The Most Daring Dresses Ever Worn On The ACM Awards Red Carpet

The Academy of Country Music Awards is a night dedicated to honoring the greats of country music, but it also gives us a glimpse of some of the most gorgeous dresses ever made. While there are usually classic designs, many celebrities take advantage of the occasion to wear the most daring and unique dresses. These are some of the most inspirational looks at the ACM Awards over the years.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood, the American Idol winner, shows off her impressive legs in this magnificent sequined dress with a daring buckle pattern and a hip-high slit in her 2020 look.

Kelsea Ballerini

country pop artist, takes on the red carpet in a sweeping long-sleeved asymmetrical red dress that plays with multiple textures and tones of crimson. In a nod to classic country culture, she wears matching cowboy boots.


Kelsea Ballerini

Maren Morris

Maren Morris of The Highwomen wears a version of a classic dress with a plunging neckline and bejeweled embroidered lime green patterns. She accessorizes with a pair of similar lime heels and a delicate gold belt.

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert’s witchy-glam ensemble exudes major witchy-glam vibes. Her Alex Perry neon green dress has a narrow neckline that emphasizes her powerful shoulders and clavicles, and her purse has an almost elegant potion bottle appearance to it.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman wears a lovely Christopher Kane dress as she walks beside her country crooner beau Keith Urban. It has delicate lace contrasting with a chain mail-like pattern. The plunging neckline is offset by the dramatic sleeves.

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves dresses up in a daring pastel Christian Cowen power suit. She wears the jacket as her top instead of her shirt and bra. The sleeves of the jacket fan out elegantly and complement the big flare of the pants.

Maren Morris, 2019

Maren Morris looks lovely in this silky Christian Siriano dress at the 2019 ACM Awards. The tiny dress has a lengthy train and beautiful ruffling at the top that resembles seashells and waves. She finishes off the ensemble with silver heeled sandals.

Carrie Underwood, 2019

Carrie Underwood, as always, flaunts her powerful and toned legs in her Nicolas Jebran dress at the 2019 ACM Awards. The dress, which has a double thigh-high split, highlights Carrie’s most attractive features.

Rebecca Romijn

Actress Rebecca Romijn attends the 2018 ACM Awards wearing this peacock-like Uel Camilo number. It’s clear that Camilo was thinking of the flashy bird while designing this dress. The sheer panels on the side add intrigue to the already visual dress.

Kelsea Ballerini, 2018

Kelsea Ballerini dresses softly and femininely for the 2018 ACM Awards. The Aadnevik gown has a corset top and a billowy skirt with beautiful wavy edges. She completes the ensemble with matching white wedge heels.

Nicole Kidman, 2018

Nicole Kidman wore a form-fitting Michael Kors gown to the 2018 ACM Awards. The gold sequined dress has a lovely open back, and the hue complements Kidman’s blonde locks nicely.


Miranda Lambert, 2018

Miranda Lambert wore a striking Georges Chakra dress with a geometric paneling design on top that truly drew the eye. The basic skirt lets the top of the garment shine through. She completed her look with a pink clutch.

Lindsey Vonn

Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn shone brightly in this sunny Christian Siriano dress at the 2018 ACM Awards. The turtleneck form-fitting long-sleeved shirt is offset with a voluminous, flouncy tulle skirt that should not be overlooked. Her hair was styled in an exquisite top knot.

Jennifer Nettles

Jennifer Nettles, half of the duo Sugarland, went for a tropical style for the 2018 ACM Awards in this J. Mendel dress. The form-fitting velveteen dress has a leaf motif that looks almost feathery.

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer, a country musician who also appears in the TV show One Tree Hill, wore a plunging neckline to the 2015 ACM Awards. The chevron design gave the outfit a geometric look.


Savannah Chrisley

Savannah Chrisley, a reality celebrity, went all out for drama in her 2017 ACM Awards dress. The sheer paneling shows off a daring glimpse of skin, while the remainder of the dress is form-fitting. The velvet-black also gives a dramatic touch, recalling Morticia Addams’ renowned dress.


Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough, a country singer, actor, and professional dancer, looks stunning in this halter neckline Randi Rahm dress at the 2011 ACM Awards. Her skin tone is wonderfully complemented by the dark peach color, and her jade and gold cuff is a perfect complementary accent.

Carrie Underwood, 2016

Carrie Underwood looks like a flapper in this Davidson Zanine dress at the 2016 ACM Awards. The scallop design beading is really stunning, and it is complemented by the sheer top, which lends the dress an appealing draping appearance.

Carrie Underwood

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift looks stunning in this stunning J. Mendel top and skirt combo at the 2014 ACM Awards. The long skirt has a thigh-high split that shows some leg, and the top has cutouts that give the halter little sleeves.

Taylor Swift

Shania Twain

Shania Twain, the original country pop princess, attends the 2013 ACM Awards wearing gorgeous thigh high boots. She’s dressed in a loose-fitting strapless dress with two long layers flowing behind her. Her hair is styled in loose waves, and she accessorizes with a gold cuff and drop earrings.

Nicole Kidman, 2016

Nicole Kidman doesn’t hold back at the 2016 ACM Awards. Wearing an Alexander McQueen dress that consists of a little black dress with a long-sleeved sheer overlay with several minor motifs, this is one garment that cannot be overlooked.

Miranda Lambert, 2014

Miranda Lambert wore this classic Randi Rahm dress in a neutral tone to the 2014 ACM Awards. The mermaid dress is just form-fitting enough to be lovely, but the deep plunge up top is the daring component of this garment.

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow stuns in this Christian Siriano dress at the 2014 ACM Awards. The geometric design accentuates her figure, while she accessorizes with geometric gold earrings and a matching black clucth.


Kimberly Schlapman

Little Big Town singer Kimberly Shlapman really caught everyone’s eye at the 2021 ACM Awards with this hot dress. The design of the dress is simple and allows the color to do all the talking.

Cassadee Pope

Cassadee Pope looks stunning in this stunning ensemble at the 2017 ACM Awards. The sheer black overlay layers over an almost bikini-like top and bottom combo, and the dress is adorned throughout with gorgeous cherry blossoms.

Cassadee Pope

LeAnn Rimes

At the 2012 ACM Awards, LeAnn Rimes wears a Stella McCartney dress that evokes the 1960s and 1970s. A white mesh panel accents the geometric circle motif. She accessorized with a geometric clutch and wore tan platforms.

Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha looks stunning in her exquisite Yanina Couture dress as she attends the 2018 ACM Awards. The sheer, ruffled top of the form-fitting black dress flows down to Bebe’s arms and leads into the branch-adorned sleeves.


Shakira, the pop queen, looked stunning in a Zuhair Murad dress at the 2013 ACM Awards. The form-fitting teal dress has strong cuts along the hip-line and shoulders, giving it the appearance of butterfly wings.


Danielle Peck

Danielle Peck, a country singer, turned heads in this bright yellow dress at the 2013 ACM Awards. A tulle mermaid tail adorned the form-fitting mermaid dress. Peck wore a stacked diamond necklace and matching cuff.

Julianne Hough, 2010

Julianne Hough nailed the 2010 trends in this ACM Awards look. Her hair is done with the typical “bumpit” bump that was popular at the time. Her modest white Basil Soda Couture dress has an intriguing metallic corset-like overlay.