Carrie Underwood is hosting tonight's show alongside country music legends, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire

By Hanna Flanagan
November 13, 2019 06:34 PM
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Can this please be country music’s next girl group?

Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood just walked the CMA Awards red carpet arm-in-arm sending fans and photographers at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena into a frenzy.

Underwood — who’s hosting tonight’s show alongside Parton, 73, and McEntire, 64 — came dressed to impress in a heavily beaded gown featuring bronze sequins, a seafoam green tulle skirt, a matching cape and jewels by Jared Lehr and Loree Rodkin.

Parton, 73, rocked a glam off-white glittering Jackson Lowell gown with a statement-making thigh-high slit, while McEntire sparkled in a custom black velvet sequin gown by Jonathan Kayne.

McEntire also shared behind-the-scenes shots with PEOPLE from her dressing room as she got glam for country music’s biggest night.

Credit: Courtesy Reba McEntire

“I’m blessed with dry skin, so prep for the CMA’s start early with a moisturizing routine,” Reba tells PEOPLE, adding that she uses Farmhouse Fresh’s Watercress Hydration Cascade moisturizer as the foundation of her beauty routine for any event.

“My makeup artist Brett Freedman mixes in with foundation to keep it sheer, natural and dewy, despite being on stage all day, and night,” she shares.

Credit: Courtesy Reba McEntire

As for Underwood, her red carpet number was just the first of many outfit changes.

“Carrie’s carpet look is full of hand beading and intricate embroidery, perfect for country’s biggest night,” Marina Toybina, who co-styles Underwood with Courtney Webster, tells PEOPLE. Adds Webster: “We love the unexpected mix of color with the seafoam green tulle and the bronze beaded details. That’s something that Carrie does so well, mixing glam and edge with femininity and sparkle.”

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This year marks Underwood’s 12th consecutive appearance (though she usually hosts alongside fellow country star, Brad Paisley). The “Cry Pretty” singer, 36, is switching things up tonight by bringing her legendary friends on board for what’s sure to be a show full of female empowerment.

Check out PEOPLE’s full CMA Awards coverage to get the latest news on country music’s biggest night.

At a press conference last month, Underwood offered a few hints about how the show will work now that Paisley won’t be by her side.

“It’s definitely gonna be heartfelt,” Underwood told reporters, noting that the evening’s theme will be a celebration of country’s legendary women. “I love the fact that there’s a theme happening. I hope that’s kind of something that maybe we adopt for future CMAs.”

“I feel like Dolly and Reba are both so good at those one-liners that just kill,” the Grammy winner added. “I can’t imagine there not being some of those in there.”

The 2019 CMA Awards are airing live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. ET.