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The birthday girl – she turned 27 on awards night! – strolls the black carpet in a custom magenta gown by Sherri Hill, Amrapali jewels, Stuart Weitzman shoes and Judith Leiber clutch.
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The night's co-host brings big-city style to Nashville in a curve-hugging, strapless, gray tulle gown by Talbot Runhof, with a Swarovski clutch.
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Before making her live country music singing debut, the Country Strong actress fits in just fine on the carpet, looking the part of a singing superstar in her one-shoulder degradeé effect Atelier Versace gown and Eliane Fattal for S.J. Phillips earring.
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Leave it to the female vocalist of the year nominee to bring along her red-hot status in the form of a custom scarlet gown by Monique Lhuillier, Neil Lane jewels and Jimmy Choo shoes.
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Never mind her group's trophies – Lady Antebellum's songstress scores a fashion win with her bold red J. Mendel gown, Bvlgari gems and Daniel Swarovski clutch.
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See that shimmer of jewels? The actress has her very generous hubby – singer Josh Kelley – to thank for the gift that plays off her sapphire Farah Angsana gown. She accents the look with sandals and a clutch by Jimmy Choo.
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Gwyneth's Country Strong costar is right on trend in a trailing, draped Emilio Pucci gown, Cathy Waterman jewelry and Jimmy Choo sandals.
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"We completely reconstructed the dress," the singer tells PEOPLE of her black carpet mini. "It was long and we made it short. ... Usually you're tucked and sucked in, so I'm feeling great." She completes the look with Irit Design jewelry, Jimmy Choo booties and a petite clutch.
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The female vocalist of the year nominee rules the red carpet in a gunmetal dress by Isabel Marant and Dolce amp Gabanna shoes.
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The Gossip Girl – and former Reba costar – shows off her lithe silhouette in a plunging purple Oday Shakar gown with jewel-encrusted shoulders. She accents the design Gilan jewels.
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Talk about star power! The singer gets the cameras flashing in her tiered organza gown with crystal embroidery by Georges Chakra Couture and jewelry by Daniel Swarovski and Judith Leiber clutch.
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Showing off a toned physique, the singer takes to the black carpet in a one-shoulder Zac Posen gown, accented with a bold and bright print at the hem, with a Kotur clutch and Neil Lane jewels.
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The Sugarland singer takes an elegant turn on the black carpet in a strapless blue Carolina Herrera gown, bold Kimberly McDonald jewels and a metallic clutch. "It's classic," she says of the dress, "but has a little bit of sass to it."
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"I've come to the realization that I’m not a gown girl – I'm a leg girl," the Twenty8Twelve mini-clad singer tells PEOPLE. "I would rather show my legs than my arms. I would rather have a skimpy, tight, form-fitting dress than to show off my arms."
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Kimberly stands by her man, offering stylish support for her triple-nominated husband Brad Paisley in a blue satin David Meister gown, embellished at the hip.
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KIMBERLY SCHLAPMAN & KAREN FAIRCHILD
Little Big Town's chanteuses are twice as fun as they pose side-by-side, with Kimberly in chic all-black and Karen in red velvet. Both carry clutches by Judith Leiber.
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LAURA BELL BUNDY
Kellie Pickler's not the only country star playing the blonde bombshell. The singer sparkles in a silver sequined Jean Fares Couture dress and a sexy tousled bob.