06/07/2012 08:06 am ET Updated Jun 07, 2012

CMT Awards 2012: Red Carpet Full Of Glitter & Boots (PHOTOS)

Nothing goes together quite like sequins and cowboy boots.

At least that seemed to be the mantra at last night's 2012 CMT Awards, where country music's biggest stars walked the red carpet in Nashville wearing all sorts of sparkle and shine.

The CMT Awards, for those just tuning in, should not be confused for the ACM Awards put on by the Academy of Country Music. If the ACMs are country music's Oscars, think of the CMTs as the, er, Golden Globes.

Which means, of course, slightly wilder fashion. There were plenty of cowboy boots to go around, even some poking out under intensely ornate mullet dresses. Those who weren't wearing traditional boots opted for high shine in neutral tones -- there were more nude pumps than in Kate Middleton's closet and plenty of nude dresses (on the likes of Kristen Bell, Ashley Greene, Denise Richards and Jana Kramer) drenched in crystals and other shiny doodads.

It's a good thing, too -- the women had to make up for Taylor Swift's noticeable absence. Luckily Carrie Underwood managed to fill the glitter quota all on her own, blinding everyone in a dark gray sequined mini dress and a Swarovski clutch.

See all the country stars you know and love (and plenty you don't know at all) in our red carpet roundup.

The 2012 CMT Awards

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