The 10th Annual Crown Awards
After about two months of open nominations and thousands of votes on three rotating ballots, the 2009 Crown Awards were presented in a live online chat 28 February. Congratulations to the best hairstyles of the year!
BEST SHORT HAIR: Victoria Warren
The Boston TV reporter becomes the first woman to win this top category two years in a row. "She has amazing hair," one supporter declared.
Warren 52 percent, Suzy Kolber 29%, Stana Katic 11%, Joan Lunden 7%, Elizabeth Vargas 1%.
BEST LONG HAIR: Kate Beckinsale
A three-time defending champion is dethroned, as a British movie star held on through a final-week charge. One "Beck-backer" claimed she'd be best, even with no hair at all.
Beckinsale 34 percent, Bonnie Bernstein 33%, Penélope Cruz 21%, Erin Andrews 8%, Jennifer Aniston 5%.
BEST CURLS: Dr. Lori Buckley
A relationship therapist in southern California came close last year, becomes curl queen this year -- and is one of the few people this year who can say they won an award over Taylor Swift.
Buckley 36 percent, Swift 29%, Melina Kanakaredes 23%, Natalie Mast 7%, Sage Steele 6%.
BEST BANGS: Paula Creamer
A pro golfer "creamed" the competition (to quote one voter) and becomes the first athlete to win in this category.
Creamer 42 percent, Robin McGraw 28%, Penélope Cruz 15%, Charity Shea 8%, Karina Smirnoff 7%.
BEST HAIRSTYLE ON TELEVISION: Brenda Song
The co-star of the Disney Channel's Zach and Cody came out of the shadows, thanks to a dominant final week of voting.
Song 31 percent, Sandra Lee 25%, Sofia Vergara 17% , Susan Graver 15%, Karina Smirnoff 12%.
BEST HAIRSTYLE IN A MOVIE: Sandra Bullock
Her Oscar-winning performance in The Blind Side may have surprised people, but longtime Hair Fans likely were not surprised to see her finally win this category.
Bullock 46 percent, Ashley Tisdale 37%, Beyonce Knowles 9%, Kristin Davis 7%, Annalynne McCord 2%.
BEST HAIRSTYLE IN MUSIC: Carrie Underwood
The singer who dominated our recent votes after award shows cruised to her sixth career Crown, and third in four years here.
Underwood 57 percent, Taylor Swift 26%, Terri Clark 5%, Martina McBride 4%, Heidi Montag 4%.
BEST HAIR IN ATHLETICS: Erica Blasberg
She may not be a big name on the LPGA tour, but a 2005 semifinalist in Super-Hair Wars made a big return to fame here. She gained the highest percentage of any winner -- but sadly committed suicide a few weeks later.
Blasberg 74 percent, Maria Sharapova 9%, Kim Clijsters 8%, Jeanette Lee 8%, Suzann Pettersen 1%.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Nasim Pedrad
We're not sure where Saturday Night Live found her, but this late-night comic broke free from an overnight news anchor in the final week.
Pedrad 46 percent, Michelle Gielan 31%, Denise Austin 14%, Jaime Murray 4.5%, Caroline Wozniacki 3.6%.
BEST BLONDE: Erin Andrews
After a difficult 2009, hopefully this Crown will give the ESPN reporter some comfort. She unseats a three-time defending winner.
Andrews 36 percent, Carrie Underwood 35%, Heather Tesch 14%, Ann Coulter 11%, Natalie Gulbis 4%.
BEST BRUNETTE: Victoria Warren
A Boston-New York media showdown found the New England reporter winning a second Crown, and repeating her historic head-to-head win over Bonnie Bernstein a year before.
Warren 37 percent, Bernstein 28%, Penélope Cruz 17%, Cobie Smulders 11%, Kate Beckinsale 8%.
BEST REDHEAD: Alyson Hannigan
Scoffers wondered how color-committed the star of How I Met Your Mother really is, but challengers for the title showed up too late.
Hannigan 41 percent, Debra Messing 24%, Kyra Phillips 23%, Reba McEntire 8%, Vicki Lewis 3%.
BEST HAIRSTYLE IN JOURNALISM: Victoria Warren
The Boston reporter leaves no doubt about who's the new unofficial queen of the web site -- gaining a triple Crown for the second year in a row, and inspiring voter complaints of ballot-stuffing.
Warren 52 percent, Erin Burnett 24%, Megyn Kelly 13%, Michelle Gielan 6%, Maria Elvira Salazar 4%.
MAKEOVER OF THE YEAR: Salma Hayek
The Mexican movie star disappointed some Hair Fans by trimming her long locks, but a strong first week earns her the Crown.
Hayek 41 percent, Elizabeth Smart 29%, Melissa Rivers 16%, Norah Jones 15%.
BEST HAIR IN WEATHER/SCIENCE: Heather Tesch
Talk about highs and lows - the Weather Channel meteorologist wins this category for the fourth time, all in odd-numbered years. She edged the Orlando City League champion at the wire.
Tesch 28 percent, Sabrina Fein 27%, Laura Wibbenmeyer 20%, Jillian Reynolds 18%, Dr. Lisa Masterson 7%.
BEST HAIR IN GOVERNMENT/POLITICS: Sarah Palin
Hair Fans voted for "hope-y change-y stuff" here, as the former Governor of Alaska avenged a close loss in 2008. A lawmaker from Kuwait was a somewhat surprising second.
Palin 41 percent, Rola Dashti 37%, Elizabeth Kucinich 11%, Carla Bruni 6%, Mary Bono Mack 5%.
BEST HAIR IN SPORTS REPORTING: Bonnie Bernstein
Moving to full-time radio work may have hurt the all-time Crown champ. She wins the 24th of her career, in what some called the best category all-around -- but a single Crown is her worst showing since her big run began in 2002.
Bernstein 39 percent, Summer Sanders 27%, Suzy Kolber 24%, Erin Andrews 15%.
BEST NEW ORIGINAL STYLE - scratched for lack of entries
SUPER-HAIR WARS CHAMPION HAIRSTYLE: Lucy Pinder
The "glamour model" (as Brits like to say) gives England a record two-Crown year! She won five rounds in a row from season's end through the playoff, averaging 79.8 percent of the vote.
PHOTO CREDITS: Song courtesy Wireimage; Pedrad courtesy TV Fanatic; Hannigan courtesy Just Jared; Tesch courtesy Hi Def News Caps.
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