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Did you see how they shined — the stars, the trophies and especially the high style of all the beautiful people — at the CMT Artists of the Year special. Everyone looked so gorgeous, so I had to know how they did it and how we could steal their looks. (Which would take some well-connected friends and/or a very large Christmas bonus, I’m afraid.) So let’s start with Sara Evans, who I’m pretty sure has never looked better. She was in a fitted Mandalay pinstriped gray dress with cap sleeves and some beautiful hip-high beading. Then there was Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, who wore a black, lacy, strapless Dolce & Gabbana dress (and wore it well) with classy Brian Atwood shoes. Faith Hill went with a champagne beige Tom Ford long-sleeved dress with flowers embroidered all over and a green velvet ribbon belt. She paired it with elegant gold T-strap shoes. (Also in Tom Ford for the night was host Rob Lowe, in a steel gray suit and matching shirt.) And honoree Taylor Swift graced the stage in a corset-style porcelain dress in bright red, just like her signature lipstick. But for the shoe-obsessed, her shoes were the night’s best bet: sparkly pale gold Christian Louboutin open-toe pumps. If you must have them, but can’t handle the inevitable four-digit price tag, go for the $70 knockoffs and paint the soles red. See more photos from the CMT Artists of the Year special.