PHOTOS: My First #CMTawards Red Carpet

Every Artist Remembers Their First #CMTawards Red Carpet

We’re almost exactly two weeks away from the 2018 CMT Music Awards, which means chances are, your favorite artists have already begun prepping for one of the biggest parts of the night: the red carpet.

It’s delightful chaos: a fun frenzy of artists talking to media, each other and of course, the fans, too. Style is essential and nailing “the look” is important, and man, have some of our favorites and yours changed over the years.

Voting to determine the winners in each category for the 2018 event is underway at through 12:01 a.m. ET on June 4. Little Big Town will host the night live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on June 6 at 8 p.m. ET.

And for those who want to be there in their red carpet best, tickets and a limited number of VIP experiences are available through Ticketmaster and CID, respectively.

Now, let’s recap some of those unforgettable first red carpets moments:

  1. Faith Hill and Keith Urban, 2003


    Look at these two! Friends for at least 15 years…

  2. Rascal Flatts, 2003


    It’s Nashville in summertime, sleeves are definitely overrated…

  3. John Corbett and Blake Shelton, 2004

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    RIP, Mullet. We hardly knew ye. (PS, they were called the CMT Flameworthy Awards back then…)

  4. Shania Twain, 2004

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  5. Martina McBride, 2004

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    We not-so-secretly miss her iconic pixie haircut.

  6. Maya Angelou, 2004

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    A big fan of Montgomery Gentry’s “Some People Change,” the celebrated poet was on hand that night to introduce their performance.

  7. Carrie Underwood, 2006

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    Work it, honey, work it.

  8. Eric Church, 2006

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    Signing autographs for the fans, like a future “Chief.”

  9. Ashley Monroe

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    This beautiful angel has only gotten more glamourous with age.

  10. Taylor Swift, 2006

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    Baby Taylor, y’all. BABY TAYLOR.

  11. Luke Bryan, 2007

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    Caroline Bryan, you married this stud.

  12. Little Big Town, 2007

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    This year’s hosts have always been stylish, what else can we say?

  13. Jennifer Nettles, Kristian Bush, Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams Paisley, 2008

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    It’s a shame this foursome didn’t have any fun that year.

  14. Jason Aldean, 2008

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    Still stealing those fans’ hearts, even ten years later.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.