Sheryl Crow flashes underwear, Shania Twain falls during embarrassing CMT Music Awards moments

Add Sheryl Crow to the list of female celebrities who have suffered wardrobe malfunctions this week. After both Lady Gaga and Khloe Kardashian accidentally offered up some of their top-half goods on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, the country singer had a mishap of her own down below during the 2011 CMT Music Awards. During Wednesday's live show, a skirt-clad Crow seemed absent-minded when she rose from a stool during a performance with host Kid Rock. As she uncrossed her legs, the 49-year-old's underwear was completely visible to the in-theater audience and the millions of viewers at home. But the songstress didn't play dumb when she returned to the stage later in the show to present an award with fellow singer Sara Evans. "Okay, I'm just going to address the elephant in the room," she began. "People all over America are tweeting that I was wearing a really short skirt when I sang with Kid Rock," she explained, "and that when I got up off the stool, I showed my underwear." Quipped Evans, "Well, at least you were wearing underwear." PHOTOS: WHAT A TRIP! STARS BITE THE DUST "I was wearing underwear," Crow acknowledged. "Cause I am good, clean family entertainment." And amazingly enough, she wasn't the only one to suffer an embarrassing moment during the event. Shania Twain, 45, tumbled as she headed to the stage to present. "I experienced one of life's most embarrassing moments," Twain said in a video message to fans after the show, "and I've lived through that." "I'm here to tell you I don't need a stunt double," she joked, adding that she didn't hurt herself. Twain then contemplated whether to auction off her dangerous high heels or "keep them as a souvenir." "I never want to see those shoes again," she said. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

CMT Music Awards 2010: Carrie Underwood wins, responds with rare PDA kiss for fiance, Mike Fisher

Carrie Underwood got some love at the CMT Music Awards and responded with her own public display affection. Fans awarded the "American Idol” champ video of the year for "Cowboy Casanova" and performance of the year for "Temporary Home" at the star-spangled ceremony Wednesday night. Before trotting up to the stage after bagging best video, Underwood gave her fiancé, Mike Fisher, a big smooch in their first major PDA since they began dating two years ago. At the podium, the 27-year-old country diva was equally effusive with her fans. "Wow," she said. "Awesome fans. Awesome, awesome, amazing, awesome. God bless you guys, you are the best!" Underwood later paid some more lip service to Fisher, with whom she got engaged in December. "It’s great having him there!" she told after the show. "No matter what happens, I go home a winner. I have the biggest prize, the guy sitting next to me. Win or lose, he is proud of me. Of course, it’s nice to share the good times too!" Underwood is set to wed her fiancé this summer. "We are still working on everything," she told the gossip Web site. "Goodness, I haven't been to too many weddings. I guess the unique thing will be me and Mike. We’ve never been married before so it won’t be like any one else’s wedding." Other big winners at the CMT awards included Miranda Lambert, who won female video of the year for "White Liar,” and Keith Urban, who was awarded male video of the year for "'Till Summer Comes Around."  "Baby girl, I love you so much," Urban called out to his glamorous wife, Nicole Kidman, from the podium. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

CMT Music Awards 2010: Former ‘American Idol’ champion Carrie Underwood wins for ‘Cowboy Casanova’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The fans love Carrie Underwood and they proved it again during the CMT Music Awards. The former "American Idol" champ won Wednesday night's top honor, video of the year for "Cowboy Casanova," and CMT performance of the year for "Temporary Home" two months after making history by winning her second Academy of Country Music Awards entertainer of the year. Both awards are chosen by fans tuned into the live shows. She was the night's only multiple winner. "They were there before I had anything, an album, a record deal, a tour or anything like that," Underwood said after the show. "They built me from the ground up." The CMT Awards, which are chosen exclusively by fan voting, were another salute to some of country music's top young stars. Lady Antebellum continued its scorching run by winning group video of the year for the trio's crossover hit "Need You Now" and Miranda Lambert taking female video of the year for "White Liar," her first No.1 song. "Tonight's all about the fans," trio member Dave Haywood said after receiving the belt buckle trophy given to winners. "Thank you fans!" Lambert followed up three wins at the ACM Awards with yet another win. She jumped up and pumped her fists as she made her way through the crowd and shouted, "My first buckle! This rocks!" when she reached the stage. Lambert's "White Liar" video features the red-hot singer ditching her dishonest husband-to-be at the alter for his cheating ways. It was the first time she put on a wedding dress. The second time will come when she weds fiance Blake Shelton. "Let's just hope that my next wedding doesn't end up like that video," she told the crowd. Keith Urban won male video of the year for "'Til Summer Comes Around." After sending a shoutout to his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, who attended the awards, he turned serious and talked of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "I want to send my deepest love to all the families around the gulf, who are going through Continue Reading

Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley big winners at CMT awards; Swift closes show with Def Leppard

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Taylor Swift opened the Country Music Television awards with a skit about living out her dreams. The 19-year-old country and pop sensation went a long way toward doing just that by winning video of the year and female video of the year for "Love Story" and by performing with one of her favorite rock bands. "I want to thank Shania Twain for always making such theatrical videos, and Garth Brooks for always putting the fans first. I take my cues from you," Swift said Tuesday in accepting video of the year honors at Nashville's Sommet Center. "I thank the fans for giving me video of the year when my whole family is here watching." Swift won the fan-voted award over Brad Paisley's "Waitin' on a Woman," Trace Adkins' "You're Gonna Miss This," Carrie Underwood's "Just a Dream" and Sugarland's "All I Want to Do." Her "Love Story" video is an elaborate production with period costumes that echoes the story of Romeo and Juliet. "This is for everybody who still believes in love stories, because I do," Swift said earlier in winning female video. She closed the awards show by performing "Pour Some Sugar on Me" with the British rock band Def Leppard. Brad Paisley was the night's other big winner, taking home awards for male video ("Waitin' on a Woman"), collaborative video ("Start a Band" with Keith Urban) and performance of the year (Alan Jackson's "Country Boy" with Jackson, George Strait and Dierks Bentley). "Start a Band" features two youngsters playing the "Rock Band" music video game. Paisley and Urban urged young viewers to learn to play. "Learn guitar kids — the real thing," Urban said. "'Rock Band' never got anybody a date — never," Paisley added. In his acceptance speech for male video, Paisley thanked TV's Andy Griffith, who passes on some wisdom to a younger man in the video. "He has changed my life in so many ways, and to be on film with him you can imagine what that would be like," Paisley said of Griffith, who Continue Reading

Dashin’ through Nashville: News’ music critic visits country’s Grand Ole home

Not ten minutes after I landed at the Nashville International Airport I already saw stars. Or demi-stars, anyway. To my left, at baggage claim, lurked Louise Mandrell, musicianly sister to '70s country star Barbra Mandrell. To my right, in the parking lot, trudged two guitar-slingers who toil with The Mavericks. True, they're not exactly Garth Brooks, or even Brooks & Dunn. But the quickness and ease of the sightings tips off one of the main draws of Nashville: its accessibility, and ubiquity, of talent. It also epitomizes the character nearly all country stars work so self-consciously to promote: That they're "just like you," in blissful ignorance of the fact that many of us want our stars to be not a thing like us. Nashville's fetish for egalitarianism explains why every tourist-driven guide eagerly serves up tidbits about artists like Hank Williams Jr. scarfing down greasy barbecue at Jack's next to Joe Six Pack, or Vince Gill stopping by the tiny Bluebird Cafe to spontaneously play along with whatever musicians happen to turn up that night. Inverting rock 'n roll's lust for distance and mystery, this town idealizes all that's sweet and obvious. And that's never more true than at CMT Fan Fair which takes place once again at the big L.P. Stadium smack in the middle of downtown June 11th to the 14th. In this bizarre and transfixing event, the nation's great unwashed clamor to get way too close-and-personal with every country star worth his or her rhinestones. Think of it as a gigantic, country star petting zoo, a wacked-out phenomenon that could occur nowhere else on earth. That alone provides the perfect excuse for a trip to these parts, especially now that fares from New York can be had for around $300 and hotel rooms can be had for around a Benjamin. If that's not enough, simultaneous with Fan Fair this year will be the Bonnaroo Festival, the nation's largest jam band event, which takes place just an hour drive out of town, in Manchester, Tenn. Continue Reading

Country duo Brooks & Dunn call it quits after 20 years of hits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Brooks & Dunn are done. Best-selling country duo Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn posted a message on their Web site Monday saying they agreed to "call it a day" after 20 years of making music together. "This ride has been everything and more than we could ever have dreamed ... We owe it all to you, the fans," they said in the message. "If you hear rumors, don't believe them, it's just time." Brooks & Dunn will release a greatest-hits album on Sept. 8 and tour one last time in 2010. The duo's many hits include "Boot Scootin' Boogie," ''My Maria," ''Red Dirt Road" and "Cowgirls Don't Cry" with Reba McEntire. The men's label, Arista Nashville, said the group has sold more than 30 million albums. Brooks, 54, and Dunn, 56, were struggling solo artists when Arista's Tim DuBois urged them to join forces in 1990. Together they've scored 23 No. 1 hits. They've recorded 10 studio albums, the latest 2007's "Cowboy Town." "They've been to the mountaintop and they've accomplished everything that two human beings joined together musically can do in a career," said Brian Philips, president of Country Music Television. "They've had every kind of hit. Literally, they've explored every musical texture and tempo and style and flavor." CMT is scheduled to tape Brooks & Dunn performing and discussing their music Wednesday for an episode of the show "Invitation Only" to air in October. Philips called the announcement of the split a complete surprise. He said he has no idea what they might do in the future, but he's certain it will involve music. "The guys that I know, I can't imagine either of those two individuals walking away from music. That's unthinkable," Philip said. The pair steeped itself in the mythical West (the duo's emblem is a sun-bleached steer's skull) and rode the charts with a driving honky-tonk sound. Brooks & Dunn took a turn with 2003's "Red Dirt Road" and often pay homage to their classic rock influences, Continue Reading

Julio Iglesias Jr. winner of ‘Gone Country’ contest

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The winner of Country Music Television's "Gone Country" reality show was born in Madrid, Spain, and raised in Miami, but these days Julio Iglesias Jr. is spending a lot of time in Nashville. Iglesias, the son of the well-known Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, lived with six other contestants — R&B singers Bobby Brown and Sisqo, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, "American Idol" finalist Diana DeGarmo, Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips fame and "The Brady Bunch" star Maureen McCormick — as they competed for a record deal. The series, taped over 10 days in October at country star Barbara Mandrell's former home, concluded Friday on CMT with Iglesias proclaimed the winner. "The whole experience was amazing, especially trying to lasso horses and clean out horse stalls at Gretchen Wilson's house," Iglesias said of the show, which was hosted by John Rich of the duo Big & Rich. His debut country single, "The Way I Want You," is produced by Rich and expected to begin airing this week. Iglesias co-wrote the tune with Tammy Hyler and James Slater. "I'm not sure where all of this will take me, but I really hope country radio likes this single as much as we enjoyed writing and recording it," he said. Iglesias, 35, has recorded two albums during his career, one in English and one in Spanish. He's also worked as a model and an actor and hosted a series on The Travel Channel. "The thing I saw in Julio was passion," Rich said. "Here's a guy who's had an incredibly diverse career in the public eye, but everything always comes back to music for him — it's who he is." Iglesias says he will continue writing with some of Nashville's top songwriters and will appear at upcoming country music events. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Country Thunder Arizona 2016 guide: Eric Church, Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line and more

Country Thunder Arizona returns to Florence on Thursday, April 7, with Kip Moore headlining the first night of the biggest four-day music blowout state has to offer.Here's a guide to this year's top names — from headlining sets by Eric Church, Jake Owen and Florida Georgia Line to Cam and several younger acts starting to make names for themselves.MORE: Country Thunder's lost and found | The 6 types of people you see | Social-media recap | Best, craziest things we spotted so far | Arizona singer: 'It was never something I'd imagine would happen' | Day 4: Eric Church is icon in the making | Day 3 review: Chris Janson steals Thunder with tribute | Day 2 review: Florida Georgia Line | Day 1 review: Kip Moore (eventually) | Photos: Country Thunder through the years | Performers honor Merle Haggard | Country Thunder playlistThis Georgia native topped the country charts in 2012 with the double-platinum "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," a slide-guitar-fueled country-rocker about the fun one can have with a girl in a sundress, beer on ice and a truck parked in a field. We’ll leave the math to you. Despite its title, the followup, "Beer Money," wasn't as playful, but its beer-makes-everything-worthwhile vibe helped it crack the Top 10. Subsequent hits include "Hey Pretty Girl," a platinum Top 10 country smash, and "I'm to Blame."These relatively new arrivals topped the country airplay charts in 2015 with their first major hit, "Break Up With Him." The video features lead singer Matt Ramsey as Marty McFly in a tribute to "Back to the Future." The song is from a debut titled "Meat and Candy," the cover of which would have to make the short list of best country album cover concepts of the decade. “Meat and Candy” hit the country charts at No. 3 and sent a second single, “Snapback,” to No. 11.This Nashville singer went Top 20 on Continue Reading


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN:THE SEEGER SESSIONS. Tomorrow, 9 p.m., CMT. 4 STARS Just as the country music world and Country Music Television think they've dragged all their trappings from the 20th century into the 21st, along comes Bruce Springsteen, of all people, to drag it right back. Thank God. To be accurate, Springsteen doesn't really drag country music backward with "The Seeger Sessions," a CD featuring often-countrified versions of songs associated with Pete Seeger. As Springsteen says, he's "recontextualizing" the songs, arranging and performing them so they sound as fresh as a warm apple pie. It's the way great songs are kept alive over generations: Performers update them to fit the rhythm of the time. "Erie Canal" here isn't the familiar third-grade singalong. It's an intense tale of a man and his work, yet so melodic it pulls the most jaded listener in. The high-spirited "Pay Me My Money Down" evokes the spirit of populist country songs like "Eleven Cent Cotton and Forty Cent Meat." "Oh Mary," a traditional black spiritual, reflects the way black-and-white music share more than music marketers would have us believe. This hour-long special is essentially the DVD that comes with the "Seeger Sessions" package, and that's fine, because the key point is getting it on CMT, where many viewers might not otherwise notice that Bruce Springsteen has made a record of back-porch singalong music. Ironically, CMT often seems to act as if viewers who would enjoy that style are themselves part of the past. But let's hope not because losing them would cut country off from its deepest roots. Springsteen singing "Pay Me My Money Down" runs on a straight, direct line to Hank Williams singing, "My tires and tubes are doing fine / But the air is showing through." This hour runs from the exuberant "John Henry" and "Jacob's Ladder" to the pensive ballad "Shenandoah." Between songs, Springsteen talks smartly about why this record exists and the value of the songs. Continue Reading

Billy Ray Cyrus to play Elvis Presley impersonator in CMT’s ‘Still the King’

A late-night glimpse of a Pentecostal church while he was walking his dog inspired country singer Billy Ray Cyrus to dream up a television series that the CMT network said Thursday will become part of its schedule early next year. Cyrus will star in the comedy, “Still the King,” as Vernon Brown, a one-hit country star turned Elvis Presley impersonator who becomes a minister at a country church outside of Nashville. CMT also is planning a docuseries on “American Idol” singer Kellie Pickler and her marriage, a coming-of-age documentary involving a group of friends in small-town Florida, a series starring YouTube prankster Ed Bassmaster and a late-night talk show with Josh Wolf, a former sub on Chelsea Handler’s E! Entertainment network show. The network announced its plans for the next year in a meeting with advertisers in Manhattan on Thursday. “Still the King” puts CMT back into business with Cyrus, daddy of Miley and frequent presence on the network when his “Achy Breaky Heart” was a hit two decades ago. “We built bridges around the world together in the early ‘90s, places where country music hadn’t been or hadn’t been for a long time,” Cyrus said in an interview. “Getting together again with CMT was very exciting.” One night when his tour bus made a gas stop on the Gulf Coast, Cyrus walked with his dog and began thinking about how Elvis Presley performed in the area at the start of his career. He saw a church in the distance, and things came together in his mind when the bus ride resumed. “I was sitting there with a notebook scribbling out idea after idea,” he said. “It didn’t take long to realize that there’s a thought here that’s interesting, that’s funny, that’s smart, that’s dumb — all of those things.” Since Cyrus is a country singer with a career of ups and downs and Continue Reading