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Poll: Will Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift have the longer career?

June 18, 2010 |  2:44 pm

Carrie Underwood Taylor Swift CMT Music AwardsCarrie Underwood and Taylor Swift remain relatively evenly matched when it comes to award hardware. Over the last five years, both of these women have won their share of kudos decided upon by both the public and the industry.

In their showdown at last week's CMT Music Awards, Carrie Underwood won over the public, taking the top honor of video of the year for "Cowboy Casanova" and also scoring the performance prize for her rendition of "Temporary Home" on the CMT show "Invitation Only." Taylor Swift went home empty-handed despite three nominations, including bids for video of the year and female video for "You Belong to Me."

At the Academy of Country Music Awards in April, Underwood prevailed as entertainer of the year for the second year in a row. Swift lost all five of her bids, even though she was coming off big wins at both the Grammys (album of the year) and the Country Music Assn. Awards (entertainer of the year, album of the year, best female vocalist). However, she could not convince a combination of ACM members and online voters to give her that one prize missing from her mantle.

In a recent poll, our readers thought Carrie Underwood the better singer over Taylor Swift by a margin of more than two to one. However, talent is only one factor in the continued success of a performer. The public can be fickle, and what works today can seem tired tomorrow. Country crooners tend to have longer careers than their pop counterparts. Yet even among the Nashville set, stars can burn out quickly (Gretchen Wilson) or fade away (Shania Twain).

Photos: Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood at the 9th annual CMT Music Awards. Credit: Getty Images.

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Carrie Underwood crushes Taylor Swift in talent poll

June 18, 2010 | 12:50 pm

Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood CMA AwardsSince Carrie Underwood trounced Taylor Swift at last week's CMT Music Awards, there has been a heated debate among our readers as to who is the better singer.

Almost 10,000 people voted in a poll asking which of these two songbirds was the biggest talent. Carrie Underwood was the clear winner, taking 63% of the vote. Taylor Swift ran a distant second at 30%, with 5% of readers unable to choose between the two and 2% opting for another singer as their favorite.

As comments on this post topped 250, the following are just a small sample:

kb:The key word here is 'talent' and that's where Carrie Underwood is the winner, hands down! Taylor Swift shouldn't even be mentioned with the word 'talent' in the same sentence. Has anyone besides me ever even listened to her weak, screeching voice? Like fingernails on a chalkboard! UGH!!

nicole: They're both great. But Taylor has it all. She's much younger than Carrie and she can actually right her own songs. Yeah, she's not the best singer, but she's the most emotional singer. And Taylor Swift is the only person I know who would have a 13 hour meet and greet. She cares for her fans MUCH more than Carrie. MUCH more.

Katie: Taylor is not in Carrie's league, vocally. No competition. The fact that Taylor wins Vocalist awards is maddening.

g jenkins: Taylor has it all. She can write, sing and show a purity to her being. She gives evenyone a sence of what a true sweetheart is! Not trashy......Taylor stay true to yourself as this will pay off in the long run.

Irene: Carrie by far. She is the real deal.she has a beautiful voice and very pretty. I would vote for her anytime. I think Reba is the queen and Carrie is the princess right now. Carrie will be queen.

matt: you cant compare the two, taylor is a great writer decent singer, carrie is a great singer decent writer, it just depends on what you look for, they are both great and you cant really say one is lesser

Terri: Neither one is qualified to be Queen of country--Taylor is so young & yes sings off key! None of the currently popular girls will EVER compare to Shania, Leeann or Faith. This is not a high School cheerleading contest. Country music has become very boring. And--George Strait is STILL the man!!!!

Photos: Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood at the 2009 CMA Awards. Credit: ABC

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Songbird smackdown: Taylor Swift vs. Carrie Underwood

June 11, 2010 |  1:52 am

Carrie Underwood Taylor Swift CMT Music Awards On Wednesday, Carrie Underwood triumphed at the CMT Music Awards winning the top honor of video of the year for "Cowboy Casanova" and also scoring the performance prize for her rendition of "Temporary Home" on the CMT show "Invitation Only." Last year's big champ -- Taylor Swift -- went home empty-handed despite three nominations, including bids for video of the year and female video for "You Belong to Me."

That snub of Taylor Swift is even more surprising given that she won both those awards last year for "Love Story" and in 2008 for "Our Song." But Carrie Underwood has proved to be even more popular with CMT viewers. In 2007 the one-time "American Idol" champ took home awards for both video of the year and female video for "Before He Cheats." That year Swift won the breakthrough video race for "Tim McGraw." But in 2006, Underwood won both that prize and female video for "Jesus, Take the Wheel" giving her a one-award advantage over Swift.

While both of these talented women have won their share of awards decided upon by the public, in their most recent showdown before the CMT kudos -- the  Academy of Country Music Awards in April -- Underwood also came out on top. She prevailed as entertainer of the year for the second year in a row. Swift was coming off award romps at both the Country Music Assn. (entertainer of the year and best female vocalist) and the Grammys (album of the year). However, she could not convince a combination of ACM members and online voters to give her that one prize missing from her mantle.

Photos: Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood at the 9th annual CMT Music Awards. Credit: Getty Images.

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Poll: Is Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood the bigger talent?

June 11, 2010 |  1:22 am

Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood CMA Awards Since Carrie Underwood came roaring back to defeat Taylor Swift at Wednesday's CMT Music Awards, there has been a heated debate among our readers as to who is the bigger talent.

The two singers are fairly evenly matched when it comes to awards hardware. However, as seen by this sampling of comments about the original post, opinion remains divided as to who is the true queen of country music:

Jen: The only reason that Taylor won so may awards this past season was due to the sympathy vote after the Kanye outburst. Carrie is oh so deserving of these awards and so many more. Carrie is a true American idol.

Mark Raymond Cubbage: I do believe Taylor should have won, not Carrie. Like Taylor or not, "You Belong With Me" was one of the biggest sensations of the year. Everyone from country to pop was covering it and it never seemed to leave CMT. "Cowboy Casanova" went almost unnoticed. The only reason Carrie won is because she is currently active with a new release, whereas Taylor is in the "writing" stage. Had she just released a new single, chances are she would have won for sure. After awhile, all of Underwood's songs begin to have the same rhythm. Anyone else notice?

CLM: So glad to hear Carrie took the awards. Real tired of hearing Taylor and her teeny bop songs. The title was fitting. Congrats Carrie.

Amanda: Taylor should have won one or all of them. They were very disappointing. Why did she not perform? Those awards were boring. Taylor looked beautiful like always. I dont get why Carrie has been winning the past two award shows. Well when Taylor comes out with her new CD she will be winning again.

Judy: Thank goodness the fans got it right this year. Carrie, is absolutely the Queen of Country Music. She is such a beautiful girl, inside and out. She is just Awesome!!! Congratulations to Carrie and all of the winners!!!

katydid: "Cowboy Casanova" is a very strange song and the video is pretty trashy in my opinion. Carrie has a great voice but I don't think she is all that authentic. Carrie is a product of the industry like her or not. Taylor writes her own songs and has stayed true to who she is. She's so young, just imagine the songs she'll be writing as she matures. I guess voice won over substance.

Add your voice to the ongoing debate and cast your vote in our poll as well.

Photos: Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood at the 2009 CMA Awards. Credit: ABC.

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Carrie Underwood knocks Taylor Swift off pedestal at CMT Music Awards

June 10, 2010 |  7:19 am

Carrie Underwood CMT Music Awards Carrie Underwood showed Taylor Swift just who the real queen of country music is with her two big wins at Wednesday's CMT Music Awards. The one-time "American Idol" champ prevailed in another public vote as her video for "Cowboy Casanova" took the top award while her rendition of "Temporary Home" on the CMT show "Invitation Only" won the performance prize.

Taylor Swift went into the night with three nominations, including bids for video of the year and female video for "You Belong to Me." The teen singing sensation won both those awards last year for "Love Story" and in 2008 for "Our Song." Both Swift and Underwood lost the female video race to Miranda Lambert, who took home her first CMT award for "White Liar." Swift's third unsuccessful bid this year was in the collaborative video category for her duet with Kellie Pickler on "Best Days of Your Life." That award was won by Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins ("Hillbilly Bone").

Three years ago, Carrie Underwood also won both video of the year and female video for "Before He Cheats."  In the nine years of these awards, four performers have now taken the top prize twice, with Keith Urban ("Better Life," 2006; "Days Go By," 2005) and Toby Keith ("American Soldier," 2004; "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," 2003) being the others. Urban won the male video award for the first time this year for "’Til Summer Comes Around" while Keith lost his top video bid for "American Ride."

Lady Antebellum won group video for the first time ("Need You Now") while the soon-to-split Brooks & Dunn won the duo video award for the first time since 2002 for "Indian Summer." Luke Bryan delivered the breakthrough video ("Do I") and helmer Shaun Silva won an award for his body of work.

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Gold Derby nuggets: Betty White as host of the Oscars or Emmys? | Will Betty White be nominated for Daytime Emmys on Wednesday? | Helen Mirren seeing double | Drama League Awards details

May 11, 2010 |  4:21 pm

Betty White Emmy Awards • First Facebook fans petitioned to have Betty White host "Saturday Night Live." Now, following her critically praised appearance Saturday that earned the late-night staple its best ratings in 18 months, there are online campaigns to have her host the Oscars and the Emmys. At this point, Facebook followers are opting for Betty White to emcee moviedom's biggest night rather than TV's top kudos by a ratio of 20 to 1. While White has made memorable appearances in movies as of late, most notably as Sandra Bullock's sassy grandmother in last year's smash hit "The Proposal," her connection with television dates back to an appearance on an experimental Los Angeles channel in 1939. Since then, White has conquered every aspect of the medium, including hosting five hours of live TV per day in the 1950s and guesting on countless game shows in the 1960s — such as "Password," where she met her husband, host Allen Ludden — and starring in classic sitcoms of the 1970s ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show") and 1980s ("The Golden Girls"). More recently, White has cornered the market on crazy-as-a-fox guest roles. Along the way, White won four of her 16 prime-time Emmy nominations as well as a daytime Emmy for hosting the game show "Just Men!" and even a local one for her first sitcom, "Life With Elizabeth."

• There's a Betty White cliffhanger looming over the Daytime Emmy nominations, which will be unveiled Wednesday morning on "CBS Early Show." Will Betty be nominated for best supporting drama actress for her role as nasty mother of Stephanie (Susan Flannery) on "The Bold & the Beautiful"? Probably. It was the most powerful plot line on "B&B" this past year, especially when Betty's character died in Stephanie's arms. That episode is what was submitted to judges evaluating the award for best drama series too.

Lady Gaga was unable to attend the Echo Awards in March, so she accepted her three trophies at her Berlin concert last night. USA TODAY

• Looks like the Emmy Award for main title music will be handed out at least one more time now that the music branch has nixed a proposal by the academy's board of governors to bounce the kudo. The vote was 36 in favor of replacing this award with one for music in nonfiction programming and 85 opposed. Last year's winner was John Williams for the theme to "Great Performances."

Helen Mirren Madame Tussauds • Oscar champ Helen Mirren ("The Queen") has joined an even more exclusive club with the installation of her waxwork at Madame Tussaud's in London. As noted in the announcement of this new addition to the fabled collection of famous fakes, "Her figure resides in our A-List Party area and has a sophisticated look, dressed in a floor-length black dress by Asprey, which she kindly donated. The gown was originally worn at the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards and is teamed with black six inch heels." Among the other Oscar winners on display are George Clooney ("Syriana"), Judi Dench ("Shakespeare in Love"), Angelina Jolie ("Girl, Interrupted"), Nicole Kidman ("The Hours") and Julia Roberts ("Erin Brockovich"). And just down the hall are representations of the British royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II.

Taylor Swift had a double does of good news on Tuesday. First, she landed three nominations at the 9th annual CMT Music Awards. Then came word that she will be feted at the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards on June 17 in Gotham. The bestselling songbird pens many of her tunes and will be presented with the Hal David Starlight Award. Phil Collins and music producer Phil Ramone also will receive special awards at the event. Inductees include Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel, Philip Bailey and Maurice White.

Drama League Award • A quintet of Tony nominees — Barbara Cook ("Sondheim on Sondheim"), Viola Davis ("Fences"), Sean Hayes ("Promises, Promises"), Liev Schreiber ("A View From the Bridge") and Christopher Walken ("A Behanding in Spokane") — will be presenters at the 76th edition of the Drama League Awards on May 15. This organization, which fetes the year's best play and musical as well as revivals of each genre, is unique among the theater awards in that it also hands out just one prize for distinguished performance. Last year, Geoffrey Rush won this honor several weeks before taking the Tony for his leading performance in the play "Exit the King." This year, 57 actors are competing for the award first given to Katharine Cornell in 1935. They range from A (Nina Arianda, "Venus in Fur") to Z (Catherine Zeta-Jones, "A Little Night Music"). Two other nominees — "Ugly Betty" costars Michael Urie ("The Temperamentals") and Vanessa Williams ("Sondheim on Sondheim") — are co-hosting the festivities. This year's winners will be the first to receive the newly designed award. David Moritz and his team at Society Awards crafted this new keepsake.

Top photo: Betty White with her local Emmy for "Life With Elizabeth" in 1951. Credit: Los Angeles Herald.

Middle photo: Helen Mirren meets "Helen Mirren." Credit: Madame Tussaud's.

Bottom photo: Drama League trophy. Credit: Drama League.

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Can Carrie Underwood dethrone Taylor Swift at CMT Music Awards?

May 11, 2010 | 11:53 am

Taylor Swift CMT Awards While reigning country queen Taylor Swift is among the leading contenders in Tuesday's announcement of the final nominees for the ninth annual CMT Music Awards, she faces a fierce fight with Carrie Underwood.

Taylor Swift landed three nominations, including bids for video of the year and female video for "You Belong to Me." The teen singing sensation took home these awards last year for "Love Story" and in 2008 for "Our Song." Swift's third bid this year is in the collaborative video category for her duet with Kellie Pickler on "Best Days of Your Life." 

Carrie Underwood's video for "Cowboy Casanova" is up for both the top award and female video while her rendition of "Temporary Home" on the CMT show "Invitation Only" is nominated for the performance prize. Three years ago, Underwood won both video of the year and female video for "Before He Cheats."

Taylor Swift is the only woman to win video of the year twice and is tied with Keith Urban ("Better Life," 2006; "Days Go By," 2005) and Toby Keith ("American Soldier," 2004; "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," 2003), both of whom are back in that race this year. Urban contends with "Til Summer Comes Around" while Keith vies with "American Ride."

Two other acts — Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum — scored three nominations apiece, including bids for video of the year for "The Truth" and "Need You Now" as well as in the male and group video categories, respectively. While Alden and Bryan Adams were nominated for their collaborative video for "Heaven," Lady Antebellum picked up a performance nom for its rendition of "Lookin' for a Good Time" on last year's kudocast.

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Gold Derby nuggets: Bigelow more influential than Cameron | 'Chicago' creators allege accounting razzle dazzle | 'The Hobbit' arrives in 2012

April 29, 2010 |  2:01 pm

Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker OscarsKathryn Bigelow has bested her ex James Cameron once again. The Oscar-winning director of "The Hurt Locker" secured the third spot on Time's top 25 most influential artists of the year -- only Lady Gaga and Conan O'Brien ranked higher -- while the onetime "king of the world" had to settle for the last slot despite creating the biggest moneymaker in movie history with "Avatar." Also earning places of distinction were director Neill Blokamp -- who contended at this year's Oscars for his script for best picture nominee "District 9" -- at No. 16 and best actress champ Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side") at No. 22. Neil Patrick Harris -- who hosted both the Emmys and Tonys last year and opened this year's Oscars -- was ranked No. 10. TIME

• James Cameron may not cut it with Time magazine, but the folks at NASA listen to him. Emma Gallegos reports that the Oscar winner met with Charles Bolden, the head honcho of NASA, in January to persuade him to include a 3-D camera on Curiosity, a rover headed to Mars next year. PASADENA STAR NEWS

Cara Shultz considers Sandra Bullock's acceptance speeches at the Oscars and Golden Globes in light of the revelation Wednesday that she and her then-husband Jesse James had adopted a baby in January. Onstage at the Kodak Theater, Bullock said, "I would like to thank what this film is about for me -- the moms that take care of the babies and the children no matter where they come from. Those moms and parents never get thanked." And at the Globes in January, she said, "A family is not just who you were born to, or what color you are. It's who's got your back." PEOPLE

Chicago DVD • Composer John Kander and representatives of the late lyricist Fred Ebb and director-choreographer Bob Fosse -- who together brought "Chicago" to Broadway in 1975 -- are suing the producers of the 2002 Oscar-winning film adaptation. The lawsuit alleges that "the studios' 'financial theatrics' ... resulted in a nearly $200 million increase in the 'Adjusted Gross Receipts' from which plaintiffs' participation is calculated. With interest, the net impact on plaintiffs is the wrongful reduction of their share by upwards of $12 million." PLAYBILL

Kid Rock has confirmed he will host the ninth annual CMT Music Awards. In a three-sentence post on his website, Rock said, "The rumors are true – I’m hosting the CMT Awards live from Nashville on June 9th… All I can promise is I will be awesome." Last year the rocker won Wide Open Country video of the year for "All Summer Long." This year, eight of the nine categories at the CMTs have eight contenders apiece. Online voting that runs till Monday will winnow these to four finalists in each category, which will be announced May 11. Then another round of online voting through June 8 will determine the winners. Voting for video of the year is different. There are 10 semifinalists, which will be cut down to a final five that will be revealed at the start of the awards ceremony, and the winner of the top prize will be determined by votes cast online and via text message during the kudocast.

• The power of a Facebook petition helped land Betty White a hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live." Now, there is a movement afoot online to have "Glee" devote an episode to the music of Barbra Streisand, much as it did last week with Madonna. Writes Allison Walman, "What do you think it meant when co-creator Ryan Murphy accepted the Golden Globe for 'Glee' last January, he said, 'Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press and Miss Barbra Streisand.' That was a shout-out linking Streisand to that show. And don't forget that for sectionals, Rachel channeled Streisand when she sang 'Don't Rain on My Parade.' " TV SQUAD

The Hobbit • The status of "The Hobbit," the long-in-the-making two-part prequel to the hit trilogy "The Lord of the Rings," just became much clearer. The first of the films -- produced by Peter Jackson, who picked up three Oscars for the final installment of "LOTR" and directed by Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labryinth") -- will arrive in theaters in December 2012 and the second will be out a year later. As Borys Kit reports, "A confusion over release dates surfaced earlier today when Imax announced an overall, 20-film, three-year deal with Warners. In outlining which films would be included, Imax incorrectly gave 2013 as the release date for the first 'Hobbit' movie." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Top photo: Kathryn Bigelow backstage at the 82nd annual Academy Awards. Credit: AMPAS.

Middle photo: "Chicago" DVD cover. Credit: Miramax Home Entertainment.

Bottom photo: "The Hobbit" book cover. Credit: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Can Taylor Swift make it three in a row at CMT Awards?

April 7, 2010 | 10:22 am

Taylor Swift CMT Awards No surprise that reigning country queen Taylor Swift is among the leading contenders in Tuesday's announcement of first-round nominees for the ninth annual CMT Music Awards. Swift landed three nominations, including bids for video of the year and female video for "You Belong to Me." Swift took home both of these awards last year for "Love Story" and in 2008 for "Our Song."

Taylor Swift is the only woman to win video of the year twice and is tied with Keith Urban ("Better Life," 2006; "Days Go By," 2005) and Toby Keith ("American Soldier," 2004; "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," 2003), both of whom are back in that race this year. Urban contends with "Til Summer Comes Around" while Keith vies with "American Ride."

Taylor Swift is also contending for collaborative video for her duet with Kellie Pickler on "Best Days of Your Life." Pickler picked up a female video nom as did Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood. Underwood's video for "Cowboy Casanova" is also up for the top award, and her rendition of "Temporary Home" on the CMT show "Invitation Only" is nominated for the performance prize.

A trio of acts scored four nominations apiece -- Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and Sugarland. Aldean and Lady Antebellum both contend for video of the year for "The Truth" and "Need You Now," respectively. Sugarland was shut out of the top race, landing competing bids for duo video of the year ("Keep You," "Nightswimming/Joey") as well as two noms for their collaboration with the B-52s on "Love Shack," a highlight of last year's CMT Awards.

Brad Paisley is back in the hunt for his first video of the year win with a bid for "Welcome to the Future." Last year, Paisley was the big winner at the CMT Awards, taking home his first male video award ("Waiting on a Woman") plus laurels in two other categories: collaborative video ("Start a Band" with Keith Urban) and performance of the year ("Country Boy" with Alan Jackson, George Strait and Dierks Bentley).

Eight of the nine categories have eight contenders apiece. Online voting that runs till May 3 will winnow these to four finalists in each category, which will be announced May 11. Then another round of online voting through June 8 will determine the winners.

Voting for video of the year is different. There are 10 semifinalists, which will be cut down to a final five that will be revealed at the start of the awards ceremony airing live on CMT June 9 from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The winner of the top prize will be determined by votes cast online and via text message during the kudocast.

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 Photo: Taylor Swift performing on the 8th annual CMT Awards. Credit: CMT

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