Carrie Underwood works hard but plays harder. After releasing her new album, Play On, in November, cohosting the CMA Awards and filming her holiday special, the singer kicked back at the Cove Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas Dec. 6 and 7. Enjoying some much needed R&R, swimming with dolphins and lounging poolside, Underwood posted about her days in the tropics on her Web site: “It was a breezy 80 something outside and the sun was shining bright…. I managed to get a nice little bronzy color today…. This is the best vacation I have been on in a long time.” (For more on Carrie, see page 18.)
Our Backstage Photo Booth
at the CMAs
Kenny Chesney showed off his good side (as if he has a bad side!).
STRIKING A POSE!
Love and Theft’s (from left) Eric Gunderson, Stephen Barker Liles and Brian Bandas shared their flair for the dramatic.
Michelle Branch gave Whitney Duncan’s Versace number a playful tug.
Jake Owen made a point of Best New Artist winner Darius Rucker.
GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT!
Naomi and Wynonna Judd were all smiles backstage.
THE BIG WINNER
After carrying her four trophies around all night, “my arms and back were aching,” said Taylor Swift.
A SOLDIER AT EASE
Spc. Zacari Pytleski joined Kellie Pickler in a version of her hit “Red High Heels” Jan. 13, during her USO Tour to the Persian Gulf with Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser.
WILL PLAY FOR PEACE
Toby Keith rocked the crowd at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway Dec. 11 as part of the Nobel Prize ceremonies.
THEY GOT GAME
Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott teamed up with The Unit’s Dennis Haysbert before singing the national anthem at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans Jan. 1.
Shania shows her Olympic spirit!
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
Shania Twain beamed (despite the -30° windchill factor!) as she carried the Olympic torch through her hometown of Timmins, Ont., Jan. 1. Son Eja, 8, and boyfriend Frederic Thiebaud (below left) cheered her on.
Tracy Lawrence helped prepare turkey dinners at his 4th Annual Mission Possible event, benefiting the Nashville Rescue Mission, Nov. 24.
Billy Currington gave a group of kids a guitar lesson in Jaco, Costa Rica, in December. The singer recently founded his Global South Relief foundation, which delivers supplies to locals in Central American countries.
Katie Armiger and Sarah Buxton shared some studio time working on Katie’s upcoming album.
Julianne Hough got a leg up (literally!) on the red carpet at The Twilight Saga: New Moon premiere in Westwood, Calif., Nov. 16.