American Country Awards 2011

Posted on December 06, 2011

Hit it, Cowgirls!


Carrie Underwood in Maria Lucia Hohan

Apparently, she felt the need to make sure all eyes were on her ankles that night. We think those shoes are interesting but this was not the outfit that called for their deployment. She’s colorless from the tip of her head down to her shins. The dress looks like something you’d use to skewer an hors d’oeuvre. The silhouette looks awful on her. And why does she always have this need to make sure her lips are exactly the same color as her face? We’re all for clean makeup or a nude lip, but her version of it looks freakish sometimes.


Danelle Leverett



Jordin Sparks in Kevan Hall

“Tonight, I feel COLORLESS!”


Kimberly Perry

Not exactly an edgy dress, but it has some interest to it and she looks good in it. But polished hair was called for here because she looks like a pile of ruffles and curls.


Kristin Chenoweth in Honor

She has always bemoaned the lack of choices she has for red carpet wear because she’s pretty much child-sized, but then we see someone like Chloe Moretz, who couldn’t possibly be any taller than her, and she always manages to find some great things to wear. Granted, Chloe’s very young and can get away with some crazy stuff that probably doesn’t interest Kristen. Anyway, our long-winded point is, while we sympathize with her problems in finding clothes to fit her, this is not an acceptable alternative. The color’s fine, if a little eye-searing, but the shape of it is ugly and unflattering.

Lauren Alaina

Hmmm. The shape of this dress suits her very well, but we don’t like the color and the criss-cross detailing is too thick. The shoes are cute, though.


Shawna Thompson

That skirt could give you seizures if you stare at it too long. You might think that’s a criticism, but it’s not. We think it’s a black princess dress that manages to be head-turning, which is no small feat. A little color on the face would have been nice.


Susie Brown

Oh, good. She ditched the goofy “Country Bettie Page” retro looks for the night. We kinda dig the juxtaposition of the super-modern dress with the super-retro hair and makeup. Would that she had picked better shoes than that.

[Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images]

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  • Anonymous

    When did Carrie Underwood start wearing court-ordered monitoring devices on both her ankles?

    • Anonymous

      Thank you.  Those shoes–also featured in the DKNY post–are definitely not a leg’s best friend.  Or an ankle’s, for that matter. But definitely an orthopedist’s.

    • charlotte

      You could also put those on horses and call them tendon boots.

    • Anonymous

      Seriously!  If ankle-brace shoes is now officially on trend then I’m going to be decidedly off trend for a while – okay, like I am ever really on trend, but STILL!

  • Anonymous

    I saw some show about Carrie Underwood and her makeup artist says she hates lipstick; refuses to wear it.  The most she’ll do is clear gloss.  Well, that’s all fine and good for every day wear, but I see no reason to refuse a pale pink gloss for an awards show.  I hate to shave my legs, but I still do it when people are going to see them.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not the most exciting look in the world, but Miz Sparks looks good. 

    • Anonymous

      I agree. A girl can wear white every once in a while, jeez.

    • BerlinerNYC

      Seriously. I was like, does “colorless” mean “dead chic” now? Girl looks fierce.

    • Anonymous

      Agree.  Except for the shoes.  The white dress looks great on her.  But the shoes.  Dear God.  WHEN are the hideous beige platforms going to go extinct??????

    • Anonymous

      I really like the shape of her dress, and it looks good on her. Some colored shoes might have been a better choice though. But still, I liked it a lot.

  • Take off the black criss-cross straps, and you have every dress I’ve ever seen Lauren Alaina wear.

  • Anonymous

    Oooh, I like Shawna Thompson’s dress a lot!  Designer, please?

    • Anonymous

      Agree on both counts. She looks stunning as well as a little edgy, which is a surprisingly rare combo on the RC. Agree with TLo that a little more color on the face (e.g., a darker lip) would have completed the look perfectly, but she still gets at least a 9.5 out of 10 from me.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know who she is, but that’s a great dress. 

      • I think Sarah Michelle Gellar wore the same dress Shawna Thompson is wearing in an episode of Ringer.

        • Anonymous

          She did, but the FugGirls don’t state designer either.

          Ringer Ep 3

          • Anonymous

            Sisters in Fug and Ringer love! The origami bodice works better on Shawna Thompson (can’t tell if it’s even been altered from the Poor-Twin prototype).

            EDIT: Poor-Twin

    • I do want this dress! I could look at it all day. I wonder how it looks when it moves…

  • Carrie Underwood usually looks amazing – but she missed it on all fronts this time.  That Shawna Thompson dress IS pretty cool – I have no idea who she is but it’s not country-tacky, so yay for that!  Also don’t know Susie Brown but she is just adorable in this photo!

  • Anonymous

    Oh Carrie Underpants…thanks for the morning chuckle.  She looks ridiculous.  Those straps at her ankles look like shackles.

    Jordan Sparks looks terrific…I don’t mind the lack of color in this instance.

    Kristin Chenoweth…I thought she had more class than to wear such a boobtastic dress as well as do the open curtain leg pose.  tacky.I

    Absolutely love the skirt portion of Shawna’s gown.

  • Anonymous

    Kristin Chenowith irritates me with her perkiness and her chirpy little voice, and now I have this absurd dress seared into my eyes. So bad. 

  • Anonymous

    Love Shawna’s dress, very cool.  Jordin Sparks is giving Ms. Hudson a run for her money in the “ex-Idol alum with slammin new bodies” race, she looks great.
    Kristen Chenowith has a successful and finicially rewarding career so far, there is no reason she can’t have a well fitted, size appropriate dress made just for her.  As much as I love her, I think she just has bad fashion taste.

    • Anonymous

      Lauren Alaina also looks thinner than her very recent Idol days. Especially from the beginning of last season.

    • Anonymous

      I think that’s why Jordin Sparks is wearing white jersey (or whatever that fabric is) – it’s like, “HA world, I can now wear white jersey and look killa in it!”

  • Anonymous

    Why on earth are there so. many. country. music. awards.

    JSpar looks great, Susie looks awesome. Lover her hair.

  • Anonymous

    I think jordan sparks looks fantastic!!!! she should have worn a different shoe though… really any colour would have been better. but the dress looks amazing on her and she just looks great!

  • Anonymous

    While we sympathize with her problems in finding clothes to fit her, 

    I have no sympathy for anyone who goes out of the house looking like that.

  • Natalie Prado

    Wow– I just checked, and YES, Shawna Thompson is wearing the dress from “Ringer” when SMG is going to the opera.  I even found a picture, if it will let me link:

    • Anonymous

      your picture is better…I just did a link to the Fug Girls site…and had not read the comments so did not see your post! Still, no designer though!

  • Anonymous

    Now I know that Denise Richards was made to order. Danielle Leverett came from the same machine.  

    On top of everything you said about Kristin Ch, 1) Honey, the dress is slutty enough on top for you yo be opening the slit; 2) Its is actually too slutty on top.  

    Love the last girl’s dress. Better styling (esp hair) would have gone a long way.  

    • Anonymous

      Very astute on the Richards-Leverett factory.

  • Anonymous

    Carrie Underwood’s shoes make her look as thought she’s been released on bail with electronic monitoring.

  • Anonymous

    Why do women like Kristen need to open the skirt for the photo opp? Are they trying to let the Ryan Goslings of the world know they’ve got quick n’ easy vadge access?

  • Anonymous

    Kristin Chenoweth looks as if she’s been completely plasticized from forehead to toes.  Sad. 

  • Anonymous

    OMG.  That skirt on Shawna Thompson is sending me subliminal messages.  Suddenly I feel like I need to go slash or stake something.  Preferably something un-dead.

  • Jordin Sparks’ colourlessness works in ways Carrie Underwoods’ doesn’t.

  • lilibetp

    Poor Kristen.  Someone needs to tell her that low-cut dresses tend to look low-class when you have boobs.

  • MilaXX

    I’ll give Jordin Sparks credit for not going too tight and body hugging or reveling like a lot of folks do when they loose weight. I hate when ladies pose holding the dress or kicking their leg out to make sure we don’t miss the split in their dresses. Shawna seems to be the clear winner in this lot.

  • Anonymous

    Oh dear, those shoes Underwood is wearing are the same as those in the Donna Karan post. So unflattering. And thank you for commenting on the skin-colored lip. I hate that so much.

    I cannot believe how tacky Chenoweth looks. The way that top is glued to her boobs is pure Girls Next Door.

    I say Susie Brown for the win in this bunch.

  • Hetha Innis

    Kristin Chenowith looks vulgar here! I thought she had so much more class than that.

  • Anonymous

    Where did Danelle Leverett’s (whomever she may be???) arm go?

  • Carrie is pretty disappointing, she usually does very well, even if she is a bit predictable.  Kristen, whom I adore looks like she’s falling out of the top of her dress, we don’t need to see it to know you’re a grown up sweetie!  The rest, meh.  

  • Anonymous

    dont hate me but i have an irrational dislike for Ms Chenowith…my dislike for that heinous dress is totally rational however…..

  • Anonymous

    1. How many country shows can there be? Sheesh
    2. Kristen Chenowith looks like a porn queen. That dress is superbly hideous and looks like it’s connected in the middle with a snap, easy for her to pull off at a moment’s notice
    3. Shawna Thompson: The incredible magnetic dress.

  • Anonymous

    “Apparently, she felt the need to make sure all eyes were on her….” breasts  if you applied that line to Kristin 

  • Kate Pearce

    Susie Brown looks awesome. I want that dress, but not her shoes…

  • Anonymous

    I am in love with Shawna Thompson’s dress.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, Kristin, please grow up and dress your age. You’re not old, but a little maturity is called for.

  • Anonymous

    Kristin Chenoweth your dress is horrible and don’t try to distract us with your pretty legs it’s not helping.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, most of these women cannot dress to save their lives.

  • Anonymous

    Kristin Chenoweth would definitely score a “Fake!” in a game of “Real or Fake”

    • Judy_J

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Actually, I do believe Chloe Moretz is about 5’4”-ish. Pretty average height, while would make her already half a foot taller. I feel for Kristin. I’m barely 5 foot myself, but it’s definitely a taste issue more than anything else. I find clothes that look perfectly representable. Granted, I’m not a celebrity and I’m not forced to do the whole red carpet thing all the time.. But still. No excuses, Kristin! 

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I looked it up and there is a five inch difference between these actresses – Moretz is on the short side but still falls within average height.  As a woman under 5 foot myself I can assure you that even if you can find something that fits your proportions, and allows for a curve here and there, it’s often hideous.  Just go to any dept store petite department  – it’s bedazzled geriatric sweat suit hell!  That said, I can usually find something that isn’t cut down to the navel and the color of a can of Sprite, but I feel her pain.

      • The petite selection across the pond in England tends to be okay – nothing to write home about but certainly not bedazzle galore. So maybe I’m speaking with a bias. But the fact is, it’s safe to assume Kristin here is a multi-millionaire. She can afford to get something tailored or even tailor-made for her, while us mere commoners have to hunt around in one store after another. So if I find something nice to wear, albeit after a rather long hunt, I’m sure she can find something better than that… thing! 

  • Anonymous

    I really like Shawna Thompson’s dress. She needs more personal oomph to pull it off, though. 

    Carrie Underwood looks like she’s wearing two detention ankle bracelets.

    • There should be a chain connecting those straps.

  • Cathy S

    I love that black gown. Fantastic.

  • I think Shawna Thompson’s dress is amazing. I love the bottom half.  I see Ms. Chenowith wants everyone to look at her boobs!

    • Anonymous

      Well, sure, she paid good money for them.

  • Anonymous

    Shawna Thompson for the win, and I just couldn’t be more appalled by Kristin Chenoweth’s look.  The plunging neck Grecian-ish drapey thing requiring tape, the color, the desperation pose, the boring black platform shoes.  

  • Anonymous

    All that goes through my head when looking at Kristin Chenowith…BOOOOBZ! Evening wear for the nursing mom.

    Suzie Brown looks adorable. I even like the shoes with this little ensemble. And digging Shawna Thompson’s dress. Colored lips would’ve knocked this way out of the park.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    When did Jordin Sparks get so skinny? Or become a country music star? What?

  • Anonymous

    That Kristen woman looks ridiculous. All Boobs, All the Time. She is not THAT small!!! And if the Boob Show isn’t enough, she is not very subtly pulling aside her skirt so we can all gaze at her glorious legs, too!! Is she in competition with Blake Lively???

  • Anonymous

    I favor Shawna Thompson, out of this batch, FTW. Honourable mention to Ms. Brown purely for hair & makeup.

  • Anonymous

    Is Kristen Chenoweth’s dress from the Kardashian collection? Only less classy?

  • Anonymous

    Ms. Chenowith’s dress is a mid-life crisis limned in fabric. Sweetie, you are successful and people like you, they really do, and producers will keep calling to get you in on their ‘project.’  You have actual performing skills, beyond your tits. Ones your profession has validated with praise and work and awards even.

    Get an effing grip.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE Shawna’s dress.  Probably because I love black/white combos, and that repeated triangle matches almost exactly a shape in a quilt I’m working on. The dress is elegant and interesting at the same time.

  • Anonymous

    Kristen Chenowith:  Trying way too hard.  I don’t feel for her because of her size–that’s what custom tailoring is about and she can afford it.

  • Kristin Chenoweth’s chest defies gravity.

    • Anonymous

      i’m not going to head into real or fake territory but i will say that the way the underpinnings of that dress are constructed are the only thing that veer it away from the land of dreadful. i mean, it’s still dreadful, but someone should hire the inbound corsetière to make better things.


  • Anonymous

    How on earth does the top on Kristen’s dress stay up? That must be some hella double-sided tape she’s using there.

    I think the white dress actually looks great on Jordin — it contrasts nicely with her skin, unlike Carrie’s pale pink dress.

  • Anonymous

    Chenoweth’s outfit is upsetting, but Jordin Sparks looks fabulous (if a little plain).

  • Genevieve Dieudonne

    i think you are not going to be happy about this: 

    • We’re never happy about that, Genevieve, but there’s very little we can do about it. Most of the time, Oh No They Didn’t simply ignores our request to take it down. Thanks for letting us know. 

  • Now I am The Bee

    I don’t follow country music, so I don’t know a lot of these gals…but Jordin Sparks looks fab, though a bit casual. 
    Carrie is very cute–bad shoes.
    Re:  Krsitin C–didn’t someone once say that a dress should emphasize either the boobs or the legs, but not both even though she herself never follows that advice?  Anyway–there is no excuse for not finding a dress that fts. 
    The last two women look great in their black dresses. 

    • Anonymous

      That was Heidi “short, tight, and shiny” Klum.

  • Anonymous

    i dont know who she is but Shawna Thompson is wearing one of the most interesting items of clothing i’ve seen in ages & ages. i dont know who made it & the top is simple & standard [then again, anything else would detract from the skirt] but the skirt is actually avant-garde made w/ purpose & determination. it’s flattering & stylish & actually attractive–not just, so help me, ugly & horrible & different for different’s sake made by somebody who wouldnt know why he or she made it that way to save his or her life. kudos.

  • Anonymous

    lots of miscues and awkwardness here. bleh. on to the next post. 

  • Anonymous

    Kristin Chenoweth’s transformation to miniature Pamela Anderson is nearly complete.

  • I wish I had as much faith in anything as Chenoweth seems to have in her dress tape.  Love her, but damn.

  • frankystein123

    LOVE Shawna Thompson’s dress.