The 3rd Annual Crown Awards
We took nominations for two months, then held three rounds of voting in 14 different categories. And on Tuesday night, March 18, we announced your winners of the 2002 Crown Awards! And this year's choices are....
BEST SHORT HAIR -- SUSAN McGINNIS.
This category set a record with more than 7,800 votes cast (before we added an "auto-repeat" filter). The CBS Morning News anchor rallied to outlast a SoapNet host, because of what voters called her "soft, thick locks.... most touchable."
McGinnis 56%; Lisa Rinna 30%; Judy Fortin 14%.
BEST LONG HAIR -- BONNIE BERNSTEIN.
Never had her vote percentage been so low, yet the CBS sports reporter breezed to a win over the two-time defending Crown-winner. "Bonnie is the All-American choice!" said one.
Bernstein 50%; Faith Hill 19%; Jennifer Aniston 12%; Norah O'Donnell 9.5%; Marian de la Fuente 9.2%.
BEST CURLS - DEBRA MESSING.
The best rivalry on the web site continued, as the real queen of "Will and Grace" beat the star of "Providence" for the second time in three years. As someone pointed out: "Debra and Melina are apples and oranges."
Messing 47%; Melina Kanakaredes 37%; Norah Jones 8%; Nicole Kidman 5%; Kienji 3%.
BEST BANGS - SUSAN McGINNIS.
The only repeat winner from last year, the CBS newscaster joins a rare group to win multiple Crowns in the same year - and gained percentage points in a "down market," against a field we thought was more challenging.
McGinnis 70%; Bonnie Hunt 12%; Marilyn Milian 8%; Teresa Rodriguez 6%; Nancy Lee Grahn 4%.
BEST HAIRSTYLE ON TELEVISION - BONNIE BERNSTEIN.
In a division which even her online fan club admitted was filled with heavyweights, the sportscaster had an even easier time winning Crown #2. Perhaps most noteworthy here is defending winner Leeza Gibbons, who received fewer than 20 votes out of more than 3,000 cast.
Bernstein 87%; Norah O'Donnell 11%; Jennifer Aniston 1%.
BEST HAIRSTYLE IN A MOVIE - REESE WITHERSPOON.
"Sweet Home Alabama," indeed. The Southern actress sashayed to the Crown, topping the popular locks of a Destiny's Child star.
Witherspoon 74%; Beyonce Knowles 12%; Brittany Murphy 9%; Renee Zellweger 3%; Rosario Dawson 2%.
BEST HAIRSTYLE IN MUSIC - SHANIA TWAIN.
We knew Faith Hill faced a fight when this country/pop singer was nominated. The two-time champ was beaten by the first Canadian to win a Crown Award.
Twain 51%; Faith Hill 29%; Crystal Gayle 15%; Norah Jones 3%; Tamyra Gray 2%.
BEST HAIRSTYLE IN ATHLETICS - ALLISON CURRAN.
We hereby declare this the biggest upset in the history of our web site. A Virginia Tech sophomore cheerleader not only beat the world-famous Anna Kournikova, but dominated the voting. Perhaps Curran's family made a difference, as a "cousin" commented: "You have hair with style, and a personality to match."
Curran 57%; Kournikova 35%; Sue Bird 4%; Irina Slutskaya 3%; Jennifer Capriati 1%.
BEST HAIRSTYLE IN JOURNALISM - BONNIE BERNSTEIN.
The sports reporter becomes the first woman to have a "triple Crown" performance! Several voters obviously struggled with a choice between several top-quality cuts, based on comments such as: "There is really no 'loser' in this group; all are truly worthy. Would a five-way tie be too much to ask for?"
Bernstein 56%; Rudi Bakhtiar 18%; Susan McGinnis 16%; Maria Menounos 7%; Norah O'Donnell 3%.
BEST BLONDE - MORGAN FAIRCHILD.
Let's hear it for the middle-agers! At age 53, the "Old Navy" captain came from behind to beat a popular CBS sports reporter. One supporter put it well: "Morgan still has that classic beauty that we've all grown to love."
Fairchild 39%; Jill Arrington 34%; McKenzie Westmore 17%; Bonnie Behrend 9%; Ana Maria Canseco 2%.
BEST BRUNETTE - BONNIE BERNSTEIN.
From covering "Final Fours" to winning four Crowns! "Up against Her Bonnieness, no one stands a chance," wrote one voter tempted to vote for another nominee.
Bernstein 61%; Norah O'Donnell 16%; Jules Asner 12%; Martina McBride 7%; Norah Jones 4%.
BEST REDHEAD - NICOLE KIDMAN.
This new category was a spirited two-woman race, as the award-winning actress beat an increasingly-popular CNN anchor. The Australian Kidman is the first Crown winner from outside North America!
Kidman 55%; Kyra Philips 42%; Kelly O'Donnell 2%.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - HOLLY HERBERT.
The jury wasn't out long, before a near-unanimous vote for the host of television's "Celebrity Justice." She has the highest winning percentage in Crown Award history!
Herbert 96%; Norah Jones 1.4%; Tamyra Gray 1%; Neelam Verma 0.8%; Julie Luck 0.6%.
MAKEOVER OF THE YEAR - KERI RUSSELL.
The former star of "Felicity" proves it pays to go straight. She won the first Crown for this category, in a contest that was more lopsided than the numbers may seem.
Russell 39%; Katherine Harris 23%; Halle Berry 21%; Amy Grant 12%; Greta Van Susteren 6%.
SUPER-HAIR WARS 2002 CHAMPION -- BONNIE BERNSTEIN.
Make that a record total of five Crowns for this sports reporter, whose fans now have clicked her to victory 11 times in a row. In the Wars alone, her average winning percentage was a record-breaking 84 percent!
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