The 51st Annual CMA Awards took place on Wednesday, Nov. 8, and as an avid fan of country music, I was glued to my television. It was an insanely star-studded night with both amazing performances and amazing fashion. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted the ceremony for their 10th year in a row, and kept the audience jovial and lighthearted without failing to mention the tragedy that has recently gone on, specifically the Las Vegas shooting at a country music festival. The fashion on the red carpet that night is definitely worthy of a shout out, because the stars really brought out their A-game. Here are some of my favorite looks from the night.
Carrie Underwood is of course on this list. Underwood looks amazing wherever she goes and I have yet to come across a look of hers that I do not like. This look is no exception. Her royal blue, off the shoulder Fouad Sarkis mermaid gown was simply dreamy with her hair tucked behind her ear. The dress is the perfect example of class, modernity and fun.
Miranda Lambert looked like a soft, elegant princess in her light blue Tony Ward gown. I do not personally love the gowns’ black metallic belt, feeling as though it is a bit out of place, but the rest of the look is just gorgeous and lacy, and is one of my favorite looks of the evening.
Kelsea Ballerini looked youthful and fun in her white gown which was perfectly accented with golden floral beading. She even added golden flowers to her hair, which was the perfect touch if you ask me. Ballerini took to Instagram to say that she picked the dress to match her album cover, which I find to be very clever. The cutout in the middle is just right — not too small that it looks misplaced and not too large to be revealing or inappropriate. I think she totally hit the mark with this Michael Kors gown.
Lauren Akins and Thomas Rhett are a power couple of country music, and any country music fan has likely fallen in love with their incredible love story. However, their look at the CMAs was not their usual, opting for an all black ensemble, and Lauren looked absolutely stunning in the low cut gown. The all black was extremely crisp and sophisticated, giving them a definite edge and glamour.
The musical group Lady Antebellum really impressed me on this carpet, because they did something that is very difficult to do with three people, which is to match in a way that is not tacky or gaudy. Each individual group member used the color red in their own way. Leading lady Hillary Scott showed off her baby bump in a tasteful floral gown in multiple colors with the highlighting color being red, while Dave Haywood opted for a completely red suit and Charles Kelley included a shirt with red floral decor.
Jessie James Decker was extremely elegant, and another country music star to show off her baby bump, as she and husband Eric Decker are expecting their third child. Her look was a simple but classic off-the-shoulder red gown, plus a black clutch and soft ponytail updo.
Danielle Bradbery was another beauty in red, except her Leanne Marshall dress was accentuated by a high split, which perfectly showed off her gold, ankle wrap heels. The gown flowed beautifully and the color looked great on her.
Maren Morris’ Francesco Scognamiglio dress certainly had a lot going on, but it was extremely fun and young just like she is as an emerging artist. Her silver dress was edgy, and her accessory choices, specifically her layered silver necklaces, were just right for the occasion.