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Miranda Lambert’s music won her all kinds of CMA awards last week. But you know what else was completely award winning? Her abounding wardrobe for the night’s festivities. I’d talked to dress designer Sherri Hill before the show and only gleaned minor details about all the outfits she had created for Lambert. But once the show was over and I went back and analyzed her four different looks, it was so obvious that Lambert dressed like a winner from the minute the red-carpet arrivals began. Hill created that dress, kind of a raspberry floor-length, off-the-shoulder gown made of magnificently silky fabric. Then there was her “That’s the Way That the World Goes ’Round” rocking little number with a black satin corset top and a silver fringe mini skirt, also from Hill. The dress she wore for the Loretta Lynn/Sheryl Crow collaboration on “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” a cream-colored cocktail dress with a beaded empire waist embellishment, was low-cut enough to show some of her gunpowder and lead, but classy enough to pay tribute to Lynn. And when she emerged in the pressroom backstage after the show, cradling her heavy glass CMA awards, her strapless dress reminded me of Kiss’ Paul Stanley’s mirror ball iceman guitar. In a good way. If there was ever a night for Lambert to glitter, it was that night. View more photos from the 2010 CMA Awards.