Swift is decked out in a Zuhair Murad dress and Jimmy Choos, but the magazine shows how you can easily steal the look with a similar Fernando Wong dress and Bebe faux leather strappy sandals.
But Underwood shows off four different dressed-up looks:
• Her black lacy Roberto Cavalli floor-length gown from the Grammys, which she said made her feel pretty.
• A black fit and flare dress from Theia, embellished with lace, that she paired with little black gloves to look very Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
• A taupe one-shoulder Philip Armstrong cocktail dress covered in all kinds of silver bling.
• Her Katharine Kidd jumpsuit with the peplum waist and mesh detail that she rocked at last year’s CMT Artists of the Year event.
Underwood also reveals some of her best holiday tips. Like, “I think the holidays are the perfect time to add some shimmer, whether it’s a lip gloss with extra shine or a glittery eye shadow.” And how “being around friends and family” is what she loves most about this time of year.
As for how Underwood gets through the most wonderful time of the year without getting stressed out, she said she doesn’t think that’s possible.
“But wine always helps,” she added.
Cheers to that.
- 2011, Jason Aldean wins six times at the second annual American Country Awards, aired on FOX from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
- 2010, Merle Haggard, Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney are recognized during the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama is on hand for the ceremony
- 1993, Jeff Hanna, of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, marries singer-songwriter Matraca Berg nine years after they first met
- 1978, The Charlie Daniels Band records “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” at Nashville’s Woodland Sound Studios
- 2004, Gary Allan collects a #1 single on the Billboard country list with “Nothing On But The Radio”
- 1971, Charley Pride’s biggest hit ascends to #1 on the Billboard country chart: “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’”
- 1956, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis pose for a photo at the Sun studio in Memphis. The foursome conducts an impromptu jam session, which is subsequently dubbed “The Million Dollar Quartet”
- 1944, Eddy Arnold holds his first recording session at the WSM radio studios in Nashville. He records his first hit, “Each Minute Seems A Million Years,” and his first version of “The Cattle Call”
That is literally all my Walmart receipt says. While everyone else was running through the aisles of the superstore looking for door-busting deals on electronics, toys and sporting goods, all I wanted was Garth Brooks’ new boxed set, Blame It All on My Roots. I resisted the temptation to buy anything else. I was on a mission to make my Black Friday a Garth Friday.
I hate to admit this, but this was my very first Black Friday experience. I guess I’d always been too busy cleaning up from Thanksgiving or preparing to transition my house to Christmas to care about all those day-after sales. Or I just didn’t care enough about Cabbage Patch Kids or Tickle Me Elmos.
But this? This I cared about. Not only was it the first new music Brooks has released in six long years, but it is a lot of music. There are 77 songs — mostly cover songs. When Brooks does a cover of, say, Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind” or Cat Stevens’ “Wild World” or George Strait’s “Unwound,” they kind of become his own.
Plus, there’s the book. It’s like liner notes on steroids. It’s mostly about Brooks’ years playing his solo show at the Wynn in Las Vegas and how he loved playing his songs that were never singles, like “Cold Shoulder,” “Lonesome Dove” and “Ireland.” And how he grew up watching the Buck Owens Show while having dinner on a TV tray in his den, how Merle Haggard and George Jones are the definition of country music and how Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” has been in him for 99 percent of his life.
I also learned from this booklet that all the music was recorded at Allentown Studios in Nashville. And that Chris Stapleton (“What Are You Listening To”) sings harmony vocals on a few of the songs. What an honor that must’ve been for Stapleton.
But the bottom line is this: Now that I’ve been living with this music for three days, I’ve concluded that if my Black Friday had turned ugly — like 2010 Wii ugly — and I had to fight for the last copy of Brooks boxed set on the shelf, I would have. No question.
“I sat at a blackjack table for hours one night in Vegas with Tim,” White told me when he called me to talk about the CMT Artists of the Year special he’s hosting Tuesday (Dec. 3) in Nashville. “He talked to every single person that walked up. Both he and Faith are just really good about interacting with the fans. They’re real good folks.”
McGraw is just one of the artists to be honored during the Artists of the Year special. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Florida Georgia Line are on the list, too.
White grew up listening to rock music in Texas, but once he started listening to country music, he started loving George Jones, Dwight Yoakam and Travis Tritt. What he loves the most about CMT’s five honorees this year is how good they are to their fans.
“It’s very cool to see how they treat their fans and how loyal their fans are to them,” White said.
And while he may poke a little fun at each artist during the live celebration, he said he’s not going to do too much preparation for the show. The jokes may just come to him throughout the night.
“If you overthink it, it gets to be not much fun,” he explained. “And I need to have some latitude to go one way or the other.”
As for the signature cigar and Scotch he keeps with him onstage during his stand-up shows, he assured me he’s not to change a thing Tuesday night.
“That’s my brand,” he said.
CMT Artists of the Year premieres live Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CMT and CMT.com.
- 2003, Toby Keith’s “American Soldier” video debuts on CMT
- 1977, Dolly Parton’s “Here You Come Again” begins a five-week ride at #1 in Billboard
- 1954, Bass player Paul Gregg is born in Altus, Oklahoma. He joins Restless Heart, whose big, pop-tinged harmonies earn them a series of smooth country hits in the late-1980s and the Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Group award in 1990
- 1927, Ferlin Husky is born in Flat River, Missouri. His 1956 single “Gone” establishes the Nashville Sound. He also has a landmark with the gospel-themed “Wings Of A Dove” and enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010
- 2005, Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas From The Family” ranks at #1 in the holiday special “CMT 20 Merriest Christmas Videos”
- 2002, Kenny Chesney’s album “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” goes double-platinum
- 1989, Randy Travis goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “It’s Just A Matter Of Time”
- 1965, Songwriter Casey Beathard is born in Torrance, California. He authors such hits as Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink,” Darius Rucker’s “Come Back Song,” Eric Church’s “Homeboy” and George Strait’s “The Breath You Take”
- 2012, Shania Twain begins a two-year, 120-show residency at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. She sings “You’re Still The One” to a horse, and does “Up!,” “Any Man Of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”
- 2007, Carrie Underwood gets big results from “So Small” as the song reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
- 1998, Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” earns a platinum single
- 1964, Buck Owens records “I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail” and “Cryin’ Time” in an afternoon session at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood
- 2000, Two country artists are nominated in each of the three musical categories for the People’s Choice Awards: Garth Brooks and George Strait, male nominees; Shania Twain and Faith Hill, female; and The Dixie Chicks and Alabama, band
- 1995, Martina McBride joins the Grand Ole Opry during the taping of a CBS-TV special, “Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary Celebration,” at the Opry House
- 1975, Mindy McCready born in Fort Myers, Florida. Her sassy, confident approach nets late-1990s hits with “Ten Thousand Angels” and “Guys Do It All The Time,” but she falls into a publicly reported downward spiral a decade later
- 1937, Record executive and producer Jimmy Bowen is born in Santa Rita, New Mexico. After starting in pop, he works for MCA, Elektra and Capitol, producing hits for George Strait, Reba McEntire, Eddie Rabbitt and Hank Williams Jr., among others
- 2010, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosts the ABC special “CMA Country Christmas” with Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker and Little Big Town
- 2001, Lee Ann Womack kicks off a unique Christmas tour in Sewell, New Jersey, performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra
- 1994, Brooks & Dunn’s “Brand New Man” becomes the first album by a country duo certified quadruple-platinum, while their “Hard Workin’ Man” album goes triple-platinum
- 1959, “The Battle Of New Orleans” wins Song of the Year for composer Jimmy Driftwood and Best Country & Western Performance for Johnny Horton during the second annual Grammy Awards