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

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

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.

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