Grammys Dramatically Played: Carrie Underwood


It’s not that this isn’t pretty — it is. But I just don’t have anything to say about it. There’s nothing to say. It is the kind of dress that begs, “If you’re not going to get married in me, then at least project a bunch of electronic yada-yada onto me so that her pelvis becomes a movie screen.” How fortunate, then, that she heard what it was screaming.

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  1. Fawn
    +6

    I suppose this is her answer to not being able to change into 12 different dresses on this particular awards show. Touche, Carrie, touche.

  2. Melanie
    +4

    My kids have a barbie that lights up like that. It plays music too.

    • Elbyem
      +3

      And my Gran used to have an upper half of a Barbie with a skirt like that – which fit over an extra roll of toilet paper, on top of the toilet tank.

  3. Kristan
    +1

    Am I the only one that thought it was stupid-looking and not that cool?

    Like, this kind of thing works in a book (aka THE HUNGER GAMES) because your imagination can make it totally kick@$$. In reality (at least with our technology right now) it just looks cheesy.

    Nothing against Carrie though. I just think she has the pipes (and the body) to do better.

    • Gine
      +1

      …Yeah. When I first saw it, I thought “Oh, neat!” but after a minute or two I was bored.

      • Sandra
        +3

        Yup. I wish music could still be about music and not the laser light show. Not that I have anything against laser light shows, as some dear friends of mine do that for a living, but good music should be able to move you without all the visuals.

        • Tiffany
          +1

          I agree. I thought it was cheesy as well. Almost as cheesy as the LL Cool J segments showing performers getting ready to make “another Grammy moment”.

    • Colleen
      +8

      It bugged me that she never moved her legs. She looked like a torso attached to a dress instead of a whole person. Or a Barbie cake.

      • Jane
        +2

        THIS^^^ I was trying to think what on earth she reminded me of and that’s it…a Barbie cake.

  4. Stefanie
    0

    Hahaha! So good.

    Seriously. My husband and I just sat there staring. He finally said “Is she married? Or just practicing?”

  5. Anita
    +6

    Carrie can certainly sing with the best of them. That said, I find her to be more than a bit of a blank slate, personality-wise, so a blah dress that exists for the purpose of projecting things onto it seems somehow apropos.

  6. Kat
    0

    LOVE that black dress on her! Very striking, and a nice departure from her usual!

  7. lindaD
    0

    That dress and special effects are so far out there that we cannot mentally grasp the proper context from which to experience it. And thats, you know, something at least.

  8. sharmania
    +3

    Well played with the “Lost” references, Fug Girls! LOVE!

  9. Lisa
    +4

    “And then the plague of butterflies came and brought scary things like Silence of the Lambs and Cocoon, as well as probably a lot of people’s tattoos and maybe Drew Barrymore’s aura.”

    How awesome would it have been if they projected Drew Barrymore’s face on that dress!

  10. MissTee
    +1

    I need to know who came up with this ridiculous concept.

  11. gryt
    +1

    Ha! This is pretty wild for her, no? So I applaud her. I wonder if Gaga is somewhere taking notes.

  12. lilywise
    +2

    In the game “Six Degrees of Carrie” (played by … nobody), one of my friends married a woman who grew up with Carrie and is still friends with her. And she sounds like she is a truly lovely person and a good friend. So that’s good. I think she’s very pretty and her legs remind me to think about being vegan and going to the gym again at some point in my life. But … I always to give her a make-under. Less bleached hair. Less plucked eyebrows. Less makeup. Less frou-frou dresses. Go with any look that does *not* also look like it might be for sale in the Barbie aisle of Target.

    • Gine
      +3

      Agree. The aggressively bleached hair especially–it ages her like crazy.

    • Eli
      0

      Yeah there is an ad for Olay where she is wearing no makeup at all and she looks gorgeous. Just because you are a country singer doesn’t mean you have to go full on teased hair and troweled makeup and insane clothes.

  13. Jessica
    +1

    I didn’t see this on tv, but I think it’s pretty cool looking in photos. I also think the dress is lovely on its own, although definitely bridal in nature. The black dress I love completely.

    • Vandalfan
      0

      Me neither, seing it live. The photos look nice, but she’d have to stand very, very still to get the projections right, and I don’t think that really assists a live performance.

  14. Pouncer
    +1

    I kept imagining her as one of those toilet paper roll dolls, because it seemed like she couldn’t move an inch or the light show would be lost. And the graphics baffled me. A friend says the song is about a wife and girlfriend teaming up to kill their cheating man? So there was lots of funeral imagery? I didn’t quite get that.

    The black dress is gorgeous, though.

    • Sandra
      +4

      This comment isn’t about fashion, but I have a real problem with songs like that and Earl Had to Die. We all rise up in outrage about a man abusing a woman and the sh!t would totally hit the fan if, say, Tim McGraw or Brad Paisley sang a song about a couple of dudes teaming up to whack their cheatin’ woman. Killing men because you don’t like their behavior is every bit as bad as killing women because you don’t like their behavior. Revenge-killing may make for a catchier tune, but it’s so much cheaper and easier to dump the loser and sort yourself out so you don’t take up with another one.

      • Honey
        +2

        Did you miss the part in Goodbye, Earl where he was physically abusive and put his wife in intensive care?

      • LibraryChick
        +1

        The dress on its own merits is boring, but if it was purchased with the intent of being a screen, at least it served its purpose.

        I think Sandra is right to bring up the topic of society’s inconsistent views about violence in commercially popular music. However, it’s easier to empathize with the Fried Green Tomatoes/survivor of domestic violence reaching the breaking point in Goodbye, Earl than it is to empathize with a wronged wife and girlfriend conspiring to kill a cheating man when both can walk away more easily.

        At least the Dixie Chicks aren’t hypocrites. I remember watching them stand up and applaud Eminem at an awards show around the time he was getting criticized for songs like Kim and Stan. I doubt it was for the messages of those songs, but I think they were standing up for his free speech as an artist.

  15. Gigi
    -1

    I love the annotated version of the video dress! Great stuff. And her hair in the black dress. I want that hair. When will she come out with a wig line, cause you know they will be beautiful wigs as befits any girl who is from a part of the country that treasures their beauty salons and the magic that awaits within. Plus, Carrie’s wigs would totally be cruelty free, another great feature.

  16. Bluebonnets on it
    0

    Gawd, how is it that I don’t have a project-a-dress? As my favorite Sweet Potato Queen once said “if you’re 40 years old and have always wanted gold tasseled majorette boots and you don’t HAVE gold tasseled majorette boots, it’s your own GD fault.” Lesson learned. Now, where can I buy Carrie’s dress, and does the price include all necessary hardware, software and union projectionist?

  17. Holly Hamilton
    0

    In concept it was fine, in practice, extremely boring. And I was distracted/annoyed by her not moving her lower body at all. But I love Two Black Cadillac’s, it’s been running through my brain for weeks now. Her hair seemed messy too. So there!

    • Beth C.
      +1

      Yes, Holly, thank you. I was worried that I was going to be the first person to comment on how unnaturally still Carrie had to stand throughout that performance. It was truly distracting and uncomfortable looking. I’m sure it was wonderful for her ability to sing… insofar as not having movement distract her from the vocals. But to look at – it was extremely obvious how much effort was going into her lack of movement. My husband even said that it looked like she was chained to the stage.

  18. Cat
    0

    The silver dress is a bridal/prom reject and and pretty much only good as a projection screen. The black dress is stunning, though.

  19. jjdaddyo
    0

    I was disappointed there was no Tupac hologram…

  20. jerkygirl
    +1

    Between Heather’s commentary and the fact that THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED, I’m about to choke on my pierogies and laugh myself into a fainting spell. :D Oh my goodness Carrie Underwood I might become a fan now, just on principle.

  21. Sylvia
    -1

    I’m now a little sad I didn’t watch the Grammys. I don’t know if I would have loved this, but I cannot make that call without seeing it live.

    Carrie has an awesome voice, but I’m not up or down on her.

  22. Evalyn
    0

    Yes, she needs a make-under and to do something to de-stress her hair, but if I looked like that good in that black dress, I’d wear it everywhere, all the time, non-stop.

  23. Helen
    0

    The screen dress is hilarious, but, like her hair, makeup, and forever out of tune singing (how this is so popular is a mystery to me – she is always sharp or flat, never true), also TACKY.

    Love the black dress on her, but really kind of hate the necklace and hairstyle with it. They just don’t go together, either with each other or with the dress.

  24. Deborah
    +3

    I fear that somewhere a future My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding bride has taken copious notes and is already commissioning this gown…only with a skirt as big as a carriage and a tiara that shoots fireworks.

  25. ceecee
    +2

    I really hope projection dresses don’t become a thing, but then I hoped that about transparent dresses with granny panties and I couldn’t stop that either.

  26. house mouse
    0

    Fantastic! I can’t believe there are people who didn’t find this fun. I love that black gown, too!

  27. Erin
    -1

    I LOVED the black dress! So stunning on her, and such a lovely departure from her usual looks.
    I also kind of loved the cheesy hologram. I appreciate when performers try something new.
    Carrie is kind of my homegirl though, so I might be a bit biased.

  28. Bubba
    +2

    Uh-oh. I am in the minority here. I liked the concept of the projection dress. Dress itself, not so much. Carrie herself, nope. But thought it was really interesting and fun and it distracted me from her singing. I did freak me out that she was only moving from the waist up, though. As someone said very astutely above – “it looked like she was chained to the floor”.

  29. ChristieLea
    0

    This reminds me of my favourite Barbie, who was the most awesome 80s Barbie ever: Dreamglo Barbie. Now I want a projection dress…except I have no occasion to wear one. Does the designer make projection blazers? Or projection business-casual office skirts?

  30. blah
    +1

    I thought video dress was cool. The techs did a good job with it.

  31. Halo
    0

    The ballgown was whatever, but the black dress is perfect. I love it, and that fishtail shape usually does nothing for me. Part of it is the fit, but I love the lace and the cut.

  32. Sajorina
    +1

    RIDICULOUS! And I’m still bored by her!

  33. luxsword
    +1

    It’s a nice dress and I wish they’d never change into another dress during a show, it’s a silly habit.

  34. beth
    0

    I didn’t see the show, so this is the first I’ve seen of the projection dress. I’m alternately fascinated and horrified.