10 Best & Worst Dressed at the American Country Countdown Awards (PHOTOS)

Lisa Fogarty | Dec 15, 2014 Beauty & Style

The first-ever American Country Countdown Awards certainly did not disappoint -- especially when it came to outrageous, fashion-forward, and just plain pretty gowns. Some of our favorite female songbirds totally hit it out of the park -- Carrie Underwood, I tip my hat to you -- while others, well, let's just say it pains us to have to critique their wardrobe so harshly when, obviously, their talent trumps such trivial matters. But it must be done, guys. Here are 5 of our favorite looks from the American Country Countdown Awards and 5 we couldn't stand.


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  • Best: Carrie Underwood


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    Everything about Carrie Underwood's red carpet look worked: from the regal white hue that put the spotlight on her gorgeous growing baby bump to the hints of gold that worked flawlessly with her hair and complexion. Carrie took a chance in white and stood out from the crowd.

  • Worst: Miranda Lambert


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    Incredible hair: check. Fun, sparkly makeup: yep. Amazing voice: obviously. But when it came to her red carpet dress, Miranda Lambert's fell short for one reason alone: that Batman-inspired bodice. Unless she's paying homage to Fifty Shades of Grey, it's too bondage for an awards show.

  • Best: Cassadee Pope


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    Cassadee Pope followed in Carrie Underwood's footsteps and chose an angelic white gown with pretty and feminine details that deviated from her usual edgy wardrobe. She looked every inch the Hollywood star.

  • Worst: Meghan Linsey


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    We're betting Meghan Linsey was going for trendy when she showed up wearing a two-piece black lace dress that reminded us of something we're accustomed to seeing on Rihanna. But she looked uncomfortable and out of place among so many of her elegantly dressed peers.

  • Best: Hillary Scott


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    Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum was red-hot at the awards show, opting for a chic gown that cinched her waist, featured a plunging neckline, and made her look like a queen.

  • Worst: Kelsea Ballerini


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    We know it's a few weeks before the holidays, but that isn't an excuse for Kelsea Ballerini to wrap her adorable self in silver tinsel and call it a day. Her matching booties, though great on their own, didn't help matters.

  • Best: Madison Marlow & Taylor Dye


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    Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye of the duo Maddie & Tae showed how to incorporate holiday flair in a way that is subtle and sweet. They also win the award for most coordinated couple -- their metallic dresses complement one another and are sexy -- but also age-appropriate.

  • Worst: Reba McEntire


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    Wait, hear me out. Reba McEntire looked AMAZING. Her hair, skin, insane figure -- the woman gets more gorgeous every year. But when you're thinking about what to wear when you accept the first-ever Nash Icon Award, you should try a little harder than a LBD. Standing on stage next to Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert -- both of whom sparkled -- Reba looked like she just threw on the first dress that fell out of her closet. With a figure that stunning, the icon could have had her pick of designers to dress her for the event. Tsk, tsk.

  • Worst: Kelly Clarkson


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    I want to say something wonderful about Kelly Clarkson because it disgusts me to think of the way her post-baby body has been criticized all over the place since she gave birth this past summer. Her hair and makeup were spectacular -- but I would be lying if I said her shiny black dress did her justice. There are ways to dress every figure -- and this isn't a good example of that. Less glitz and more attention to cut and fabric would have been a better call for Kelly.

  • Best: Carrie Underwood ... Again


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    I know, technically, I'm cheating because I already mentioned Carrie Underwood once before. But are you seeing this electric-blue gown she rocked during her opening performance? A-maaa-zing. To truly make it perfect, I would have done away with the corset straps on the back -- but now I'm nitpicking. When it came to the perfect wardrobe and style, Carrie owned the night.

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