CMA red carpet looks ranked best to worst
All the stars came out for the Country Music Awards on Nov. 8, 2017. But while some rocked the show, others left more to be desired—much more. Here’s our take on the best and worst dressed celebrities that walked the CMA red carpet.
As the co-host of the CMA Awards for the 10th time, Carrie Underwood had a lot pressure on her to choose a show-stopping ensemble. And boy, did she deliver! The “Before He Cheats” singer donned an off-the-shoulder cobalt blue Fouad Sarkis gown (via PopSugar.) While ruffled sleeves would certainly be way over-the-top for any other occasion, the embellishment proved to be just right for Underwood’s glam CMA appearance. She finished off her look with some silver bling.
Though not a country music star, model Karlie Kloss walked the CMA red carpet and, unsurprisingly, outdid most of the night’s honorees with her tangerine dress. Kloss, who ran the annual New York City Marathon just days earlier, showed off her tanned and toned body in the Elie Saab gown, which featured numerous see-through panels (via Daily Mail.) She further added to the get-up with a pair of open-toed sandals and several gold bangles on each wrist. Needless to say, she looked effortlessly chic, even hours later as she announced her BFF Taylor Swift as the winner of song of the year.
Did the “Tin Man” songstress travel to the CMA Awards in a pumpkin carriage? Miranda Lambert rendered fans speechless with her gorgeous pale blue gown that looked straight out of a fairy tale. The tulle dress designed by Tony Ward featured intricate silver beading across its bodice, resembling small stars or snowflakes (via People.) Lambert expertly kept her hair and makeup simple, opting for slightly waved tresses and a light pink lip. She added a thin belt to show off her slim waist and donned minimal jewelry, keeping all the focus on her show-stopping look.
One of the night’s younger guests, Kelsea Ballerini proved that she knew exactly how to dress her age with a fun yet frisky gown by Michael Kors Collection (via People.) The long-sleeved ivory dress kept Ballerini looking modest while still showing some skin with a triangle-shaped cutout on her stomach and an open back. The gold floral embellishments, which covered the dress from top to bottom, added the perfect touch of both fun and elegance to her overall look, which she complimented with long, loose waves and minimal jewelry. Of course, the best accessory Ballerini donned that night was her engagement ring, which sparkled as she walked the carpet with fiancé Morgan Evans.
Jessie James Decker
While some women might try to hide their growing baby bump, Jessie James Decker chose to show hers off to the world in a red hot body-hugging gown. As the Daily Mail notes, the country singer-turned-reality TV star wore a cranberry Nookie Dolly dress. Like many other CMA attendees, Decker kept her accessories simple, wearing silver teardrop earrings and several glitzy bangle-style bracelets on her right wrist. Hair pulled back in a loose ponytail, Decker allowed her pregnant belly to take center stage, demonstrating that women can be drop dead gorgeous no matter what trimester they’re in.
As a country music legend, it’s nearly impossible to do wrong at the CMA Awards—but let’s face it: you just can’t please everyone. Faith Hill took to the red carpet in a sparkly black gown designed by Armani Privé (via People). The dress, which featured some lace elements near the bust, fit Hill like a glove, but the shoulder pouf distracted from what would have been a homerun look for the “This Kiss” hitmaker. Fortunately, Hill’s messy topknot and bright red lip saved the ensemble.
No matter, Hill still stole the show when she performed “The Rest of Our Life” with her husband, Tim McGraw, and during the show, she showed off her toned right leg in a bold slit dress, sending Twitter into a frenzy.
The Little Big Town singer didn’t exactly stun the CMA crowd when she debuted an emerald green, animal print gown on the red carpet. While it was far from the worst look of the night, it did not do Karen Fairchild any favors. With the dress’ puffy long sleeves and busy pattern, the “Better Man” songstress looked lost in the Andrew Gn design (via InStyle). Her green rings and cheetah clutch, which resembled an actual cheetah, certainly did Fairchild no favors.
While we applaud Pink’s decision to go for a super feminine style, the pop singer hardly impressed with her long, white tulle gown. Maybe the Monsoori dress would’ve worked on another red carpet, but it hardly matched her country music show surroundings.
We’ll give Pink a little bit of a pass on this once, since she showed up with daughter Willow as her date. Seeing as how her kid wore a tiara on the carpet, maybe Pink was just trying to play dress up as a pretty princess.
The “I Could Use a Love Song” singer could’ve really used a better stylist. Maren Morris arrived at the CMA Awards wearing an unusual gown. The silver strapless number not only featured a ruffled skirt, an alarming amount of cutouts, and floral embellishment around the waist, but it also boast a slit that made the bottom of the dress look more like a pair of gauchos than a red carpet design. Though we loved Morris’ chic ombré bob and layered necklaces, the whole ensemble was just too much.
The Made of Honor star apparently decided to take a little fashion risk with her Paco Rabanne jumpsuit, but, unfortunately for the celeb, it just didn’t pay off (via InStyle). Michelle Monaghan’s black sequined get-up featured an odd asymmetrical cut with wide circular rings that couldn’t help but make the gorgeous actress look like she was wearing a shower curtain. An incredibly chic shower curtain, but a shower curtain nonetheless. The polka dot heels definitely didn’t make the red carpet outfit any better.