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Miranda Lambert Rewears Her 2020 CMAs Dress on Date Night in Ireland with Brendan McLoughlin
Miranda Lambert rewore the same hot-pink Alex Perry dress she rocked at the 2020 CMAs for a night out with her husband during a trip to Ireland
Go Inside the CMA Awards 2021 Portrait Studio — and Get the Story Behind the Strings
Country music is a community. Behind the headliners of every album and tour are the bands, the guitar techs, the session players, the repair shops, and other vital talents whose work you hear but don't necessarily see — until you take a closer look.¬† For this year's CMA Awards, I wanted to spotlight the inner workings of the Country Music industry and also celebrate a return to touring. This year's portrait studio is designed entirely out of upcycled guitar strings — more than 3,000 sets — that have been plucked and strummed by the industry's finest musicians. Over the past six months, I've collected approximately 16,500 individual strings from the bands of Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Ashley McBryde, Darius Rucker, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Jimmie Allen, Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Luke Combs, Zac Brown Band and Carly Pearce, as well as Grand Ole Opry players. Local guitar shops in Nashville like Gruhn Guitars, Carter Vintage Guitars, Corner Music and Artisan Guitars also graciously contributed used strings. These individual strings were soldered into 10-foot-long strands and arranged into a visually compelling backdrop for artists and other CMA attendees on the red carpet. The resulting portraits echo the experience of listening to your favorite country songs: You'll notice the star right away — but take a closer look and you'll find their hardworking community shining brightly right behind them.
Luke Bryan Goes Goofy, Carly Pearce Gets Floored and 8 Other Things You Missed on the 2021 CMA Awards
Sing-alongs, hugfests and Morgan Wallen protests: What the TV cameras failed to capture in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena during "Country's Biggest Night"
Inside Luke Bryan's 6 Outfit Changes at the 2021 CMA Awards
Luke Bryan's stylist Lee Moore unzipped the details on the star's series of looks for the hottest night in country music
Katy Perry Goes Back to Her Signature Jet Black Hair at 2021 CMAs: 'Give Them Everything They Want'
The singer burst onto the music scene with dark hair back when she dropped "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008
TJ Osborne Says He Brought Boyfriend to 2021 CMAs to Remind Others They 'Don't Need to Hide'
Brothers Osborne singer TJ Osborne came out as gay in February, and brought his boyfriend Abi Ventura to the 2021 CMA Awards

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Nicole Kidman Sizzles Alongside Keith Urban in Abs-Baring Dress for Sexy Date Night at CMA Awards

The Nine Perfect Strangers star showed some skin in a cutout Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello gown