June 6, 2011 at 9:09 am , by Ron Kelly
Nashville is gearing up to host its biggest party of the year and I’m just about busting out of my boots. On Wednesday, I’ll be joining in on the fun by camping out on the CMT Music Awards red carpet. I’ll, of course, be gawking at the scene’s hottest acts as they arrive for the show, but also asking them the questions you want to know. It’s country music’s fan-voted awards show, after all, so we thought the fans (our readers!) should also weigh in on what we should ask. Be sure to follow me on Twitter at rckcountrycat so you can keep up with all the excitement in real time.
Some really big names are going to be there: host Kid Rock, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Sugarland, Luke Bryan, Sara Evans, the Zac Brown Band, Shania Twain, American Idols‘ Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina and more. Even Justin Bieber (who’s nominated with Rascal Flatts for Collaborative Video of the Year) will be there!
So let me know your questions for the nominees and presenters. Fire away and post them below. I’ll do my best to get as many answered on the red carpet as I can. And if you just want to weigh in on who you think should win, let us hear that as well.
In the meantime, continue on after the jump for some videos from the talented acts that will be joining LHJ and CMT for our second annual afternoon of Do Good volunteering at Feeding America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. We’ll be partnering with CMT One Country to help stuff backpacks for Feeding America’s BackPack program, which provides nutritious food to those school children who need it most. In fact, instead of giving out those pricey gift bags full of electronics and other goodies most awards shows give out to talent, CMT opts to make a generous donation to the BackPack program instead. It’s a great idea, and we’re thrilled about helping prep the much needed backpacks for distribution.
Check out the amazing talent we have joining us at out volunteer afternoon at Feeding America, including Steel Magnolia, who are up for best Duo Video of the Year for “Last Night Again” at this year’s CMT Music Awards. We were lucky enough to have Josh and Meghan visit us in the office this year to do a rockin’ acoustic set for our staff. To see videos from the other great artists (Crystal Bowersox, Jimmy Wayne, Carter’s Chord, Margaret Durante and Coldwater Jane) we’re excited to have joining us for our volunteer adventure, read on after the jump:
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April 23, 2010 at 9:34 am , by Rachel Shippy
This week, New York Women In Communications (NYWICI) held the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by NBC Universal at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Grand Ballroom to honor achievers in communications (TV, newspapers, PR, magazines). We were able to catch some of this year’s recipients on the red carpet to ask them, “what makes you a lady?”
Sheryl Crow (Singer/Songwriter): “Having a system of morals and ethics that inform me about the way I look at my life and the way I treat people”
Marissa Mayer (Google): “I think for me it’s being a lady but also a geek, and that’s what makes me relevant to the internet—you have to embrace your geek.”
Tina Fey (NBC’s 30 Rock): “On a regular day, I wouldn’t wear heels and a dress like this, but I think you are a lady on any day of the week whether you put your shoes and panty hose on or not… plus I’m technically female.”
Susan Chira (New York Times): “I think that a lady these days is someone who has an opportunity to try to work hard in her profession but also in my case be lucky enough to have a family.”
Ina Garten (Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa): “I do what I love to do, I really enjoy doing it, and I try to do it really well – I also enormously admire the women who shaped me and my work”
March 6, 2010 at 7:50 pm , by Rachel Shippy
One of the things I love most about awards shows, especially the Oscars, is the red carpet coverage. I’m riveted by the glitz, glam and gowns, but I’m just as fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes. Lara Spencer, anchor of CBS’ The Insider, was nice enough to give us a glimpse inside the industry’s biggest night.
For her, Oscar prep begins in January. “I start screening the films that are likely to be nominated, so that means a lot of movie nights with my friends,” Spencer explains. “They eat popcorn while I take notes!”
Though she puts her notes to good use when she interviews celebs on the red carpet, she also relies on her ability to improvise. “You can prepare all you want, but you never know what what will happen in the moment,” Spencer says. “You don’t know what mood a star will be in, or if they’re going to show up in a really fun outfit or with an interesting date. I kind of go with the flow and feel them out. My mantra is to be prepared, but also be prepared to throw all your notes out the window.”
On TV, Oscar night seems impossibly glamorous and exciting, but Spencer’s experience in the trenches is quite different. “It’s high pressure for us and it’s high pressure for the stars as well—you can definitely sense which nominated actors are nervous, and you can feel the tension. But when the ceremony is over and everyone heads to the parties, it’s like a giant weight has been lifted. It’s time to celebrate, regardless of who won.”
Check your local listings for The Insider to see Spencer’s coverage of the Oscars red carpet on Monday, March 8th.
January 15, 2010 at 10:02 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
Continued from yesterday…here is my favorite red carpet moments for the woman in the movie categories…
Best Actress in Drama- Movies
Emily Blunt , The Young Victoria
Emily always looks beautiful on the red carpet. The eye catching blue Calvin Klein dress she wore to the Oscars in 2007 certainly stood out. I loved how she kept it minimal by not wearing a necklace. She let the dress speak for itself.
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side and The Proposal
Sandra’s look at last years Golden Globe awards was magnificent. I thought the pairing of a pale pink asymmetrical dress (Dior) with turquoise and gold jewelry and a matching turquoise clutch was fabulous.
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Always age appropriate, Dame Helen, made an excellent choice with this Christian Lacroix dress for the 2004 Oscars, the year she won for her role in The Queen.
Carey Mulligan, An Education
With her fashion forward style choices, I can’t wait to see what Carey will be wearing on Sunday. I loved her look at the LA premiere of An Education – a strapless, floral Lanvin dress.
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
A new comer to acting and red carpets, Gabourey has had an amazing year. She knows how to show off her curvy shape and the David Meister dress she wore for her film’s Cannes premiere, truly flattered her figure.
January 14, 2010 at 10:38 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
The Golden Globes are this Sunday and there are 18 beautiful women nominated in the Best Actress category for movies and television (Sandra and Meryl are nominated twice). In preparation, I’ve chosen my favorite red carpet moments for all the lovely ladies.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Nominated for her role as a woman with multiple personalities, Toni followed her glamorous side at last year’s Emmy’s with this red embroidered organza strapless Monique Lhuillier gown.
Courtney Cox, Cougar Town
The sexy black plunging Dior dress that Courtney wore to the 2003 Golden Globes would be perfect if she was a real cougar and not married to David Arquette.
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Nominated for her role as Carmela Soprano in 2007, Edie’s Randi Rahm black sheath with floral appliqué didn’t land her on the best-dressed list but I thought she looked fabulous!
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Funny lady Tina chose a flattering black David Meister dress to the Emmy awards in 2008.
Lea Michele, Glee
Lea seems to opt for fun, short dresses for special events. I loved the House of Lavande cherry red dress she wore to last week’s People’s Choice Awards.