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For her CMT debut, Kristen chose something that fit right in with all the high-wattage country stars bringing the bling to the red carpet: She wore a paillette-and-sequin-embellished Reem Acra gown and Graziela earrings.
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SOLO CUP STYLE
Kristen made quite an entrance at the top of the show arriving with co-host Toby Keith in an enormous red Solo cup, a nod to Toby's massive hit. Despite the distinctly party-friendly setting, the actress kept things elegant in a beaded cream one-shoulder column with a jeweled bustline by Collette Dinnigan.
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The star's outfits really took off with this winged Monique Lhuillier creation: a short sequin bustier mini in blush, accented with a pink feathered bolero and nude strappy heels, plus rich ruby lipstick.
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THE DARK SIDE
Next, she ditched the pale hues – but kept the bling coming – in a sleek black dress with a sparkly harness halter, also by Monique Lhuillier. Perhaps the dark hue was an attempt to fit in with the Pistol Annies, who hit the carpet in black – Kristen jokingly asked to join the band and even sang an audition song!
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SHORT 'N' SHINY
Back in gam-flaunting gold, Kristen let down her hair and raised her hemline to flirt with some of the hunky male audience members.
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WHO WEARS THE PANTS
Onstage it was all about the girlie dresses, but at the end of the evening, the actress opted for a plunging gold-beaded Jenny Packham jacket, loose trousers and black pumps, plus a pretty headband.