Billboard Music Awards Fug or Fab: Carrie Underwood


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This photo reminds me of that time Steve Sanders grudgingly took Donna Martin to a dance, and she wore a giant red dress with a hoop skirt and needed constant wrangling all night because she couldn’t sit or stand without help:

Mike Fisher is doing a better job than Steve did of figuring out how to stand near it. And I suppose the overskirt is all artfully crinkled and smashed, so there’s nothing he can do to it that doesn’t look like it’s already been done. There’s something very pretty about it, and also something ” very pretty Monet depiction of a head wound” about it. Check her out solo and see what you think:

It might be a tad too much dress for her tiny frame. It might also be deliciously dramatic, the kind of thing that would be tremendous to wear if you needed to sweep dramatically into a room and show up your hideous stepsisters in front of a hot piece of royalty, before teasingly leaving him a glass valentine that smells slightly of toenail-polish remover and sweat.

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  1. Art Eclectic
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    My real vote is for “lovely on somebody else.”

    Somebody who knows how to wear the hell out of a big dress.

  2. J
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    I love this. It’s earthy and surreal and really just beautiful. Surprisingly beautiful. Wish she was taller, though…

  3. jen
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    she looks super short in it…like she should be in a cabin waiting for snow white to show up.

    • Stefanie
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      I was thinking it makes her legs look like they are 6 inches in front of her upper half.

  4. Stefanie
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    It seems a little “much” for the Billboard Awards. Maybe the Grammys? Or the Globes? I don’t know.

  5. Memo
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    I love the dress, but on someone taller. Also, I always wish that she would wear just a bit less makeup.

  6. Ruth
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    I love the dress, but hate it with her skin tone, hair color and the matchy-matchy makeup.

  7. Helen
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    No. Just no. Not on her, not for this event, not at all. On Charlize Theron at the Academy Awards, okay, but not this girl, and not here. For one thing, she needs a boob wrangler.

    Also, if you’re going to commit to being that blonde, keep up with the regrowth! She looks cheap. And the makeup is terrible, which just accentuates how unflattering this gray is on Underwood. Too dark around the eyes, too spackled on the face, too pale on the lip.

    Even the purse is bad. It looks like a bag of jelly beans. Cheap, cheap, cheap. All, all wrong, everything. A five-year-old’s idea of Fairy Godmother glamour.

    The shoes, albeit a bit dated now, are okay. That’s it.

    • Lisa
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      “A five-year-old’s idea of Fairy Godmother glamour.” EXACTLY what I was thinking. It’s embarrassingly bad.

    • Lindy
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      Wow, Helen! How do you really feel?

  8. gail
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    She kind of looks like she’s playing a rain cloud in a 4th grade play.

  9. sally
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    v. Carrie Bradshaw

  10. megs283
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    I’ve come to the conclusion that I just don’t like gray (at least as the predominant color). Otherwise, the dress is beautiful.

  11. Amanda
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    I think it could be awesome on someone else. Or, maybe if she had different hair and makeup. Right now she looks like pageant Barbie.

  12. Caity
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    As shown on the runway, on a taller girl, this dress is spectacular. I also think if the rest of the styling had been more sleek, less princessy, this would be better. Sleek hair, simple dark metallic clutch, rather than curls & cheap pink gemstones

  13. Julie Chase
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    I hate this. Pure unadulterated hate. Froofy poofy mess.

  14. Erin
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    The scrunched-up asymmetrical tulle give it a very Helena Bonham Carter vibe, in my opinion (of course, she would accessorize it very differently.) I guess that puts me in the “better-on-someone-else” camp.

  15. Shiitake
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    Carrie Underwood doesn’t have enough personality to pull this dress off: The princess styling, the glitzy accessories, her posture and the way she is standing–Awful. The dress is wearing her.

  16. Sonya
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    I’ve gone from liking her to disliking her, mostly because she keeps talking about how having babies with her husband “isn’t a good idea right now” just shut-up. With her hair and awful makeup, she looks like that Atlanta housewife, Kim Zolciak, isn’t that her name? So also looks over 40, and not a good over 40.

    • Beth C.
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      I completely agree! Something is off about her face in the first pic; it has a strained look sometimes seen on women who’ve been married 20 years and have a weathered look. The whole thing looks cheap to me.

    • Jules
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      Why would you hate someone because she says having kids isn’t a good idea right now? What’s wrong with that? She probably has people asking her all the time when she’s going to start a family, and that’s probably the best answer to get people to drop the subject. It really isn’t anybody’s business.

      • Sonya
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        Hell, I am not sure I want to have kids either, it is just everything I read about her right now. Maybe her comments just rub me the wrong way (about children and her husband) but she does give off a snotty vibe to me, as of late. I used to really like her and I still like her music. I just need a break from Carrie Underwood interviews.

  17. Willow
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    She appears to be dressed as the Reverse World version of Helena Bonham-Carter

  18. Amanda
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    I agree, I think this should be a Grammy dress. But I think she was going for a “Blown Away” look AKA the title/theme of her new album…….that’s just my guess, I could be way off lol. She’s so beautiful, she looks good in anything, but I agree this big of a dress would look better on a much taller woman.

    • TaraMisu
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      My thoughts exactly… I thought it was a tribute (?) to her album title…

      • Sonya
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        Didn’t even think about that association when I saw the dress, but it makes me like it more. It definitely is a lot of dress and calls for a bit more understated hair, makeup and accessories. Carrie is in the “go big or go home” camp though.

  19. yeahandalso
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    Does anybody else get the impression that Carrie lives about half of her life under the impression that she is attending Senior Prom?

    • Ms.A
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      My first thoughts exactly. The rich girl at prom. Complete with spray tan.

  20. Scott
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    When I first saw this, I was excited to see it (inevitably) appear on Fug. I’m a bit shocked that we aren’t all agreeing in unison on the laughability of this dress. It may be nice colours, but it makes her look two feet tall.

  21. Evalyn
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    This is the perfect dress to wear to an event preceeded by fooling around in the back of the limo. The question “did they or didn’t they?” is never quite answered by the conditon of her skirt.

  22. Carolina Girl
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    Carrie Underwood seems like she’s living her little girl fantasy about being a rich and famous country singer. She goes for big, dramatic dresses because that’s what her fantasy was when she was a girl. It’s as if her conceptions of glamour were formed by watching too many episodes of “Toddlers and Tiaras”.

  23. Susannah
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    My first thought was “I’m just a little black rain cloud, hovering over your honey tree”. But now that I look at it…I still hate it. It looks like a worn out shower scrubbie.

  24. PegMN
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    LOVE it.

  25. Kat
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    Wow… lots of people hating on Carrie. I love the dress. Can’t hate the girl for loving froof… she’s Southern. Not that all Southern girls love froof, but hey, most of us do. Her hair is a little one-shaded for me, but I think she looks gorgeous. And to the one person up there who said she looked like Kim Zolciak… umm… please put down the crack pipe.

    • Sonya
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      Wow, crack pipe, really? Never in my life have I replied to a snotty comment on a blog but I really take offense to that and I stand by my comment that she resembles Zolciak due to the styling, hair and too much makeup. I know Carrie Underwood is pretty underneath all that makeup. We’re here to discuss the post, not take shots at one another. Thankyouverymuch.

      • Lisa
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        I can totally see the Kim Z comparison. Kat, you’re out of line in adding the ad hominem attack.

      • Lianne
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        I’m with you, Sonya. I thought this was Kim Zolciak at first glance. That is definitely not a look that Carrie should be going for.

      • Kat
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        Ladies… wasn’t a personal dig. I was alluding to the fact that I would consider someone who mixed up Carrie and Kim to be delusional. That’s just because I see Carrie and young and talented, and Kim is a crusty old hag. No offense meant, really and truly. However, you should probably take things on the internet as a grain of salt. Life’s too short to get so riled up.

  26. kickassmomnyc
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    As a huge fan of the de la Renta aesthetic, I love the dress. My problem is with the hair extensions, too-heavy eye makeup, and no lip color.
    I also think the camera angle is a little too high, making her look a bit squat.

  27. CJ
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    I like the dress, just maybe not on her (she’s too tiny for it) and not for this event.

    I think Carrie is a very pretty girl, I just wish she’d tone down SOMETHING on her. Her hair is SO blonde, she’s SO tan, and she has a lot of eye makeup on (so much highlighting). I just don’t think that Barbie vibe is attractive.

    • CJ
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      Like for example, in the main photo, I can see the white highlighter on the inside corner of her eyes and that photo is SMALL.

    • Hero
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      I think she puts on tons of make up because she is so very plain jane without the very blonde hair and extensions…she has a great body I will give her that….but definitely not the face or personality!

  28. jjdaddyo
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    Is it just me, or does Carrie Underwood look like the most High-Maintenance Date in history?

  29. KarKar
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    Kim Zolciak’s little sister’s going to the Prom.

  30. Jules
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    Love the clutch, though!

  31. sydney
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    first thought when i saw this? SJP is the only person that could pull this off. carrie underwood looks twee and annoying, like she should be wearing a bonnet and carrying a little cane ala little bow peep.

  32. Hel
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    I think it’s whimsical romantic… so I like it. But it’s hard to notice the person wearing it, you just see the dress.

  33. gryt
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    That thing looks like it’s super fun to wear!

  34. Chaiaiai
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    i’m just not buying whatever it is that she’s selling. really. she tries too hard.

    that gown and color story would look great on someone else. someone younger, i think.

  35. Drie
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    Oh look. Red Carpet Barbie.

  36. wordphreak
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    It’s pretty in concept, but just — falters — in the execution.

  37. Ladyblahblah
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    She’s always the color of cookie dough. I don’t think this is her genetic skintone, she seems to be Beige By Choice. If it is her natural tone, my apologies, but some lipstick in a color other than “suntan nude” would be helpful.

  38. anny
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    +1 for used shower scrubbie.

    (Good grief, what is with that man’s hair?)

  39. Mare
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    Carrie is wearing the dress better than the runway model. I kind of like it, and as a short person, I would like the option of taking this for a spin. If I had a limo. And a wrangler.

  40. Cranky Old Batt
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    Seriously? Y’all like this prom dress?

    I must be getting old.

  41. Charlotte
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    Her clutch looks like fairy bread..

  42. 1000oysters
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    Nope, sorry, that dress is a giant net scrubbie. A dirty giant net scrubbie.

  43. vandalfan
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    Oh, that old thing? It’s what I wear to vacuum.

  44. Sharon
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    She is a sweet, pretty girl. The dress is fun and feminine. Win.

  45. Lynne
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    I think the dress is overwhelming her a bit but I like it in theory. I do take exception to Mike Fisher’s hair, though. Playoffs are over for you, Mike. Get a haircut.

  46. Krusticle
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    Oh, Heather, you are on today. This post made me laugh out loud and I’m definitely going to use “hot piece of royalty” as soon as I can.

  47. Nora
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    To me the biggest crime of this dress is that it is wearing her.

    This site has documented some of Carrie U.’s hits and misses with award shows, but in the past even with some of her misses I found myself saying “I don’t really like the dress, but she looks so cute and fun all the time, like she would be some much fun to hang out with that she is kind of pulling it off.”

    This in these pictures all I see is the dress. I feel like she is lost inside it which is such a shame.

  48. Rubee
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    I don’t think the dress makes her look short. Besides the so much need boob wrangler, this dress called for a classier all around styling. A tight bun or ponytail… hoops… a stronger, rich lip color to balance the heavy eye make up… no tan… Less beachbabe and more K.Middy… I’m happy she’s hiding her legs, though, they usually scare me.

  49. dw
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    I love it, she looks like a tiny fairy princess and the 5 year old inside me appreciates that.

    And anyway, what’s so wrong with looking short? It’s not like she looks stumpy, she just looks small. Not everyone is, or aspires to be, Amazonian.

  50. Kathleen F.
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    I feel like the Taste Police might be coming to arrest me for loving this, and yet…somehow I do.

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