CMT Music Awards Red Carpet

Posted on June 07, 2012

Is it us, or do  country music people hand out awards roughly every 3 weeks or so?

Hit it, Cowboys and Cowgirls!


Ali Dee

 Enh. It’s all right. Seen it plenty of times before. The lace looks a bit … shiny and the shoes are all kinds of wrong.


Carrie Underwood in Randi Rahm

Country Glitter Barbie strikes again. It’s not bad, though. Once again: the shoes are all wrong. We have a feeling we’re going to be saying that a few more times before the end of this post.


Denise Richards

 Standard, but not bad.


Elizabeth Cook

 We wonder if she and Carrie Underwood got into a fight in the ladies room.

We don’t actually like cowboy boots with a cocktail dress, but like the world of hip hop, the world of country has its own sartorial rules and we can only go so far in complaining. In other words, it makes as much sense to complain about cowboy boots at the CMT Awards as it does to complain about droopy jeans at the MTV Awards.


Hayden Panettiere

 Cute, but adding a belt was a really dumb idea.


Jennie Garth

What gal doesn’t want a swamp dress?


Jessie James



Jordin Sparks in Kevan Hall

 From the Loretty Lynn Collection at Sears.

We kinda love it for being so on-point.


Kellie Pickler in Hervé Léger by Max Azria

We have to say, we’re starting to get depressed. What does it say about the state of modern country music when half the attendees show up in standard beige cocktail dresses? Bring on the hoedown clothes and prairie dresses, we say. Let’s camp this joint up a little.


Kristen Bell in Reem Acra

 That’s a gorgeous dress. A bit matchy to her hair color, but otherwise a perfect look.


Laura Bell Bundy

 It’s sassy! It’s tacky! It’s SASSYTACKY!


Lauren Alaina

 Yawning now.

Shoes don’t go.


Rachel Holder

 Was there an ugly shoe contest that night or something?


Sara Evans in Julian Joyce

Someone’s looking to get laid.


Sarah Darling

 Yawning again.


Shawna Thompson in Maria Lucia Hohan

Weeping now. Patsy Cline should come down from heaven and give these boring country gals the what-for.


Skylar Laine

YES! TACK-O-RAMA! Thank you for bringing it, country style, Miss Laine. We bow down to your awesome tackiness. It’s like Graceland in dress form.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Scarlet39

    Kellie Pickler should have just shown up topless.

    And did the invite specifically state that all female attendees are to wear ugly shoes? 

    • JaneDC

      Kellie Pickler’s dress is pretty bad up top. Topless might have done more for her.

    • TieDye64

      Yeah, she’s pretty proud of the girls isn’t she? It’s all you see in that photo. 

      I believe you’re right, the fug shoes must have been mandatory. Ugh.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I’m almost surprised that Kellie’s dress didn’ simply have a tray attached for displaying the girls more freely.

  • ChiliP

    WOW! Sara Evans has some LEGS! I’d show ’em off too.

    • Spicytomato1

      I noticed them, too. To call them toned is an understatement…they’re almost the leg equivalent of Madonna’s arms. I cannot imagine the number of squats and lunges required to achieve such muscles.

      • sweetestsith

         Heavy heavy squats & lunges!! I have some serious leg envy right now, and I kind of love her dress… But hey, I don’t mind being a smidge tacky. 😉

      • AmandaCathleen

         “They’re almost the leg equivalent of Madonna’s arms.” THIS.

    • KSpence

       Really? I find them vaguely terrifying.

      • ChiliP

        You and I are going to have to agree to disagree, but I don’t think the desire to have fit, toned legs should be classified as “terrifying.” They are not disproportionate to her body, and she doesn’t have veins bulging through her skin. She looks like she achieved her muscles through rigorous lower body workouts, so why shouldn’t she show off her hard work? I really don’t know what’s terrifying about that. But, to each his own…

  • cmb92191

    I bet there was an ugly shoe contest. 

  • NinaBoo

    TLo, I couldn’t agree more! Camp it up, ladies. That’s why I love what my people do for the Latin Grammys. Go hard or go home! And throw those ugly ass shoes out when you hit the door.

    • I want some camp! These pics even make me miss LeeAnn’s godawful country oufit for Korto on PR Season 5.

  • mmc

    That was awesome!  Good laughs!  Thank you TLo & CMT!

  • MarissaLG

    Jordin Sparks looks unbelievable! Love the color and her makeup is perfection. Kristen Bell looks great too. 

    Everyone else needs to go home and try again. 

  • hmariec19

    Laura Bell Bundy and Skylar Laine. Those bitches get it.

    • meowing

      Yeah, but was it intentional tack or accidental tack?  IMHO, there’s a world of difference.

      • hmariec19

        Oh, I’m sure it was accidental.

  • deathandthestrawberry

    I see Denise Richards raided the sparkly towel from Jennifer Aniston’s closet.

    I love the cap sleeves on Kristen Bell’s dress.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    if Kellie Pickler keeps enlarging those she will be taking over the crown from Dolly Pardon soon…..

    • JaneDC

      Yeah, but Dooly Parton keeps hers up and perky.

      • amf0001

        Dolly wears undergarments to keep the girls happy…

      • MoHub

         Dolly also works the camp brilliantly and intelligently. After all, she’s the one who once said, “It takes a lot of money to look the cheap.” Woman knows what she’s doing, and no one else should even try.

        • formerlyAnon

           Said it before, I’ll say it again. Love Dolly. She does High Artifice as few do.

        • MikeW_PHX

          Dolly is a Goddess, and one of my favorite images is of her coming down the staircase in “Best Little Whorehouse” in that spray painted on black number looking absolutely delicious!!!  

      • schadenfreudelicious

        indeed she does, Kelly could learn a few things from Dolly about hoisting those girls up a few notches.., well actually all the country music younguns could learn a lot from Dolly, gal is an icon 🙂

  • Judy_J

    Hooo-weeee!!!! They’s sure some tacky dressin’ on them country gals!

  • hmariec19

    Also, were the CMTs sponsored by some kind of cheap self-tanner? There’s a lot of orange on that carpet.

    • Mallorie Colvin

      Right?! I especially liked how Rachel Holder’s face is a completely different color from her body

      • On my monitor the orange of her body sort of pulses. Extraordinary.

      • Amy Ellinger

        it looks like someone photoshopped her head onto that body!

      • That’s called “the Eagle” – when one’s face is much lighter than the rest of one’s body. It happens far too often, given how expensive red carpet makeup artists are…

        Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for it – it comes from the fantastic Michelle of 🙂

  • TomBord

    Noooooot sure how ankle bondage gear goes w/ sequin?   Pls ‘plain me Ms Underwood. 

  • MilaXX

    Denise Richard’s legs are 3 shades darker than her top half.
    Kelly Pickler appears to be in love with her store bought boobs.
    Rachel Holder’s face is 5 shades lighter than her entire body.
    Everyone else is completely boring and wearing ugly shoes.

  • Miss_Led

    Kellie Pickler’s dress has that boobs-in-a-hammock look. Totally fugly,

    • I dimly recall the same dress being on Brandy at some point earlier this year, but I liked it a whole lot more. Not to make it a thing, but if you take into account Kellie’s skin and hair, that’s a whole lot of beige going on. At least Brandy gave some contrast.

  • Why do so many country lady stars insist on getting spray tanned to look like oompa loompas?

  • Skylar Lane sure woke ME up out of that trance induced by too many bland RC looks.  WHEW. That is a lot of dress. Hell, that’s a whole RACK full of Too Much Dresses.

  • mjude

    dear god the shoes!

  • Lina_bee

    KBell looks great. What the hell was Denise Richards doing there??

    • kimmeister

      I was wondering the same thing, as well as with KBell and a few others.  Do they have music careers I don’t know about because I don’t listen to country?

      • Lina_bee

        Well, it’s normal for the organizers to get some B or C list celebs to show up, and there’s a certain amount of red carpet stomping that’s required for actors to promote themselves, so they go. But I wouldn’t have pegged DeniseR as positioned to get an invite, since she hasn’t done anything in years.

    • Apparently they’re “fans” of country music.  Watch for me to host next year!  I’m a fan!  🙂

      • Lina_bee

        *laugh* Watch for ALL THE FANS to walk the red carpet next year. And get paid in swag for the honor of their attendance.

        • MikeW_PHX

           ALL THE FANS would be MUCH better dressed than this sad lot of tackiness.   But, then all of us BKs have T&Lo to thank for our style sense, right? 

  • pattyw

    Sara Evans’ dress is looking to get laid. Her legs are saying, “I will crack your nuts.” 

  • Denise Terry

    Did someone put Rachel Holder’s face on someone else’s body, because those are two very different shades of skin there.

  • quiltrx

    What I can’t understand is why about half of these people were even there…they have nothing to do with country music.  And Kristen Bell totally won this round, even if she looks a bit too Oscars for this event.

    • out for a walk

      Kristen looks terrific, but yeah she should’ve saved this knockout dress for an occasion with actual competition…

  • shopgirl716

    I’m with you all.  I miss sequined suits on the men and humungous hair on the women.  So much more fun.

  • carolynmo

    Wow, that last dress! I actually said, “gahh!!” out loud. Startled the cat out of a sound sleep.

  • dsco3031

    Rachel Holder’s makeup is… bad. Couldn’t think of anything that didn’t sound really mean. If you’re going to go that dark on the tan, at least make sure your face matches the rest of your body.

  • Lauren Alaina’s shoes look like soles strapped on with blue painters tape.

    Swampthang dress – seen anywhere else, I would love the color, but now you’ve gone and ruined it for me. All I can see is swamp water…..

  • Lauren Alaina’s shoes look like soles strapped on with blue painters tape.

    Swampthang dress – seen anywhere else, I would love the color, but now you’ve gone and ruined it for me. All I can see is swamp water…..

  • Even though Jordin Sparks wore a Loretta Lynn like dress, Ms Sparks has lost a ton of weight! She looks fantastic!! 🙂

    • FlamingJune1967

       I thought Jordin was best dressed of them all.  That color is very flattering on her!

  • Even though Jordin Sparks wore a Loretta Lynn like dress, Ms Sparks has lost a ton of weight! She looks fantastic!! 🙂

  • Spicytomato1

    Kristen Bell looks the best I’ve ever seen her look. Too bad this style achievement was wasted on this event.

  • Man. More Nudie suits and polyester prairie dresses and less AVN Awards dresses please!

  • Anathema_Device

    I went from laughing at your captions to gasping in horror when I got to Laine’s dress.

    The under dress looks like those homemade stepping-stone kits my kids would make for me.

  • Wow. I’m disappointed. Not a gingham check in sight. Sigh.

  • I was really hoping for some classic CMT awards insanity.  I was not expecting to be bored by a bunch of ugly shoes. 

  • Cathy S

    Reem Acra makes some incredibly gorgeous dresses.

  • marciekr

    I think Sarah Darling’s dress is really cute.  Agree about all the rest, though.

  • Wendi126

    You gentlemen can take the rest of the day off…just putting a ‘y’ at the end of Loretta amused me enough for the day.

    • SapphoPoet

      Actually, I think her family called her “Loretty.” I memorized her autobiography when I was a kid. 

  • MoHub

    This leaves me pining for gingham, buckskin, fringe, and proper cowboy boots.

  • LP

    Is it typical to have the mark IN the picture?  It could be a little more subtle than an ugly black tape X.

  • Pennymac

    Wow. I’d really like to think that if I was Famous, Pretty, Rich, AND Country that I could do way better.

  • fanneydg

    i think you’re being a bit harsh on kellie pickler, she’s wearing a pocahontas dress!

  • Shannon Maxham

    Sassytacky! My word of the day!

  • formerlyAnon

    Skylar Laine HAS to be wearing a custom creation, yes? There isn’t actually somebody trying to sell multiples of that dress?

    Jordin Sparks brought it old school, but she needed the teased up hair and some sparkly chandelier earrings to really make it work.

    Kellie Pickler’s top is not just waaay more revealing than the occasion calls for, it makes her look droopy or awkward or something more anatomical than sexy up top. Shawna Thompson looks like she’s wearing the dowdy home-made version of Pickler’s.

  • momjeans76

    Anyone else think that Kristen Bell looks a little Diana Agron in this photo?

  • Not to go off-topic here, but what’s up with the fugly 70s logo for the CMTs?

  • Sara LaBatt

    I am going to an 80s party on Saturday night and I wish I had Laura Bell Bundy’s dress…

  • TieDye64

    And Skylar brings the tacky fun. That’s a whole lotta’ crazy there. Yay.

  • i live in nashville and i would pay good money for girls to STOP wearing cowboy boots with dresses. pay i tell you!   (by the way, sara evans legs are killing it!  if i had legs like that i’d — maybe — wear a sequined t-shirt from 1984….maybe)

  • Kristen looks adorable.
    Strippertastic and sassytacky made my day, love you TLo.

  • Synnamin

    yawn, indeed. Hey, was there any crack from Eurovision this year?

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    Wispy feathers have replaced buckskin fringe, apparently.  And I must be out of the loop…why is Denise Richards at the CMT awards?

  • SASSYTACKY!! I actually laughed out loud.

  • EEKstl

    Actually, Graceland is more restrained.

  • judybrowni

    When I saw mention of the Country Music Awards last night, I prayed to Jesus TLo would tackle it!


  • KaileeM

    Oh, man. I sort of love the CMT red carpet posts because I always look forward to the big hair and tacky dresses. But, yeah, this group is BORING. UGH. 

  • golspie

    Elizabeth Cook wins. Glitter dress plus glitter boots. You can tell she’s filthy in bed too.

  • PastryGoddess

    I’m loving SASSYTACKY as a new word.  Can we get that copyrighted?

  • Candigirl1968

    I thought we finally had seen the last of those angry clompers, but now it looks like they are making a comeback.  Because nothing says summer like a pair of heavy-looking shoes.  

  • FlamingJune1967

    that’s not Rachel Holder!   It’s someone wearing a Rachel Holder mask!

  • Actually, while Jordin Sparks looks more Country-fied…. Um… she’s like 22, right? 

    Carrie Underwood I guess gets my vote.  I even like the shoes with that outfit.

  • My mind doesn’t believe that it’s not somebody else’s face photoshopped onto Rachel Holder’s body. They’re like two separate entities (think of the moon people in ‘Baron von Münchhausen’).

  • Lilak

    Aside from Kristen Bell, all o’ these chicks look like heavily painted molded plastic.  The term Barbie is too complimentary: What we have here is the complete line of Acme Fly-By-Night “Brabrie & Frenz.”
    (Or the D-list UK celebrities featured in the Daily Mail.)

  • I want little Miss Bundy’s hot-pink satin ankle strap pumps.

    …Is that five Hail Mary’s and six Our Father’s?

  • marilyn

    I liked the cowboy boots

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Is Laura Bell Bundy wearing Selena Gomez’s dress from the “Acid-trip-mariachi-lightsaber-pinata” portion of her “Love You Like a Lovesong” video? That is one unfavorable comparison, Ms. Bundy.


  • cleep1000

    Jordin Sparks FTW.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Sassytacky-a fabulous new word, and so appropro for so many of these looks.

    • I think we should take it to the next level and say “sasstackular”.  Leaving the y out makes it roll off your tongue better.

  • allisankelly

    Jordin Sparks doing her best Peaches and Cream Barbie™ imitation.

  • I actually love Ms. Cowboy Boots w/sparkle dress. In fact I think those boots go great with the dress (with the event). I also think, sadly, that aside from Ms. Bell, she’s pretty much the best of this lot — certainly she showed the most personality.

  • It’s like short, tight and shiny with hideous shoes is the uniform.

  • I guess the “I just unbraided my hair” look is a thing now. This makes getting dressed in the morning 100% easier. 

  • cam_lo

    whoever let skylar wear that should be incarcerated. 

  • girliecue

    Is this the CMTs or an ad for Payless Shoes Annual Clearance Sale? I can’t tell.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Everyone looks really tan….I mean really tan. Did they have tanning booths outside? Was a tan mandatory? So many ugly outfits and shoes. Sad. Maybe everyone needed some vitamin D to perk themselves up. 

  • I can’t figure out what Kristen Bell was doing there, unless it’s part of her charitable outreach program to show country ladystars how to comport themselves whilst on the RC.

  • SapphoPoet

    What was with all the horrid shoes? The cowboy boots were the best of the lot. 

    I’m not even going to talk about the dresses.

  • They all look like real housewives. Save for K-Bell, she’s awesome. Show those b’s some class, Veronica!

  • LambeeBaby

    Nashville Prom country music dancing with the jersey shore icecapades

  • PeaceBang

    Was this a porn thing? A lot of melon-halves on parade. Skylar Laine looks like something from a bus-and-truck of “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To the Forum” – from the House of Marcus Lycus. Rachel Holder, bless her heart, is straight-up orange. Her shoes are the Ugliest Among the Ugly. And that’s saying something. Wow, what a crowd.

  • joancarol

    Kellie Pickler with an over the shoulder boulder holder.

  • KBell looks adorable, although it does surprise me that she was one more of the more glitzy ones on the RC, given how laid-back her usual style is. For shame, everyone else.

  • frankystein123

    I guess CMT = tacky.

  • guest2visits

    O. M. G.   This is better than the CMT awards.  Thanks, TLo.

  • aristida_girl

    Sassytacky is my favorite word of the day! Creativity in the face of a cranky world and low levels of caffeine! Keep up the good work guys : )

  • discordany

    I would truly *love* it if the celebs got together to have a red-carpet tacky shoe contest, and kept it to themselves so that the rest of the world watched and wondered what they were thinking.

  • couldn’t someone have told that rachel holder girl that her face and body were two very different colours?

  • GTrain

    a hot mess, as expected from this event

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    as someone who doesnt mind & has surely worn cowboy boots w/ a cocktail dress [or its equivalent], i think the thing is, if you wanna be judgey, to set yr mind on whether theyre a good enough pair of cowboy boots. to my mind, no, they should maybe be a couple inches higher, both in heel & in calf-height, pair of justins. i’m not, btw, sure that justins are the very best boots–i do think theyre pretty good–but they tend to be my favorite. i’ve probably got at least five pairs of cowboy boots running around here, almost inexplicably, including a pair of alligator mens fryes of which i can only currently find one & which, come to think of it, never fit anyone i know. not that i know of, anyway.

    the rest of these items of, i dunno, clothing i guess are so dull as to not be worth discussion. sad, too, cos we’re talking the same genre thats dressed every-wonderful-one from loretta to dolly, all of whom could wipe the floor w/ the best of the above. even the last dress may have the tacky factor cooking for it–but it’s about as country-american as it is spaceman-american, which is, you know: not very. shame. i will have to, instead, for my costuming pleasure look forward to whenever people start twirling around on ice.

  • So much “Bad” in one place! God! with I was there!!!

  • I know I am days behind and just seeing this now but the laughing will last me threw the day. She’s Sassytacky? You guys….

  • “Graceland in dress form” – HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

  • OneTwoThreeFashion

    The Reem ACra gown worn by Kristen Bell is SIMPLY FABULOUS!

  • H3ff

    Yikes. Is that Laura Bell Bundy’s original nose? I think I’m going to have nightmares.

  • Susan Crawford

    You guys! “SASSYTACKY”! “Swamp dress”! “Loretty Lynn Collection for Sears”! I want to buy you both dinner, you little rascals!