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Not many girls get to recycle their prom dresses, so perhaps a 17-year-old Taylor Swift was just being cost-conscious when she wore this poofy gold number to the 2007 CMAs. Five years – and a host of Hollywood hunks – later, the country star looks red-hot in her new streamlined style.
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FAITH HILL & TIM MCGRAW
Married since 1996, country's sexiest couple has been burning up red carpets like spontaneous combustion. Twelve years after wowing the 2000 Grammys crowd, the pair took Sin City by storm to announce a series of Soul2Soul concerts.
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The turn of the 21st century was a dark time for many of us, including Kelly, who got lost in a dress-over-pants ensemble. A decade later, the Idol winner found a winning fashion combination in this formfitting floral sheath and face-flattering bangs.
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Not that there's anything seriously wrong with the matchy-matchy shirt-and-boots outfits that Sugarland's Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles wore to the 2006 CMT Music Awards, but their more streamlined look (no color-coordination required) of late is definitely award-worthy.
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Did Kenny forget to put on a real shirt before hitting the 1998 Academy of Country Music Awards red carpet? Flash-forward to 2011, the hat remains, but everything else got a whole lot better for the country hit-maker.
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We've gotta give Reba credit – she's been rocking this redhead-flattering blue hue for years. We give the country icon even more kudos for ditching the poodle do (it was 1991, after all) and choosing to show off her impressive figure in a formfitting sheath that begs the question: Can you believe she's 57?
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If only we knew where that oversize velvet duster was now. Martina definitely pulled off her 1999 outfit with conviction, but we're happy she retired that Lady Marmalade look for something more elegant – like this pretty one-shoulder cream gown and flashy earrings, worn to last year's Academy of Country Music Awards.
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It shouldn't surprise that Dierks was still single and ready to mingle when he rocked a fancy tux top and baggy jeans on the 2003 CMA red carpet. Since getting hitched in 2005, he's gained a loving wife and an undeniable edge, thanks to this leather jacket and skinny jeans combo capped off with some oh-so-sexy scruff.