Best Use of Wind Machines (And Believable Hair Extensions): Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert
Rolling Stone cover star Lambert and her new BFF Underwood debuted their duet "Somethin' Bad," off Lambert's soon-to-be-Number One album Platinum, on the Billboard Music Awards. But the ladies were in the sweet spot on the CMT Awards, turning in a performance that was musically superior to the somewhat underwhelming Billboard appearance — as well as a whole lot windier. With a tornado watch in effect for Nashville outside, the gusts were strong inside the Bridgestone Arena, as country's two alpha females sang into gale-force wind machines — kudos to whoever was responsible for their unflappable hair extensions — and strutted like their lives depended on it. The ladies may be far behind the guys on country radio, but after Lambert and Underwood's show-closing performance, it's easy to see how they often trump the good ol' boys onstage.