OFFSTAGE: The Bieberizing of Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and More

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I have never seen Keith Urban look worse, but it’s not his fault. The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville put together what should be a fun little gallery of a handful of celebrities with Justin Bieber’s former side-swept haircut Photoshopped onto their heads. But it’s one of those things where it’s just so awful, yet you almost can’t look away. I loved the cut on Bieber, but on Urban? Yuk. Paisley? Gross. Charles Kelley? All wrong. Because all that shaggy hair hides way too much of their rugged country-guy good looks. And the worst one, by far, is Garth Brooks. I guess I’ve become so accustomed to seeing his nearly-bald head covered in either a baseball cap or a cowboy hat, the sudden appearance of so much hair is way too unnerving. The only one I think the hair kind of works on is Carrie Underwood‘s husband Mike Fisher. Maybe because he usually rocks a Bieber-like look in real life, so on him it just fits. Now what I’d like to see the whole project flipped around. Can someone please put Bieber in Brad Paisley’s cowboy hat?

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.