44th Annual CMA Awards Live Blog!

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It’s time! The 44th Annual CMA Awards are tonight, live on ABC at 8 PM Eastern/7 PM Central. Your hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are also scheduled to perform twice, once solo and once together with Keith Urban in the opening number that is rumored to involve Carrie’s song “Songs Like This” and/or a Beverly Hillbillies parody.

Also performing are Kelly Clarkson in a duet with Jason Aldean (“Don’t You Wanna Stay”), the night’s top nominee Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, Reba, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Gwyneth Paltrow with Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, and George Strait. Kellie Pickler is presenting.

The red carpet has already started and you can stream it at ABC.com or UStream.

This is your live blog/discussion post. MJ will be adding pictures and video. We’ve got nominations, performance spoilers, red carpet sightings, key links, and anything else CMA related and it’s all after the jump!

  • Ty Pennington and Lee Ann Rimes present the award for Single of the Year to “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum
  • Kellie Pickler presents Song of the Year goes to “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert
  • Darius Rucker presents New Artist Of The Year to Zac Brown Band, which isn’t new at all but them’s the rules!
  • Easton Corbin, Sara Evans, and Chris Young present Vocal Group Of The Year to Lady Antebellum.
  • Little Big Town present Album Of The Year to Miranda Lambert.
  • Joanna Garcia and Jeff Gordon present Vocal Duo Of The Year to Sugarland.
  • Martina McBride presents Male Vocalist Of The Year to Blake Shelton. That’s an upset!
  • Loretta Lynn and Sissy Spacek present Female Vocalist Of The Year to Miranda Lambert.
  • Tim McGraw presents Entertainer Of The Year to Brad Paisley. Awwww he’s so emotional and gives great speech. He says he feels like a “turtle on a fencepost” because he had help getting up there. He thanks the fans with his voice cracking for their loyalty no matter who they’re fans of. Now he’s talking about his grandfather and learning to play the guitar. Aw Brad! Thanking his wife, people he works with. Then they play him off, what the heck?

Update 30: Carrie and Brad bid the audience Good Night! That’s a wrap!

Update 29: Narnia commercial with behind the scenes of Carrie singing There’s A Place For Us!

Update 28: Gwyneth Paltrow and Vince Gill come out to sing “Country Strong” from the movie of the same name. Gwyneth’s actually doing pretty well. She and Vince get a standing ovation.

Update 27: Sissy Spacek introduces Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow to sing “Coal Miner’s Daughter” in tribute to Loretta Lynn. Look for Loretta to join them. And she does!

Update 26: Brad Paisley’s covered by the rising fog for Dierks Bentley’s performance LOL. He plays it off and introduces Dierks Bentley performing “Up On The Ridge”.

Update 25: Carrie sings “Mama’s Song” in front of a classic movie theater background with video of Carrie and her mom playing against the screen in the background. She starts it off a cappella with songwriter Hillary Lindsey and her back up singer Jamie Fraley, it sounds awesome. Carrie’s wearing a stunning mauve dress and it’s a very emotional performance for her with her mom there. She’s got tears in her eyes. She’s really excited about them showing her mom on the jumbotron lol.

Update 24: What the….? The announcer asks “Will the award for Female Vocalist Of The Year go to Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift, or Carrie Underwood?” There are 5 nominees and the 5th is Reba!

Update 23: The Band Perry performs their hit single “If I Die Young” and then announced the radio stations that won CMA awards.

Update 22: Lady Antebellum kicks off the 3rd hour of the show performing their new single “Hello World”. It’s an epic power ballad.

Update 21: Brad Paisley debuting a never before heard song called “This Is Country Music”. It will be on his new album due out next year.

Update 20: Kid Rock performing his single “Born Free” which hasn’t done much on country radio but I guess he’s still trying.

Update 19: Kelly and Jason sound great! Kelly looks gorgeous – love the upswept hairdo, and she’s wearing a beautiful royal blue velvet dress with a sheer black bolero. They get a standing ovation! Jennifer Nettles mouths “So great!” Then Little Big Town does some BRILLIANT harmony on Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me”. They sound this amazing on their own songs too, and they’ve got lots of great ones.

Update 18: Haha. Carrie does an identity theft gag. Jeff Gordon plays Brad Paisley. Carrie introduces Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson!! Except Brad didn’t quite get around to saying her name ;)

Update 17: Keith Urban performs his single “Put You In A Song”. Carrie introduces Reba performing her cover of the Beyonce song “If I Were A Boy”. Jason and Kelly are up next!

Update 16: Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean should be coming up soon!

Update 15: Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl introduces Taylor Swift singing her new single “Back To December”. This is the one about Taylor Lautner and how Swift’s sorry for how she treated him. Hey she doesn’t sound that out of tune! Smart choice singing a song with a 5 note range and not many instruments to sing over. Unfortunate shot of her saying “What!” to somebody offstage. Oh well, it’s definitely better than usual for Taylor. Now Carrie introduces Sugarland for their country-reggae song (yes you read right!) “Stuck Like Glue”. The video’s on VH1 now and it’s hilarious, I’d highly recommend it. Jennifer Nettles starts out singing it like one of those stationary windup ballerinas. Ha. Good performance and the audience loves it.

Update 14: By the way, follow David Wild. He’s a CMA writer and he’s giving backstage updates like this one

Just spoke to Brad and Carrie. They’re having a blast, and say hello. Please keep watching there’s fun planned all night long.

Update 13: Carrie introduces Kenny Chesney for a performance of his #1 hit “Boys Of Fall”.

Update 12: Zac Brown Band performing the current #1 country single with Alan Jackson: “As She’s Walking Away”. Good tune.

Update 11: Hey! It’s Carrie’s Olay commercial. Slightly different than the online version because “tonight is definitely a glam night”.

Update 10: Carrie introduces her buddy Miranda Lambert who rocks out her cover of John Prine’s “That’s The Way The World Goes Round”. She’s a little buried in the sound mix but it’s a fun performance. Haha at her fiance Blake Shelton calling her crazy after her performance. Carrie and Brad then bring on Little Jimmy Dickens in snorkeling gear as the new flood warning system for Nashville. OK then! They introduce George Strait, who has won more CMA Awards than anyone even though Brad tries to take credit for that lol. King George is performing “The Breath You Take”.

Update 9: After Rascal Flatts performs their new single “Why Wait” we’re back to Brad & Carrie. It’s Carrie and Mike’s 4 month anniversary! Carrie and Brad are singing a little duet dedicated to their engaged friends Blake and Miranda. Parody about the size of Miranda’s ring. “That’s what she said.” Thank you Brad. Blake Shelton performing his #1 hit “All About Tonight”.

    UPDATE 8: Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban open the CMAs with Songs Like This! Awesome. Keith is playing banjo.  After the opening number, Brad and Carrie sing a “Beverly Hillbillies” parody. We’ve got BP, Brett Favre, and Tiger Woods references. Here come the jokes: “Can you get me Coldplay tickets”  Carrie Underwood: “Don’t be rude…Can you get me 4?” Brad sings Gaga! Awesome!

    UPDATE 7: Tune in online NOW for the prebroadcast CMAs announced by Rodney Atkins. Mac Macanally wins Musician Of The Year. Video Of The Year goes to “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert. She’ll be sweeping tonight. Trey Fanjoy directed it. Musical Event Of The Year goes to “Hillbilly Bone” by Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins.

    UPDATE 6 Janine Rhodes tweets

    Also! Watch the CMAs tonight. Tune in for one of a kind Randi Rahm on Carrie Underwood. The reason I was @ wrk until 1230 am on Friday

    UPDATE 5: Jason Aldean confirmed in a red carpet interview that the 2nd single off his album WILL be the duet with Kelly “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” as MJ reported.

    UPDATE 4 Fox News Radio reports:

    CMA Co-host Carrie Underwood hit the red carpet in a blue ruffled and layered gown, taking time to hug pal Kellie Pickler.

    Pictures posted!

    UPDATE 3 Kellie Pickler is in a gold sequined gown according to AP Country.

    UPDATE 2 Bo Bice sighting on the red carpet!

    UPDATE 1 We have a Carrie sighting. CMT reports that Carrie is wearing a “black, frilly dress” and they don’t know how she’ll sit in it. Good thing she’ll be changing out of that one pretty quick!
    Credit underwood9098 for the screenshot. Carrie’s dress is reportedly Talbot Runhof.

    Carrie is nominated for Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, but expect Miranda Lambert to win both of those and have a very good night tonight along with Lady Antebellum. Hey, at least Carrie gets to perform twice and change outfits even more as cohost!

    UPDATE: OMG Carrie’s red carpet dress is epic! Haha, screenshot after the jump. Bo Bice is also on the red carpet. So is Kellie Pickler. MJ‘s adding pics as we speak! Now including GORGEOUS pictures of Carrie and Kellie together! Also including news from Jason Aldean about the 2nd single off his new album (hint: it features an Idol). The show’s started – check out our live blog after the jump!

     
    • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

      haha wow that dress is AWESOME :D

    • Esqt

      It’s a feather duster! :grin:

    • partyintheusa

      Geez Kellie! Put those fake boobs of yours back into that dress! That’s just a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen, not to mention it just looks tacky!

    • leome

      Oh wow!! That Carriw dress is Amazing!!! so gorgeous.

    • partyintheusa

      Is it really necessary to be so twig thin as Carrie is? She’s taken it way too far.

    • lorismile

      Carrie has the strangest tastes in dresses. I would like it much better without the fluffy tutu in the middle.

      I don’t like the gold dress. Plus she looks like she’s had Botox or something. Her face looks plastic, or is it me?

      The girl with the dark hair reminds me of a cross between Fergie and Miley Cyrus.

      No idea who the guy is.

    • smeggingnuts

      haha from the smaller sized pictures of Kellie she kinda looks like old Christina Applegate

    • leome

      I’m just seeing the pics but Carrie looks normal to me. Not that thin :/

    • GreenHippo

      The girl with the dark hair reminds me of a cross between Fergie and Miley Cyrus.

      hahahahahahaha that’s Julianne Hough from DWTS, and Country Music star extraordinare, also engaged to Ryan Seacrest. :lol:

    • partyintheusa

      Carrie looks like a stick! Completely unnatural.

    • GreenHippo

      No idea who the guy is.

      Lori, you crack me up …. Hahahaha
      Bo Bice AI runner up to Carrie Underwood S4 :)

    • smeggingnuts

      hmmm Carrie looks about average celebrity size to me

    • mandabutter

      I think Carrie looks tremendous! Awesome dress.
      I just turned on the CMT Red Carpet special, haven’t seen anyone yet. Just a pre-taped interview w/ Tim McGraw.

      Heard any rehearsal spoilers about Gwenyth’s performance??

    • googletot

      Kellie looks like she’s imitating Marilyn Monroe — and looks like too much botox!

    • mandabutter

      I also like that Carr is evenly bronzed. HA! Girl came prepared.
      Lady AAAAA! Woohoo.
      ETA: I can call her Carr, cuz we tight like that. lol ;)

    • lollypop12

      Don’t get why Kellie’s always picking out hootchy mama dresses. She’s got a great body, but boy her dresses make her look slutty.

      I like the bottom of Carrie’s dress, not so much the middle part..

      Oh and isn’t that Julianne?

    • mandabutter

      It’s Miranda Lamberts B-Day!!! And she’s up for 9, but she can only win 6 out of the 9 awards. :/

    • mandabutter

      Refresh and look back at the top of the thread post for updates. Couple of wins already… Mac and Miranda, yippee.

      OMG, Taylor Swift is NOT on the list/special Top 40 Country Songs of the Decade. *gruff* You’re kidding me?! she is on the list, I’m being sarcastic. If Kenny Chesney doesn’t have at least 4 on there, I’m throwing my tv remote in someone’s direction.

    • Valentin432

      Wow, there’s a high concentration of Idol coming to this party: Kelly, Carrie, Kellie, Bo, Danny. Are Josh and Bucky also coming?

      UPDATE 5: Jason Aldean confirmed in a red carpet interview that the 2nd single off his album WILL be the duet with Kelly “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” as MJ reported.

      Cool, they must be really high on the song to put it out as the second single of the album.

    • lorismile

      Lori, you crack me up …. Hahahaha
      Bo Bice AI runner up to Carrie Underwood S4

      Wow, he looks very different there!

      I am here for your entertainment – lol – couldn’t resist.

    • Indigobunting

      I love Carries dress!

      Did Kellie have breast augmentation :shock: I don’t recall her being that well endowed before!!!!!!!!!!

      Julianne Hough dyed her hair dark?

    • mandabutter

      Is she in red High Heels??? heehee.

    • lollypop12

      I wonder if Kellie’s preggers..

    • sr4mjc

      Carrie looks gorgeous as always, she doesn’t look too thin. Her arms aren’t stringy or anything like that. Kellie, well she cracks me up. Does look like she’s had a little facial work done too, but she’s so young?

    • partyintheusa

      Did Kellie have breast augmentation :shock: I don’t recall her being that well endowed before!!!!!!!!!!

      Yep! That was in the news years ago as one of the first “big” purchases she made with her new salary. Though she would never confirm it, it’s pretty obvious.

    • Indigobunting

      Thanks partyintheusa!

      I guess I must have missed that breaking news story, lol!

      Yah, it does seem pretty obvious.

      I can’t imagine she would have face work done-is she even 30???

      Maybe it is an effect of lots of foundation……

    • partyintheusa

      Shit! Carrie changed fast from the opening song to making her 1st co-host appearance on stage!

      Oh man, LeAnn Rimes presenting first! How appropriate considering Brad just sang a parody about infidelity! Should’ve mentioned LeAnn in that song…would’ve been epic!!! LOL!

    • lorismile

      Though she would never confirm it, it’s pretty obvious.

      Yeah, that’s not the kind of purchase you make and then try to hide it from anyone.

    • abbysee

      Yeah, that’s not the kind of purchase you make and then try to hide it from anyone.

      I guess she could have taken out an ad in Variety, or maybe a billboard in Times Square perhaps? Who makes those kinds of announcements?

    • sr4mjc

      Seem to remember Ryan saying something to her when she was back on the show, like ‘bought anything for yourself lately?’ or ‘been shopping lately?’ something like that.

    • steph6449

      Wow, there’s a high concentration of Idol coming to this party: Kelly, Carrie, Kellie, Bo, Danny. Are Josh and Bucky also coming?

      Danny was planning to watch the show from home tonight after the crazy schedule he’s had the past few days working on new music and all the CMA Week press. He did say though he was doing more media today, and would be at the after parties tonight. Not sure what that means as far as catching any photos of him or whether he did the black carpet thing early enough to have time to leave and come back for the parties.

    • dhunken

      I love Carrie Underwood. Just had to say that carry on.

    • houstonrufus23

      Carrie looks gorgeous. Glad to see Miranda doing well.

    • Tess

      Alrighty then…some peeps need to fire their stylists…both Kellie and Carrie’s dresses are beyond horrible. Carrie looks like she is being wrapped in black mummy cloth that has exploded to droop around her waist and hem and Kellie looks like she is wearing a nightgown circa 1930…and both of them have on way to much make-up…can they even smile?

      Geesh, such pretty girls and they do this to themselves. But then it fits into the sterotypical country girl singer with the BIG hair, big boobs, false eyelashes, and overdone prom dresses.

      Even with that I still love me some Kellie and I enjoy listening to Carrie.

    • lifeisgood

      I love that deep shade of grey of Carrie’s dress – would like the style better without the pouf in the middle – otherwise I think it’s a chic dress. Bo looks great!

    • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

      just wowwwwwwwww kelly clarkson can sureeeeeeeeeee sannnnng

    • Trina

      Kelly was incredible!

    • dhunken

      I love Kelly Clarkson Just had to say that carry on. :-)

    • suzaustin

      Can’t say it too many times…Kelly Clarkson is absolutely THE BEST!!! No matter what she sings, I stop in my tracks to listen. :)

    • houstonrufus23

      Kelly was AWESOME. Damn. That girl can sing. I end up saying that over and over again.

      The only thing I’ll say about Kellie Pickler is she makes herself look alot older than she is. Isn’t she only in her early or mid 20′s?

      I like Carrie’s dress. Often not a fan of those mid poofy things, but I like it here. The color and the layering make it chic, IMO.

    • http://www.dallascowboys.com GeminiDolly

      I dont even post that much anymore but had to just pass through to say KELLY FREAKING CLARKSON IS AMAZING. She had the best performance and not even a country singer. Her duet with Jason was all kinds of perfect.

      She will always be my favorite Idol winner ever. Why she has not been able to have much success since Breakaway, I will never know.

    • abbysee

      Can’t say it too many times…Kelly Clarkson is absolutely THE BEST!!!

      You can say that again!

    • tierbee

      Kelly looked and sounded amazing. I’m enjoying this show – can watch with my kids and most of the singers can, like, sing :)

      (Plus I have a bit of a crush on Blake Shelton, hee)

    • ri

      WHERE’S CASEY??!!

    • houstonrufus23

      Wow. As a country music fan, that was a very cool moment. Having Loretta come out and perform and then give the award to Miranda, who I think is certainly an heir to the kind of female country perspective Loretta pioneered. Awesome.

    • Miss Blue

      Loved Kelly, loved Gwyneth. My favorite moments of the show.

    • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

      lorettttttta :) how awesome

    • iluvai

      I just wonder. Carrie must be a size 0 minus.

      Good for her!

      edit:sorry for the confusion.

      Oh and I love Kelly Clarkson! Yep she’s pretty much awesome, kickass and gorgeous! :)

    • iluvai

      Kellie Pickler is a darling. I just have to say that!

    • Ratna12

      Julianne Hough dyed her hair dark?

      I know that she has a darker hair for the filming of the remake of Footlose, and I think that she will appear in dark hair too in the movie Burlesque with Cher.

    • Ratna12

      West Coaster here.
      What happens to the eyebrow of the lead singer of Rascal Flatts ?
      Looks like he had surgery ? He looks unnatural. I don’t remember him looking like that .

    • OvenMitt

      I actually see Carrie’s dress as very chic, just difficult for most people to pull off. It would be best on a taller woman, and probably better on Carrie if she’d done an updo (although I’m guessing that kind of hairstyle wouldn’t work well with all the outfit changes she does as host). Whoever does Carrie’s styling needs to get ahold of Kellie Pickler, though. Yeowch!

    • partyintheusa

      Watching my dvr recording now. Glad to see that the Kelly fat comments are not included tonight. She looks FABULOUS!

    • partyintheusa

      Nice to see that Miranda Lambert can look hot without being a size zero (Yes, Carrie! I’m looking at YOU!).

    • partyintheusa

      I just wonder. Carrie must be a size 0 minus.

      Good for her!

      And that is exactly the problem. Too many celebrate these nearly impossible to reach sizes of 0 through 2. Gag me!

    • iluvai

      And that is exactly the problem. Too many celebrate these nearly impossible to reach sizes of 0 through 2. Gag me!

      I was just trying to be nice. That was probably a really stupid comment. She is way too skinny.

      My daughter is a gymnast and is 5 feet tall. I’m sure Carrie wears a smaller size and weighs less than the my 15 year old.

      Sorry.

    • http://idolstages.com Connie D.

      OvenMitt:
      11/11/2010 at 12:34 am

      Whoever does Carrie’s styling needs to get ahold of Kellie Pickler, though. Yeowch!

      Kellie admires Dolly Parton, so I’m guessing she likes to dress more in that style than a designer style.

    • partyintheusa

      I was just trying to be nice. That was probably a really stupid comment. She is way too skinny.

      My daughter is a gymnast and is 5 feet tall. I’m sure Carrie wears a smaller size and weighs less than the my 15 year old.

      Sorry.

      No problem and certainly no need to apologize. I didn’t mean to come down on you. I just feel discouraged that we have two extreme problems with weight in this country. It seems it’s either obesity or insanely thin. I just wish Carrie had been happy with herself as a very attractive size 6 that was she was back in her Idol days and not felt this compulsive need get down to what I’ve heard is a size 2.

    • gangreen29

      Carrie was wonderful singing Mama’s song, even though it isn’t a favorite of mine. Kelly was also amazing.

      Carrie looks wonderful and healthy. I think the obesity epidemic in this country sometimes confuses people about what an actual healthy weight looks like. Some people are just naturally disposed to being thin.

    • partyintheusa

      Kellie admires Dolly Parton, so I’m guessing she likes to dress more in that style than a designer style.

      It just looks slutty with her fake boobs hanging out all the time.

    • partyintheusa

      Carrie looks wonderful and healthy. I think the obesity epidemic in this country sometimes confuses people about what an actual healthy weight looks like. Some people are just naturally disposed to being thin.

      Are you suggesting that a size 6 is not an actual healthy weight? The chick keeps a daily food diary at size 2! You’d think by now, she wouldn’t have to do this unless she is still trying lose even more weight. I saw her live and she looked almost sickly thin on stage. The camera adds weight for sure, so maybe she looks “normal-ish” on tv.

    • Valentin432

      Big jump for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” on Itunes, it was n°91 and now is 29.

    • gangreen29

      I saw her live and she looked almost sickly thin on stage

      I’ve seen her live twice and she looked wonderful both times. A size 2 is a healthy weight for many.

      The chick keeps a daily food diary at size 2! You’d think by now, she wouldn’t have to do this unless she is still trying lose even more weight.

      A daily food diary is a good idea for someone no matter their weight or whether they are trying to gain, lose, or maintain their weight.

    • Indigobunting

      Kelly sounded great as usual. Just not a big fan of that song; kind of generic and bombastic.

      So happy that Blake won, and Brad also :)

      Carrie was shut out, but I’m sure she will make up for it at the ACAs.

      Gwyneth- fake twang; sorry no, not a fan of that. But she sang pretty well.

      Fun night in more ways than one ;)

    • houstonrufus23

      Yeah, Gwyneth pulled it off. It came off a little stunt-ish and I’d rather Loretta’s performance have been the last, but whatever. I saw Gwyneth perform once with Sheryl Crow in Austin and was impressed. She has a decent if not really good voice.

    • partyintheusa

      Maybe I’m just envious of Carrie because no matter what I do, I can’t seem to get below a size 14 anymore.

    • tierbee

      The chick keeps a daily food diary at size 2! You’d think by now, she wouldn’t have to do this unless she is still trying lose even more weight.

      My sister keeps a food diary at size 0… she’s just a tiny, tiny girl and she wants to make sure she’s eating healthy. A food diary is a very good lifelong habit. Helps you see where you’re tripping up either if you’re losing too much weight or gaining/not losing weight. My sister has trouble keeping weight on, I have trouble keeping weight off. I offered to give her some of my weight but we just couldn’t find a way to do that…

      I think Carrie has looked thin in the past but I thought she looked fantastic tonight (and lately). I don’t think she’s a starved size 2 at all. She clearly works out, too, her legs are amazing.

    • http://MJO judes

      tierbee:
      11/10/2010 at 11:10 pm

      Kelly looked and sounded amazing. I’m enjoying this show – can watch with my kids and most of the singers can, like, sing :)

      Tierbee I agree. Its great to be able to watch a show & not worry about what’s going to be performed or whether I’ll have to mute as the singing was so off key!!

      gangreen29:
      11/11/2010 at 1:09 am

      I saw her live and she looked almost sickly thin on stage

      I’ve seen her live twice and she looked wonderful both times. A size 2 is a healthy weight for many.

      Our sizing is different to yours I know but I think in Australia it is 2 sizes different -so our size 10 would be US size 6. If that’s the case we would regard size 10[US 6] to be a healthy weight. I wouldn’t know anyone who would be a size 6 [US 2] except celebraties & when I’ve seen them in real life they do look sickly thin.

      I’ve had a daughter who used to be a borderline anorexic when she was 14 & maybe then would have been a US 2 but she worked with a dietician & now at nearly 20 is back to a healthy 10[Us 6] again & has a much better attitude towards food.
      The main problem is that TV does tend to make you appear bigger than you are . However in saying that- I thought Kelly looked beautiful tonight .
      We also have the extremes in weight over here – so the message has been warped. We need to say to young girls not to diet as such but eat healthily but with a balanced approach to food & not to use it as a crutch.
      Sorry lecture over- thanks for these folders they are a refreshing change of pace .

    • wonderings

      Random Jason & Kelly wardrobe questions:
      - Is Kelly wearing shoes?
      - Jason Aldean with a wallet chain? I associate that accessory so closely American Idol.

    • tierbee

      Its great to be able to watch a show & not worry about what’s going to be performed or whether I’ll have to mute as the singing was so off key!!

      It was also nice to not have to worry about anyone being risque… it’s a pretty clean show and that’s nice when you have kids!

      We need to say to young girls not to diet as such but eat healthily but with a balanced approach to food & not to use it as a crutch.

      At the end of the day, you need to burn more calories than you take in. There are so many diets and plans but that’s the bottom line. What worked for me in the past and I’m doing again is I count my calories — I eat 5-6 small meals a day 6 days a week and count calories and then the 7th day I loosen up a little bit and don’t count them and while I don’t pig out all day I’ll go out to eat or something like that. You start eating healthier quickly when you realize you can eat more that way ;)

      I think that girls (and guys – there are plenty of guys out there with poor self image and self esteem) need to love their bodies and themselves and take care of that body but putting good stuff in it. Interestingly, I never thought of it from the other side but my sister is a tiny, tiny thing and wears a size 0. She has trouble keeping weight *on* and she gets so much crap about being “too skinny” and it really is hard on her self-esteem. She pointed out that people don’t like to be told “You’re too fat, eat less” so why should it be ok to tell her “You’re too thin, eat more”? Now, granted, there are people who have eating disorders and I’m not brushing that off. But some thin people are just… thin. Now, I have trouble keeping weight *off* so I offered to give her some of my excess but, alas, we couldn’t find a way to make that work…

    • tierbee

      - Jason Aldean with a wallet chain? I associate that accessory so closely American Idol.

      Haha, yes, it’s the “Look! A rocker!” accessory of choice ;)

    • http://MJO judes

      She pointed out that people don’t like to be told “You’re too fat, eat less” so why should it be ok to tell her “You’re too thin, eat more”? Now, granted, there are people who have eating disorders and I’m not brushing that off. But some thin people are just… thin. Now, I have trouble keeping weight *off* so I offered to give her some of my excess but, alas, we couldn’t find a way to make that work…

      Oh I agree totally – I also know some who just can’t put on weight – that’s why I wouldn’t ever say to anyone’s face that they are too thin or fat – who am I to presume anything. My point was that I think the media messages have been very confusing & some young girls & guys do have low self esteem if they don’t think they fit the mould!! I agree that exercising is also important but my daughter went over board with that as well at one stage.

      Ha ha- wouldn’t it be great if we could all share around some excess fat – life would be much easier!!

      -

      Jason Aldean with a wallet chain? I associate that accessory so closely American Idol.

      Yeah what is with that. I remember the Finale of Season 7 when they were in the white clothes & all the guys seemed to have one.

    • tierbee

      My point was that I think the media messages have been very confusing & some young girls & guys do have low self esteem if they don’t think they fit the mould!!

      Oh, definitely… between TV and magazines, you’d think everyone is beautiful and thin. Especially when they airbrush the crap out of people on magazine covers! It’s hard being a teen/youngster, I was *never* comfortable in my own skin. Took me ’til my 30s to get there. Oh how I wish I could go back and tell teen-me that it’s going to be ok!

    • Trina

      I’ve kept a food diary the last 7 years. There’s nothing wrong with that. Ever since I had my 2nd child I’ve started eating healthier and exercise daily. Not because I want to be a size two but because I want to be healthy. I think Carrie looks amazing and she doesn’t look too sickly thin like some celebs do. I had Susan Lucci is front of me once and her ribs were practically sticking out.

    • OhMyRawrrr

      I think Carrie looks absolutely fabulous and healthy! She has a crazy life with all the performing, touring, etc. And I think she maintains a healthy balance in her life by taking care of herself – eating right and exercising – and she keeps her little doggie with her. I think she’s a great role model.

    • windmills

      So speaking of the CMA Awards show ;) here’s a tweet from CMA writer David Wild:

      Carrie Underwood is an angel. In three years, she has never been anything but sweet, funny and beautiful in every way.

      Here’s an article he wrote for the morning after.

      Hey, I like that Lady Gaga as much as the next guy — or as much as most next guys — but I couldn’t have been prouder to be associated with last night’s 44th CMA Awards — Country Music’s Night in which we brought you great Ladies like Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Sheryl Crow and yes, the prettiest third of Lady Antebellum too. From my admittedly biased point of view backstage writing for the show, this was a truly great evening of music that showcased the fact that country music today is an loving extended modern family.

    • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

      Sugarland …. hurt my ears and made me wonder who buys their crap.

    • tierbee

      LOL, I absolutely love Sugarland. So people like me buy their crap, I guess ;)

    • lucy

      Some people are just naturally disposed to being thin.

      Judging by the way Carrie looked pre- and during Idol, though, she is naturally disposed to being a bit less thin than this, size 6ish, as has been mentioned. Seems to me that’s more her natural weight. I don’t think she looks “too thin” now, but when I compare her now to her earlier look and read about her efforts to maintain, and such, then it seems that, even though she looks fine to me currently, she’s probably a little below the weight she’s naturally disposed to at this point. Especially since I’m sure she gets plenty of exercise, with the schedule she keeps.

    • LaRue

      partyintheusa:
      11/11/2010 at 1:22 am
      Maybe I’m just envious of Carrie because no matter what I do, I can’t seem to get below a size 14 anymore.

      Don’t feel bad. There are some of us who would love to be a size 14.

      I like Sugarland, too. I haven’t bought any of their albums, but I give them credit for trying different things. I like “It Happens” a lot. Jennifer Nettles has a really good voice.

    • steph6449

      LOL, I absolutely love Sugarland. So people like me buy their crap, I guess ;)

      me too :)
      though must say their latest single isn’t by any stretch my favorite of theirs :?

    • cookcricket

      windmills, very nice job on this thread! It seems like it was a good show. Your posts makes me want to search utube for some other clips, like BP winning Entertainer of the Year. Thanks for doing this.