OFFSTAGE: 10 Stars Share the Stories Behind Their CMT Style

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I love style and fashion and beauty just as much as the next person. But I am not content to merely look at photos. I always want to know the story behind the style, so that was what I asked the stars about when they came down the red carpet before Wednesday’s (June 5) 2013 CMT Music Awards . Here are a few of the best style scoops.

Ashley Monroe: “When I get myself ready, sometimes it’s a train wreck. I burnt my thumb three times trying to curl my hair yesterday, and I thought, ‘Being pretty ain’t pretty,’” she said, referencing a Pistol Annies‘ song. Her long peachy Haute Hippie dress was perfect for her Bohemian kind of style.

Kree Harrison: In a white pique retro cocktail dress by Robert Rodriguez and shoes by Steve Madden, Harrison looked all grown up and ready to head into her post-American Idol life. “It’s so flattering that people want me to wear their clothes. It’s like playing dress up. I had a makeup artist because, Lord knows, it takes a village,” she laughed. “I’m blessed to have people around me that take good care of me and make me pretty.”

Kellie Pickler: She told me she loved her dress — a floor-length champagne gown covered in so many sequins it probably weighed as much as the Dancing With the Stars mirror ball she recently brought home — but the extreme low cut in the front made keeping it in place tricky. “I am literally taped into this dress. It’s not going anywhere. I hope,” she said. Her skin was just as gorgeous as the dress, thanks to Laura Mercier bronzer and some M-A-C glitter.

Brantley Gilbert: “The fiancé [artist id="3922506"]Jana Kramer[/artist] helped out with all this,” he said of his outfit and his vast array of David Yurman and King Baby jewels. As for his style at his upcoming wedding, he said, “I agreed to take my hat off for the ceremony, but it’s coming right back on for the reception.”

Jana Kramer: “Faith Hill and Martina McBride always inspired me. They always looked stunning at these awards shows,” she said. “I always dreamed that one day I’d just be in the audience. And here I am.” She admitted her beaded Pavoni dress was so thin and sheer, she had to make sure everything fell in the right place. “I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but I said, ‘Screw it, I’m taking the risk.’”

Scotty McCreery: “These are Lucchesse boots,” he told me as he lifted up his pants leg to reveal his North Carolina State University logo right on the front of the boot. “How cool is that?”

Easton Corbin: “My look’s pretty basic. Diesel jeans, Lucchese boots, a David Yurman belt and this shirt,” he said. I was going crazy for what Corbin described simply as “this shirt.” It was a fitted plaid Levi’s pearl snap with fine gold threads woven through the plaid. By far, my favorite look of all the men on the carpet. I insisted on knowing where he got it so I could buy one for every man I know. “Some vintage store” was all he could tell me.

Kacey Musgraves: “This fun little number is by Gomez-Gracia dress, and then I have Jimmy Choos in my bag,” she told me, noting that the staggering high heels she was wearing on the carpet would be no good for when she did “Blowin’ Smoke” during the show. “I have to actually move around onstage,” she said. “So send me good vibes.”

David Nail: He was wearing Hugo Boss with some Billy Reid mixed in but no trademark statement socks. “I decided to change it up this year,” he said. But his wife Cat? She showed me his socks in her purse. “He just decided that on the way here to not to wear the socks. But he might change his mind,” she said.

Charlie Worsham: “Everyone’s got their rituals. Orange Chucks are mine,” he told me of his now-signature Converse All-Stars. “I bought a used pair of them years ago, and they’re beat up now, but I wear them to every show.” He paired the shoes with a Ben Sherman shirt, jeans and his tattoo of a Marty Stuart autographed lyric on his arm.

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