ACM Awards 2012: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood are best dressed on the red carpet

By
Iona Kirby


PUBLISHED:

19:15 EST, 1 April 2012

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UPDATED:

03:06 EST, 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

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

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

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.

The
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
sandals.

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

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

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

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.

His
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

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

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

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

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