10 Stunning Red Carpet Looks from the CMAs

Country, Editorial

For all of you fashion junkies out there, you may have missed the Country Music Awards which aired on November 13th. Lucky for you, I have compiled the ten best red carpet looks from this year’s show.

Starting off, nothing is cuter than rocking the red carpet as a family, shown by P!NK and Thomas Rhett. Both of the families arrived looking very put together and I can assure one thing, the children definitely stole the show.

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 LANCO made their mark on the men’s fashion industry as well, adorned with mismatched, yet cohesive suits with plaid, stripes, and snakeskin prints.

Maren Morris, who announced her pregnancy just last month, served as a  definition of the “pregnancy glow” a majority of expecting mothers experience. Ironically enough, she arrived in a beautiful two-piece ball gown that was baby blue, possibly hinting at the fact she is expecting a boy. 

Halsey, known for her modern pop anthems, made her CMA debut in a gorgeous off-the-shoulder, long sleeved chiffon ball gown covered in light pink roses complete with black lace detailing across the neckline.

Sleek yet sexy, Kelsea Ballerini showed off a crystalized aztec patterned, suede crop top along with a matching floor-length skirt which showed off just enough leg. Kacey Musgraves, a queen of the country music industry, arrived in a pastel yellow long sleeved dress adorned with feathers, glitter, polka dots, you name it; In my mind earning the award for most unique look.

 Two artists that blurred the gender barriers of fashion at this year’s show were Lil Nas X and Jennifer Nettles. Lil Nas X, a recent breakthrough artist of the industry, took a twist on the typical cowboy image with patent leather pants and crystal-embellished cowboy boots, matching the crystal fringe detailing on his top. For Jennifer Nettles, not only did she break a gender barrier with her bell-bottomed pantsuit complete with a skirt attached to the back, but she also addressed the controversial topic of women in the country music scene not getting enough radio play. Definitely turning heads, the inside of her ball gown styled skirt read “Play our f*@#!n records, please & thank you.”

To top off this CMA red carpet review, I had to include one of the gorgeous hosts, Carrie Underwood. Although she had numerous outfit changes throughout the show, her red carpet look remains superior. Her see-through, bronze damask printed, floor length bodycon gown was absolutely stunning. We cannot forget about the toned down light blue cape that extended from the back of her neck, giving the host the most fabulous superman vibe I have ever seen.  

Kendrick Lamar - Black Panther- The Album

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Black Panther: The Album’ Review

Album, Rap/Hip-Hop, Reviews

Without a doubt, Kendrick Lamar is among the forerunners of the music industry right now; recently acquiring seven Grammy Awards off his 2017 album… Damn. With the announcement that Lamar would be curating an album based on Marvel‘s Black Panther, the hype train filled with fans of both hip-hop music and superhero cinephiles.

The soundtrack features a mix of strong and well-known artists such as The Weeknd, SZA, Travis Scott, and Khalid, with unknown artists such as Jorja Smith, Mozzy, and SOB X RBE featuring as well.  Kendrick still finds ways to implement his voice even on tracks he isn’t featured on… reminding listeners that he is the steward of the album.

There are a number of songs throughout the project that resurrect the style of Damn. The first track, “Black Panther,” features fast lyrics (from Kendrick himself) over a soft piano; which then speeds up with a gritty, packed instrumentation that compliments that old school “hardness.”

A few of the tracks can be placed in categories of their own such as the Khalid and Swae Lee (member of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd) pop song titled “The Ways.” The two young singers compliment each other and their voices fit together beautifully. Kendrick sprinkles some backup vocals that provide the icing on the cake.

Another notable track from the project “I Am” is by up and coming artist… Jorja Smith. Smith walked into the spotlight in 2017 when she was featured in two songs off Drake’s album, More Life.  Her song features her soothing R&B voice over a laid back, “chill” beat. The future is looking bright for the 20-year-old from the United Kingdom.

It seems the two most famous tracks (already been receiving plays on radio markets) are… “Pray For Me” – The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar and “All The Stars,” – SZA and Kendrick Lamar. Both songs fit the description of the mainstream pop music; hence why they were both released earlier than the rest of the soundtrack. In particular, “Pray For Me” features The Weeknd on the chorus with the support of of Kendrick’s rhymes in the verses. These two tracks perfectly fit thematically with the movie and rest of the of soundtrack.

Kendrick Lamar does not disappoint; but from his track record, it’s not really a surprise. The album is full of well-blended beats, rhymes, styles, and featured artists. Though it is a soundtrack for the PG-13 rated movie, the album still comes with the vulgar language—parents beware!

I believe there could not have been a better man suited for the job.

Mason’s Favorite: “The Ways” – Khalid & Swae Lee

Mason’s Sleeper: “Seasons” – Mozzy (With Sjava & Reason)

What did you think of Black Panther: The Album?