You used to be able to reliably depend on country music awards show for lace, satin, ruffles, eyelet and ladies in cowboy boots, but with the ascension on young crossover artists like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, the red carpet at these events have become almost indistinguishable from other awards shows. That’s why we cheered when Kacey Musgraves brought a retro country vibe to the 2015 Academy of Country Music awards tonight — her Pepto-Bismol pink lace and beaded gown, paired with a bouffant that ended in a thoroughly modern fishtail braid, felt down honkytonk. In a good way.
But back to the high fashion: Miranda Lambert wore a lilac Bibhu Mohapatra with a shirred bodice and high-cut slit — a sharp look, although it would have made a bigger impression in a bolder color.
Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherpoon, who are co-starring in next month’s “Hot Pursuit,” posed together on the red carpet, both in uncharacteristic but fetching looks — Witherspoon in a cute minidress with a flared skirt and apron-like overlay of mirrored beads and crystals, and Vergara, who never met a mermaid gown she didn’t like, in a strapless black cocktail dress with silver beading and a peplum.
For the men, props to Dierks Bentley in a sharp three-piece checked suit, while Keith Urban seemed to check out in black jeans, T-shirt, black sneakers and a black jacket with his sleeves pushed up — and without his best accessory Nicole Kidman. And there are just no words for Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, who donned a pair of Roy Lichtenstein-patterned pants and my mother’s sunglasses circa 1982 for the occasion.
Check back later for a complete list of winners from the show, which is hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Shelton’s sweetie Lambert is the most nominated artist, with eight nods, followed by Bentley, with seven. Lambert competes against Bryan Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, and Florida George Line for Entertainer of the Year. Lambert was last year’s big winner, although Bryan took home Entertainer of the Year.