Carrie Underwood dazzled the crowd in a sparkling minidress, which she paired
with a Swarovski clutch and sexy black pumps.
Lady Antebellum was very monochromatic for their big night.
While their lead lady Hillary Scott went for a simple form-fitting LBD
with a white clutch, her bandmates Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley (Katherine
Heigl’s brother-in-law) opted for blue jeans paired with white and black
blazers respectively. The trio took home the award for group video of the year ("We Owned the Night).
Jordin Sparks showcased her newly trim physique in an off-the shoulder chiffon gown. Can you say pretty in peach?
She may not have much to do with country music, but the
always likable Kristen Bell (who says she’s a big fan of the genre) was tapped
to co-host this year’s show along with Toby Keith. The 5’1” blonde looked
lovely in a gold gown … and with fiancé Dax Shepherd on her arm, of course! But what was with his shiny suit?
“Idol” alum Kellie Pickler busted out on the red carpet in a fringe-y frock and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.
"Red carpet here I come!” she tweeted along with a pic of her footsies in the
shiny gold heels.
Miranda Lambert and her
bandmates in The Pistol Annies, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe,
were the ladies in black. Going into the awards, Lambert was the artist
with the second-most nominations — four, including two for her solo work
and two for her work with the all-girl group.
Scotty McCreery, the Season 10
winner of "American Idol," dressed in denim for the occasion, where he
won the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year Award for "The
Trouble with Girls."
She’s not a country singer, but
Denise Richards certainly
looked the part thanks to her very sparkly mini and her long blond
curls. The actress was at the event with her on-again boyfriend, Bon
Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, although they were careful not to pose
on the red carpet.
(L-R) Philip Sweet, Kimberly
Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, and Jimi Westbrook – otherwise known as the
hit country band Little Big Town – stayed close together on the red
carpet. The group is up for the CMT Performance of the Year award.
“Twilight” 20something Ashley
Greene looked all grown-up in this feather-adorned cleavage-bearing
Donna Karan Atelier frock. And the brunette had an important job at the
show: "Headed to the @cmt awards! I'm presenting the award for best
video collaboration with @jakeowen, so everyone tune in!” she tweeted
earlier in the day.
Rascal Flatts commanded all the
attention on the red carpet in their eye-catching blazers-- well, at
least two of them did. Jay DeMarcus went for silver glitter and Gary
LeVox chose blue shimmer to dress up their black pants and shirts, while
their bandmate Joe Don Rooney opted for a simple white jacket. Whose
look do you like best?
Singer/songwriter Grace Potter
(of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals fame) looked sexier than ever in a
plunging, beaded gown and bright smile.
Newly engaged “Alone With You” singer Jake Owen brought his
gorgeous fiancée Lacey Buchanan as his date and the white-clad duo looked like
they were ready to walk down the aisle … in Las Vegas.
"American Idol" contestant and Reba McEntire sound-alike Skylar Lane popped a pose in a busy prom bomb and clunky cocktail ring.
Yeehaw! “A Little More Country Than That” singer Easton
Corbin embraced his true cowboy with a plaid button-down shirt, jeans, and
oversized belt buckle.
Country cutie Jessie James wasn’t afraid to show a little
skin in the pastel-pink strapless mini she paired with sky-high nude
pumps. The 24-year-old will surely be sporting a different look when she takes
part in this weekend’s City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge … unless she
knows how to steal home in heels.
Journey -- sans former lead
singer Steve Perry, who left the band for a second time in 1998 -- posed
for pics on the purple carpet before heading inside the Bridegstone
Arena to prepare for their performance alongside Rascal Flatts.
Tree Hill” actress-turned-country-crooner Jana Kramer showed off her fab figure
in this embellished cap-sleeve dress that she paired with peep-toe pumps and
Toby Keith traded in his "Red
Solo Cup" for just a simple clear plastic one, but he still went with
his signature black ball cap and and plaid shirt. The singer is up for
two awards: Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year
“Giddy On Up” singer and Broadway actress Laura Bell Bundy
showed off her stems in a strapless mini dress that would have probably looked more
appropriate on a Vegas magician’s assistant.
Pop rockers Hot Chelle Rae --
best known for their Billboard Top 10 hit "Tonight Tonight" -- brought
their edgy sense of style to the star-studded event. Later in the
evening, the boys surprised many by joining forces
Newly-single actress Jennie
Garth, star of her own CMT reality show "A Little Bit Country," brought
her daughter with Peter Facinelli, 14-year-old Luca Bella, as her date.
The former "Beverly Hills, 90210" beauty donned a silk, iridescent teal
mini dress by Gabriela
Louisiana born and raised singer
Hunter Hayes, 20, strutted his stuff in a black-and-red ensemble.
Hayes, who covered "Almost Paradise" with Victoria Justice for the 2011
remake of "Footloose," was up for the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of
the Year for his clip "Storm Warning."
Don't mess with pro wrestlers Crimson and James Storm! The
buff duo looked like they meant business while posing together on the red
carpet. What do you think of Storm’s glowing skull-adorned cowboy hat?
Season 10 “American Idol” runner-up Lauren Alaina has had
quite the year, touring with the show’s live tour last summer, releasing her first
album, which hit the top five on the Billboard chart, and now attending the
Rockers Tom Petersson and Rick
Nielsen of Cheap Trick also made the scene. While Petersson came clad in
a basic gray-and-black getup, Nielsen dared to wear a suit and bowtie,
which he paired with a ball cap, polka dot scarf, and colorful slippers
The duo of John Paul White and
Joy Williams, better known as The Civil Wars, were fancy in a sleek tux
(for him) and a sophisticated black gown (for a very pregnant her). The
two, who are not married to each other but to other people,
incidentally, were nominated for three.
Though she's best known for
crashing events she's not actually invited to, this time around Michaele
Salahi was actually a legitimate guest of her new beau, Journey
guitarist Neal Schon.
Former WWE wrestler "Stone Cold"
Steve Austin put on not just a shirt, but an entire suit for the
ceremony! After all, Austin, who's now the host of CMT's reality
competition "Redneck Island," was a presenter.
"Home Sweet Home" trio The Farm —
Damien Horne, Krista Marie, and Nick Hoffman — opted for casual
ensembles. Actually, Marie may have gone a little too casual on top by
wearing her lingerie in public...
Former "American Idol"
contestant Casey James hit the red carpet in a colorful jacket and
jeans, plus his signature long locks and soul patch.
Country trio Gloriana, (L-R) Tom
Gossin, Rachel Reinert, and Mike Gossin, proved they are all
individuals when it comes to their sense of style!
Up-and-coming country singer Kip Moore kept things very casual in his jeans, tee, baseball cap, and work boots.