OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood Wins the Battle of the Tulle

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OK, it wasn’t technically a battle. But wasn’t it kind of interesting that both Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift — the only two country artists performing — did their songs on Sunday night’s (Nov. 18) American Music Awards in black tulle skirts? What are the odds, you know? And while Swift definitely scored points for revealing her tulle skirt mid-song. (It had been hidden under a big white dress that her dancers yanked off of her in that blink-and-you’ll-miss-it way that only perfectly choreographed dancers can do.) But Underwood won the night, in my mind, because of how relevant her tulle was to her song “Two Black Cadillacs.” It’s a song about a man’s wife and his mistress meeting for the first time at his funeral — a funeral they caused, by the way. But when Underwood sings in the chorus about how “the women in the two black veils didn’t bother to cry,” her veil-like skirt suddenly seems so appropriate. Even Justin Bieber seemed blown away when he said to his manager something that looked like “That was really cool.”

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