Forget fru-fru frocks (at least on the red carpet, that is)! This year's CMA Awards were characterized by sophisticated styles with a splash of sparkle.
And the awards for best-dressed go to...
Carrie Underwood wearing a metallic Theia gown. One of the co-host's most modest looks of the night, the geometric detailing on this dress manages to glide effortlessly over her every curve.
Taylor Swift sparkling in Reem Acra. I can't say I was surprised to see Taylor choose this dress because it's right on cue with her whimsical, fairy princess-esque style, but I can say she was definitely the Belle of the Ball.
Jennifer Nettles working it in a navy Luisa Beccaria gown. The allover ruffles on this dress's fishtail train offer a playful touch to this otherwise polished look, which happens to be my favorite of the night.
Faith Hill in a flowing, steel-purple gown. Jeweled straps, earrings and several necklace strands give this otherwise simple halterneck gown a glamorous feel.
Check out more can't-miss CMA coverage:
2009 CMA Awards: Red-Carpet Pictures
2009 CMA Awards: Hair Hits and Misses
2009 CMA Awards: Performers and Presenters
2009 CMA Awards: Battle of the Blondes
Plus, see our exclusive interview with Carrie Underwood's stylist, now!
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