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.
Country music star Martina McBride is riding high this awards season. Most recently she joined singers like Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Nettles on CBS’ Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country.
Earlier this spring, she walked the Red Carpet at the Academy of Music Awards show. Back in the day, Martina was one of the rare stars to chop off her hair. While it was darling as all-get-out, her long mane is gorgeous! Long brown layers are highlighted in auburn… there’s even a few grays showing through (as if Martina’s not afraid to show her age!). Actually those highlights might be blond, but look silver in a different light. Either way, it doesn’t matter. We’re more interested in the way she makes glamour look natural. This do would work any day or night worn in a variety of ways—blown dry with big curls on the end, straightened, messy, ringlets, waves or natural.
You don’t have to be a country music fan to watch the CMA Awards show… especially if you love movies. British actress Gwyneth Paltrow will make her country music debut tonight in a live performance of the title track from her upcoming movie Country Strong. While this is something new and different, there’s always the hairstyle ideas you can get from country music stars like Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Meghan Linsey, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Hillary Scott, Julianne Hough, Jennifer Nettles, etc., etc. If you’re in the market for a new ‘do, just tune into the CMAs!
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