Red Carpet Recap: The 2012 CMAs Style Hits & Misses

Posted Friday November 2, 2012 10:07 AM GMT

Forget the days of too much rouge and sky-high hair, the 2012 edition of the CMA Awards packed a serious punch in the beauty and style department.

Music City's finest turned up on the red carpet with their finest sartorial efforts in-tow, and while many star's looks were award-worthy, others seemed to hit all the wrong notes.

Best Dressed

Carrie Underwood:
Talk about the hostess with the mostest! Of all the outfits this saucy country singer donned last night, this embellished Reem Actrea dress was without a doubt the hottest. Featuring gold lace, a beaded floral pattern and trendy sheer paneling, this look was truly the biggest winner of the night.

Taylor Swift:
To steal a line from the superstar herself, "Loving her [is] red." Cheesy? Maybe. True? Absolutely! Miss Swift teamed her plunging, two-toned Jenny Packham frock with Neil Lane jewelry and Jimmy Choo shoes.

Kellie Pickler:
She no stranger to glam gowns by designer Pamella Roland, and for the 2012 CMAs, this pixie cut performer decided on an option from the the dressmaker's fall 2012 line. Truly popping off the red carpet, Kellie's pick delivered an intricate beaded bodice, satin skirt and ultra-romantic train, which she accented with Tacori jewels.

Jana Kramer:
Exuding some serious sex appeal, the girlfriend of Brantley Gilbert turned heads with her low-cut Anthony Franco Couture dress. Adding a little extra oomph to the ensemble, Miss Kramer accessorized with a Swarovski cuff.

Lucy Hale:
The "Pretty Little Liars" starlet was one of the first to turn up at the event—and boy did she make the right first impression. The beautiful brunette stunned in a black and white beaded Moschino number—a simple statement that really allowed her punchy red pout to pop.

Worst Dressed

Faith Hill: The country royal hit a sour note with the black and white Roland Mouret column gown she donned on the red carpet. The look as a whole was extremely unflattering—and utterly boring to say the least.

Kimberly Perry: The Band Perry frontwoman chose a frumpy black tea-length dress that lacked some major wow factor, and her hair? Well, don’t get us started. The blonde beauty is young, talented and vibrant, and we suggest she starts dressing that way!

Miranda Lambert: Last night’s biggest (female) winner majorly struck out when it came to the fashion category. We loved the flesh-toned hue of her frock, however, the sweetheart neckline and bondage detailing left her looking rather uncomfortable. Kudos for the emerald earrings though, Mrs. Shelton!

Hayden Panettiere: The Nashville star’s fit bod always earns her a slew of accolades—her 20’s inspired Georges Chakra Couture dress is a different story. The ivory flapper dress didn't do this starlet any justice, and her green heels and clutch where a little too matchy-matchy for our liking.

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