The CMT Awards red carpet is a mythical place where sequins and cowboy hats live in harmony.* Last night, Carrie Underwood outshone her competitors in a glitter-bomb of a dress, while Kristen Bell came in a close second in a floor-length gold sparkler. Stars like Jordin Sparks and Tiffany Fallon went for sweet flowing numbers, while Denise Richards chose a clingy mini and Jennie Garth wore an iridescent cocktail dress. Click ahead to see these stars and more in our slideshow.
*Okay, okay, we can't keep our country music award shows straight. We blame all that glitter.
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Kristen Bell hosted this shindig, so it makes sense that she's going all out, but this Reem Acra gown seems more appropriate for the Golden Globes than the CMTs. We get most of our country music sartorial knowledge from Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong, though, so maybe we're just biased toward more leg.
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Jennie Garth channels The Little Mermaid with this look, which is a straight copy of Ariel's tail with a bunch of sequins (of course!) bunched at the shoulders. Even her skin has that "I just stepped out of the sea" gleam to it.
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One of the rewards of winning American Idol is getting to wear the pink dress from the Pretty Pretty Princess game.
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Carrie Underwood looks like the prettiest disco ball. The dress is so densely sparkled that she needed those ankle straps to keep her upright.
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Denise Richards should maybe rethink her spray-tanning routine (witness her left leg), but her dress is nice in that minimal fabric, maximum sparkly-boob kind of way.
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Laura Bell Bundy
Taking last year's Black Swan–inspired tutu trend in the wrong direction.
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This is the laid-back smile of a man who doesn't own a suit.
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Apparently Ali Dee is known as the "First Lady of the Dallas Mavericks," but she definitely looks more Ice Capades than NBA here.
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Jeremiah James Korfe and Paige Duke
What is the more extreme version of a mullet dress? A bangs dress? But really, this makes total sense: the only way to repurpose your bridal gown and show off your cowboy boots is to lop off the front!
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Those leather lapels are there to remind you that this is no ordinary awards show.
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Cowboy hat time!
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Straw cowboy hat + plaid shirt + cuffed jeans = a reputation to uphold.
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A guy's got to fit in somehow.
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Mollie McClymont, Samantha McClymont, and Brooke McClymont of The McClymonts
It should be a rule that all girl groups have to dress in iterations of the same bedazzled outfit, like Destiny's Child.
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When in doubt, wrap yourself in a sequined sheath, apply a few bottles of self-tanner, and you're ready to go.
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Hayden! What are you doing here? She looks so sweet, and her bling blends right in. Totally appropriate for someone who isn't nominated for an award.
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This dress is wonderful because it's like a puzzle: You can stare and stare and still have no idea how it works. Is there nude fabric under there? Is it glued to her back? Painted on?
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Tiffany Fallon and Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts
The flowy dress and gold headpiece are a bit unexpected for the CMTs. The absence of sparkle is almost jarring, but it's also like a refreshing dose of floral mouthwash.
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Jake Owen and Lacey Buchanan
They look like they just came from a Calypso-sponsored beach wedding.