OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Dazzles on 2013 CMT Music Awards Red Carpet

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There’s just something about a big event that really makes stars and celebs shine a little brighter, don’t you think? Because look at all the performers and presenters who walked the red carpet on their way into Wednesday night’s (June 5) CMT Music Awards .

Taylor Swift was simply stunning in her Elie Saab dress. She complemented her dazzling ensemble with Jimmy Choo shoes, along with jewelry by Neil Lane and a clutch from Christian Louboutin.

Swift and her fellow country stars looked better than ever, thanks to glam squads and some tres chic trends from a long list of fashion designers. Carrie Underwood chose Edition by Georges Chakra for her appealing, geometric-inspired ensemble. Ashley Monroe‘s look on the red carpet was driven by a Haute Hippie dress, Enzo Angiolini shoes, Kimberly McDonald jewelry and an Edie Parker bag.

So there were cool spring looks, one-shoulder dresses, strappy platforms, high-waisted shorts, statement necklaces, backless tops, bright bold colors (and yes, a lot of black), about a thousand kinds of denim and a healthy dose of sparkle. So. Much. Sparkle. And lace. Lace was very big this year.

Pretty much any and all runway-worthy styles were here in Nashville. It practically felt like New York City’s fashion week, just with a little less couture and a little more country.

View photos of artists arriving at the CMT Music Awards.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.