Thursday, November 11, 2010

Country Music Awards 2010

Last night was one of country music’s biggest nights, but it was the women of Hollywood that shined! Unlike the Emmy’s and Oscar’s, we are not graced with a red carpet special, or black carpet in this case, prior to the awards shows so we are left with research the next morning. Boy was I disappointed. The gowns were over the top, over embellished and left me feeling the need to re-style most of their looks. What was even more disappointing was that half of the gowns worn inside the Bridgestone Arena were not the gowns worn on the black carpet. I would have preferred those instead.

The hostess of the evening, Carrie Underwood, walked the black carpet in a strapless, charcoal gray Talbot Runhof gown. Over the top tulle and pools of ruffles at the hips and base of the dress completely over powered her frame. I much preferred the metallic cocktail dress with black sash or the classic blush dress with rosettes adorning the skirt. She had at least six wardrobe changes, each one more adorable than the next, until she ended the show with a sequined gown that was more fitting for a prima ballerina than a glowing country music star.

Carrie Underwood:

Taylor Swift arrived in a red strapless, sweetheart neckline, fitted Monique Lhuillier gown. The dress, which was a little too old for her, was not Taylor’s typical style, but she redeemed herself in a beaded bodice gown with cream organza skirt. Much more age appropriate and a better fit to her personality. Other young country stars weren’t so lucky. Julianne Hough wore a black Georges Chakira Couture gown that again was entirely too voluminous for tiny frame. Kellie Pickler donned a gold, sequined Pamella Roland gown that was cut so low it left little to the imagination. Along with the bouffant up-do, it made the whole thing appear costumey.

Taylor Swift:

Miranda Lambert wore a fitted magenta Sherri Hill gown that should have been the gown she wore all night. Instead, she changed into a short, white cocktail dress that needed more double sided tape than was originally applied. Hillary Scott also wore a fitted gown, in red, that was so fitted she could hardly walk the stairs to accept multiple awards. Something fitted at the waist with a flowing skirt would have been more suitable for her body type. Jennifer Nettles looked effortless in a blue, printed strapless Carolina Herrara gown. I loved the neckline and tiny belt that helped accentuate her already small waist.

Miranda Lambert:

MIRANDA LAMBERT  photo | Miranda Lambert

As I mentioned before, the ladies of Hollywood took center stage when it came to their black carpet appearances. Katherine Heigl supported her husband and brother-in-law in a gorgeous sapphire Farah Angsana gown. The fitted gown hugged in all the right places and the hemline was a perfect length. Kimberly Williams-Paisely, also in blue, was stunning in her one shoulder David Meister gown. The only change I would have made was her hair. I would have preferred a soft up-do. Joanna Garcia, who once co-starred with Reba McIntyre on her show Reba, looked effortless in her drapey, purple gown. The look was perfect for her role as presenter.

Joanna Garcia

JOANNA GARCIA   photo | JoAnna Garcia

Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman could be on the chopping block. Gwyneth wore an ombre gown from Atelier Versace. Though the look was plucked from the runway, I’m not sure this was the right look for the occasion. While it may have had a modest one shoulder neckline, it was cut up to there and cut away at the waist. The dress she wore during her performance of Country Strong was more Gwyneth’s speed. As for Nicole, yes she was there to support her husband Keith Urban, but I felt she was entirely too undressed for the evening. Her white, lace Dolce & Gabbana dress and red booties would have been more fitting for a low key awards show like the CMT Music Awards. She’s always stunning but the overall look just wasn’t right.

Gwyneth Paltrow:

GWYNETH PALTROW   photo | Gwyneth Paltrow

Nicole Kidman:

NICOLE KIDMAN   photo | Nicole Kidman

Based on all of this, my best dressed is Katherine Heigl. She may not be a country music star, but she was the belle of the ball on this year’s black carpet.

KATHERINE HEIGL   photo | Katherine Heigl

My worst dressed is Kellie Pickler. She needs a stylist stat! Let’s see something a little more modest and low key next year.

KELLIE PICKLER   photo | Kellie Pickler

Photo Credits:

Carrie Underwood: Popeater

Credit: Michael Loccisano, WireImage

Taylor Swift: Celebuzz

Credit: Larry Busacca; Photos: Getty

 Miranda Lambert: People

Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Joanna Garcia: People

Credit: Evan Agostini/AP

Gwyneth Paltrow: People

Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Nicole Kidman: People

Credit: Michael Loccisano/WireImage

Katherine Heigl: People

Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Kellie Pickler: People

Credit: Michael Loccisano/WireImage

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