Gwyneth Paltrow’s CMA performance was an impressive one. Dressed in a stylish short black dress and brown ankle boots, Gwyneth sang, alongside Vince Gill, Country Strong, the theme song of her new movie of the same name.
Last year, country pop singer Taylor Swift won a bunch of CMA awards including Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, but was Gwyneth Paltrow’s CMA performance better than Swift’s?
One of the reasons Oscar winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow is such a good actress is because she prepares seriously and professionally for every role. For her role as a fallen country music star named Kelly Canter, in the upcoming film Country Strong, filmed in Nashville, Gwyneth threw herself into the role, as most really good actresses do.
As part of her preparation for the role, she studied and got advice from people like singers Faith Hill and Beyonce. However, as Paltrow stood on the Bridgestone Arena stage at the 44th Annual Country Music Awards, with singer Vince Gill at her side, we got the genuine article. As in the movie, it’s Gwyneth who is singing.
Said Entertainment Weekly critic Ken Tucker, “Was she as good as Miranda Lambert singing Loretta Lynn’s Coal Miner’s Daughter? Of course not, but some things are just near-perfection. But Paltrow performed her song as well as any number of other pop-country acts did theirs, if not better than a few of ’em. (Rascal Flatts, I’m listening at you.)”
Rascal Flatts aside, was she even better than Taylor Swift? Swift sang Back to December, from her new album Speak Now. It was an impressive visual display as she sat at a black grand piano in a long white gown with snowflakes falling down from the ceiling. However, there were still a couple of times when Taylor’s voice failed her during the live performance, a problem with live performances that she’s exhibited in the past.
Said one commenter after watching Taylor Swift sing with Stevie Nicks at the 52 Annual Grammy Awards, “I don’t consider Taylor Swift(less) much of a singer and even less of a country singer. Many true country fans, and the singers themselves, feel the same way.”
California born Gwyneth Paltrow has no country background, but her impressive voice impressed even those who are country through and through. Says CMA 2010 big winner Miranda Lambert, “She sounded really country, I think. She seems very genuine.”
Since Gwyneth Paltrow’s CMA performance got good reviews, will there be more of the same?
Once Country Strong has left the theaters, will Paltrow give up country music or continue with it? In any case, the star is taken with Nashville. With regards to relocating to Tennessee, “My dream is to have land somewhere outside of Nashville and have a big organic farm outside of the city.” Not sure how British hubby Chris Martin of Coldplay fame feels about that.
CMA Awards 2010, November 10, 2010, ABC
Miranda Lambert: Gwyneth Paltrow ‘sounded really country’, USA Today
Ken Tucker, Gwyneth Paltrow sings her brains out at the CMA Awards, Entertainment Weekly
Country Strong at Wikipedia
Gwyneth Paltrow Looked To Beyonce & Faith Hill Before CMA Live Debut, Yahoo OMG!
Gwyneth Paltrow: I’ve “Lost My Appetite” Over CMAs Debut, Yahoo OMG!
Jolie du Pre, Was Taylor Swift Off Key with Stevie Nicks?, Associated Content