Nashville proved itself--
It is THE Music City.
Although I only caught mere minutes of the country-tastic, big-haired, and shiny-shiny-shiny rhinestone cowpeople 49th Country Music Awards, most of these crooners didn't miss the a guitar note when it came to their looks. When did this start happening? I'm sorry, y'all. I haven't been giving enough of you credit. I didn't see one tank (I don't like the word "____ beater"). I could have very well missed that display of incredibly handy work attire, although I highly doubt it. Hey, I can say these things. I'm one of you. I'm from Tennessee. But, we all know...you don't have to be southern to be country. Damn right.
Not too many bumpkins were just chillin' it in last night's crowd (See what I did there? See HERE). They may be redneck women and those kinds of girls, but they clearly know their Giuseppe Zanotti's from their Corral boots. No offense, I swear. I actually love a good boot, and Corral nails that in both function and style. Country music and its representation definitely isn't what it once was. I think we can all attest that, even if you aren't a fan, or much more likely, "hate country music." For good or for bad, depending on your take, "country" encompasses many different sounds, looks, and personalities. It's much more fluid now, and it's difficult to decipher the line between all genres in today's music world, considering almost every artist utilizes beats and elements from other pre-defined genres. Eh, I suppose that's a pretty accurate portrayal of today's society in general. Life evolves, and that includes every "stereotype" that we've become accustomed to, and guess what? Let's go with it.
But truly, let's go with the ladies of the CMA's first. Here are my top picks, which feature one of my favorite designers of luxury women's wear, Leanne Marshall. Carrie Underwood wore two dresses by this incredible artist (after the initial red carpet look), which makes a pretty big (haired) statement in terms of brand validation. Go, Leanne. I last saw her presentation in February, and coming soon, you'll my entire review of what out right now from her! Oh, I mean, what you and I should be wearing. But, really. I should be. You can do you. Ha.
Let's get down to these best dressed ladies of country music, and then some...that didn't quite make the cut.
Jennifer Nettles (obsessed!) // Jewel in Lorena Sarbu (obsessed #2!)
Carrie Underwood in Gauri+Nainika // Miranda Lambert in Versace
Jana Kramer // Kimberly Williams-Paisley in Marchesa
Allie Allen in Camille La Vie // Kelsea Ballerini in Paolo Sebastian
The Band Perry looking sharp...Kimberly Perry? Meow.
The mehhhhhh and the "what?!"
Brantley Gilbert & Amber Cochran // Kimberly Schlapman // Kaitlyn Bristowe & Shawn Booth
RaeLynn // Steve Martin & Edie Brickell // Lindsey Stirlin
These remind me of this gem-of -a -human from "We're the Millers."
" You have no ragrets? Not even a single letter?"
Now, tell me. Who were your favorites? What are YOUR thoughts on "country music" today and what it has become? Is it natural evolution and integrative to combine sounds and looks, or should we each stay in our own respective "lanes?"
Questions of the day, courtesy of yours truly.
You're welcome for the brain fuel.
**All images courtesy of Getty**