There will be no shortage of star power at the 2011 Country Music Awards.
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood sparkled on the red carpet before the Nashville, Tenn., ceremony on Wednesday night -- literally, thanks to their studded gowns.
Country's leading ladies were joined by the genre's style-savvy men, including Tim McGraw, Sugarland's Kristain Bush and Clay Walker, who walked the carpet in an array of black-tie-appropriate hats.
The 45th annual ceremony kicks off at 8 p.m. Eastern, with Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Talyor Swift and Keith Urban vying for Entertainer of the Year.
Read Billboard's preview and predictions here.