A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsI can't lie, kids: I'm sorta sad the CMA's have gone all Hollywood on us. I mean, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman and Taylor Swift always bring it on the red carpet, and obviously Reba's totally legit, but I'm always hoping against hope to see Dolly and Loretta, even when I know I'm more likely to get Carrie Underwood and Jewel. Oh, well. That's not to say this wasn't a killer red carpet: the 42nd Annual CMA Awards at Nashville's Sommet Center is a major event and there was classic glamor and modern style to spare. And yes, enough bizarreness to keep everyone happy. The Good, the Bad, the Country, the Rock 'n Roll — after the jump!
The Good:
A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsReba looks totally elegant in black velvet.
A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsJewel restores dignity to her home state!
A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsTrace Adkins does classic country right!
A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsCarrie Underwood's dress might be a bit much at another event — belt, looking at you — but here, I dig it.
A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsSometimes only total bombshell will do, as Kellie Pickler knows.
A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsThe strangely ubiquitous Taylor Swift does 30's glamour.
A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsIn Julianne Hough's case "good" means "uncannily like a Barbie dress!"
A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsI am so torn between Shania Twain's cute, basic frock and goofy shoes!
The Bad: A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsOn the one hand, Reese looks amazing. On the other hand, this Nancy Reagan special feels a little "CMA costume"-y.
A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsEven were Miley Cyrus old enough to pull this off, it'd be unfortunate.
A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsNicole Kidman looks kinda sad and severe, no?
A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsLee Ann Womack's ombre is unhappy.
A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsSarah Buxton's outfit would have struck me as a very good idea when I was 13. And I was not a well-dressed 13-year-old, just very aggressively "quirky."
A Little Bit Of Country, A Lot Of Fab At The Country Music AwardsSarah Buxton's second outfit: Ricky's called. It wants its Moulin Rouge costume back.

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