At first glance, the hairstyles at the CMT awards last night were disappointing…but there were some highlights!
Among the best tressed are Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles (above) and Steel Magnolia‘s Meghan Linsey (below left). Judging from our stats, you like their looks a lot. Both dos are on the shorter side, distinguishing them from other country music stars. Other unique touches are Jen’s layers and Meghan’s side ponytail.
Sheryl Crow and Sara Evans (above right) deserve honorable mentions. They don’t change their hair often, and they don’t have to because their trademark looks work perfectly. Of the two, Ms. Crow goes longer with bronde highlights and loose curls. Sara’s straight locks are slightly angled around the face and styled to be super sleek and shiny.
Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott (above) did something different with her hair, and the results were so-so. The crown wasn’t full as it usually is and the curls were looser than normal. Lady A. frequently dons a half-upsweep so that touch doesn’t come as a surprise.
Ending with the worst, we give Laura Alaina a big thumbs-down (she doesn’t look like an American Idol runner-up!). Her high-contrast haircolor could be labeled as a very bad ombré, but it’s really like a past trend that was never very good–a very different color like black under a light shade such as platinum blond.
Tonight’s one of those nights that we love: AWARD SHOWS, when all the stars come out in their great hairstyles. We’re talking ’bout the 2011 CMT Music Awards. Country Music stars might not change their looks as often as other celebs, but it’s still hard to predict who will wear what. Sometimes making the style predictions is harder than guessing the CMT award winners. No matter what, country music fans will have plenty to think about before the sun sets this evening.
The final nominees for Video of the Year will be announced at the beginning of the show tonight; then you get to vote on them at CMT.com or by sending a text message.
The rest of the awards have been determined by fan votes received through yesterday (June 7). The categories and contestants include: Female Video of the Year Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood. Group Video of the Year Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band. Duo Video of the Year
Steel Magnolia, Sugarland, The Civil Wars, The JaneDear Girls, Thompson Square. Male Video of the Year
Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban Collaborative Video of the Year
Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson; Justin Bieber with Rascal Flatts; Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow; Aaron Lewis with George Jones and Charlie Daniels; Loretta Lynn with Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow. CMT Performance of the Year Martina McBride and Train; Reba; Darius Rucker and Adele; Keith Urban and John Mayer; Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett. Best Web Video of the Year
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift. USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year
Lee Brice, Aaron Lewis, Jerrod Neimann, The Band Perry, Thompson Square.
A very quick calculation of topics that were most eye-catching shows the following (a closer look at stats later may cause some subjects to move up or go down):
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1. Home page
2. Country music hairstyles
3. Mad Women hairstyles from Mad Men
4. Janet Jackson‘s hair (and other buzz cuts were popular, too, and why is that?! We doubt many real women would take these barely there haircuts.)
5. Miley Cyrus‘ hair goes from PG to R
6. Emma Stone‘s hair color
7. Carey Mulligan’s hairstyles: An AN Education in style
8. Evangeline Lilly‘s hair and other “Lost” hairstyles
9. Kristin Cavallari‘s hair go beyond The Hills
10. Celebrity Apprentice hairstyles: 2010
11. Agyness Deyn‘s hair super short like Janet Jackson’s
12. Iron Man’sJames Bond girls
That’s as high as we can count for now. Watch as we add onto the list (and verify our findings) plus break down the numbers into specific stars like how Country includes Taylor Swift, Meghan Linsey, Carey Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Jennifer Nettles and too many to remember right now!!!
The complementary styles of hot Vocal Groups…
Sometimes in duos and trios, someone gets lost while another steals the spotlight. That’s not the case with Lady Antebellum (right), the Band Perry (below) and Steel Magnolia.
The individuals who make up each group seem born to be together. Like their vocals, the styles blend together beautifully. They are also winners in the real sense of the word. Lady Antebellum (Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley & Dave Haywood) nabbed three ACM awards this spring. The Band Perry (Kimberley Perry with brothers Neil & Reid) was chosen best New Artist of the Year. Steel Magnolia (Meghan Linsey & beau Joshua Scott Jones) soared into the music scene soon after winning the second season of CMT‘s Can You Duet contest for music awards. They’ve received a slew of award nominations … but more impressive is their big fan base which has grown exponentially since 2009.
The hairstyles of the females are unique and individual. The Lady of Lady Antebellum, Hillary shows off her new do … opposite of the old one. Straight hair with bangs have replaced the full curls without bangs she wore before. Kimberly Perry plays up her curls that are normally calm, cool and collected. Scrunching while blow-drying without using a diffuser helps her pump up and break up her curls. Meghan seems to be wearing an upsweep, but it’s really her short hair done up to look that way (admirers know that Miss Magnolia often wears this faux updo).
Lady Antebellum’s on a roll, and it didn’t start this week. Before Sunday, they had won 18 major music awards and a Grammy in 2010 (below). This year they dominated with five Grammys, making this the second consecutive year (after Taylor Swift) that country music singers dominated the contest. Lead singers Hillary Scott*, Charles Kelley and multi-instrumentalist Dave Haywood (center) nabbed Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Country Performance By a Duo Or Group, Best Country Song and Best Country Album.
You don’t have to like country music to love Hillary’s hair! The Grammy gal shocked viewers with her new do—long bangs added to her long mane. Minimal layers allow the Lady to change styles from day to day, event to event.
“My hair color changes every 6 months.”
Here are just a few of Hillary’s hairstyles, ranging from loosely curled to straight, from up to down. There are lots more examples of her versatility, and we plan to show them in the near future. If there’s something specific you want to see, let us know!
* Hillary auditioned for American Idol twice and never made it past the first round!
Hillary Scott, Miranda Lambert together with her fiance Blake Shelton were forces to be reckoned with at the Country Music Awards. Hillary’s Lady Antebellum is the Vocal Group of the year. Miranda and Blake are the vocal couple (not an official category) of the year with wins in the top Female and Male Vocalist. Like many big stars, Miranda took advantage of the night to wear more than one look throughout the night. Her fanciest ‘do was pouffed up and swept to one side. After her Revolution-ary singing, the blonde’s bangs were pushed back and the length freed from her left side. Meanwhile, the lady of Lady Antebellum stuck with her polished curls but the top of hair went up and back on top. To copy it, do a roller set, tease hair around the face, gently comb into place and spray.
Watching Gwyneth Paltrow perform was like a preview for Country Strong her soon-to-be-out movie. In the movie she looks the part of a Nashville girl with her long layered waves. For the CMAs, though, she went back to her famous movie star mane. Her hairstyle choice simplified preparation for the premier that was giving her butterflies. To get the super sleek look, blow dry hair over a jumbo brush and follow with a flat iron. In the film Gwyneth’s hair looks more like Carrie’s, smooth curls that require blowdrying plus a time-consuming styling with a curling iron. While the critics dissed Taylor Swift’s dowdy ‘do, we thought she looked as pretty as ever with her full hair twisted and rolled into a French-style coiffure.
Laura Bell Bundy, Gretchen Wilson and Jennifer Nettles represent the three major hair groups: short, medium and long. Laura and Gretchen wore pretty similar looks, but the blonde was able to get more volume because her hair’s shorter and more layered. The blonde’s coif requires more time than the others requiring a blowdrier, rollers and possibly a curling iron. To get Gretchen’s coif, dry hair smooth and follow with a curling iron. Hold the iron vertically and alternate the curling direction, taking one strand forward the next back. Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles has the sweet simplicity that comes with a short cut. Hair that has a good cut and a little body takes little more than mousse or sculpting foam and fingershaping while drying.
Julianne Hough surprised fans when she walked the red carpet in a new red haircolor. While her mane has more highlights, it would be just as pretty with more brown to create an awesome auburn that shines during cold-winter months. Steel Magnolia’s Meghan Linsey sticks with the sassy shortcut she’s made her own. Styling is easy but takes a little more effort than Jennifer’s. Most hair types would need help from a blowdrier and round brush to smooth, lift and roll.
Katherine Heigl is yet another celeb criticized for her looks at the CMAs. Wouldn’t we all want to look this “bad”? We think it’s cute and know the style works well on many hair lengths. Short ‘dos just need to be curled and lifted off the face. Longer locks can be worn up and smoothed down in back to complement the high crown. Katherine was at the awards with her hubby-country crooner Josh Kelley. Another significant other on the country music scene is Kimberly Williams-Paisley, actress-wife of the Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley. Retro waves brought a touch of Old Hollywood to the awards show and complemented Kimberly’s glam gown.
All this goes to show that there’s more variety in country music hairstyles than there used to be. Here’s hoping it will continue to evolve!
We’re putting finishing touches on our award-winning Country Music hairstyles recap from one of the biggest nights in the field–the CMA Awards 2010. Viewership was the lowest ever, but the hair fashions more than made up for it. Here’s the stars who will be covered in our post: Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Meghan Linsey, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Taylor Swift and Laura Bell Bundy. Plus, unlikely celebs in the Country Music scene: Gwyneth Paltrow, Katherine Heigl and Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Check back later today.