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!!!
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!
Any Country Music event draws big names and beautiful manes… the CMT Music Awards was no exception. We’ve picked our faves (and a couple of unfaves) to show you the hair fashions that ruled the runway.
Taylor Swift straightened her hair! This was big news at the CMT Music Awards because fans are used to seeing Taylor Swift in her wavy curls. You can imagine the time it took to first blow dry her hair smooth and then making it even smoother with a straightening iron. Next to Taylor, Julianne Hough plays it straight using the same kind of techniques as Taylor. Unless you’re used to it the straight-as-a-ruler look can be too time-consuming to wear every day. In that case, simply do a quick blow-dry with a tight-bristled brush. Work with small sections of hair if you can spare the time.
More straight styles It was refreshing to see so much straight hair along with the standard Country Music curls. It’s also unusual to see straight on short to mid-length haircuts. Martina McBride goes in between long and short with ends of hair resting on the shoulders and a little below. The do has the feel of a shag but it doesn’t have heavy layers to call it that and it’s more polished than most shags. The blunt side bangs, angled fringe and kicky ends create special interests. Meanwhile Steel Magnolia’s Meghan Linsey takes the shortest short cut shown here. We’re loving the textured bob in white-hot blond. If your hair has a little body and good layering, styling is easy. Just lift and roll the top while blow-drying and tousle the ends. Anywhere you want more curl, use a styling iron or Velcro® rollers. In the music category, Carrie Underwood was a big winner with the CMT Video of the Year and Performance of the Year awards. Like Taylor, the American Idol chose the unexpected: straight instead of curly. On the Red Carpet, her straight locks were worn sleek and back. On stage, Carrie let her hair down and messed it up. Compared with the other long straight styles, Carrie’s down do is fairly quick and easy: simply blow dry with a big round brush. The rest can be dried upside down using your fingers to scrunch up the straightness. If you want to calm it down in spots, do a quick turn with the curling iron held vertically.
A gr8 way to go curly! Erin Andrews was one of the many celebs who took the safe route: curls. The ESPN sports analyst mixed it up with a smooth top and large ringlets below. Again it comes down to the time and effort you’re willing to spend to get a close copy of Erin’s hairstyle. Her curly locks have been blown-dry smooth on and near the crown. The rest has been finger curled while drying with a diffuser. Unless a blow-drier can dress up the curls, it would need to be followed with curling-iron styling done vertically.
Too bad These two words sum up the normal state of hair-affairs for LeAnn Rimes and Snooki (more so for her). Leann could look pretty in bangs and unkempt straight locks. For some reason, her Cheating Heart coif never looks very good. (In all fairness to LeAnn a closeup shot is pretty flattering but we’re withholding that for now). And what can we say about Snooki’s exaggerated beehive? Ridiculous, cartoonish, downright ugly? We won’t EVEN deign to tell you how to do their dos!
Ending on a high note We can’t leave you with that, so we’ll close with Sheryl Crow’s loose back-do, Sarah Buxton’s wavy mid-length, Hayden Panettiere’s short update and Laura Bell Bundy’s look of love! What more can we say?
Sources: Getty Images, msnbc.com, cmt.com and Ed Rode
The 45th Academy of Country Music Awards–For most fans, it’s about the music, fashion and gossip. For us, it’s all about the hair…and we weren’t disappointed! Most of the same old, same old country coifs, there were lots of new twists. In the end we took away looks that are more do-able in the real world.
Down & pretty
We’ll start with American Idol Carrie Underwood, this year’s top entertainer and winner of the Triple Crown (for past wins as top entertainer, top female vocalist and top new female vocalist). Carrie changed her hair throughout the show to match her revolving wardrobe. There were too many to show, so we picked one that’s down…smooth on top, curly below. Then there’s three blondes who look a lot alike. Laura Bell Bundy wears her hair down like Carrie’s without the curl. Whitney Duncan’s do is similar to Lara’s but looks different because it’s one length and more stylized. Julianne Hough goes half & half with the top swept back and the rest curly. You might guess that Carrie’s and Julianne’s styles are more time-consuming and complicated than the other two.
Up & glam
Taylor Swift went home award-less but she wowed the crowd with her singing while flying in the air and ripping off a white outfit to reveal black underneath. Taylor balanced the surprise with classic glamour waves. Meanwhile Hillary Scott glowed in an upsweep fit for a queen and member of Lady Antebellum, who won best single record, song and vocal group.
Up, glam & unique
Miranda Lambert flaunted a new updo (lots of hair left loose for a “short” look), and took home this year’s top video, top female vocalist and top album. Another free thinker is Jennifer Nettles, choosing waves like Taylor’s yet less structured, less formal.
In the end, all was well for style watchers (like us!).