Award ceremonies are always a chance for celebrities to show off their most outrageous looks, and the Academy of Country Music Awards are no exception. These 40 ladies of the country music industry showed up in fabulous dresses which turned heads on the red carpet. Some of them, though, proved a little too daring.
40. Miranda Lambert, 2017
When attending the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards with her boyfriend Anderson East, Miranda Lambert wore a billowy but very low-cut white dress onto the red carpet. Audiences were slightly awestruck – not to mention worried about a possible wardrobe malfunction – but the general consensus seemed to be that she looked stunning.
39. Kelsea Ballerini, 2018
Kelsea Ballerini had only just married Morgan Evans when she attended the ACMs in 2018, and many observed that her dress was reminiscent of a bridal gown. It was, however, quite a bit more daring than the average wedding dress, as it had a large slit up the thigh and lace panels in strategic areas.
38. Kimberley Perry, 2016
Singer Kimberley Perry served as the E! News co-host for the 2016 ACM Awards. She dressed for the occasion in an animal-inspired gown – with sequin details that looked like tiger stripes. Alas, there might not be a place for tigers at the ceremony, as the dress was considered by some to be a fashion flop.
37. Reba McEntire, 2018
Country music legend Reba McEntire recycled an old dress for the 2018 ACMs. She wore a stylish red velvet number that she had first donned for the Country Music Association Awards (CMAs) all the way back in 1993. In those days its neckline had been quite eyebrow-raising, but McEntire was clearly a woman ahead of her time.
36. Taylor Swift, 2012
Back in 2012 when Taylor Swift was a country music star rather than an international pop icon, she wore this stunning-but-simple custom J. Mendel white and gold gown to the ACMs. Not only did the singer look great, she also went home with an Entertainer of the Year award – her second one in a row.
35. Bebe Rexha, 2018
Bebe Rexha wore an impressive Yanina Couture black dress for the 2018 ACMs. It featured a dramatic tulle embellishment at the collar that ran down to her arms. Her sleeve detailing looked like trees – or maybe veins. Some fashion critics loved the outfit and some hated it, but the dress certainly wasn’t boring.
34. Morgane Stapleton, 2017
Morgane Stapleton – the wife of singer Chris Stapleton – tried a slightly gothy look for the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards. She wore a black lace dress and a dark shade of lipstick. Furthermore, she also made sure her husband was color-coordinated with her. Chris had on a cowboy hat, but apart from that he also wore all black.
33. Faith Hill, 2005
Faith Hill chose a summery look for the 2005 Academy of Country Music Awards. She wore a turquoise satin dress along with chunky earrings and strappy sandals, and she could have been dressed for the beach. Later on during the ceremony, she changed into another shade of green to perform the song “Mississippi.”
32. Nicole Kidman, 2016
Nicole Kidman may not be a country music star herself, but she’s married to one: namely Keith Urban. So, she always gets dressed to the nines to accompany him to award shows. For the 2016 ACMs she wore a stunning colorful sheer gown from Alexander McQueen, and it was a big hit.
31. Jana Kramer, 2015
Jana Kramer took People behind the scenes for her ACMs appearance in 2015. She told the magazine, “I wore a Jay Godfrey dress; it was definitely something way different than I’ve ever worn before. I haven’t really worn a lot of prints, so to wear the chevron was definitely something different for my look, but I was super excited about it because I like taking risks in the fashion world.”
30. Carrie Underwood, 2010
Country music star Carrie Underwood has been dazzling the ACMs for a long time. In 2010 she wore a gorgeous champagne-colored ruffled dress by Basil Soda for her walk down the orange carpet. And later on in the night she became the first-ever woman to win Entertainer of the Year twice.
29. Lauren Atkins, 2018
Lauren Atkins – the wife of Thomas Rhett – wore a spectacular shimmering low-cut ballgown for her appearance with her husband at the 2018 ACMs. The latter was up for four awards: Video of the Year, Album of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He didn’t win any, but it still looked like a good night for Atkins.
28. Tiffany Fallon, 2007
Reality TV star and one-time Playmate of the Year model Tiffany Fallon made a splash when she appeared at the 2007 Academy of Country Music Awards – quite literally, in a way. Her form-fitting blue-and-white dress was strategically cut for maximum impact and patterned in a way that was reminiscent of a splash of water.
27. Dolly Parton, 2016
Music legend Dolly Parton never disappoints. For the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards Katy Perry was to present her with the Tex Ritter award for the former’s TV film Coat of Many Colors. So, what else could she possibly wear except a coat of many colors? And it was sparkling all over to boot.
26. Lauren Alaina, 2019
American Idol star Lauren Alaina was presenter, performer and social media correspondent at the 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards. To mark the exciting occasion, she wore a gorgeous white sequined dress with a plunging neckline – a creation from EMIL Couture. Furthermore, those commenting on the fashion at the event were very impressed.
25. Shawna Thompson, 2014
Flower print was a popular choice at the 2014 ACMs, and Shawna Thompson went all out with her gown. A series of embroidered red poppies covered up the nude tulle fabric and protected the musician’s modesty. Meanwhile, some considered the outfit to be a bit just too much, but Thompson herself seemed to like it.
24. Savannah Chrisley, 2016
Reality TV star and Miss Teen Tennessee Savannah Chrisley wore a sheer nude, gold and silver Diana Couture dress to the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards. It was daring, but not too much so, since embroidery designs covered everything up. And viewers of the show approved wholeheartedly of the look.
23. Kelsea Ballerini, 2016
Just before the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards took place, Kelsea Ballerini told the E! News show that she wanted to “go a little more dramatic” with her look on the day. And she did – wearing a beautiful purple gown from Georges Hobeika, along with jewelry from Swarovski and Fernando Rodriguez.
22. Carrie Underwood, 2017
Carrie Underwood chose a beige sheer dress decorated with thousands of silver beads for the 2017 ACM Awards. It was beautiful, daring – it happened to be backless – and certainly very sparkly. Not everyone liked it, though; some thought that the design of the dress incorporated too many elements.
21. Betty Cantrell, 2016
Betty Cantrell – the winner of 2016’s Miss American pageant – is a fan of country music. So, she made an appearance at the Academy of Country Music Awards that year. The beauty wore a full skirt with pockets and a brightly colored floral top, with a little bit of her midriff bared in between.
20. Maren Morris, 2016
Maren Morris wore a floaty dress in different shades of purple for the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards. The look could have almost been a trial run for her dress three years later – this one featured the same color and likewise left some space for her to show off her legs. Indeed, when you find something you like, stick with it.
19. Mickey Guyton, 2019
Singer Mickey Guyton wore a long-sleeved periwinkle-colored lace dress to the 2019 ACMs. It was stylish, sophisticated and a massive hit with everyone who saw it. And the following year Guyton became the first-ever black woman to perform on her own at the Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony.
18. Brittany Kerr, 2016
Brittany Kerr attended the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards alongside her musician husband Jason Aldean. She wore a spectacular Walter Mendez black and gold maxi dress with a very high split in the thigh. And all cameras were on her when Aldean picked up an Entertainer of the Year award.
17. Kacey Musgraves, 2019
Grammy winning singer Kacey Musgraves did something a bit different for the 2019 ACMs and wore a colorful suit. On the red carpet she told People magazine, “I saw it and immediately was like, ‘This has my name written all over it.’” Interestingly, she said that it reminded her of the cover for her album Golden Hour.
16. Cassadee Pope, 2017
Cassadee Pope wore a daring, very much see-through flower-themed Yanina Couture dress to the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards. It was no doubt sexy, but alas, it didn’t go down terribly well with viewers, and Pope made a couple of “worst dressed” lists once the ACMs were over.
15. Danielle Bradbury, 2019
Singer Danielle Bradbury was nominated for a New Female Artist of the Year award at the 2019 ACMs. She didn’t go home with it, but people sung the praises of her red-carpet look. She wore a Jason Greech dress paired with gold jewelry. Website The List wrote that the nominee was “serving some serious Grecian goddess vibes.”
14. Rebecca Romijn, 2018
The famously beautiful Rebecca Romijn attended the ACMs with her husband Jerry O’Connell in 2018, and she didn’t disappoint. She wore a gorgeous beaded dress from Uel Camilo which just so happened to be sheer around the sides and back. Adding to the ensemble was a clutch from Simran Rihal and some dazzling jewels.
13. Miranda Lambert, 2019
Miranda Lambert pulled out all the stops when she performed at the 2019 ACM Awards. She wore a figure-hugging black glittery bodysuit which showed off her body to the max. And there was a good reason why she might’ve chosen it – both her new husband Brendan McLoughlin and ex-husband Blake Shelton were in the audience.
12. Taylor Swift, 2013
Taylor Swift arrived at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards wearing a stunning sleeveless gold dress from Dolce & Gabbana. Though many stars turned up wearing embellished gowns that day – it was very fashionable at the time – Swift swooped in to take the “best dressed” crown from the other contenders.
11. Maren Morris, 2018
Maren Morris performed her song “Rich” at the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards, and she did so while wearing a very revealing gold dress that more than fit the theme. The website Hollywood Life labelled that part of the show “by far the sexiest performance of the night.”
10. Kacey Musgraves, 2017
The usually colorful Kacey Musgraves opted for a slightly gothic look for the 2017 ACMs – getting hold of a dress which matched her long dark hair, smokey eye makeup and ribbon choker. The gown was a strapless Marchesa Fall 2017 creation and wasn’t totally moody – it also featured a pattern of blue flowers.
9. Miranda Lambert, 2018
Miranda Lambert walked the 2018 ACM Awards red carpet as a single lady after breaking up with her boyfriend. But she showed all her exes what they were missing by wearing a dazzling red floor-length dress with a sexy cut-out bodice. If that wasn’t enough, that night Lambert became the person with the most ACM awards of all time.
8. Kelly Clarkson, 2019
Kelly Clarkson chose a daring creation called the “Alexander McQueen Lace-insert crepe gown” for the 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards. The official website description for the black dress declares it as “handcrafted with a mix cotton material” and “realized with Sarabande lace inserts on the front sleeves and skirt.”
7. Shania Twain, 1999
Shania Twain’s 1999 outfit for the ACMs is still remembered fondly even today. The singer wore a leopard-print piece – just as she had done in her music video for “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” She slung it over a velvet dress and paired it with an unusual choker necklace, and thus the singer went down in ’90s fashion history.
6. Chrissy Metz, 2019
This Is Us star Chrissy Metz performed the song “I’m Standing with You” at the 2019 ACMs. It met with acclaim, and so did her fashion sense. She wore a sparkling sequin dress in silver and black for her walk down the red carpet. Furthermore, the show marked the first time Metz had ever sung on live television, so it was a great night all round for her.
5. Jennifer Nettles, 2018
Singer Jennifer Nettles wore an unusual J. Mendel-designed dress for the 2018 ACMs. It was a figure-hugging red velvet creation with long sleeves, a high neck and a leaf-like pattern. Though the outfit transpired to be a pretty divisive red-carpet look, as some commentators loved it and others were not impressed.
4. Tanya Tucker, 2019
Tanya Tucker was once considered a wild child of the country music scene, and she hasn’t lost her edge yet. For the 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards she wore a colorful, shimmering top with tight black trousers – topping it off with a shock of bright pink hair. Oh, and she bought actor Dennis Quaid along with her, too.
3. Katy Perry, 2016
Superstar Katy Perry is known for her wacky ensembles, and she didn’t disappoint her fans at the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards. For the red carpet she wore a brightly colored cowgirl outfit from Jeremy Scott Couture. It was clearly a nod to Dolly Parton – the country music icon who Perry was to duet with that night.
2. Savannah Chrisley
Savannah Chrisley raised a lot of eyebrows with her black Bao Tranchi number at the 2017 ACMs. She told People magazine that year, “It did show a little bit more, and there were 50 percent who loved it and 50 percent who hated it and didn’t think it was appropriate… I mean my own father didn’t want me showing all of that!”
1. Maren Morris, 2019
Singer Maren Morris wore a fabulous lavender creation to the 2019 ACM Awards. It was a mini dress with ruffles and a long train – designed exclusively for the star by Christian Siriano. Not only was it gorgeous, it was practical as well. That’s because the outfit featured that rare thing for a dress: pockets.