NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Kristen Bell, and Toby Keith speak onstage at the 2012 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) »
In years past, the CMT Music Awards could be counted on to provide clouds of big hair, a sea of sequins, and waves of taffeta. Unfortunately, modernization has caused country stars to tone it down a little bit. »On to more pleasant ensembles: Sunny Sweeney, Cheryl Hines, and Melissa Peterman did short and sparkly.
When the Miss America Pageant, ditched by Viacom owned CMT, finally goes the way of Elle Girl — online only (but so Web 2.0!) — some, like Nashville's Ralph Emery, may see it as a blow to that "little piece of Americana" that is the promotion of lofty goals (scholarship) alongside loftier ones (swimsuit-wearing!) »