Carrie Underwood's Most Memorable CMA Awards Outfits Through the Years

Another year, another epic list of outfit changes! Underwood kicked off the carpet in a blue Fouad Sarkis Couture gown before slipping into a pink fit-and-flare Stello mini, shimmering belted dress and sexy nude sequin Elie Youssef catsuit with a dramatic cape overlay — plus seven more looks.

Underwood kept us guessing what her next look would be to host (for the ninth time!) the 50th annual CMA Awards. The singer shined bright like a diamond in plenty of sequin looks, including a black Elie Madi beaded fringe dress, a gold Elie Madi mini, a white Marina Toybina dress and an ethereal Jovani gown she wore as a Dolly Parton tribute. 

The country crooner continued with her style streak at the show went on (in even more sequins!), an Elie Madi mini with a one shoulder side cape, a disco ball-like beaded fringe LaBourjoisie gown and a scarlet Mac Duggal dress worn as a nod to Reba McEntire.

Another year as host, another jam-packed night of wardrobe changes: Carrie’s 11 outfits included everything from curve-hugging minis (this one is Rani Zakhem) to glamorous ballgowns (by Gauri+Nainika) — and of course, there was so. much. sparkle. 

Ten outfit changes? That’s for amateurs! For her seventh outing as CMAs co-host, Underwood outdid herself with a whopping 11 ensembles, each accessorized with her mom-to-be glow. The singer started things off with a sparkling Lorena Sarbu gown, featuring a fun high-low hemline, before showcasing her growing bump in a sequined Randi Rahm mini and then throwing fans everywhere a curveball with an ethereal red gown from Pamella Roland.

In her sixth year as CMAs hostess, Underwood delighted fashion fans with 10 different outfits, starting strong with a sparkly nude Ralph & Russo Couture gown (accessorized with a gold clutch and those superteased bangs). Later in the show, the singer showed off the best legs (and abs!) in the biz in a mod peekaboo trapeze dress by Georges Chakra.

Carrie did a style 180º, changing from an ethereal white Reem Acra gown with gold embroidery to an asymmetrical midnight blue Tsemaye Binitie design complete with sheer sleeves and leather embellishments. And yes, these were only two of her 12 outfits!

This year, the singer broke out 10 totally different looks. Two we won’t soon forget: her Nikki Rich shorts look, worn with Ryan Haber heels and a jaunty fedora, and the origami-inspired Cengiz Abazoglu mini, accessorized with a Cuffs Couture bracelet, Royal Asscher earrings and the same sparkly heels.

Third time’s a charm for Carrie as a co-host. She got everyone talking with two tutu-inspired dresses: a tulle Talbot Runhof gown to kick off the show and a lemon Georges Chakra number that would likely get the stamp of approval from another famous Carrie (Bradshaw, that is).

The costume changes only got more elaborate as Carrie stepped out for her second year running the show. She made sure she outshined her co-host Brad Paisley in a glittering Theia dress, which was later exchanged for a Roberto de Villacis sequin shorts ensemble. (And by the way, these were just two of nine looks from that night.)

For her first time as host of the CMAs, the star didn’t have a chance to get nervous – she was way too busy changing outfits backstage. Two of the many looks she debuted included this chartreuse beaded Roberto Cavalli gown on the red carpet and a beaded champagne mini in the press room.

The biggest proof that Carrie had officially arrived: She wore more than $7 million worth of Johnathon Arndt jewels over the course of the show, including the diamonds that went with her Badgley Mischka red carpet dress, and the butterfly pins adorning her Escada performance gown.

She showed up in a slightly baggy, printed-and-pleated gown and a prom-perfect updo. But lest you forget she’s a bombshell with a smokin’ hot body, Carrie then shook out her hair and hiked up her hemline for a performance.

It’s hard to believe these two photos are from the same evening. But Carrie proved she’s versatile when it comes to style, donning a ruffled gown one moment and dressing up as a Stevie Nicks impersonator the next.


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