Awards shows are not just about the artists’ talents— they’re also about the dresses. Some dresses are absolutely beautiful while others are borderline crazy, and the CMA Awards are no different. These are just some of the most memorable and interesting CMA red carpet looks.
Halsey is a very popular singer-songwriter. After releasing her first album in 2014, her music career skyrocketed. She reached the top of the charts with her collaboration with The Chainsmokers for the song “Closer,” and has only continued her successful career from there. This red carpet dress and the CMA awards is absolutely stunning from top to bottom. The pattern of the gown is unique and her cool hair color completes the look.
Texas native Maren Morris is a star country singer who rose to fame in 2016 and won a Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance for her song, “My Church.” Her most recent single “The Bones” from 2019 peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Maren is married to fellow country singer Ryan Hurd and just gave birth to a baby boy in 2020. And let’s not forget about this sparkling green number Maren wore at the 52nd annual CMA awards.
Tennessee native Kelsea Ballerini is a country pop singer and songwriter. She started writing music as a child and has been climbing the charts ever since. Her debut single “Love You Like You Mean It” made it to number one on the country music charts in 2014. Kelsea just released a self titled album, Kelsea, in March of this year. This gray and blue dress from the CMAs red carpet is fun and looks fantastic on her.
Karlie Kloss is no stranger to the red carpet. She started modeling at an early age and is one of the highest profile fashion models of today. She was a Victoria Secret Angel from 2013 to 2015 and has been on over 40 international Vogue covers. Her red gown on the CMA red carpet was a great choice. The pattern of the dress adds some interesting details and the gold bracelets on her arms complete the look. Love it!
Hailing from Texas, Danielle Bradbery started her music career very early on. She won season four of The Voice and became the youngest person to win the competition at only 17 years old. Since then, she’s released two albums called I Don’t Believe We’ve Met and a self-titled album. The dress that Danielle wore to the 51st CMA awards is downright stunning. The red color is a bold choice and the design is perfect on her.
We all know who pop star Taylor Swift is, but sometimes we forget that she actually used to be a country singer. Her first few albums were more country oriented but after her fifth album, she switched to pop with singles like “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off.” This sparkling dress that Taylor wore to the CMA awards is simply stunning. The shimmering top leads into the bottom half of the dress in a way that made her stand out.
Hayley Orrantia is a talented singer and actress. Originally from Texas, she started her singing career on the first season of The X Factor. Her debut album, The Way Out, was released in 2019, but she is most famous for starring as Erica Goldberg in the ABC comedy The Goldbergs. Now let’s talk about the dress she wore at the CMA awards. The sheer flowery top really compliments the light green part of the gown and her dark makeup ties the whole look together. This might be one of our favorites!
Born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hannah Jeter is both a model and a TV host. She graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 2015 and appeared in campaigns for Ralph Lauren, American Eagle Outfitters, and Victoria Secret. Hannah married New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and they have two children together. There’s no doubt that Hannah is a model after from the looks of this stunning pink gown that she wore at the 49th annual CMA awards.
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Jessie James Decker is both a country pop singer-songwriter and TV personality. Her first album titled Jesse James was released in 2009, and she’s released two others since. Jessie married Denver Broncos NFL wide receiver Eric Decker and they starred on the E! reality show Eric & Jessie: Game On from 2013 to 2017. Judging from this CMA awards outfit, Jessie chooses well when it comes to the red carpet. The streaks on the gown make the dress stand out and her pink clutch completes the ensemble.
Born in North Carolina, Kellie Pickler got her start on the fifth season of American Idol. Although she only came in sixth place, Kellie released her debut album later that year titled Small Town Girl. She also co- wrote the song “Best Day of Your Life” with Taylor Swift. In 2013, she competed on the the sixteenth season of Dancing with the Stars and won first place. And she’s definitely winning with this silver number she chose for the 42nd annual CMA Awards. Stunning!
Everyone knows that Dolly Parton is basically the face of country music. Since 1967, she’s been performing and releasing albums with much success. 25 of her songs have reached the number one spot on the Billboard country music charts and she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame back in 1999. The outfit she chose at the CMA Awards in 2005 is unique and very much Dolly’s style. No one can pull a pair of flared denim pants like she can.
Shania Twain is one of the most popular female country singers. Believe it or not, she’s sold more than 100 million records which makes her the best selling female singer in the country music scene. In addition she won a number of grammy awards and a Hollywood Walk of Fame. She definitely turned some heads with this pink getup at the CMAs. We’re not sure if she’s supposed to be a cowgirl, but the look is memorable for sure!
This beautiful woman is Australian model and actress, Ruby Rose. After modeling for high profile companies such as Maybelline New York, she tried her hand at acting. Ruby starred in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black and was in movies such as Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and Pitch Perfect 3. And Ruby always knows how to work the red carpet. This dazzling look at the CMA awards show off some serious style and her winning smile.
Miranda Lambert is by far one of the most recognizable country stars of today. She started out on the competitive singing show Nashville Star, and finished in third place. She’s had a highly successful music career since, winning two Grammys and a number of CMA awards. The dress she’s wearing at the 2005 CMA awards is an interesting choice. It’s on the casual side but the embroidery on the dress compliments the jewelry that she’s wearing. Maybe we would have gone with less necklaces but the outfit is cool!
Carrie Underwood is one of the best selling country music artists. She rose to fame after winning the fourth season of American Idol and her took took off. The “Before He Cheats” singer has sold over 70 million records worldwide and does not seem to be stopping any time soon. And she is just as beautiful as she is talented. This stunning blue off the shoulder dress really made some waves at the CMA awards. Looking good Carrie!
Before talking about this show stopper of a dress, let’s talk about Maren Morris. She is a singer, songwriter, and producer and has reached the number one spot on the Top Country Albums chart. Her first single, “My Church” was received very well and she won a Grammy Award for best performance. More importantly, this light blue gown that Maren wore at the CMAs is a one of a kind dress and will definitely be remembered for years to come.
Pink (or rather written as P!nk) is a widely successful recording artist, songwriter, actress and model. Since her first recording contact in 1995, P!nk’s solo career has really taken off. Some of her most famous songs include, “Trouble”, “Who Knew” and “What About Us.” She’s sold over 90 million records worldwide and doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. The white gown she wore for the CMA awards in this picture wasn’t the best choice for her, but everyone makes mistakes once in a while— even a famous artist like P!nk.
Kansas native Sarah Buxton is a country singer who released her first album back in 2006. Her famous song to date was a song she co-wrote called “Stupid Boy.” Australian musician Keith Urban recorded the song a year later and won a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Her CMA red carpet dress from 2005 is definitely fun. The purple and black ensemble is a memorable one and her hairstyle matches the vibe of the outfit.
We’re not really surprised that Olivia Culpo is a fashion influencer after seeing the dress she chose for the 52nd Annual CMA awards. Olivia is also a social media personality and a former beauty pageant winner. After being the Miss Rhode Island pageant, she went on to be crowned Miss USA and Miss Universe in 2012. This black dress and shoes ensemble is a fun alternative to a full length gown and looks gorgeous.
Gigi Hadid is one of the most famous fashion models of today. Since she signed to IMG Models 2013, her career took off. In the course of four years, Gigi has graced the covers of 35 international Vogue magazine covers. In addition to modeling, Gigi has made appearances in multiple music videos including “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift and “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE. And let’s just say she never fails to impress on the red carpet— much like this white number that she wore at the CMA awards.
Taylor Swift might be one of the most famous pop singers today. She signed her record deal at age 15 and has been a huge sensation ever since. She’s best known for her songwriting style that revolves around her personal life. Before going full pop star, Taylor recorded a few pop/country albums with hits such as “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me.” The CMA awards dress she wore in this picture must have been from the start of her career, from the long curly hair to the more innocent looking gown.
Originally from Canada, Shania Twain successfully made her mark in the country music scene. Over the course of her career so far, she’s had commercial success since her first album The Woman in Me in 1995. Although she entered a hiatus after her voice needed rehabilitation, she came back strong with her fifth album called Now in 2017. Her CMA awards outfit in this picture is also a strong choice. The colored top matched with black pants give off a cool edgy look.
“The House That Built Me” singer Miranda Lambert, is nothing short of a country singer powerhouse. After signing with Epic Records in 2003, she quickly moved up from there. Over the course of her career, she’s won many awards and does not seem to be stopping any time soon. She was previously married to country superstar Blake Shelton but they divorced back in 2015. Miranda seems pick bold dresses on the red carpet and this pink number fits that pattern for sure.
Hannah Brown is a former beauty pageant winner and a TV personality. She was crowned as Miss Alabama USA in 2018 and went on to compete in Miss USA. Hannah was on season 23 of the reality TV show The Bachelor, and was chosen as the lead for season 15 of The Bachelorette. She continued her reality TV streak, coming in first place on season 28 of Dancing With The Stars. Hannah also knows how to dress to impress. The white dress she wore at the 53rd annual CMA awards is a definite winner!
“Merry Go ‘Round” country singer Kacey Musgraves is a successful country singer and songwriter. She rose to fame after her debut album Same Trailer Different Park, and won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song. Since then, she won a number of Grammys in multiple categories. She also got married to singer songwriter Ruston Kelly in 2017. This yellow feathered outfit that Kacey wore at the 53rd annual CMA awards is clearly not the best fashion choice. Then again something like this will be remembered for quite some time.
Singing sensation Kelly Clarkson one of the most successful artists to date. She started her career after winning season one of American Idol. After debuting her single “A Moment Like This,” Kelly’s career skyrocketed. She has since sold over 25 million records and 45 million singles worldwide. She’s won many awards and is currently a coach for the singing competition, The Voice. Kelly’s dress at the CMAs was a memorable outfit for sure with a one of a kind blue fur getup.
Canadian TV personality Kaitlyn Bristowe sure knows how to work the red carpet. Kaitlyn was previously on both the nineteenth season of The Bachelor and the eleventh season of The Bachelorette. In addition to reality TV, Kaitlyn hosts a podcast and hosted the show Home For The Holidays on Broadway. She chose well with this black number at the CMA award red carpet. The design and makeup gives off a cool gothic vibe and we’re loving it!
This picture is more about the outfits together as a couple. The man in the cowboy hat is none other than singer- songwriter Alan Jackson, and the beautiful woman to his right, is his wife Denise Jackson. Alan is one of the best selling artists of all time and sold 75 million records worldwide. He was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017. The sparkling dress with the leather cowboy getup is a look we won’t forget. If you ask us, this cowboy getup deserves a CMA award.
Kelsea Ballerini is a successful country pop singer. After released her debut album in 2014, she was a coach on the reality show The Voice and became a member of the famous country music stage, the Grand Ole Opry. Kelsea is married to Australian country music singer Morgan Evans. This bright pink number that she’s wearing on the CMA red carpet is definitely a show stopper. The pointed sleeves are a nice touch and the color really suits her.
Sheryl Crow is one of the more famous singers in the music industry. Her music incorporates elements of jazz, pop, country, blues, and jazz. Some of her most popular songs include, “All I Wanna Do”, “If It Makes You Happy”, and “Soak Up The Sun”. She’s won multiple Grammy Awards and sold 50 million albums worldwide. Her CMA awards outfit from 2000 was an interesting one. If anything, it looks more casual which is always a nice change from the usual red carpet gowns.