The Country Music Association awards are known their southern edge, but sometimes the celebrity fashion choices go south, too! Some of the biggest country stars in the world turned up on the red carpet in Nashville last night, and while a few totally killed it in the wardrobe department (what’s up, Kellie Pickler), some other famous faces maybe should have left their looks at their stately country manor-home.
We’re waiting with baited breath for VH1 You Oughta Know artist Lorde to drop her first album Pure Heroine on Monday! This exclusive stream whetted our appetites, but we’re gonna need a bigger bite of her soulful pop confection. Her first single “Royals” is currently duking it out with heavy hitters Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus for the top of the charts, so we’re expecting big things from her debut disc. In fact, we’re thinking that it’ll measure up to these 50 record breaking freshman releases!
The 2013 CMT Music Awards took place last night, and country songbirds, southern belles and guitar slingers all showed up to strut along the red (well, purple) carpet. While some in attendance went gloriously glam, a few stars donned some duds that definitely rubbed us the wrong way.
The beautiful and talented Carrie Underwood turns the big 3-0 today, and we thought we’d take a break from drooling over her ah-mazing legs to wish her a very happy birthday!
If it’s starting to seem like we’ve got a thing for Carrie Underwood — well, we do. The girl can sing, and she truly blew us all away when she went VH1 Unplugged. Her set included all (“Good Girl,” “Blown Away”) and the favorites (“Do You Think About Me,” “Before He Cheats”), lot’s of attitude and of course that voice. We’ve already shared a sneak peek session by way of her tremendous cover of Coldplay‘s “Fix You” and these behind-the-scenes pictures snapped while she was here in NYC back in August. Today, we bring you the rest: watch the full episode online here, and then tune-in to VH1 tonight at 7PM to watch the show on air!
“Before He Cheats” is a sleek, slinky thing on record, with guitar riffs cutting sharp and drums crashing in warning. Carrie doesn’t need all that to say “not on me,” though, as she so proved when she played her bold hit stripped down for Unplugged. Looking a tiny bit rock in her little black dress and a lot country with her blonde mane blown out big, Carrie went in with only a trill of violin and an twang of guitar behind her. Really all this song needs is her voice, strong and kicking when she generously suggests “to think next time before you cheat.” It’s these chops that helped her win American Idol, and that have kept her winning in all the years since.
We’re beyond excited for you guys to watch VH1 Unplugged: Carrie Underwood, when it premieres right here on VH1 Tuner at 4 p.m. ET tomorrow afternoon; you’ll also be able to catch the episode on VH1 tomorrow night when it airs at 7 p.m. ET. We’ve already given you a sneak peek of the amazing set –if you missed Carrie’s tremendous cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You,” you should stop what you’re doing and watch it right now– and now we want to take you behind-the-scenes of the taping that occurred here in NYC back in August as part of our ongoing series, Music Seen.
Our ace photographer Lauren Weissler trailed Carrie as she prepared for and performed her five-song Unplugged set here in New York City back in August. Carrie’s radiant beauty and majestic voice was on full display all day, and we hope these pics help satiate your appetite for VH1 Unplugged: Carrie Underwood until tomorrow!
We’ve been struck by a bad case of Underwood fever over here at VH1, with her Behind The Music set to air this Sunday and her Unplugged ready to go live the week following, and the only thing that can fix us is this cool cover Carrie did of Coldplay‘s “Fix You.” Carrie and her crew learned the song while in London so that they could “pay tribute,” she said, becasue “they were so nice to welcome us there, and they have so much talent right there.” Carrie’s usual country twanging is as sonically distant to Coldplay’s arena rock balladry as Oklahoma is to London, but here she has managed to turn the song so that it sounds straight from her wheelhouse. Buoyed by strings and with her ever strong vocals promising to “guide us home and ignite our bones” left us chilled.
Be sure to tune-in when Behind The Music: Carrie Underwood premieres this Sunday, September 30 at 9/8c on VH1. And then check back next week when Carrie goes Unplugged on October 2 at 4pm ET on VH1.com and 7pm ET on-air on VH1.
Are you on a mobile device? Click here to watch Behind The Song: Carrie Underwood, “So Small.”
This Sunday, VH1′s Behind The Music goes long on American Idol winner Carrie Underwood and her ever ascendent country career. Before then, we went Behind The Song: “So Small,” a song that proves that Carrie’s talent goes far beyond her amazing voice.
Carrie Underwood took the country music scene by storm, releasing her record breaking debut album Some Hearts close on the heels of her American Idol win. Early hits like “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus, Take The Wheel” really showed-off her pipes, but Carrie was eager to show that she can write, too. And so into the bullpen she jumped, co-writing four songs for her second effort Carnival Ride, the album’s inspired first single “So Small” included. “You just start talking, what does this song sound like,” she says of the process, making writing a hit sound as easy as riding a bike, though Brad Paisley and others argue otherwise in the above clip. “To start my second album with a song that I co-wrote, and for it to reach number one, it was just really wonderful,” she says. “It made me feel great.”
Be sure to tune-in when Behind The Music: Carrie Underwood premieres on Sunday, September 30 at 9/8c on VH1. Still wanting more? Carrie goes Unplugged on October 2 at 4pm ET on VH1.com and 7pm ET on-air on VH1. Read more…
Carrie Underwood really blew 12-year-old Chase away this past weekend when, while performing in Louisville, Kentucky over the weekend, she caught sight of handmade “Will You Be My First Kiss?” sign and called him on stage. “How do you want to do this?” she asked, sure to warn him that, “Just so you know, my husband is somewhere in this building and he might be looking for you later.” Ready to have his world rocked (and apparently ignorant to Carrie’s husband’s pecs), Chase requested without even a hit of hesitation that the kiss be “lip to lip.” And so in the country queen leans, granting the lucky puckered-up kid a very memorable first kiss on the lips. Aww!
Tune-in to VH1 Unplugged: Carrie Underwood on October 2nd to hear, if we’re lucky, Carrie spill about her own first kiss.