OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood Celebrates, ’80s Style

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Did you wonder why Carrie Underwood had her hair in a scrunchie, mesh gloves on her arms and plastic pearls around her neck this weekend? I did. It’s so not like her to look so 29 years ago. But she must love the ’80s, because she was celebrating her 29th birthday the ’80s way . Underwood, who was born in 1983, first thanked all of her 134,000-plus Twitter followers for the birthday messages on Saturday (March 10). “It’s been a great day so far! You all are so good to me!,” she wrote. Then later, she even tweeted a couple of pictures from the surprise theme party some pals threw for her. “Best. Birthday. Ever!” and “Had to share another pic from my surprise ’80’s bday party — so fun!!” What I wonder is if her friends took the theme into the country world and had a party playlist that included Alabama, Janie Fricke, Lee Greenwood, Jim Glaser and Gus Hardin, who were a few of the big winners at the country music awards shows the year she was born.

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