Carrie Underwood - "Good Girl" - ACM Awards 2012

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Carrie Underwood got the Academy of Country Music Awards off to a rolicking start with a performance of her new single, “Good Girl”.   Carrie looks gorgeous as always.

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  • http://twitter.com/KeyeraMullins Keyera Mullins

    Freaking love her! Awesome performance!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHIRO4P2ZPNQFGMK5KR57VH3E4 Nanc

    I love Carrie, but didn’t care for that song…first Carrie single I haven’t cared for

  • http://twitter.com/leilamaurizia2 leilamaurizia

    Thanks, MJ!

  • http://twitter.com/Justin_J9 Justin

    What a mess of a performance, that has to be her worst performance in a long time if not ever. She sounds terrible and is just screaming out of tune most of the time being all breathy.

    Also the song is so so bad. One would think they give the good songs to those artists who sell a lot of albums. Apparently not to all of them, not this time.

  • Anonymous

    May be that Carrie is edging toward a type of song that just doesn’t suit her very well.  She has a basically good voice, but here, due to breath issues, it sounds strained.  The song is just bad.

  • aidancash1

    I love the song. But that was just a bad performance.

  • http://twitter.com/Gemini_Dolly J3%%!C@

    That was bad. Worst performance she has ever had. Once she lost her breath, it was over.  Is it the dress or is she pregnant?

  • http://twitter.com/TylerWV TylerWV

    I don’t like that song at all nor the performance.

  • too-cool-for-school

    Not an easy song to sing live! It’s so fast and there is barely a second to take a breath. She sounded so winded toward the end.

    She still did pretty good, though! And she looks so beautiful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abby-Adams/100003308770635 Abby Adams

    oh god carrie what happened??????????? this was terrible. i hope she cleans this up before the tour.

  • Anonymous

     Carrie is a big star, but that was lacking. She is an average singer IMHO, And that performance proves it. She sells tons of records and her new album will sell big, but she is not a great vocalist.

  • too-cool-for-school

    She is a better vocalist than most, IMO! :) This was an unusually weak performance for her. The song probably was not the best choice for the first single.

  • Indigobunting

    Wow, I thought I was in the minority!  Every time that song comes on my radio station I cringe.  It is so bad and she sounds so screechy.  No way am I a country purist, but there is also nothing remotely country about it either. I think she’s going for a big pop crossover- is the only way I see it.
    I do like Carrie on ballads much more-although I actually liked the poppy Cowboy Cassanova too.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    If that’s country, I’m moving to roots or folk or something. 

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but its just my opinion. Not everyone will agree.

  • too-cool-for-school

    That’s fine! Just weighing in with a response is all. :)

  • Anonymous

    I understand where she’s going to with this different look and different sound, but she’s trying to hard. She wants a more sexy image and a crossover hit. I get that, but that performance was not good. I don’t know whether the song is bad or her vocals were bad, but something was off. I thought she looked good, but maybe she could trim her hair a little bit. She’s a petite person, she don’t need all of that hair. 

  • Anonymous

    I actually found that performance made Carrie human to me – which I like!  She is usually too perfect and robotic for me to root for her.  And I know that she has a pregnancy rumor every year, but that dress really made her look pregnant. 

  • Anonymous

    The Carrie song (and image, to be honest) was disappointing.

  • mchcat

    I don’t think it was Carrie – everyone sounds off – I think it is the sound or something else technical.  The sound is much better at Mandalay Bay

  • Anonymous

    Even her legs looked bad (the shoes weren’t flattering) and she has the best legs I’ve ever seen.  This wasn’t good for her.  I’m not going to buy her music, anyway, but I usually love her performances, which are always good.

  • http://twitter.com/cindydesigns Cindy

    Wow, lol I loved this song and performance.  I guess I’m in the minority here!

  • Anonymous

    I too think it is not the best choice and I kind of like it but its hard to sing live and don’t you want to be able to have a single you can promote well by singing it live I would think that is an important consideration. I thought the performance was ok not great not terrible.

  • Anonymous

    These ridiculous shoes women wear – designed by men, aren’t they? – remind me of Chinese foot binding.  Gals torture themselves walking around in these monstrosities – can’t move gracefully – stiff-legged and awkward.  Carrie’s not a good mover to start with and adding these ugly cement boots to her legs didn’t help.  (All the gals on Idol wear them – pathetic.)

  • Anonymous

    I think her heels were too high and she couldn’t move naturally. I know she was trying to look sexy, but it looked awkward. I’m not a country fan so I don’t buy her music, but in any performance I have seen her do, her vocals have always been good. As someone else suggested, the problem could have been with the sound mix.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CX37XATTTKR3BVTPZDKAJJD3SM Nick Kostenko

    Seemed like more of a sound issue. The band seemed to be way too loud, I could barely hear the singing over it. Its also a difficult song to sing without losing your breath, and she just sounded out of breath near the end.
    Hopefully they can fix that a bit before the tour, but she did well on a good chunk of the song so I’m not too worried.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HAD2CELN44CDZWJMGNFUOF32CM Richard

    Yes, two years ago the vocals were really off too. Someone who runs the sound should be fired. Finally, most of the songs aren’t really country anymore anyway. I think there will be a split soon between those who want the countrifried and the electrified, mark my words, psongman

  • Anonymous

    Is it the dress or is she pregnant?

    That’s what I wondered too when I was watching the show.  It may be those incredibly horrible shoes. 

    I’ll add my dislike of both the song and the performance to the numbers. Not her best showing; bordering on her worst.

  • Listening

    This wasn’t her best performance I think the problem is the song was fast and she couldn’t catch her breath, so she’s rushing and straining throughout the song.

    It wasn’t terrible just noticeable it wasn’t up to her standards it was okay. Also I noted her walk too it was kind of odd she placed her feet right in front of the other. If I was Carrie i’d scrap that move.

  • http://twitter.com/KeyeraMullins Keyera Mullins

    All the negative comments about Carrie & her performance are rude. She’s an amazing performer who works her butt off….Show her some respect!

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    Bout time a Carrie thread had a little drama! Yes, her performance was off, she probably knows it was off and is an adult professional performer who can take the criticism that it was off. For some reason I just can’t get into “Good Girl”, I don’t think its in her wheelhouse. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think the song is bad, the chorus is pretty good, but it is just so fast that she is breathless sometimes. And I don’t hear any hint of country at all in this song, I think it is pure pop (to my ear).

    Carrie gave a pretty good performance, but her level is so high that yeah, compared to her other performances, this is not up there.

  • http://twitter.com/bbmetsfan andy

    Loved it!

  • Carriefan1

    Carrie did amazing. She started the show off with a country-rockin’ bang! “Good Girl” is already doing great on the charts. This performance will help it to continue to skyrocket on country charts and Hot 100!

  • Anonymous

    Wow. I have to chuckle….Carrie’s single actually has more pizazz, rhythm and soul than any of the other non-country Idols who recently released singles–ie Durbin’s “Love Me Bad”, Lambert’s “Better Than I Know Myself”, Cook’s “Fade Into Me”, Daughtry’s “Crawling Back to You”, Kelly’s “Mr. Know It All”, and Haley’s “Free” (to a little bit lesser extent–at least it’s got a tinge of unique sound to it than all the others mentioned which, to me, are rather bland).

    I don’t know who writes the music to her songs but she knows how to put out crossover hits. This rock girl, who greatly dislikes country, really is liking this song.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GED45R7LV4QERBS74RT6INK65I fed

    im not a huge fan of carrie’s music by any means, but calling her “not a great vocalist” is absolutely ridiculous. she has one of the best voices in all of popular music today. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m a huge Carrie fan, and I’ve actually heard her sing this live on a couple occasions , and I believe those performances were better than this one tonight. Nevertheless, I think she may have been a bit nervous performing this song for the 1st time on TV, knowing it’s such a HUGE song to take on in front of her peers. She’s the consummate professional, and she’ll be even better the next time performing this song live and will be awesome on tour! A terrible/mediocre vocalist? Nah. An off-night? Perhaps, but it was still good. Sounded like the band was a bit ‘loud’ as well…

    That being said, some of you are making disparaging comments on her looks, style, etc…even saying it looks like she’s pregnant… Really? Are we going to go there? Everyone’s entitled to their ‘review’ of her performance, but personal remarks like that should be made. Take the high road!

  • http://twitter.com/tippingcow SquirtKT

    It’s not her best performance for sure. She was breathy and nervous. But it’s still better than many singers out there imo.

    She nails her vocals all the time, I think people have just come to expect spot-on vocals from her in every performance. Myself included, tbh. May not be the best performance of this song, but it certainly wasn’t disastrous like some made it out to be, imo. 

  • halo9125

    I rather have a slightly off, breathy, LIVE performance than some hideous lip-synching (Hello Nicki Minaj? Can you hear me?)

    I blame it on the shoes….

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Carrie is normally a good performer.  Either she was having an off night or there was a problem with the sound system.

  • Mike M

    If that’s country, I’m moving to roots or folk or something.

    Ah, a potential convert…lol. I’m there way ahead of you. Some suggestions you might find on Youtube for sampling purposes:

    * Gillian Welch (The Harrow and the Harvest is my favorite album of 2011)
    * The Civil Wars (Barton Hollow album immensely successful with virtually no radio/industry support. It’s just that good)
    * Justin Townes Earle (Harlem River Blues is the Americana ‘Song of the Year’ over Barton Hollow and others. Son of Steve Earle of Copperhead Road fame)
    * Amos Lee (check out “Cup of Sorrow” especially)
    * The Avett Brothers
    * Elizabeth Cook, Jessica Lee Mayfield and The Vespers (happy to say Windmills is now a fan of The Vespers, who have a new album out tomorrow)
    * The Staves (Mexico EP is sweetness. Three sisters from England who toured with Civil Wars recently)

    I could go on and on but I suspect I’m already stretching the boundaries of the definition of “on topic.” If so, MJ, feel free to delete, and I won’t be butthurt over it. Just a subject that’s near and dear to my heart.

  • http://twitter.com/TylerWV TylerWV

    LOVE the Avett Brothers.  I would love to see a live show of theirs.  Especially love Laundry Room.

  • windmills

    CanadianLady: If that’s country, I’m moving to roots or folk or something.

    It’s not really and I think the point is it’s not pretending to be. Carrie has said there’s country in the chorus which I can kind of hear but this is 95% a rock song with a Southern accent. 

    I get and even agree with the objections to this as a single for country radio. I’d be concerned if I thought this was the orientation of her album but the 3 other demos (Wine After Whiskey, Leave Love Alone, Thank God For Hometowns) that have gotten out are undeniably country (pending hearing Carrie’s fully produced studio versions). So, I’m more tolerant of Good Girl as an attention getter for Carrie that they’re hoping will get some crossover attention while the rest of her singles are more country. I also think that independent of the genre issue, Good Girl is a musically interesting and well written song (which probably explains why it’s gotten such strong reviews even in the country world). 

    As far as this performance, I isolated Carrie’s vocal and thought she sang well except for struggling with pitch on the “blind” runs. There were definitely mix issues though because the bass was pumped up way too loud. Carrie did a solid job working around her breathing issues too. But, I don’t think she nailed it as a performance and that’s because I could see her thinking about hitting her marks for TV. The little amount of choreography they had didn’t work and made her look like she was back to her ‘bot days (that’s a lesson they should’ve learned after the CMA/AMA Cowboy Casanova performances). Carrie would’ve been better off if she’d just been able to roam the stage. 

    I really don’t get the pregnancy comments based on the performance dress but I guess any female in the public eye is going to face weight scrutiny. It is what it is.

  • Mike M

    Laundry Room is one of my favorites of theirs, but they have lots of goodies. I especially enjoy seeing their live performances on TV. I think you need them live to get their true vibe. 

  • vicki fish

    I’m amazed at the “not country” remarks. Gee, when people like Aldean, Keith, and even Miranda’s Baggage Claim is pure rock. If other people, why not Carrie, you  know she loves rock from all those times she has sung Axel Rose.  That’s what this is…Country rock.  She’s suppose to screech, she’s suppose to yell.  Next out is probably a beautiful ballad, so you will all be appeased then.

  • vicki fish

    I’m amazed at the “not country” remarks. Gee, when people like Aldean, Keith, and even Miranda’s Baggage Claim is pure rock. If other people, why not Carrie, you  know she loves rock from all those times she has sung Axel Rose.  That’s what this is…Country rock.  She’s suppose to screech, she’s suppose to yell.  Next out is probably a beautiful ballad, so you will all be appeased then.

  • vicki fish

    I have seen Carrie out of breath before and it’s usually when she’s nervous. Did you notice she was fine at the beginning but near the end when she comes out and faces her country peers, she loses her breath.  It is a hard song to sing and when you are nervous it makes it even harder.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

     I’ve never bought a CD by Aldean, Keith – I assume you mean Urban, or Miranda either. or Blake for that matter. :) Now Toby Keith, Clay Walker, Brooks and Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Dierks, Martina, Kathy Mattea, John Arthur Martinez, and Brad P. – I will go there. :)

    Then there are my Canadian favs – Johnny Reid, Jason McCoy, Terri Clark, Ian Tyson, etc.

    But I have to say Scotty is near the top of the list.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    I shall look for some of them. Thanks.

    The Civil Wars did catch my interest earlier and I definitely need to check them out.

    We have Jimmy Rankin, Corb Lund, Russell de Carle/Prairie Oyster and some others up here who are kind of “different.” :)
     

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    I guess I’m someone who was just never into rock. I’ve always been country. Wasn’t even really a Beatles fan, never mind K.I.S.S. Give me Marty Robins or Johnny Cash any day. :)

    Brad Paisley had Eric Church open for him here in Toronto last summer and my husband (who likes a few country artists but not county music generally) and I were with friends who had their 12-year old daughter along (and had given us the tickets).

    We could barely make out any of the words for the wall of guitar music blaring away while Eric sang. And the words we did make out weren’t necessarily ones we wanted to hear. :)

    Only their daughter was into country music (e.g. Taylor Swift) and they were all kind of perplexed.

    To be honest, I felt kind of embarrassed. I’m going, “Well, I guess some people might call him country, but he’s not exactly my idea of country.” I was kind of surprised Brad had him with him.

    Fortunately Brad’s part of the show was 500 times better in terms of being able to hear the words and liking the songs and great music.

    So count me traditional – Scotty is right up my alley. :)

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    I guess I’m someone who was just never into rock. I’ve always been country. Wasn’t even really a Beatles fan, never mind K.I.S.S. Give me Marty Robins or Johnny Cash any day. :)

    Brad Paisley had Eric Church open for him here in Toronto last summer and my husband (who likes a few country artists but not county music generally) and I were with friends who had their 12-year old daughter along (and had given us the tickets).

    We could barely make out any of the words for the wall of guitar music blaring away while Eric sang. And the words we did make out weren’t necessarily ones we wanted to hear. :)

    Only their daughter was into country music (e.g. Taylor Swift) and they were all kind of perplexed.

    To be honest, I felt kind of embarrassed. I’m going, “Well, I guess some people might call him country, but he’s not exactly my idea of country.” I was kind of surprised Brad had him with him.

    Fortunately Brad’s part of the show was 500 times better in terms of being able to hear the words and liking the songs and great music.

    So count me traditional – Scotty is right up my alley. :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TQCAOPSTDX6FT37BDU27QJ7LGQ torin

    Carrie will take the song to the top before album drop day, some of the posts here are just so ridiculous. Try supporting your posts people who think so negative about her in remarks about vocals. Clearly she is the biggest artist to date along with Kelly Clarkson…  One bad performance in her career will certainly not stop her anytime soon…..

  • Anonymous

    Not a great performance and I do agree it was due to nerves… I think she kind of psyched herself out and let the pressure of the song (on the big stage) get to her head… I have heard her sing this song (at the grand ole opry) and she nailed it so I know she can do it..

    that being said she is allowed to have an off performance espically given her track record of amazing live performances..She is far from an average vocalist and  I look forward to her album..

    Dont hate her because she is more succesful than all the other idols…

  • http://twitter.com/tippingcow SquirtKT

    Windmills:

    The little amount of choreography they had didn’t work and made her look like she was back to her ‘bot days (that’s a lesson they should’ve learned after the CMA/AMA Cowboy Casanova performances). Carrie would’ve been better off if she’d just been able to roam the stage.

    Agree. Carrie isn’t a natural dancer (it’s different for music
    videos). She performs best when she has that complete freedom to rock
    out. I realize that whenever she needs to think about where to move and
    how to act, she will get too conscious about herself and her performance
    will suffer a bit.