Thursday, 23 May 2013

2013 Billboard Music Awards, Country Style

2013 Billboard Music Awards, Country Style

A review of the award winners, Winner!
Country performances, news, interviews and carpet fashion 

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Tracy Morgan, aired live from Las Vegas on Sunday May 19, 2013 on ABC.
Country Music had ample representation at the annual party known as the Billboard Music Awards with scheduled performance by Country stars Taylor Swift, The Band Perry and Kacey Musgraves.
In addition, the roster of confirmed award presenters included Shania Twain (presented Top Rap Artist award to Nicki Minaj - photo) , Jennifer Nettles, Florida Georgia Line (Blue carpet video) , Miley Cyrus (presented Justin Bieber with the Top Male Artist - photo) and Hayden Panetierre of the Country Music-oriented TV drama Nashville (which ABC recently picked up for a second season).
A new Pepsi commercial featuring Hunter Hayes and his single “I Want Crazy” also debuted during the telecast.

Billboard 2013 Awards Collage CLICK to ENLARGE

Taylor Swift was one of this year's leading nominees with nods in eleven categories. She made a clean sweep of all the country fields and won a total of 8 awards missing out on Top 100 Artist (Maroon 5), Top Social Artist (Justin Bieber) and Top Streaming Song Video (PSY – 'Gangnam Style').
Awards were handed out in 45 categories, with 10 of them presented on the ABC telecast.
The finalists were determined by key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online music outlets. These measurements were tracked year-round (March 12, 2012 - March 10, 2013) by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards Nominees and Winners

** Winner ** in Blue
Top Artist: Justin Bieber; Maroon 5; One Direction; Rihanna; Taylor Swift
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Adele; Justin Bieber; Mumford & Sons; One Direction;
Taylor Swift
Top Female Artist: Adele; Carly Rae Jepsen; Nicki Minaj; Rihanna ;Taylor Swift
Top Digital Songs Artist - Flo Rida, Fun.,Carly Rae Jepsen, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift
Top Billboard 200 Album - Adele "21"; Mumford & Sons "Babel"; One Direction "Take Me Home", One Direction "Up All Night" ; Taylor Swift "Red"
Top Male Artist: Jason Aldean; Justin Bieber; Drake; Flo Rida; Bruno Mars

Top Country Artist: Jason Aldean; Luke Bryan; Hunter Hayes; Taylor Swift;
Carrie Underwood
Top Country Album: Jason Aldean "Night Train"; Luke Bryan "Tailgates & Tanlines";
Lionel Richie "Tuskegee"; Taylor Swift "Red" ; Carrie Underwood "Blown Away"
Top Country Song: Luke Bryan "Drunk on You"; Eric Church "Springsteen";
Florida Georgia Line "Cruise", Hunter Hayes "Wanted"; Taylor Swift "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

A complete listing of all the Billboard 2013 Music Awards go to:

Billboard Music Awards Performances

The three-hour show featured 16 performances, including the TV premiere of Swift’s “22,” the Band Perry’s dramatic “Better Dig Two” and Kacey Musgraves’ quiet take on “Merry Go ’Round”.

Taylor Swift brought “’22”, her bouncy, peppy, ode to youth to the awards in fabulous, clever, out-of-the-box and unexpected fashion. She began her performance backstage in the dressing room, advancing through the hallways surrounded by a troupe of dancers that followed her through the narrow nooks and crannies before heading up the steps to the arena stage to entertain the audience. Numerous dancers consisted of a mixed bag of cute and cuddly boys next door and odd, masked characters that looked like mimes, dressed in colourful, trash bag-like ensembles. >> YouTube

Now 23 years old, and no longer 22, Tay gave a confident performance as she pumped her fist donned in revealing high-waist shorts with a sparkly unicorn T-shirt.
Earlier on the blue carpet, slim Swift wore a Zuhair Murad royal blue mini dress with mesh panels that let her legs do the talking.

During one of her acceptance speeches, a light-hearted Taylor appeared to be making fun of herself, referring to her many much documented and troubled relationships as she thanked her fans : “You are the longest and best relationship I have ever had!”' she exclaimed before strutting off stage.
Photos and Video at Daily Mail UK
Taylor speaking to the press >> YouTube
The Band Perry
with Madonna backstage

Hot country trio The Band Perry attending the Billboard Awards for the first time, performedBetter Dig Two’ bringing their unique electricity to the stage with one of the coolest, edgiest mainstream country tracks the genre has seen in recent years. Clad in black they gave a theatrical presence that emphasized the song’s bold, dramatic themes, illuminated from behind by dark, mysterious mood lighting punctuated with laser-like coloured beams.
Watch their Billboard blue carpet interview
 >> YouTube

Kacey Musgraves gave an understated performance of her recent career-launching hit ‘Merry Go Round’ delivering a performance so subtly nuanced that it seemed almost out of place in the setting of the elaborate, made-for-TV Vegas production. The 24-year old, playing acoustic guitar, looked stunning wearing a simple blue dress with a backing band (electric guitar, cello, keys and backing vox)
>> YouTube or watch at

2013 BBMA News

Miley Cyrus on the blue carpet announced her new hybrid single "We Can't Stop,"  (country meets Southern R'n'B meets hip hop) comes out June 3rd >> YouTube
Cyrus will premiere the song, produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, on Ryan Seacrest's syndicated radio show in June.

Billboard caught an interview with Jennifer Nettles (The big coming out after baby) , five months after the birth of son Magnus Hamilton. She spilled about a new solo album project due, and it’s not the end of Sugarland! >> YouTube

Kid Rock,  the 42-year-old rocker, took to the stage to present the award for Top Rap Song to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for “Thrift Shop”. Before presenting the award, Kid gave his opinion on the people who performed during the show before he hit the stage, and he certainly was not kind - “Let’s give it up for people lip-syncing under pre-recorded music!” he said.

2013 Billboard Music Awards
Carpet Fashion

Billboard Awards 2013 Fashion
Shania Twain, Kimberly Perry, Hayden Panettiere
Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Kacey Musgraves and Jennifer Nettles.

Taylor Swift  The Country/Pop “Red” princess arrived at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, rocking her own shade of royal cerulean on the blue carpet.
She looked gorgeous in a Zuhair Murad long sleeve beaded mini dress from the Pre-Fall 2013 collection. (Fashion Pic )
The design included a sexy sheer panelled back to match the little razor sharp insets all over the shattered pattern.(Image)
The uber-short disco-type frock showed off her never-ending legs, which only multiplied in length with her pair of sky-high, strappy pewter platform “Suki” sandals by Jimmy Choo. These shoes feature a textured gunmetal leather and thin cross-strap design. (Image).
A bright pink lippie, blue-rimmed eye makeup, diamond jewellery by Lorraine Schwartz and a chicly effortless ponytail added a soft note to all the glitzy edge. She brought a tougher edge to her look with a three-finger knuckle ring. Naked nails made sure that her bling stood out from her sparkly dress

Hayden Panettiere - Known as the girl who parades around in figure hugging sparkly dresses in the hit ABC show “Nashville” here 23-year-old petite actress and “Telescope” singer opted for a demure gown at the Billboard Music Awards where she attended as one of the presenters.
She arrived on the blue carpet wearing a black Halston Heritage ruffle halterneck column gown with tiered layers, from the Spring 2013 collection.
Was it a bit too elegant for the music ceremony?
Looking beautiful she kept her accessories on the minimal side opting for gold starburst earrings that matched her gold oval clutch (Image)
Side gathered cascading golden curls and soft makeup with the exception of electric aqua lined eyes, provided the finishing touches.
Watch Hayden’s Billboard carpet Interview >> YouTube

Jennifer Nettles - Attending for her presenter duties, the Sugarland singer and new mummy selected a soft pink satin Edition by Georges Chakra Spring 2013 gown - Fashion Pic 
This figure-hugging, cotton-candy-pink creation made for a glowing return. The scuba-cut design, featured a pretty gold chevron sequin pattern panel down the left side of her leg that’s framed by silver sequin detail travelling throughout the waist and back.
A Swarovski clutch, Casadei heels and gorgeous Norman Silverman chunky statement rings (Image) and earrings provided a final sparkling flourish. Jennifer wore her blonde tresses loosely swept up and pinned, before completing her look with a makeup palette made up of soft rose tones to complete her BBMA look.

Kacey Musgraves – There as a first time performer the “Blowin’ Smoke” singer-songwriter rocked the blue carpet with a short black lace Lover Sara dress (Fashion circles spotted that actress Lala Anthony wore the outfit dress recently) . Kasey also donned some bright pink heels (pic) carrying a Black clutch - Image
The 24-year-old country singer later hit the evening stage for a performance of her chart hit “Merry Go Round”!
Gettin’ my glam on. @billboard Music Awards tonight..y’all gonna watch?” Kacey tweeted before the big event.

Kimberly Perry - The Band Perry singer-songwriter wore a feminine pearl-embellished, full-skirted gown which was a little more Oscars look than Billboard. She worked with stylist Anita Patrickson for her carpet dress.
Kimberly told Yahoo: “My dress is going to be two pieces--a full skirt and a matching, light-colored, lacy top with a higher neck. In terms of makeup, we're leaning towards something subtle but still eye-catching
Regarding her performance look: “Our mother does the styling for all of our stage looks, actually. So she and I went to New York City to find something for my performance look for the Billboards and we both saw this dress at the same time--we were both drawn to it. The dress has a corset top, but the sleeves are made entirely out of this really long, like, two-foot-long fringe.
Kim took the opportunity to go totally blinged-out Jimmy Choos! Her favourite colour is bling.

Miley Cyrus – There to present Justin Bieber with the Top Male Artist Miley opted for more of an edgy look rather than sexy - Fashion Pic
The 20-year-old slipped into a sleeveless Balmain Spring 2013 crochet jumpsuit as she made her arrival.
Featuring glittery black-and-silver harlequin checks, overlaid with lacy basketry-inspired embroidery, this look was bold, brash and had the level of bravura. Was it glam race-car-driver-look?
She accessorized with diamond studded jewellery and a black pair of Givenchy ankle strap sandals with shark tooth clasp detailing and gold-tone cap at heel. This Givenchy sandals style debuted in the Pre-Fall 2012 collection. They’re available online with a round toe in black suede at LuisaViaRoma , Ssense, Stylebop and Barneys.(Image)
A platinum quiff, smoky eyes and a deep scarlet lippie completed the sporty glamazon-rocker effect.

Miley Cyrus VS. Taylor Swift BBMA Style >> YouTube

Shania Twain - The 47-year-old Vegas performer was there to play a presenters role.
Shania freshened her look by transforming her brown locks into a vibrant shade of red, debuting an updated 'do’.
The five-time Grammy winner strolled down the blue carpet, she coordinated her fiery tresses with a pale-blue Pavoni by Mikael D Collection Grecian-inspired silk strapless gown that hit all the right musical notes.
Accentuating her curvy figure, the dress started bondage-style bustier stop, before asymmetrically flowing to the floor.
The “From This Moment” Canadian country pop star donned glittering bangles on her wrists, matched with a simple pair of dangling earrings and held a petite mirrored gold clutch, Simple Stunning! - Photo
Watch Shania’s Billboard carpet interview >> YouTube

Selected others

Carly Rae Jepsen - Showing off her new red hair on the blue carpet the multiple nominee and winner of the Top Digital Song Artist trophy chose a Dyanthe Fall 2012 frock for her big night.
The “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” singer donned Gio Diev shoes (with soft gold mirrored leather detail and a silver blade heel), Isharya jewellery and carried a  Nancy Gonzalez clutch. Smoky lined eyes and a nude pout completed her look.

Chloe Moretz - The American Hollywood actress appeared in the 2013 remake of the 1976 film “Carrie” in the title role.
She wore a playful Fendi patchwork dress from the Spring 2013 collection - Fashion Pic
She completed her look with black and white beaded Fendi sandals and a dark green nail colour.

Emmy Rossum - The “Beautiful Creatures” actress shut down the show’s blue carpet, with her hourglass shape, when she arrived in her black Zuhair Murad stunner from the Fall 2013 collection - Fashion Pic
Emmy Rossum
click to enlarge
She showed just enough skin to be dangerous with its refined keyhole cut-out and transparent polka-dot tulle, the long-sleeve, mermaid-silhouette gown conveyed high-glamour-elegant-goth, at its finest.
Emmy completed her look with mauve-y nude makeup, smouldering smoky eyes, ornate statement jewellery and a elegant up-do.

Jennifer Lopez - The pop legend/girl made her first appearance at the Billboards in a decade or so.
She walked the blue carpet with boy-toy, Casper Smart.
The singer-actress paraded out her signature brand of sexy glamour, working to her advantage a Zuhair Murad design, this time from the Spring 2013 Couture collection - Fashion Pic
A metallic micro-clutch and matching pointy Christian Louboutin heels completed the look.

Ke$ha  - The “Crazy Kids” wore a black silk ruffled Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci dress sleeveless dress, from the Spring 2013 collection that was originally presented with a single sleeve and partnered with pants on the runway. She wore her long blonde hair back in a sleek ponytail to accommodate the high neck design—with an equally high slit at the left thigh.
She accessorized with two Palladium rings that matched her delicate bangles and diamond earrings. The look was then complete with a subtle neutral makeup palette and nude ankle strap leather wedge sandals.
Its official - side bottom is the new side boob for the 26 year old - Photo,

Selena Gomez – There as a presenter and a “Come And Get It” performer she turned up the volume before the performances even began.
The singer-actress went rock-star-design-house, donning a look from the Atelier Versace Spring 2013 collection - Fashion Pic
The slit-to-there white gown, ripped through with peek-a-boo illusion panelling, had sexiness in spades.
Selena flaunted smouldering, sooty eyes and contrasted with her more juvenile bubblegum-pink lippie and messy, long ponytail - Photo
Sealed with a kiss: Selena kissed former flame Justin Bieber on the cheek backstage at the awards. Following the smooch her good pal Taylor Swift was seen sticking her tongue out seemingly with disgust over her friend's actions – Image – read more at

Who was Best Dressed at Billboard 2013 Music Awards for you?
Emmy Rossum (Zuhair Murad); Stana Katic (Nicholas Oakwell Couture),
Chloe Mortez (Fendi), Selena Gomez (Atelier Versace)
Shania Twain (Pavoni by Mikael D), Taylor Swift (Zuhair Murad),
Miley Cyrus (Balmain) or Jennifer Lopez (Zuhair Murad Couture)
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Blue Carpet -
Slide Carpet Gallery - OK

Sources: Daily Mail, RCFA, Zimbio,, Taste Of Country, YouTube,
Billboard, Getty Images
(Photos by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

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