“Look at this crowd!” Carrie Underwood remarked as she opened the 46th Annual Country Music Awards, which she co-hosted for the fifth time with Brad Paisley. She was right: Country’s biggest stars packed the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for Country’s Biggest Night, and like many things southern, the theme on the carpet was “The Bigger the Better.” Big gowns made big statements, including Taylor Swift in a Jenny Packham look embroidered with her favorite color red, Miranda Lambert in champagne Maria Lucia Hohan, Kellie Pickler in beaded ice blue Pamella Roland with an extra-long train, and the host of the evening Carrie Underwood in ivory chiffon Reem Acra. Click through the gallery to see what everyone wore, and let us know your favorites in the comments. 

Meghan Blalock and Sharon Clott