The CMA Awards are always one of the more dressed up of the many country music awards red carpets. I usually gauge the level of glamour required for the red carpet by what Nicole Kidman wears. For most red carpets she walks the red carpet with Keith Urban we see Nicole wearing great cocktail dresses but she has turned out wearing some pretty gowns. So I went into picking looks for this years red carpet with that in mind. I always get excited about this red carpet. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have been the biggest power couple in country music for years. They are releasing their first album together, and just dropped the first single from that album. Since that has just dropped the nomination they hold is for Musical Event of the Year for their live performance of “Speak to a Girl.” I went for glamour with this white Marchesa Spring 2018 RTW suit which has a jacket rendered in a silk/wool blend and features a shawl lapel, pearl and gemstone embroidery, and a black satin bow tie detail and a pair of tailored pants for Faith because I think that it would be a chic feminine take on menswear dressing. I think that if Faith paired this suit with a pair of white Gucci ‘Elaisa’ crystal bow pumps, a loose chignon, smokey eye, red lip, and a pair of Tiffany & Co. pearl tassel earrings would make this look incredibly chic for her to rock on the red carpet.Lauren Alaina is one of the young rising female stars in country music. She is nominated for New Artist of the Year and was on hand to announce this years CMA Award nominees so I would bet that she will be on the red carpet at this years ceremony. I went to a tried and true red carpet brand that young country music stars love with this yellow Monique Lhuillier Spring 2018 RTW Strapless drop waist ball gown which features a floral printed taffeta construction and an asymmetrical neckline. I feel like every country music star has had a Monique Lhuillier moment on the red carpet and I think that this would be a perfect night for Lauren to have hers. This is the biggest ball gown on this list, and I think that for a young star like Lauren that it will say look at me without being too much. I would make sure that Lauren keeps the elegant feminine spirit of this gown alive with a romantic updo, light smokey eye, glossy pink lips, a pair of gold Schutz ‘Ilara’ metallic leather sandals, and a pair of Harry Winston yellow diamond drop earrings.When it comes to the red carpet Miranda Lambert can be very hit or miss. I am hoping that when Miranda steps out on the red carpet at the 2017 CMA Awards, where she has tied Kieth Urban for most nominations this year with 5, that she does so in fine style. When I saw this strapless soft yellow Rami Al Ali Spring 2018 RTW column gown which features an embroidered neckline while I was on my search for looks for Carrie Underwood to wear for her hosting duties I took a quick pause and set this up for Miranda. Miranda has worn yellow a few times in the past and she always looks chic, beachy, and glowing. It compliments her tan skin tone and I think that the shape of this dress would showcase her curves in a very chic manner. I would add old Hollywood waves over one shoulder, kohl rimmed eyes, bright pink lip, gold Judith Leiber ‘New Goddess’ crystal clutch, gold Jefferey Campbell ‘Obus’ sandals, and a pair of diamond and citrine Chopard drop earrings to really elevate this to best dressed level.You might be scratching your head at the fact that Pink is on my wishes for a country music awards show. She actually has a nomination with Kenny Chesney for Musical Event of the Year at this years show. I don’t know if Pink will jet out to Nashville for this red carpet, but I love to feature her so I decided to make sure that she was part of these wishes. I think that Pink would bring simple edge to the CMA Awards red carpet which is known for its flirty, feminine, and sparkling dresses. I think that Pink would definitely be drawn to this black Alexander McQueen long sleeve velvet gown which features sheer chiffon inserts because of how it is subtle yet edgy. Some other iterations of this dress have been worn on the red carpet, but a full length velvet one hasn’t. I think that Pink would deliver a chic moment, but not stand out too much since she isn’t one of the main stars of this awards show. I would add a black Alexander McQueen stone eagle-embroidered knuckle clutch, her signature punky pompadour, smokey eye, red lip, and a pair of black and gold Christian Louboutin ‘Tiwistissima’ crisscross pumps to make this look perfect for Pink.Taylor Swift has earned her first CMA Awards nomination in three years, her first since she officially changed over to the pop genre, at this years ceremony. Taylor’s nomination comes as a songwriter for the Little Big Town song “Better Man” so I don’t know if she will take to the red carpet, or be seen inside, at this years CMA Awards. Last year she made a surprise appearance at this awards show as a presenter and aside from one performance ahead of the 2017 Super Bowl we haven’t seen Taylor Swift step out for anything. With her new album Reputation set to release just two days after the CMA Awards I would bet that she will be on the red carpet to keep up appearances. In the past Taylor has always worn a gown for the CMA Awards red carpet, but I think that this year as a nominated songwriter I decided to go short. While this blue Elie Saab Spring 2017 Couture long sleeve cocktail dress which features a faux wrap style, asymmetrical skirt, sheer details, and beautiful golden beaded embroideries might be short, it is the only major couture look that I think we could see on the red carpet at the CMA Awards. Taylor has the potential to really make a really elevated selection that I don’t see many of the stars on this red carpet being able to. I think that with sleek styling including a pair of gold Casadei ‘Blade’ pumps, sleek bob, kohl rimmed eyed, red lips, and a pair of vintage Cartier diamond and sapphire earrings all would make this the perfect red carpet red carpet return for Taylor Swift.
The CMA Awards will take place on Wednesday November 8, 2017.