Kristen Chenoweth turned heads at the American Country Awards in Las Vegas on Monday, wearing a daring emerald gown.
The singer wore an Emerald Chiffon Bustier dress from HONOR's Fall 2011 collection to the event, where she served as co-host with Trace Adkins. She also stole the show in the arena, donning jeans with massive butt pads.
Chenoweth challenged Adkin to a sing-off during the ceremony, asking the country singer to perform "Oklahoma," while she used her new badonkadonk to do a rousing rendition of his "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" ( See a clip here).
Jason Aldean won six awards at the American Country Awards, while Carrie Underwood took home three. "The Voice" judge Blake Shelton won the Video of the Year award for his single, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking."
In September, Chenoweth released her fourth studio album, "Some Lessons Learned" and told OnTheRedCarpet.com that a lot of personal moments went into the album.
"It's very personal. I wrote a couple of songs. It's how I grew up singing. I discovered that I have a lot to say about the things I've learned so far in my life, as a woman, as a performer, as a lover, as a friend, as a daughter -- all of that is represented in this record," Chenoweth told OnTheRedCarpet.com in an interview on Monday. The album was released on September 13. "I get emotional when I think about it because that's not how I'm known at all, doing this kind of music. But it's where my heart was."
The singer and actress is best known for originating the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the Broadway musical "Wicked." She also appeared on "Pushing Daisies, which ran between 2007 and 2009 and had a recurring guest role as April Rhodes on "Glee."
The singer also said her love life was a big influence on the album, but she tried to keep the details private.
"I lead a very private life. I'm not a paparazzi queen," Chenoweth said. "I don't like my love life talked about. But I knew that when I did this record I would have to disclose heartache, hurting someone, relationship with my dad, relationship with my mom, my relationship with the Lord -all of it. It is very scary. It's a risk. I was very nervous."
Chenoweth had a relationship with "The West Wing" creator and "The Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin in the mid-2000s, though it is unclear when the two split. In a 2010 interview with Time magazine, Chenoweth admitted that the Harriet Hayes character on Sorkin's "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip" series was "loosely" based on her.
Chenoweth will return to television in the ABC drama "G.C.B.," which premieres as a midseason replacement in 2012.
The series follows a divorced mother and former high school "mean girl," played by Leslie Bibb of "Iron Man" and "Popular" fame, who moves back to her old neighborhood in Dallas. Her old friends, led by Chenoweth's character, a housewife, appear to be hell-bent on ruining her reputation. The show is based on the book "Good Christian Bitches" by Kim Gatlin.
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