Taylor Swift dons cut out creation, Miranda Lambert glitters in gold while Carrie Underwood adds some sex appeal with a thigh high split at Academy of Country Music Awards
09:17 GMT, 2 April 2012
The Academy of Country Music Awards tonight saw the biggest names in the genre step out in force at the Las Vegas event.
Taylor Swift stole the show in a stunning white gown by J Mendel with gold detailing and cut-out sides.
She teamed the sophisticated frock with smoky eye make-up and styled her dark blonde hair in soft waves.
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Floor skimming: Taylor Swift (L) and Miranda Lambert stole the spotlight at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas
Taylor is up for three gongs – Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Video of the Year for her song Mean.
Miranda Lambert supported her husband Blake Shelton, who is co-hosting the event alongside Reba McEntire, and posed on his arm on the red carpet.
She donned a show-stopping golden gown that clung to her curvaceous figure.
Show stopping: Carrie Underwood looked lovely in her cream dress which boasted a train and a thigh high split
Golden couple: Miranda Lambert posed on the arm of her husband Blake Shelton, the ceremony's co-host
Meanwhile Carrie Underwood looked
lovely in a strapless cream gown by Abed Mahfouz that was embellished
with beads and boasted an asymmetric cut.
One side of the chiffon frock had a train while the other half offered some sex appeal thanks to its thigh high split.
Most of the female music stars arriving on the red carpet opted for elegant floor-skimming dresses.
Legs eleven: LeAnn Rimes paraded her endless pins in a red and white patterned Stella McCartney dress
Lovebirds: Eddie Cibrian clearly enjoyed his wife's outfit and couldn't keep his hands off LeAnn
Showing her support: Nicole Kidman was there for her husband Keith Urban, and the pair both wore black to the bash
But Leann Rimes opted for a quirky
Stella McCartney dress that showed off her trim frame and endless legs,
and had sheer panelling on the sides.
red and white patterned minidress allowed the singer to bare her legs
and LeAnn further accentuated her endless frame with a pair of sky high
Eddie Cibrian seemed to adore his wife’s attire as he cuddled up to and kissed her upon their arrival.
His ray of sunshine: Marc Anthony arrived with his girlfriend Shannon De Lima, who was dressed in yellow
Dapper: Lionel Richie (L) and Steve Martin both wore suits to attend the annual awards ceremony
Floor sweeping: (L-R) Laura Bell Bundy, Beth Behrs and Shawna Thompson all opted for trailing gowns
The short of it: (L-R) Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, Martina McBride and Jana Kramer all picked mini dresses
A black version of the unusual dress had been worn by Brooklyn Decker at a photo call in London earlier this week.
It wasn’t just country music stars who were showing their support at this evening’s awards.
Nicole Kidman arrived with her husband Keith Urban and was dressed in a black shift dress with sheer detailing and a cute collar.
Making an entrance: KISS rocked up on the top of a monster truck which certainly drew attention from the crowd
Sealed with a Kiss: (L-R) Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer and Paul Stanley also showed off full make-up and armoured outfits
Women in black: Katie Armiger, Gwen Sebastian, Hillary Scott and Grace P all sported classic black outfits for the event
Shady: LL Cool J (L) and Brantley Gilbert wore sunglasses and hats as they walked the red carpet
Meanwhile Steve Martin was also on hand at the awards, wearing a blue suit and looking dapper.
The red carpet was rocked by the arrival of KISS, who turned up in full make-up and armour atop a red monster truck.
And Marc Anthony arrived with his latest lady love Shannon De Lima, who brought some sunshine to the evening in a cheerful yellow frock.
Young and successful: Scotty McCreery (L) and Hunter Hayes were out in force at the star-studded event
Bright sparks: (L-R) Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Jaida Dreyer and Allison Demarcus opted for colourful gowns
Power couples: Luke and Caroline Brian (L) and Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey
Supportive spouses: Jason Aldean and wife Jessica (L) and Dierks Bentley and wife Cassidy
Steve Martin, who is also an acclaimed banjo player, will
help remember the late bluegrass pioneer Earl Scruggs, died last week.
funeral was scheduled Sunday in Nashville.
Meanwhile Taylor Swift will hope to continue her reign as Entertainer of the Year after winning the award last year.
Family matters: (L-R) Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry of The Band Perry
Battle of the sexes: The LoCash Cowboys (L) and Miss Willie Brown were the dynamic duos on the red carpet
Group hug: The Zac Brown Band and musician Sonia Leigh cosied up together on the red carpet
Three is the magic number: Country stars Edens Edge (L) and the Gatlin Brothers were out in force to support their music genre
Suited and booted: Big Kenny (L) and John Rich from Big & Rich displayed a cowboy boot as they arrived
ACADEMY COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS 2012 WINNERS
Song of the year: Eli Young Band, “Crazy Girl”
Album of the year: Miranda Lambert, “Four the Record”
Single record of the year: Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, “Don't You Wanna Stay”
Vocal group of the year: Lady Antebellum
Vocal event of the year: Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, “Don't You Wanna Stay”
Video of the Year: Toby Keith, “Red Solo Cup”
Vocal duo or the year: Thompson Square
New artist of the year: Scotty McCreery
Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert
Male vocalist of the year: Blake Shelton
Entertainer of the year: Taylor Swift