Gorgeous mama to be! Carrie Underwood attended the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday night. The pregnant star wore a tight, floor-length white Ashdon gown with gold detailing, her golden tresses swept to one side.
Underwood, 31, is expecting her first child — a boy — with husband Mike Fisher.
As hosts Florida Georgia Line wrote in The Huffington Post, “American Country Countdown is the longest running radio countdown show of all,” and Monday night marked its first ever televised event.
After stunning on the red carpet, the “American Idol” alumna slipped into a belted, ruffled blue Leanne Marshall dress and performed a medley of hits. As the opening act, Underwood sang “Before He Cheats” before moving on to “American Girl,” “Cowboy Casanova,” “Blown Away” and “Something in the Water,” according to E! News.
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert all were scheduled to perform as well.
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The expectant singer, whose album Greatest Hits: Decade #1 is out now, takes us from Nashville to N.Y.C. – in her own words
9 A.M.: FLYING HIGH
“On the plane, Nashville to NYC for a (RED) surprise concert in Times Square for World AIDS Day.”
1 P.M.: WORKOUT BREAK!
“Took my bump to the gym for a quick workout before things got started! Nothing like one-legged squats on the Bosu ball!”
3:30 P.M.: PREPPING…
“Hanging out with my stylist Marina trying to figure out what to wear (not sure what the weather will bring!) for the big event (Spoiler alert: It poured rain)”
5 P.M. …AND PRIMPING
“Doing phone interviews while getting ready, sometime’s a girl’s gotta multitask!”
7:50 P.M.: ROCKING OUT
“On the (RED) Stage with The Edge. This was definitely something I never would’ve believed could happen in a million years”
8:15 P.M. COUNTING MY BLESSING
“Such an incredible group of artists! I was so honored to have been there with them all for such a great cause. Thank you to U2 and RED for having me!”
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carrie Underwood donned more than 10 different dresses for this year’s CMA Awards, but when it’s time to get to sweaty in the gym, the country star was at a loss for what to wear.”I consider myself to be a pretty hard worker in the gym,” said Underwood, who is expecting her first child in the spring. “The high performance things aren’t pretty. And then the super pretty things don’t last a long time or don’t do what I need them to do. So there is a big gap.”
Now she’s launching her own line of athletic wear with DICK’S Sporting Goods, called Calia by Carrie Underwood, which matches up her love of fashion and fitness. Underwood’s new venture makes her the latest country musician to dabble in fashion.
Her CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley partnered with Boot Barn this month to release a line of clothes called Moonshine Spirit, featuring jeans, boots, cowboy hats and T-shirts for young men, which he describes as the perfect outfit for attending a country concert.
“When you look out at these people when we roll into town, they are largely girls in cut-off jeans and guys in either button-down plaid shirts or T-shirts,” Paisley said. “Some of them are wearing cowboy hats. Some of them are wearing ball caps. A lot of them are wearing some kind of boot.”
Fashion for country musicians has moved far away from the country western wear personified by Porter Wagoner’s embellished Nudie suits and Dolly Parton’s rhinestone-encrusted denim and fringe. Today’s biggest country stars embrace retailers and brands that are already well-known to middle-class America and are far more accessible to their fans.
For example, reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan has a clothing line at Cabela’s, a major outdoors sporting goods retailer, and Miranda Lambert released a line of cowboy boots with DSW, in addition to owning a country clothing boutique in her home of Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
Underwood’s athletic wear, which will be available in March 2015, features capris and pants that will average $60 to $85 and tops that average $30 to $35 and can be easily mixed and matched. “Everything pretty much matches each other, which is something that I think is really cool because if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on things like this, it all needs to look good together,” Underwood said.
Underwood said her focus was outfitting today’s busy woman, who is juggling her career, her family and friends and her active lifestyle.
“That’s who we make music for, that’s who we sell our records to,” Underwood said. “I don’t think it makes sense to put out things that they couldn’t go out and get.”
Paisley already knew his signature white cowboy hat was a fan favorite, because he’s been handing them out to a special fan at each one of his concerts. They’re so popular sometimes eager fans will snatch it right off his head when he’s performing. But now these hats will be available at Boot Barn stores across the country and he even offered a little advice on how to shape the brim.
“That’s the thing that I hope everybody realizes when they buy this, you gotta shape it to your face,” he said. “I’ve figured out over time what shape worked with my face. And if you want to see which ones don’t, you go back to the early 2000s and that shape doesn’t work with my face.”
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Who: 22-year-old Carrie Underwood. What: American Idol. When: 2005.
“I don’t know if I could pick one moment over the past 10 years that reigns supreme above others,” she recently told CMT.com during a one-on-one interview regarding her triumphant last decade. “But obviously,American Idol is what launched everything following it.”
When America first laid eyes on the country music sweetheart, the fresh-faced and charming Checotah, Oklahoma, native was nervous yet poised as she rubbed the pant legs of her faded blue jeans. She could be seen pacing the hallway outside of the audition room where she’d soon meet judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. Accompanied by her supportive mother who said her daughter was “beautiful” and “had the voice,” little did they — or country music know — a superstar was soon to be born.
Nearly 10 years later, Underwood is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, has had her own exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, racked up countless country music awards while also selling out concert venues around the globe. Just recently, she announced the launch of her own workout clothing line coming in March 2015.
But she isn’t stopping there. The polished superstar is releasing her first greatest hits album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, while also preparing to embark on perhaps the most important journey yet — motherhood.
“I think right now, you just get to look to the future and wonder,” she said, her baby bump barely visible beneath a beautifully embellished white top. “It’s just such a really magical time. I know that sounds cliché, but it’s just possibilities, and I think that’s something that’s so cool.
“I’ve had some really incredible moments. Being a member of the Grand Ole Opry is something I still can’t believe. I’m a member of the Grand Ole Opry!” she grinned. “Our travels taking us to different places — me getting to go play in London and Ireland and Australia. I mean, it’s just such a cool thought to think that I have fans in other countries. I never thought I’d go to another country, let alone people know me and my music there.”
From her debut single “Inside Your Heaven” to her most recent ballad “Something in the Water” to everything sassy, sweet and sentimental in-between, Underwood’s decade of hits are now together in her two-disc collection. But there’s even something more woven into the compilation, like a new song, a co-write (“Little Toy Guns”) and never-before-released writing session recordings of hits like “So Small,” “Last Name,” “Mama’s Song” and even her duet with Vince Gill, “How Great Thou Art,” from the ACM Presents: Girls Night Out.
“It’s been a really cool experience for me being able to reflect on the past 10 years,” she said. “When you’re kind of in the big middle of it, you kind of forget to take a look around every once in a while. It’s been cool for me to go through the pictures, go through the songs and reflect and remember the feelings and the thoughts and the craziness that was happening around each song or each video or each photo shoot.
“I love doing the fun things, of course. I love getting saaaaassy,” she giggled. “I love hearing people sing along with me. I have been lucky enough to be able to do a couple of songs that every night when I sing them, I get to get lost in the worlds and in the story. Like, ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel,’ ‘So Small,’ ‘Temporary Home,’ and now ‘Something in the Water.’ Those are the ones that you can just tell people are really connecting with on more than just a fun level. They hear the words. Music has the power to do a lot. You can feel that.”
What’s more, you can also feel the validity in Underwood’s words as she reflects and relives her last decade of memories and music.
Simply put, she just wants to make her mama proud.
“More than anything,” she smiles. “I feel like if I do that, then that will come off to the rest of the world and people can say, ‘OK, she was a positive energy onstage’ — or wherever I am, whatever I’m doing. That’s kind of how I try to think about it.
“My mom was definitely a huge, positive influence on my life. She’s just a strong woman, hardworking and beautiful.”
Underwood doesn’t set out to consciously think of this aspect with each decision she makes because, admittedly, she would drive herself crazy with questions like, “‘Should I sing that song? Should I wear that thing? Should I wear my hair that way?’”
Instead, the mom-to-be hopes to continue to make well thought-out decisions, much like that of her own parents.
“My mom is such a great leader-by-example kind of person,” she said. “Both of my parents are. They were just good, hardworking, Christian people. Great to each other. Great to us. People always ask me, ‘Is there any advice (your mother has given you)?’ And I’m like, ‘No, she didn’t have to give me advice because I saw her in action.’”
Clearly, even with her magnified fame in recent years, Underwood’s ego remains healthy. In fact, stardom doesn’t seem to have phased that same modesty and charm America fell in love with nearly ten years ago.
“I think I’m constantly surprised and amazed at the crowd,” she said. “Anytime I’m doing an album or we’re starting a tour … I mean, even every night when I walk onstage, there’s always that little bit of me that’s like, ‘Are people going to want to hear it? Are people going to buy the album? Are people going to come to the show?’ And then they do!”
“And it’s always a surprise and it’s always a wonderful surprise. It’s great to hear them singing along and enjoying what we do as much as I do.”
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Congrats to Carrie who scored two Grammy Nominations the other day, Carrie is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for Something In The Water & Best Country Duo/Group Performance with the equally talented Miranda Lambert for Something Bad.
Carrie Underwood has been on the country scene since 2005, long enough to release an album of greatest hits.
In this exclusive cover story, Carrie recalls the Top 10 moments from her career, including winning American Idol and becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
In This Issue
Kenny Chesney: the story behind his latest hit, “’Till It’s Gone”
Vince Gill and Amy Grant share the sounds of the season
Tyler Farr takes you around his home
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Carrie is going to be very bust next week with the release of her upcoming Greatest Hits CD, here are a list of the upcoming appearances she will be making in the next few days
CMT Hot 20 Countdown with Cody Allan – Saturday 12/6 with an encore Sunday 12/7
iHeart Radio Album Release Party 12/9 in New York City
CBS’s The Talk – Wednesday December 10th at 2 PM ET 1 PM PT/CT
ABC’s Rachel Ray Show – Friday December 12th at 10 AM 9 AM CT
Carrie has also done many radio interviews recently as well, you can check those out here on Carrie Fans
Video can be found here
Country superstar was asked by Bono himself to front ‘U2 Minus 1′ for special performance at New York concert
Carrie Underwood took part in U2’s surprise World AIDS Day (RED) performance in New York’s Times Square Monday night. The singer was personally invited by the iconic group’s lead singer, Bono, to take part in the event and was joined on stage by U2 guitarist the Edge during a performance of the heart-tugging song “Change,” from her 2010 Play On album. Underwood also performed her current single, “Something in the Water.” (Skip ahead to the 18:22 mark in the above video for her performance.)
Billing themselves “U2 Minus 1,” the band’s Adam Clayton, the Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. were joined by rap superstar Kanye West and rock greats Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, both of whom stood in for Bono, as the singer continues to recover from a serious bike accident in Central Park.
Former president Bill Clinton also spoke to the massive crowd at the event, which was organized to thank America for the role it has played in the global fight against AIDS. The beginning of the end of AIDS epidemic is now in sight, as 13 million people have access to life-saving treatment compared to 300,000 a decade ago.
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Carrie Underwood has a new release coming out in March, but this one has nothing to do with music.
“It has been such a rewarding experience working with Dick’s Sporting Goods on all aspects of the design process for Calia, from choosing fabrics to making sure the look, feel and fit is right for active women,” Underwood said in a news release. “The inspiration for this line came from my desire to have clothes that seamlessly take me from workouts, to errands, to rehearsals and beyond.”
The clothing line will be available exclusively in Dick’s stores beginning March 5.
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