CMA Music Festival Puts The Spotlight on Fans

CMA prom queen Carrie Underwood took to the stage at the CMA Music Festival over the weekend. According to critics who have listened to Jessica Simpson’s foray into country music, Underwood is the act to follow.

Of the initial critical response to her shot at Underwood-lite, Jessica says, “A lot of people have listened to ‘Come On Over’ and told me, ‘I really wanted to hate it, but I like it.’ ”

As for Underwood, she has more fans right now than she can handle. The American Idol winner hosted a massive fan-club party at the Grand Ole Opry House.

The “Jesus Take The Wheel” singer told USA Today, “I always think bigger is better; so that’s what we did.”

And big it was, with Underwood preparing for the event by individually signing 1,200 party favors for her eager fans.

Other notable performers at the event were Taylor Swift, Faith Hill and Jewel, along with a whole slew of down-home superstars.

If this gallery is any indication, blondes with flowing locks tend to do well in country music, so maybe there’s hope for Jessica yet.

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