Watch the CMT Music Awards and Red Carpet right here. Carrie Underwood is up for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for “Undo It”, Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean are up for Collaborative Video of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” and Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina are set to present an award. Plus, you never know who might be sitting in the audience! Crystal Bowersox, David Archuleta. Yep. They’re there!

I’ll be updating this post with a winners list, photos videos and more so stay tuned.

UPDATE: Shania Twain wipes out.  Reportedly, she has a torn ACL See the video HERE. ETA: Shania’s injuries were GREATLY EXAGGERATED. She only suffered embarrassment and a sore thumb! Read more at RyanSeacrest.com.

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Scotty & Lauren introduce Sugarland


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GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Lady Antebellum– “Hello World”
Little Big Town– “Little White Church”
Rascal Flatts– “Why Wait”
The Band Perry– “If I Die Young”
Zac Brown Band– “Colder Weather”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Sara Evans– “A Little Bit Stronger”
Miranda Lambert– “The House That Built Me”
Reba – “Turn On The Radio”
Taylor Swift– “Mine”
Carrie Underwood– “Undo It”

USAWEEKEND BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Lee Brice– “Love Like Crazy”
Aaron Lewis – “Country Boy”
Jerrod Niemann– “Lover, Lover”
The Band Perry– “If I Die Young”
Thompson Square– “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Martina McBride and Train– “A Broken Wing” from CMT CROSSROADS: TRAIN AND MARTINA MCBRIDE
Reba– “If I Were A Boy” from UNPLUGGED: REBA
Darius Rucker and Adele– “Need You Now” from 2010 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
Keith Urban and John Mayer– “Sweet Thing” from CMT CROSSROADS: JOHN MAYER AND KEITH URBAN
Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett– “Margaritaville” from CMT CROSSROADS: JIMMY BUFFETT AND ZAC BROWN BAND

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson– “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
Justin Bieber feat. Rascal Flatts – “That Should Be Me”
Kid Rock feat. Sheryl Crow– “Collide”
Aaron Lewis feat. George Jones and Charlie Daniels– “Country Boy”
Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow– “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Steel Magnolia– “Last Night Again”
Sugarland– “Stuck Like Glue”
The Civil Wars– “Barton Hollow”
The JaneDear Girls– “Wildflower”
Thompson Square– “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Deaton Flanigen (award eligible videos include: Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow’s “Collide” and the JaneDear Girl’s “Wildflower”)
Trey Fanjoy (award eligible videos include: Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” and Blake Shelton’s “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”)
Chris Hicky (award eligible videos include: Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It” and Keith Urban’s “Without You”)
David McClister (award eligible videos include: The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” and LeAnn Rimes’ “Swingin’”)
Roman White (award eligible videos include: Lady Antebellum’s “Hello World” and Kellie Pickler’s “Makin’ Me Fall In Love Again”)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean– “My Kinda Party”
Kenny Chesney– “The Boys Of Fall”
Lady Antebellum– “Hello World”
Miranda Lambert– “The House That Built Me”
Rascal Flatts– “Why Wait”
Sugarland– “Stuck Like Glue”
Taylor Swift– “Mine”
The Band Perry– “If I Die Young”
Carrie Underwood– “Undo It”
Zac Brown Band– “Colder Weather”

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean– “My Kinda Party”
Kenny Chesney– “The Boys Of Fall”
Toby Keith– “BBullets In The Gun”
Blake Shelton– “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”
Keith Urban– “Without You”

BEST WEB VIDEO OF THE YEAR (New for 2011)
Jason Aldean–“My Kinda Party” (Live From The CMT Webcast)
Luke Bryan–“It’s A Shore Thing”
Lady Antebellum–“Stars Tonight”
Blake Shelton–“Kiss My Country Ass”
Taylor Swift–“Mine” (Live from the Speak Now Album Release Party)

 
  • keware

    I believe that Scotty and Lauren are introducing Lady Antebellum, not presenting an award.

  • girlygirl

    cute pic of Scotty & Lauren on the red carpet

    http://yfrog.com/gztnywyj

  • kmd

    Archie did tweet that he is going to the CMT’s. I hope that he will be on the red carpet. I would love to see a picture of him. There are going to be quite a few idols at this show.

  • ri

    Crystal and David A! now just tell me Casey James is there, show me a few pics, and i will be a happy girl.

  • JayBro

    I can’t think of a single entertainer I like less than Kid Rock.

  • kmd

    I hope that Bieber is not performing on this CMT show. I am so tired of him. I can’t wait until he turns 18 because I think the fever might be gone by then. lol

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Reminder:

    Yes…please leave this blog and come over to my blog to watch the CMTs instead. Really? Really? C’mon. lol. (deleted post)

  • HappyDaisy

    I don’t understand Lauren’s hair. Please explain.

    Bieber, hey? Where is GaGa?

    ETA: Wasn’t aware of that Bieber-Rascal Flatts video. Bieber called it the “Country Music Awards.”

  • Indigobunting

    It is really nice Scotty and Lauren can hang together and give each other moral support since they are so young.

  • kmd

    Kelly C. and Jason Aldean should have won that last award not Rascal Flatts and the Biebs. I do love Rascal Flatts but Kelly and Jason were outstanding together in that song and the video. The fans must vote so that explains it. So far this show is not very interesting.

  • Lucy1234

    So far the live performances have been crap. Kimberly of The Band Perry sounded horrible. I think American Idol fans are the worst critics because we expect artists to be able to perform well live and many of them just don’t. They are showing Scotty and Lauren a lot before the commercial breaks when they advertise who is coming up. This is great publicity for them both. Most of the announcers are speaking for a minute or so – it will be interesting to see what Scotty and Lauren say.

  • girlygirl

    The CMT’s are a fan voted show, right? Sort of like The People’s Choice Awards, only for country music only?

  • aidancash1

    Being a huge country fan this show is bad tonight. The only performace which was great was Luke Byran country girl shake it for me. That happens to be my fav song right now on the radio.

  • aidancash1

    This show is usually really good. Not this time.

  • http://www.dallascowboys.com GeminiDolly

    Lauren has to decide if she wants to be a blonde or a brunette, but you can’t do both. It looks awful.

    Cute dress, though.

  • windmills

    Most of my country faves are either not performing or not even attending tonight plus Kid Rock hosting plus many of the performers being country acts I can’t stand is why I’m not watching tonight.

    kmd: It’s the Biebs. There was no way to beat that fanbase right now and CMT knew that when he was included in the noms. They like the attention that’ll come from the Biebs fans and their involvement. It’s stupid because in no way did that duet with Rascal Flatts have anywhere near the significance that Jason/Kelly’s did.

    Anybody other than Sugarland winning Video Of The Year for Stuck Like Glue will also be a pretty stupid outcome but I expect it’ll be Taylor. Maybe Jason’s in with a teeny tiny chance. You can always tell whose people are going for the win by who’s doing the big media ahead of the show.

  • http://twitter.com/lindsav adamland

    Lauren has to decide if she wants to be a blonde or a brunette, but you can’t do both. It looks awful.

    LOL! That is the style in L.A. now, two to three colored hair on both males and females. Actually on the whole West Coast as I’ve seen it in Oregon and Washington too.

  • Lucy1234

    Can you also tell by who is in attendance. If the artists are not presenting, performing, or winning are they normally not in attendance like the People Choice Awards.

    I just noticed the dark brown extensions in Lauren’s hair. I guess they are trying something new. I love the pink dress, very age appropriate.

  • macy

    I can’t think of a single entertainer I like less than Kid Rock.

    I second this…

  • TylerWV

    Wow! Sheryl is really out of tune. Every one in a while one of the country awards shows is bad. Seems like most of the singers are out of tune when that happens. Never figured if they couldnt hear themselves, bad mix or what that so many are so pitchy.

  • aidancash1

    I always like kid rocks country sounding stuff. Sheryl and kid should just get married. They always seem like they have a ton of chemistry.

  • kmd

    I have seen better country music awards shows. I am not taking the awards seriously at all but I just don’t think it is very entertaining. Although there have been a few good performances. I guess. lol

  • windmills

    Lucy1234: Can you also tell by who is in attendance

    Often but not always. Somebody correct me if I’m wrong and Miranda’s there but I was under the impression she had a concert tonight. That’s been scheduled for months. The House That Built Me won Female Vid anyway. That was one of those unstoppable songs though.

    People in promo mode usually show up too regardless of whether they’re likely to win.

  • aidancash1

    Yes they said she had a concert in CT.

    I am just disapointed in who is performing. I mean Jason Aldean and Ludicrous. Com on. I dont mind kid rock because he has had hits on country radio. But they are leaving out a lot of popular acts.

  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    So I guess Scotty and Lauren are not presenting an award.

  • Marly5

    This live feed it’s really, really good.

  • Lucy1234

    I don’t know if anyone has a better voice then Jennifer Nettles – the girl can sing. I liked the introduction by Scotty and Lauren talking about devastation in their home states of George and North Caroline and leading into the introduction of Sugarland who is donating all proceeds of the song to disaster relief.

  • windmills

    aidancash1: But they are leaving out a lot of popular acts

    I don’t really think that’s by choice though. CMT would rather have the big acts performing but it just so happens a bunch of the big acts scheduled other stuff this year.

    They could definitely have let some interesting non-nominees perform but I think it’s been a bad combination of a lot of people passing up the CMTs and the CMTs still trying to focus on hits and very well known acts. For instance Luke’s a guy who’s really being promoted as somebody about to take it to the next level. Good voice but I hate his single. Actually I don’t think I’ve liked any of his singles yet.

    On a side note it appears TPTB have arranged tans for Scotty and Lauren.

  • kmd

    Scotty and Lauren did look cute and it was a nice introduction to Sugarland.

  • aidancash1

    Oh windmills I didnt realize that about alot of the other acts. I love Luke. I just dance my azz off to that song. You should see me at my desk at work when that song comes on. He headlining the cmt tour this year so it makes sense he is there. He is close to getting to the Jason Aldean level.

  • Lucy1234

    I noticed Lauren’s tan face when they showed her live on the red carpet. I thought maybe she was outside in the sun too much over the weekend since she was home and talked about swimming. I didn’t notice that Scotty was tan too.

  • aidancash1

    So why wouldnt they have Sara Evans perform.She is there. I would of enjoyed that much better then say the big and rich performance. That was just awful.

  • sagi

    Of course they would have Bieber there to associate him with Scotty and of course their chosen one Lauren! They want Bieber fans to associate them with him, especially Lauren who they are going to try to make into a Taylor Swift and they need the teen fans to like her so they can cross her over. I don’t think it will be long before you see her associated in some shape or form with Taylor. Maybe she will get a song from Taylor to start their plan in action. Scotty may have won Idol but they are really promoting her like a winner too. It is a little obvious.

  • aidancash1

    Oh my poor Shania. She just took a big ol fall coming out. But she got up like her classy self and just kept going on.

  • JayBro

    nm

  • HappyDaisy

    That fall didn’t look fun. Could tell she was a bit shaken up. Shania will feel some pain from that spill tomorrow.

  • HappyDaisy

    sagi: Scotty may have won Idol but they are really promoting her like a winner too.

    I thought I heard them introduce her as “the incredible Lauren Alaina.”

  • Lucy1234

    Scotty may have won Idol but they are really promoting her like a winner too. It is a little obvious.

    They promoted Adam like the winner too in Season 8. In fact, Idol has been promoting the winner and the runner-up like the winner for quite some time. Nothing knew there. Lauren has a lot of young fans that are already Beiber fans. You can tell that by reading some of her fans tweets. Lauren is only 16 and Scotty 17, I would expect them to promote them both to the tween/teen crowd. Plus, with Scotty and Lauren in the same genre, it makes sense to promote them together and lots of people think they are adorable together.

  • aidancash1

    LOL Bieber was there because of his colab with Rascall Flatts. Nothing more then that.

  • Marly5

    HappyDaisy says:

    I thought I heard them introduce her as “the incredible Lauren Alaina.”

    You heard right.

  • Lucy1234

    I thought I heard them introduce her as “the incredible Lauren Alaina.”

    They did introduce them as American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery and runner up the incredible Lauren Alaina.

  • windmills

    aidancash: LOL Bieber was there because of his colab with Rascall Flatts. Nothing more then that.

    This. And CMT wanted him their for ratings.

    As far as the photo op with Lauren, isn’t Bieber always being photographed with whatever teenage female celeb happens to be around? I’ll believe there’s something more going on if there’s multiple photo ops at multiple events and relationship and collabo rumors.

    aidancash1: So why wouldnt they have Sara Evans perform.She is there. I would of enjoyed that much better then say the big and rich performance. That was just awful.

    Big & Rich were performing because CMT and their management are trying to leverage something off John Rich’s Apprentice win. That song is awful so I can only imagine how bad the performance was.

    I’d forgotten about Luke headlining the CMT Tour this fall. That explains that one too.

  • HappyDaisy

    I don’t understand the Jason Aldean-Ludacris performance. Please explain.

  • aidancash1

    I actually like that Jason Aldean song rap and all. BUT PLEASE NO ludicrous. Ha Ha. Can he wear any tighter jeans to show off his package.

  • aidancash1

    Oh I guess Casey wasnt there. Hopefully he was busy finishing that cd. We need Casey music.

  • windmills

    HappyDaisy: I don’t understand the Jason Aldean-Ludacris performance. Please explain.

    Jason Aldean isn’t a very good singer but he’s arguably the biggest act in country right now and he’s gotten there by releasing song after cliche song about backwoods country living. He practically turned that kind of song into its own subgenre that many males in country are now copying hoping to taste some of his success. Most of those songs have been rock songs with twang but this time he changed it up by doing a country/rap song called Dirt Road Anthem.

    Dirt Road Anthem is Jason’s latest insanely popular single. It’s #12 on Itunes right now in all genres without crossing over. Jason does the rap on the single. Bringing in Ludacris guarantees exposure to hiphop fans and will probably help DRA make the top 10 on Itunes and who knows how high it will get.

    This is Jason Aldean’s country and we’re just living in it.

    EDIT: I can’t stand most of Jason’s solo singles but to give him credit, The Truth is fracking amazing.

  • kmd

    I thought that Lady A. gave the best performance on the show tonight.

  • Eileen99

    This is Jason Aldean’s country and we’re just living in it.

    LOL, this is eerily similar to a lyric in one of the songs on his album, Just Passin’ Through, I think. Probably why I like Jason so much is that he is pretty rock-ish but he’s got some really pretty ballads & midtempo songs on the album too that I like better than the singles. Dirt Road Anthem had to grow on me, but now I like it; it’s amazing it’s so high on iTunes. The guy can seemingly do no wrong right now. I’ll be curious to see what the collab with Ludacris does for the song.

    I watched most of the show on the live feed and overall it was pretty bad. The other country awards shows I’ve watched have been much better. Nice moment for Scotty & Lauren, though, and it sounded like they got a great reception there. I always love seeing Lady A & Keith but everyone else was pretty meh.

  • HappyDaisy

    Thanks, windmills. Sounds like an emphasis on money over art. I tune into these country shows mostly to keep up with pop culture, but also to make sure I’m not missing out on anything innovative/compelling in country music. No one inspired me to buy anything tonight.

  • songsungblue

    On a side note it appears TPTB have arranged tans for Scotty and Lauren.

    The secret word is Orange! LOL. Why does Lauren always look like a doll you put on top of the toilet tissue roll? Well, this time she also looks like the toilet tissue roll.

  • Eileen99

    The secret word is Orange! LOL. Why does Lauren always look like a doll you put on top of the toilet tissue roll? Well, this time she also looks like the toilet tissue roll.

    lol poor Lauren can’t catch a break from you, can she? I’m actually not seeing much difference in the pictures MJ posted between Lauren’s skin tone & the other women in the pictures, but maybe I’m wrong & it’s my laptop. I actually thought her dress was really pretty and age appropriate. I know she’s gotten criticism for dressing too old for her age but this dress seems just right to me. She and Scotty look great together, and it’s pretty cool they get to do all these things together for now.

  • heidijoy

    Archie is looking handsome too! Thought Crystal,Lauren and Scotty looked good. They all looked happy.

    Thanks MJ for all you do to keep us updated on the Idols.

  • Pam

    awwww Archie looks cute in those pics too.

  • Ratna12

    Lauren and Scotty look good together.
    I love Lauren’s dress, and to be only 16 and attending an award show, why not experiment with different hairstyles/ color, etc.

    I wonder how both of these kids feel, meeting their idols ?
    And, yeah, I’m happy that they can attend these things together and supporting each other.

    And poor Shania. I watch her reality show, and boy, she was a mess. I hope she is OK.

  • djafan

    David!!!

    Looking good!

    This tweet from earlier, great picture.

    @ADRlENNE: My mom just met and helped David Archuletta at Macy’s http://lockerz.com/s/108903680

    Great that he was invited to attend! Though I thought the show was bit strange.

    Thanks MJ!

  • OldHag

    How is it that Scotty McCreery looks so much older than David Archuleta?

  • songsungblue

    I’m just keepin’ it real, dawg. The girl looks like she’s wearing a pink toilet paper roll. Hey, I love Crystal, but she looks like she ran through the purple drape selection at Target. ;)

  • djafan

    How is it that Scotty McCreery looks so much older than David Archuleta?

    Genetics.

    Imagine at 30 he’ll probably look 25, if only I could have been so lucky :)

  • Kitwana

    OldHag
    06/09/2011 – 12:41 am
    How is it that Scotty McCreery looks so much older than David Archuleta?

    Because people look different.

  • Kirsten

    I’m actually not seeing much difference in the pictures MJ posted between Lauren’s skin tone & the other women in the pictures, but maybe I’m wrong & it’s my laptop.

    Orange seems to be the new skin colour these days. Way too much spray tan going on in the entertainment industry. These kind of fads always come and go.

    The pink dress is very age appropriate and fun for Lauren. I like the colour. The flowers kind of remind me of those shower puff buffs, though.

    It’s nice that Idol Air found some of Scotty’s luggage for him so that he at least had a different jacket and shirt to wear. Is it me, or is that jacket pretty sharp? I like a crisp suit jacket. Did Idol Air spring for some dry cleaning as a “sorry” for all the lost luggage?

  • OldHag

    Imagine at 30 he’ll probably look 25, if only I could have been so lucky.

    Nah – he will probably still look 12. Poor David. If it wasn’t for that stupid hat, even Bieber looks older than him. :)

  • Eileen99

    They completely omitted the Shania fall from the west coast broadcast.

  • Sasi

    The CMTs sucked! How could Bieber beat Jason and Kelly??? It is ridiculous. Disgusting!!! I cannot wait until Bieber fever is over. No talent weenie! I can’t even stand the sight of him or the way he talks. Jason Aldean deserved to win an award. Worst award show. Blah!

  • NOLA

    Lauren has to decide if she wants to be a blonde or a brunette, but you can’t do both. It looks awful.

    LOL! That is the style in L.A. now, two to three colored hair on both males and females. Actually on the whole West Coast as I’ve seen it in Oregon and Washington too.

    It’s called “Frosting.” Granted, we did it in the 60s; but it looks like what is old is new again! I think she looks fabulous, and so does ScottyMc!

  • Kirsten

    UPDATE: Shania Twain wipes out. Reportedly, she has a torn ACL

    Ouch! I hope she’s better soon. That looked like a nasty fall.

    Forget twitter being the devil. High heel shoes are the devil.

    I still kind of wish they’d hired Shania instead of JLo as a judge. She was fantastic guest judging in Season 9.

  • SajiNoKami

    I am really starting to think that Archie and Justin will never age. I do like Lauren’s hair, I like how she went darker.

    side note: i still have a random dislike for taylor swift.

  • meme4cj_

    CaseyJ. was sitting in the audiance with his manager , here is the pic : http://yfrog.com/h4i03ybxj :)

  • goboywonder

    How is it that Scotty McCreery looks so much older than David Archuleta?

    I noticed that too. David is one lucky dude. In a few years people will be asking him what does he do to stay so young looking. I know it was a really good feeling when I was well past 21 and still got carded. Once I even had to have my sister who is 6 years younger than I do the buying (didn’t think I would need id. They didn’t ask for her id. lol). Anyway, it looks like he’s having a good ol’ time there in Nashville. Yesterday he was at the CAA’s barbeque and tonight the CMA. People on twitter were double daring him to break out a cowboy hat and belt for the show.

  • oza902

    Scotty does look sharp and I think Lauren’s dress is adorable. The two of them look like they’re going to prom! I say that cuz they are matching and Lauren’s dress is real girly puffy.. it’s not an insult. I think it’s cute!

    Regarding the talk about Archie.. I pretty much looked like I was 16 until I was 25 or 26. The only time I ever “wanted” to look older was when I was trying to get into rated R movies or walking thru a casino. Casino security is on you like white on rice if they think you’re underage and within touching distance of a slot machine. Otherwise, you show your ID and everyone is over it.

    Eventually, the look department will even out with age unless you’re a vampire.. and I don’t think Archie is a vampire. :)

  • springboard

    I’m just keepin’ it real, dawg. The girl looks like she’s wearing a pink toilet paper roll.

    Or a giant sweet wrapper!

  • Ratna12

    They completely omitted the Shania fall from the west coast broadcast.

    I DVR the telecast on 5:00 pm PST so it was still there.

    Good thing that Lauren seemed to walk slowly with Scotty. She said in that interview that she prefers wearing the boots on idol stage because she was afraid of falling. Smart.

  • Ratna12

    Shania response :

    ShaniaTwain: My response to “the fall”! #shaniafalls http://say.ly/wmSoJf
    about 4 hours ago

  • SajiNoKami

    thanks so much for the vid… it is the only reason I would have watched.

    Scotty and Lauren are really naturals at this.
    Lauren’s accent has lighten a bit, Scotty’s seems to be fading too.
    Scotty looks better in video than pictures.
    random

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Nice to see Crystal, Scotty, Lauren and Archie at this event, all looking really good. Archie is one of those ‘eternally boyish’ looking guys and will probably always look much younger than his years. I hope that Shania recovers quickly from that nasty fall. I agree that high heels are really ridiculous, and Lauren was smart to stick to her boots onstage.

  • kmd

    I still don’t understand why they don’t put Archie on Glee. He never ages and they would never have to replace him. lol Plus he can really sing and they need some “water cooler moments” on that show.

  • Lucy1234

    I’m just keepin’ it real, dawg. The girl looks like she’s wearing a pink toilet paper roll. Hey, I love Crystal, but she looks like she ran through the purple drape selection at Target. ;)

    As my favorite lyric of Taylor Swift’s new song says “Why you gotta be so mean” lol

    I think Lauren looks adorable. That is just the right look for her age and the occasion. She did great last night and I’m sure were tickled pink.

  • Jae

    I think Lauren’s outfit looks a lot better than what she usually chooses to wear. I would still love for her to ditch the awful hair extenstions though. They age her and make her look a bit pageanty and old fashion.

    I liked Scotty’s look. Very age approp and sharp. I have to admit, I am loving that Idol has the young, unaffected kids this year to represent the brand.

    Crystal needs to ditchthe long dresses and go for something a bit shorter and younger. SHe dresses way to old.

  • lili_anne7

    I thought Lauren looked adorable. I love her pink dress, it’s age appropriate. As for the tan, she may have gone a little overboard, but it’s not horrible looking. Scotty looked good too. They make a very cute couple together, even if they are not dating. They did a great job presenting too. I’m glad Lauren has beiber fever, lol, maybe they can collaborate so that she’s guaranteed to win a cmt next year.

    ETA: I just noticed Crystal, yep, do not like the look. She should have picked a shorter dress for this event. As for Archie, i’m also not liking his look. He dresses like a little boy, how old is he anyway? Wasn’t he like 19, last I checked.

  • windmills

    HappyDaisy: Thanks, windmills. Sounds like an emphasis on money over art. I tune into these country shows mostly to keep up with pop culture, but also to make sure I’m not missing out on anything innovative/compelling in country music. No one inspired me to buy anything tonight.

    It kind of is money over art but to give Jason some credit, he’s doing things the way he wants and he’s built up all this success on a truly independent label and without a lot of help or hype by Music Row insiders. His albums are better than his single choices would make you think. He’s really found his market and with this album he’s expanding it in different directions, crossing over with Kelly and now Ludacris.

    Ratna12: Shania response :

    ShaniaTwain: My response to “the fall”! #shaniafalls http://say.ly/wmSoJf
    about 4 hours ago

    Thanks for posting this! She’s adorbs. I’m not Shania’s biggest fan musically but I’m enjoying the heck out of this comeback of hers.

    The photos of Scotty and Lauren with Shania are cute too.

    My arranged tan comment was more directed at Scotty’s and Lauren’s handlers. Stylists and hair/makeup people overdo things sometimes most of the time. It’ll take Lauren some time to figure out her own style and I expect some awkwardness before she does. I think Scotty’s evolve some too as far as style though country guys don’t get the same scrutiny as far as how they look.

  • brie200

    I like Lauren’s dress and I think she looks cute. I will always hate the two tone hair on anybody, so it’s not just a criticism of her. But other than that I think she looks great.

  • Tess

    Since my personal fashion statement is jeans, hiking sandals, t-shirts, and pulling my hair into an out-of-the-way pony tail I don’t have any room to talk about someone else’s style. (Though I do covet the shoes (how great it would be to have them lined up neatly in my closet—hell, I’d never had an opportunity to wear them).

    Obviously it has already been established on this board that Lauren will almost always be criticized for most things she wears, for her hair color, its length and thickness, for her tan, for her make-up, for her body shape and her very adult boobs. Because the girl isn’t a size 2 with a child’s flat chest and a willingness to wear short dresses and low cut tops she will likely always fall short on the style meter. But, I think she has a very distinguishable look, isn’t a poster child for copy-cat-ites, appears to have fun dressing up, and has left herself plenty of room to try all sorts of things to see what suits her best. Heck, she may end up in jeans and oversize Ts like Kelly C., or she may decide to flaunt her boobs like Kellie P., or she may decide to wear 1960′s granny dresses like Crystal. I don’t really care…’cause I think she is cute, seems to be damn smart, and sings great.

    And to prove I can be as judgmental as the next person…what is with Archie. He seems to favor a style that is reminiscent of junior trying to dress up like Daddy by rummaging through pop’s closet. And I hate tennis shoes as dress-up wear for any adult….a pair of shit kickin’ cowboy boots would have, at least, made the outfit presentable. But then, I am partial to boots, tight jeans, sport coats, and ts or dress shirts…I have loved that look for 50 years.

    ETA: And as for Scotty’s tan….the guy was playing golf over the weekend. After 5 hours out in the blazing sun I’m not surprised he has some “color”.

  • BootStar

    Casey James was there too. Or is that Bucky Covington? (Just kidding!)

    ETA: I think he’s chatting with Crystal’s husband, Brian. Boy, would I love to hear the three of them do a number together! I love Brian’s voice.

  • dadriany

    Am I the only one who noticed Scotty wore the same outfit as when he was named the winner?

  • lili_anne7

    Scotty and Lauren’s backstage press conference at CMT Awards:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO33XjIYLZA&feature=share

  • car3278sweet

    Am I the only one who noticed Scotty wore the same outfit as when he was named the winner?

    No, I noticed that too. I think they are still looking for his luggage somewhere over Kansas City, even though Kristen thinks he’s got it. That jacket is the one he wore on the AI finale.

    I, for once, like Lauren’s dress. It is cute and young and appropriate for the evening. The two/three/four toned hair? Not so much.

    David A. is odd looking. Sweet kid. Good voice. Odd looks. And then he puts on a plain white T, matches it with grey pants and puts on a waistcoat that is in another shade of meh that does not match the pants. Hm. And what the heck is he doing in Nashville? Is every idol now going country? Sigh.

    Crystal. Honey. You are a tiny little woman who can not pull off huge drape dresses that are meant for Amazons like Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks. Also, your coloring (skin/hair) calls for light colors – not this deep purple or that truly horrendous dark green thing you wore to another awards show.

    Did anyone sing at this pow-wow? If they did, I was unimpressed. Which is why I am obsessing about clothes, etc. ;-)

  • Tess

    Scotty and Lauren’s backstage press conference at CMT Awards:

    Whether real or fake (and I tend to think it is real) these two kids are already old pros at staying humble and not forgetting to thank those (like their AI fans) that helped them in their journey. I am also impressed that Lauren and Scotty seem to be really OK with the fact that they are presented to the media as a pair of winners (especially Scotty, who after all did win) and that there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of self-centerdness in their personalities. Other people may seem them differently, but I find them a nice refreshing change from the “me” that is often prevalent in our youth and especially in our celebrity youth. I hope that is a charisteristic that they don’t outgrow.

    ETA: and I thought recycling clothes is an admirable trait…guess I need to re-think that concept.

  • car3278sweet

    Casey James was there too

    You know what’s interesting about this for me? He didn’t do the publicity stuff. No red carpet, no interviews. I’m figuring this was a choice of his and his mgmt. If Crystal can do the gig in full glory and David A…. then CaseyJ could have too.

    He’s really flying under the radar as far as promo. Just letting the music kind of speak for itself and being way low key. It’s an interesting approach.

  • car3278sweet

    I am also impressed that Lauren and Scotty seem to be really OK with the fact that they are presented to the media as a pair of winners

    I do agree, Tess, that they both seem fine with it and it reflects well on their character.

    But I’m not fine with it (as if AI/Jimmy/Mercury Nashville give a flip what I think). LOL.

    I think there is danger here in cementing their public image as the two cute kids from AI who are always seen together and aren’t they precious and oh, look, they can sing too. And are they dating? And isn’t it cute they are playing softball together and going to these shindigs together. And oh, they sing duets? How lovely. Can they just look any cuter? Cooooo.

    We in the bubble see them as separate artists who’ve spent months singing separately. The average CMT awards viewer is seeing them for the first time. The average Opry goer is seeing them for the first time. And they are being presented as a package deal. I’m not sure this is a good strategy.

  • car3278sweet

    I thought recycling clothes is an admirable trait…guess I need to re-think that concept.

    heh. Maybe if you’re Joe Blow, but if you’re a STAR then everyone is going to notice your wardrobe consists of a red plaid shirt, a blue plaid shirt and one nice jacket.

  • ri

    sweet that CaseyJ and Crystal sat together. i would love to hear a collab from those two.

  • Tess

    But then…other AI winners haven’t seemed to be hurt by wearing the same type of clothes, if not the same clothes time and again. I can probably make a list of everything some of the winners have worn and confine it to a single sheet in my spiral notebook.

  • heidijoy

    David A. is in Nashville doing some writing. He was invited to the CMA by songwriters. He has done some work with Joy Williams of the duo Civil Wars who were up for the Duo video award.
    He is not going Country but has worked with many Nashville writers. He was also invited to a Barbecue the evening before @ another function and seems to be having a good time. Today he is in another writing session.

    I thought David looked great!! Also thought the others looked fine. I wish Casey James had been there but check Headlines, he is performing at some of the events.

  • BootStar

    You know what’s interesting about this for me? He didn’t do the publicity stuff. No red carpet, no interviews. I’m figuring this was a choice of his and his mgmt. If Crystal can do the gig in full glory and David A…. then CaseyJ could have too.

    It may be as simple as Casey’s needing to rehearse for his two gigs tonight and not having time for the red carpet activities. I doubt it was an “artistic statement” since Casey’s done those gigs before. I would love to get a photo of him together with Bucky Covington, however. I know their faces look nothing alike, but the two of them, from a distance, are easily mistaken for each other. Even Bucky’s joked about it in the past.

  • lili_anne7

    And they are being presented as a package deal. I’m not sure this is a good strategy.

    The difference between Scotty and Lauren and other finalists is that for the first time both the winner and runner-up are signed to the same label and are in the same genre. Right now, I think it’s a good strategy because they complement each other well and the media is loving the whole are they or aren’t they dating issue. During the tour Scotty will be doing his radio tour solo, and after the tour they’ll each be doing their own stuffs.

  • windmills

    Tess: I thought recycling clothes is an admirable trait…guess I need to re-think that concept.

    car3278sweet:
    heh. Maybe if you’re Joe Blow, but if you’re a STAR then everyone is going to notice your wardrobe consists of a red plaid shirt, a blue plaid shirt and one nice jacket.

    I don’t think it’s a big deal for Scotty at this point. Guys get less scrutiny and I don’t think the general public is paying close enough attention to him to care about a limited wardrobe. But he’ll get off easy as a guy anyway.

    Carrie’s Stagecoach Festival outfit this year was the same as her outfit as a fair performance a few years ago. Her Opry dress from a couple days ago is the same dress she wore to her 10 year high school reunion and for the Soul Surfer press junket. Recycling happens. I think it’s cute to see occasional signs of frugality and/or sentimental attachment to certain outfits.

    car3278sweet: We in the bubble see them as separate artists who’ve spent months singing separately. The average CMT awards viewer is seeing them for the first time. The average Opry goer is seeing them for the first time. And they are being presented as a package deal. I’m not sure this is a good strategy.

    I don’t think this is a big deal yet either. I think it’s good for inside the bubble to not stir up competitive instincts between the fanbases. They’re getting their separate national TV appearances. We’ll see what happens on the radio tour. But I don’t think it’s a bad thing right now for them being right off AI to be trotting around together and reinforcing the idea that country music won AI to a country crowd. It’s a nice little feel good story – country won Idol, the t2 genuinely like each other, it’s a guy and a girl. Nobody’s going to be confusing their styles for one another either because they had distinct identities on the show.

    Eventually as they get deeper into their albums and knowing the specific directions their promo paths will probably diverge more. But occasionally they’ll intersect too and people will respect them for not being competitive with each other and behaving with maturity.

    car3278sweet: You know what’s interesting about this for me? He didn’t do the publicity stuff. No red carpet, no interviews. I’m figuring this was a choice of his and his mgmt. If Crystal can do the gig in full glory and David A…. then CaseyJ could have too.

    He’s really flying under the radar as far as promo. Just letting the music kind of speak for itself and being way low key. It’s an interesting approach.

    The main thing it indicates to me is CaseyJ’s not on the cusp of releasing his debut single. I’m getting curious (not worried, just curious) to see when that’s going to happen.

  • Kirsten

    Am I the only one who noticed Scotty wore the same outfit as when he was named the winner?

    It isn’t. Suits pretty much look the same, but these are not the same. I know, because I hate the suit he was wearing when he won. It’s a grey pin-striped suit with black piping on the edge of the collar. This one is black with a little black piping in the middle of the collar.

    MJ has a picture at the top of this thread: http://mjsbigblog.com/american-idol-10-the-finale.htm

  • car3278sweet

    But then…other AI winners haven’t seemed to be hurt by wearing the same type of clothes, if not the same clothes time and again. I can probably make a list of everything some of the winners have worn and confine it to a single sheet in my spiral notebook.

    True. I’m not saying Scotty’s two shirt/one jacket wardrobe is going to hurt him. It’s just been an ongoing joke on this blog and it amuses me. I’m sure Mr. Scotty has much bigger things to obssess over than his plaid shirts. All just in fun!

  • BootStar

    Right now, I think it’s a good strategy because they compliment each other well and the media is loving the whole are they or aren’t they dating issue.

    They do complement each other well, but according to Lauren, Scotty’s not big on giving out compliments! ;-)

    Seriously, though, I actually preferred the duets the two of them did together to any of their solo numbers. Marketing them as a duo might actually be a clever idea. Something different for American Idol anyway.

  • car3278sweet

    It may be as simple as Casey’s needing to rehearse for his two gigs tonight and not having time for the red carpet activities. I doubt it was an “artistic statement” since Casey’s done those gigs before

    Again, not really caring if he does or doesn’t walk the carpet, but he was at the show. So he did have time enough to break away from his prep on his gigs to get to the place and sit down. So why not do the red carpet?

    Just musing ’cause I really don’t want to settle down and get to my work today.

  • lili_anne7

    They do complement each other well, but according to Lauren, Scotty’s not big on giving out compliments!

    haha, just saw that. Thanks.

  • keware

    Lauren should be very thankful that Scotty won. If Lauren had placed second to anybody else she would not be enjoying the perks and publicity that she has received. She is riding on Scotty’s coattails big time right now. I can’t imagine her getting on the CMT’s and doing all of the other Country Fest activities so soon if she had come in second to anyone else. I think this pairing is much more beneficial to her in a huge way. It’s doing nothing for Scotty, IMO. I think he could stand alone and be quite fine. Not sure I can say the same for her. I like her, but the novelty of her right now is having Scotty by her side.

  • car3278sweet

    It isn’t. Suits pretty much look the same, but these are not the same. I know, because I hate the suit he was wearing when he won. It’s a grey pin-striped suit with black piping on the edge of the collar. This one is black with a little black piping in the middle of the collar.

    Kirsten is not only a Stats Goddess, she is also a fashion guru. I bow before her talent in all areas. And I am now officially relieved and happy that Scotty owns two jackets and two shirts. ;-)

  • BootStar

    So he did have time enough to break away from his prep on his gigs to get to the place and sit down. So why not do the red carpet?

    Maybe he didn’t have time to shower! ;-)

  • hooch

    They do complement each other well, but according to Lauren, Scotty’s not big on giving out compliments!

    Lauren got treated like she was an idiot for making that little quip. I never had any doubt she knew exactly what she was saying-she even held her hand up as she said it in an “I know”manner. She was playing with Scotty.

    Literalism FTW.

  • car3278sweet

    The main thing it indicates to me is CaseyJ’s not on the cusp of releasing his debut single. I’m getting curious (not worried, just curious) to see when that’s going to happen.

    ACK. No! I will turn into a turnip before this guy releases his single. Double ACK.

    Kellie’s dropping hers mid-June which is about three weeks after the Lulabelles. So my hope, prayer, wish was that CaseyJ’s would be about three weeks after Kellie’s.

    wish wish wish

  • BootStar

    The main thing it indicates to me is CaseyJ’s not on the cusp of releasing his debut single.

    While I defer to windmills‘ exhaustive knowledge of All Things Country Music, I really do think it’s just as likely he was busy rehearsing while that was going on. He is performing twice today, so I don’t think not appearing on the “red carpet” means that much when that is taken into consideration. Which gets more attention from those in the industry, the red carpet or an actual performance? (Or maybe I don’t want to know the answer to that!)

    But, yeah, where the HELL is that single? :-D

  • meme4cj_

    Again, not really caring if he does or doesn’t walk the carpet, but he was at the show. So he did have time enough to break away from his prep on his gigs to get to the place and sit down. So why not do the red carpet?

    I actually don’t care , because he already walked on the red carpet at ACMs last April , which airs on National TV not Cable like CMTs . :)
    He has a busy schedule this weekend , two performances tonight & he should fly to WI to open for Kenny Chesney’s Coastal tour on Lambeau Field this Saturday .

  • aidancash1

    The red carpet wasnt that great. CMT moved it inside. They actually only talked to a couple of artists. Not that big deal Casey did do the red carpet.

  • car3278sweet

    sweet that CaseyJ and Crystal sat together. i would love to hear a collab from those two.

    I remember during last year’s tour, Crystal was asked who she’d want to collab with of the other idolettes. She named CaseyJ. Since it appears she’s moving twd a Nashville career, this might be in the realm of possibilities down the line.

    But no Bucky. Keep goofy Bucky away from my special snowflake. ;-)

  • windmills

    car3278sweet: Kellie’s dropping hers mid-June which is about three weeks after the Lulabelles. So my hope, prayer, wish was that CaseyJ’s would be about three weeks after Kellie’s.

    You’re right as far as the adds date for Kellie’s lead single being Tuesday June 13th. But Kellie’s single was actually sent to radio in late May and has been picking up some early adds. It debuted at #59 on Billboard this past week.

    Adds dates through the end of June have been published in Billboard Country Update and Country Aircheck and there isn’t any indication of an adds date for CaseyJ yet.

    BootStar: He is performing twice today, so I don’t think not appearing on the “red carpet” means that much when that is taken into consideration. Which gets more attention from those in the industry, the red carpet or an actual performance? (Or maybe I don’t want to know the answer to that!)

    The thing is that red carpet appearances are negotiated and placed by label and management. If CaseyJ were on the cusp of releasing a single, I think his label/management would’ve wanted the photo ops and interviews that would result from being on the red carpet. They would’ve had little concern for his need to rehearse.

    That being said, there’s a chance he’ll wind up doing backstage press today at LP Field since he’s got his acoustic set there and he might have some other groundwork-laying media scheduled. Seems to me the label’s still in introduction mode with him but if he does media later today then that might be a sign of things kicking into the next gear.

  • car3278sweet

    I know why CaseyJ didn’t walk the red carpet. Scotty wouldn’t let him borrow his other jacket and plaid shirt.

  • meme4cj_

    Yes! GAC is doing interviews with the performers at the LP Field , so hopefully we’ll get some interviews & press today . :D
    I hope the single will drop on late June/Early July .

  • BootStar

    The thing is that red carpet appearances are negotiated and placed by label and management. If CaseyJ were on the cusp of releasing a single, I think his label/management would’ve wanted the photo ops and interviews that would result from being on the red carpet. They would’ve had little concern for his need to rehearse.

    Oh, Lord, that’s just the kind of thing I didn’t want to know! And I should have known that even those tacky red carpet appearances are “negotiated and placed by label and management.” Never forget: They’re all just “product.” I think I’ll go make another donation to my local indie radio station! ;-)

  • TwigLA

    The more I see these two kids in interviews, the more I’m impressed by them. They both seem very level headed and down to earth.

    I’m struck by the fact they have realistic expectations going forward from here. Lauren pointed out that on the show they sang covers of songs that people already like. Now they will be singing brand new songs that nobody knows and will need to sell them.

    This really shows a maturity and understanding that is lacking in some of their fellow contestants both past and present.

  • LCT

    Aw David must have awesome genes to still look young and perfect skin! Does he ever get blemishes like a normal teenager???

  • Kirsten

    Aw David must have awesome genes to still look young and perfect skin! Does he ever get blemishes like a normal teenager???

    I don’t want to make anybody feel old here, but Archie isn’t a teenager anymore. He is now in his 20s.

    Now, where did I put my walker? I can’t find it since I lost my bifocals.

  • ri

    i love that little David and i think he usually dresses nicely and looks very mature (even though his face may not). i have commented before on the nice job his stylist has been doing with him. but here he looks young and not as dapper as usual. maybe the brutal heat had something to do with his choice of clothing.
    * *he may be 20yrs old but i think i will always refer to him as “little”.

  • heidijoy

    One of the best red carpet pictures was posted by David A’s friend Joy Williams. She posted it on @theCivilWars. She is part of the duo Civil Wars. It states :Our first time on the red carpet.
    You click on the picture and it shows four pair shoes on the red carpet. I don’t know how to post,but this was very clever. who could criticize that?? ha! ha!

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • windmills

    BootStar: Oh, Lord, that’s just the kind of thing I didn’t want to know! And I should have known that even those tacky red carpet appearances are “negotiated and placed by label and management.” Never forget: They’re all just “product.” I think I’ll go make another donation to my local indie radio station!

    Definitely a worthy cause :)

    I was being too blunt. It’s not that label/management wouldn’t care about CaseyJ having time to rehearse. I was just trying to say they’d expect him to plan around a red carpet appearance if they’d wanted/needed him there.

    TwigLA: I’m struck by the fact they have realistic expectations going forward from here. Lauren pointed out that on the show they sang covers of songs that people already like. Now they will be singing brand new songs that nobody knows and will need to sell them.

    I agree about this and I’ve also been enjoying their interviews so far.

  • Niall

    Poor Archie…20 years old and still waiting for puberty to hit (though the rush of hormones would likely scare the lil chap).

  • jeffreythegleek

    I have to laugh at all the comments about how young David Archuleta looks for a 20-year-old. Chris Colfer just turned 21 (check the topic below this one about his book deal) and he looks way too young to pass for his age as well. Poor guys. We should all be so cursed!

  • Kris

    I have to laugh at all the comments about how young David Archuleta looks for a 20-year-old. Chris Colfer just turned 21 (check the topic below this one about his book deal) and he looks way too young to pass for his age as well. Poor guys. We should all be so cursed!

    Right, who knew that looking younger than your age is a think to be criticized or mocked.

  • Fenway

    Yes, Kris, like David A. can do anything about the fact that he looks young. If he grew facial hair to look older, people probably wouldn’t like that either. Poor guy, just can’t win.

    David was not a presenter or a performer. He was invited at the last minute. I am sure he had to throw something together really quickly. I think wearing a coat would have made him look like one of the country stars. He was just there to enjoy the moment like many others who were dressed like he was..casual.

  • MrDuffin

    It looks like ‘wittle lauren has already turned into a ‘wittle beotch on twitter. Her credibility is now zero in my book! That I’m just kid crap just don’t matter.

  • cmom

    While we are talking about David A looking young or calling him “little”, it is funny because I was just watching the video in MJ’s other post about the Behind the Scenes Idol photo shoot and people are commenting how David is now taller than Kris A so he must be growing. I think they are all lucky to have handsome, younger faces and it reminds me of Paul McCartney – remember that baby face and he actually still has it. These guys are lucky and we should all be so lucky as to have our main criticism be that we look young (and many, many 20-year old guys still look around 16. I think @davidarchie actually looks pretty much is at the age of 17-22 year-olds. And no one cared that McCartney looked young and let’s not forget the simple early Beatle songs (I want to hold your hand, etc.). Oh that all of these guys have a long, creative career and we get to sit back and enjoy the process.

  • SajiNoKami

    It looks like ‘wittle lauren has already turned into a ‘wittle beotch on twitter. Her credibility is now zero in my book! That I’m just kid crap just don’t matter.

    what tweet did I miss?

  • keware

    what tweet did I miss?

    I just looked at her twitter. I don’t see anything bitchy.

  • SajiNoKami

    I just looked at her twitter. I don’t see anything bitchy.

    neither am I, except she is over cheesecake.

  • SajiNoKami

    ok one comment on that video of the press, just annoyed me a bit:

    she is more submissive to scotty now. she lets the man do the talk she is filling the words to scotty.. like it.

    am i missing something? is this how kids think to day? that a hope for equality is a lost cause?

    Personally I think Lauren has just learned to be polite and let Scotty have his turn to speak, while Scotty has become bolder.