The Academy of Country Music — or ACM — Awards brought country royalty to Vegas, with clothes to match.
Taylor Swift continues to reign in this gorgeous, sunny, sophisticated Elie Saab. The Judds! Going, it would seem, steampunk. Which is their prerogative as country royalty. AnnaSophia Robb goes for total sweetness. When "Lady Antebellum" is in your job description, I guess corseting is mandated. Right, Hillary Scott? Julianne Hough in rather Melrose-inflected Randi Rahm. Emily West goes for full-on Cinderella. But these hard-core shoes aren't going anywhere. Nicole Kidman opted for a slinktastic L'Wren Scott, in her ongoing bid to Hollywood up all country-music events. Carrie Underwood opted for an unfortunate level of maximalism in Jean Fares Couture. In randomness, we have Chace Crawford, who I guess thinks he's channeling "country" by wearing an undershirt. Laura Bell Bundy fills the obligatory "Medusa" slot for the evening. In her capacity as grande dame, Martina McBride channels Olympus. Susie Brown and Danelle Leverett of The Janedear Girls opt for pure, unfiluted Vegas glam. Kimberly Schlapman mixes her big cats with a cheetah-print and a mane! Meghan Linsey is in Steel Magnolia. Nuff said. Nancy O'Dell, never one for understatement, takes full advantage of the opp for flamboyance. Jennette McCurdy is in Mandalay. Which apparently had a fabric shortage. And a sequin surfeit. In many ways, Ira Dean was the star of this entire event.