Nicole Kidman in Gucci at the CMAs: twee, pretty or just kind of awful?


Because the cable news was so depressing last night, I ended up watching some of the CMAs, which is rare for me. I don’t flat-out hate country music, but I tend to avoid watching the country music awards shows. I was reminded why I avoid them last night: the sound quality was sub-par, the camera work and cutaways were shoddy and it felt like a good old fashioned fistfight was about to break out at any minute. Anyway, you can see the list of winners and nominees here. Keith Urban was up for several awards, which is why Nicole Kidman was there, to support her husband. I’ve gotten so used to seeing Nicole at these country-music events, even though I sometimes feel like she’s doing some kind of Country Barbie Cosplay. Nicole’s dress last night was Gucci. I’m not feeling it, although I kind of hate Gucci’s entire line these days. Also: Nicole and Keith are getting his-and-hers tweaking. It’s crazy.



Carrie Underwood in Michael Cinco. Well… this deviates from her usual “sparkly and clingy” red carpet look. This is more of a full-fledged princess dress. Still pretty boring though.


Taylor Swift made a “surprise appearance” at the end of the show to present the artist of the year award to Garth Brooks. She wore Julien Macdonald. The dress is fine. The hair is struggling.

Faith Hill in Armani Prive. She’s so much the First Lady of Country, so this dress felt appropriate. I saw her present and I thought she was hammered though.


Miranda Lambert in Georges Hobeika. The top part is okay, but the skirt is bad. That’s her boyfriend, Anderson East.


Jennifer Nettles in J. Mendel. This is so weird. Are those poppies? Paintball squibs?


And finally, Sharon Stone was there for some reason???


Photos courtesy of Getty, WENN.

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  1. Lucy2 says:

    Carrie’s would be pretty for the Oscars, it’s too much for the CMAs.
    Don’t care for any of the other dresses. What is going on with Faith?

    • Skyblue says:

      Wow…what is going on with Faith? Craziness!

      • It'sJustBlanche says:

        How did her nose get so much longer? She was always model beautiful but there’s something off with her face and it’s not just normal aging or bad plastic surgery.

      • Adele Dazeem says:

        Faith is one of those people that every time I look at her she looks different. And not necessarily in a plastic surgery/fillers kind of way. It’s weird. I wonder if she’s one of those people that gain/lose weight in their face first above all. I saw her in a commercial the other day and I thought she looked great, like a naturally good version of her peak days. Then this. Ugh.

      • Arock says:

        She rarely wears her hair away from her face. She has a much narrower face shape than most people realize plus her ears are larger and stick out a bit making her nose seem more prominent. Hair cut makes a big difference, but there’s some eye tweaking too.

        Nicole and Keith must have his and her syringes right on the bed side tables cause they are looking pulled to all hell. She’s out of control with the Botox.

      • Bridget says:

        Not to mention, Faith’s face shows when she gains/loses weight, plus it depends on how much makeup she wears. When she crossed over in 1999/2000 she drastically changed her image – she lost weight, upgraded her clothes, and wore more makeup. So what we think of her, while lovely, is still something of a construct. And there’s at least a little work happening there.

      • mbh12 says:

        To me Faith’s face just looks like age and weight loss in her face, but I haven’t seen her in photos in years.

        OK I was listening to two makeup and hair people on the radio and they said, we probably haven’t seen Niicole Kidman’s real natural curly red hair in years and years, that she wears wigs most of the time. If the front is out that’s all of her hair we see, the rest are supposedly wigs and she supposedly has a ton of lace front wigs that are undetectable.

        I never thought of Nicole as a wig person but now that I look at some of her hair changes. I wonder.

      • emilybyrd says:

        Probably also the fact that Nicole is in her 40’s and is likely going white/grey in the hair is a reason she might have chosen wigs? I always thought she was dyeing her hair blonde because it was easier to maintain than continuously dyeing it a natural-looking red (I think reds can be tricky to get right).

        Keith’s work is looking pretty good. But Nicole is getting a evil-ish look in the top part of her face (maybe the brows) that weirds me out! Is that a result of botox?

    • Penelope says:

      Faith looks tired, plastic, and gaunt. She used to be so beautiful.

      • elle says:

        That is the worst I’ve ever seen her look. She looks like a Heidi Klum halloween mask model of herself.

      • sherry says:

        I agree. She’s got that botoxed “surprised eyebrow” plastic look. Why can’t these people just age gracefully? They would be much more attractive and at least look like themselves.

      • Karen says:

        Her Mother passed away this weekend and they buried her on Monday. She was probably sad, exhausted and stressed.

    • Kelly says:

      I think Faith’s mom just died so that probably factored into her behavior and look. I don’t see her as the First Lady of Country Music. She’s relevant now because of who she is married to. Her albums were great but seems she is no retired or something, unfortunate because I like her work.

      • Surly Monkey says:

        I was just about to post a snarky comment and then looked up another article first.

        This was the same day as her mom’s funeral. I would probably not look my best, either. I know she has a LOT of crazy work done in the past, but there has got to be a lot of grief and stress going on right now, too.

    • mbh12 says:

      Yes Carrie Underwood is beautiful.

  2. Astrid says:

    Nicole is morphing into a Stepford wife

  3. Swak says:

    Nicole Kidman’s dress looks like she asked them to make it look as “country” as possible.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Also as “Duggar” as possible.

    • ChocoChipDstryr says:

      Did she tell the designer, “Do you remember the old country music videos with the singer in front of a wood paneled wall that was supposed to be a cabin? I want that dress with less ruffles and modern hair.”

    • MsGoblin says:

      No one over the age of 12 should be wearing shoulder ruffles.

      Nicole, stop it!

    • ScotiaGirl says:

      Her dress is god awful. It looks like something out of Little House on the Prairie. Bizarre! Note I did not say she was awful just her dress is awful.

    • Evil Queen says:

      I think it looks more like classic Loretta Lynn. Almost like a costume. But honestly I kinda like it.

    • boredblond says:

      Usually she goes for elegant, sophisticated, and pulls it off beautifully–so what is this about? Bizarre…

  4. leigh says:

    1. These photos make Nicole Kidman look like a mannequin.
    2 Taylor’s hair is hilarious.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      Taylor’s hair looks like road kill.

      • Myrna says:

        I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Taylor with a proper hairstyle.
        She’s got such a lovely face…quite beautiful.
        I’ve often wondered how a gorgeous hairstyle would accentuate that.
        She continues to simply look “goofy.”
        Maybe that’s what she’s going for?

      • lucy2 says:

        Me either, Myrna, her hair never looks as good as it could.

    • KB says:

      She has the absolute worst haircuts I’ve ever seen on a celebrity. Consistently terrible.

  5. CommentingBunny says:

    From the header pic, I thought this was a story about Nicole and Keith getting new wax figures at Madame Tussaud’s!

  6. Bex says:

    I don’t hate Nicole’s dress, though I think only someone tall and fashion-y could pull it off.

    • It'sJustBlanche says:

      I agree. It works on her because of her body. That dress has amazing vintage details that really make it unique. I love it but on me I would look like one of Loretta Lynn’s backup dancers. If she had them.

      • Adele Dazeem says:

        Bahahah this comment made me laugh out loud. So true!

      • OTHER RENEE says:

        I was just going to say she looks like she’s wearing a Loretta Lynn dress! Looks awful on her. I love Jennifer Nettles’ dress. Sharon Stone brought her sister and I thought that was sweet.

    • supposedtobeworking says:

      I think it was an homage to the 50th anniversary of the awards. Many of Carrie’s outfits were supposedly inspired from dresses from the past 50 years of the awards.

  7. Lahdidahbaby says:

    “Goodnight, JohnBoy. Good night, JimBob. Good night, Billie Joe. Good night, Nicole.”

  8. Shell says:

    Wow, I love Carrie Underwood’s dress. I also like Nicole Kidman’s dress, it’s different but I’m on board.

  9. ell says:

    dress is pretty, it’s her hair being horrible.

  10. Neelyo says:

    Kidman is turning into Ann-Margret and I love it.

    Stone looks great and she’s obviously not trying too hard. I feel like she was on her way somewhere else, saw a red carpet going on and just sort of wandered over to check out the scene.

  11. bluhare says:

    I think Taylor Swift’s dress is awful. It does not flatter her at all.

  12. Alix says:

    Awfully twee.

  13. adastraperaspera says:

    In August, ACM gave the Merle Haggard Spirit Award to Miranda Lambert. That tells you all you need to know about the state of country music today. Look, if she would have possibly written even one word or note of her hit “The house that made me,” then maybe I would soften a bit, but that isn’t how it’s done in this town. The industry here creates new Miranda-bots every year, fawns over them, and then at the same time actively works against bona fide talent like Chely Wright, who exposed their hypocrisy when she came out as gay in 2010 and was run out of town.

    • ncboudicca says:

      Way to pick one of the few songs she doesn’t have writing/co-writing credit for…sounds like you have an axe to grind.

    • Bridget says:

      So because you don’t like her music, you don’t think that an incredibly successful songwriter should have been honored with a songwriting award?

    • sherry says:

      I’ve been listening to and loving Miranda Lambert for years (i.e. before everyone new who she was). She’s a great songwriter and singer.

  14. Lalu says:

    Nicole looks gorgeous here. That husband of hers though… I bet it takes him longer to get ready than her.
    Sharon looks great too.

  15. Meg says:

    Those look like calla lilies on the red dress. I like it, but why the gratuitous one-sleeve? I like Nicole’s dress too, but geez, it looks like Keith is wearing an inappropriate amount of make up.

    • Lalu says:

      I always feel like he is more made up than she is. But I don’t like men that groom themselves that much so I am biased.

      • smcollins says:

        I used to think that Keith had a nice face (pre-tweaking), but I’ve always hated his hair! What look is he trying to achieve? I just don’t get it. At least he’s stopped with the highlights, but yeah…totally hate his hair.
        Days of Thunder has been an playing on tv a lot lately. Now, I understand it was 25 years ago, but Nicole was so gorgeous! It just saddens me to see these naturally beautiful women refuse to allow themselves to age gracefully, instead of desperately trying to turn back the clock. Frozen face aside she’s still beautiful, but I bet she’d be even more so if she stopped messing with her face.

    • lannisterforever says:

      I like the red dress too. I don’t know who the wearer is but it suits her!

  16. Jess says:

    Taylor Swift’s hair is growing! Finally.
    Sadly it’s in that awkward phase when it’s neither too short nor too long . Hopefully she lets it grow more

  17. paolanqar says:

    If they were in Westworld I would find really easy to spot them there as humanoids.
    I mean.. they look frozen. If they cracked a smile their forehead would rip off!

    Also, Miranda Lambert and her boyfriend’s body language?
    No bueno.
    Break up soon?

  18. Jayna says:

    I though Nicole looked great, back to a small face, back to thinner lips. Her contouring with her makeup was a little heavy. Her hair looked pretty.

  19. CuteC says:

    Jennifer’s dress looks to be red calla lilies. I actually kind of like it. I’m not a fan of hers, but the dress fits her well.

  20. Tallia says:

    If you said the guy with Miranda Lambert was her son, I would have believed you.

  21. Sharon Lea says:

    I’m not sure why Sharon Stone is there either, but she used to date Dwight Yoakum and the rumor is that is who he wrote the song “Fast As You” about.

    • CooCoo Catchoo says:

      Sharon Stone looks amazing! Remember when she said that she’d rather eat a dirt sandwich than get back together with Dwight Yokum? Good times.

  22. kodakay says:

    I actually like Nicole’s dress. I wouldn’t buy or wear it but it looks nice on her.
    I HATE Faith Hill’s and Jennifer Nettles’ dresses.

    Taylor Swift looks unkempt.

  23. MrsBPitt says:

    Faith Hill’s face is disturbing….she almost makes Nicole Kidman look natural!!!

  24. Malificent says:

    Twee just does not work on Nicole. She should always dress like a barracuda. And either she’s back on the botox bigtime or she forgot to wipe off her batwing makeup from Halloween.

  25. NeoCleo says:

    Keith Urban’s face is melting. Please stop with the Botox already.

  26. Angel says:

    Tim McGraw used to be so hot 🙁 Not everyone should be thinner

    • CooCoo Catchoo says:

      My personal opinion? Once you’re in your 40s, you need a bit of cushion on your bones. It makes your skin look plumper and thus you look younger. I’m speaking from personal experience. Faith and Nicole, I’m talking to you.

    • Happy21 says:

      I’ve been saying it for years. He looks man-arexic. Kenny Chesney is on his way there too…

  27. Cerys says:

    In the top picture it looked as if Keith was standing beside a mannequin. Nicole looks more and more plastic every time we see her. Keith is looking quite smooth and shiny too which is a shame because I used to think him quite good-looking and rugged.

  28. Sasha says:

    I like Nicole’s dress. I like fun dresses. The somber and high style gowns in sophisticated hues get boring after a while.

  29. Millennial says:

    I need an article about how Taylor’s new MO is to get other artists to sing her breakup songs… see: Little Big Town’s “Better Man”

  30. holly hobby says:

    Some thoughts, what happened to Faith Hill’s face. Also why does Nicole have that half mouth open in all her pics? Is it because her face is so frozen that she can’t form a smile anymore (RIP old faces).

    I would Carrie’s dress to the prom. Seriously.

  31. Josefina says:

    I swear, Keith Urban is one of the least sexy men on earth for me. That metrosexual, orange, wax-like look is so unattractive on a man (on a woman too, but especially on a man). I can’t even bother looking at Nicole’s equally wax-like face when they’re together, because I’m so hypnotized by Keith’s unattractiveness.

  32. annaloo. says:

    LOVE NICOLE’S DRESS!! if Loretta Lynn or Hee haw or the Mandrel Sisters are the muse in anyway, BRING IT! It’s such a refreshing change from the usual bodice, cinch, sequin, slink ballgown BS we always see.

  33. Embee says:

    Nicole and Keith look like they have decided to swap genders.
    Underwood looks like a cake topper or one of those Barbies people display in a glass case.
    Nettles looks like an Olsen.
    Hill looks like she’s had her bridge rebuilt after years of cocaine abuse. Her husband looks positively ill.
    Sharon Stone continues to look fabulous.

  34. Shelley says:

    Nicole’s dress certainly looked country. Upscale Laura Wilder.

  35. Bartle says:

    Faith Hill seemed like she was high during the show. Lots of odd and erratic behaviour from her while she was on stage.

  36. Icantremember says:

    Evidently, her mom just died. I don’t know.

    Re:Faith Hill

  37. TheOtherSam says:

    Such a shame, Nicole’s face was actually looking great recently since she’d let some of her ‘work’ settle. She was looking more pretty and natural than she had in a while. Obviously that didn’t last, she went back to the Dr for unneeded upkeep and now has that permanently ‘surprised’ look. The arched eyebrows give it away. Why oh why??

    Won’t even comment on Keith egads. The couple that botoxes together stays together I guess. That must be the binding thing for them, since the tabs keep calling them broken up.

  38. elle says:

    There’s a lot of forehead acreage on Nic & Keith… did either of them have fiveheads before Botox or is that an unintended consequence?

  39. Meena says:

    Can we retire the word “twee”?

  40. Bee says:

    I think Nicole looks the best she’s looked in a while. I like the whole look actually, dress included. You don’t need to flash the flesh to look great.

    I’ve also never found Keith Urban remotely attractive. I figure he probably spends more time on his hair than me, so that kills pretty much any hotness instantaneously. Seems like a nice enough guy though.