of the year, an award she won three times 2006 to 2008. She was nominated in 2009 and 2010 as well but did not win. (Last year, Miranda Lambert won.) Carrie will host the show with Brad Paisley for a fourth time. The show airs November 9.
Kelly Clarkson was nominated for Single of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Georgia’s Jason Aldean. She was nominated in 2007 for Musical Event of the Year but did not win with “Because of You,” her duet with Reba McEntire.