How Celebs Prepare For The CMA Awards

We’ve got all the details on how they get red carpet ready

It’s almost time for the 51st Annual CMA Awards.Year after year the CMA red carpets seem to get better & better! Each year we wait to see the fashion, the glam, the couples & the music. Celeb Secrets Country has all the details on how our fave celebs prepare for the red carpet. The 2017 CMA Awards are scheduled to air on ABC on Nov. 8, at 8PM ET.

Carrie Underwood

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Let’s start with the queen herself, Carrie Underwood, who is about to host her tenth CMAs alongside Brad Paisley. Carrie always looks FLAWLESS. Other than being naturally perfect, how does she achieve this amazing look every time? Melissa Schleicher, who owns 3 Nashville salons: Parlour 3, Barbour 3 & Hunter Paige. She’s known for giving Carrie a flawless smokey eye & gorgeous hair, but Schleicher is also the stylist for high profile male artists like Brad Paisley, Easton Corbin, Rascal Flatts & more. Carrie’s outfits are always customized from head to toe thanks to her stylist, Marina Toybina. Toybina is an Emmy Award winning, costume and fashion designer.


Miranda Lambert

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Miranda Lambert can rock glitter & pink all day everyday, with gorgeous waves to top it off.Johnny Lavoy is one of the most sought after hair stylists in New York. He is the Artistic Director and founder of Moda-Rey Salon & Spa. You may have seen his work in Vogue or Vanity Fair. Makeup artist Moani Lee, has mastered the art of slaying a glitter eye paired with a soft neutral lip. Lee also works with stars like Maren Morris an Kasey Musgraves. Miranda is a Country-Rockstar Barbie with usually 2 outfit changes per award show since the artist usually performs. From black leather to blue jean skirts or evening gowns, stylist Tiffany Gifford has it covered. Gifford has worked with Shania Twain & Sadie Robertson.


Kelsea Ballerni

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Kelsea Ballerini always looks like a princess. Whether she’s performing, presenting or strutting the red carpet, her look is always classic. She can rock sleek straight hair, tousled waves or a high pony thanks to celeb hairstylist, Bridget Brager. Braver has worked with Kate Bosworth, Gwneth Paltrow & more. We did our research as to how Kelsea achieves her fresh but flawless makeup look, and it appears she alternates her routine from Kelsey Deenihan to Clarissa Luna. Deenhihan has worked with Cindy Crawford and Reese Witherspoon while Roser has worked with country stars like Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett.


Thomas Rhett & Lauren Akins

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Every time Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins go out, everyone says goals. The pair feels most at home in a pair of sneakers and jeans but they sure know how to kill a red carpet. Lauren has a go-to for hair/makeup and it’s The Dry House Nashville. The salon is famous for making celebs red-carpet ready. Stars like Miranda Lambert & Kasey Musgraves are also known to appear. Rhett usually arrives to the event in a customized suit or dress pants with Vans styled by Kemal Harris. While Lauren glows in a classic evening gown look courtesy of Cassandra Dittmer. Ditmer has also worked with other artists such as Lady Antebellum.

Hair & Makeup: The Dry House Nashville

Stylist: Kemal Harris (Rhett), Cassandra Dittmer (Lauren)


Jason & Brittany Aldean

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The Aldeans are another couple that make us say goals. Brittany is a makeup artist herself, so she usually does her own makeup for a red carpet, which is amazing! The Dry House Nashville has also been known to give Britt some glam from time to time including a high-sleek pony. She also works with Parlour 3 to achieve her hair looks. Jason’s signature suite and cowboy is put together by John Murphy while Brittany works with Cherie Kilchrist for her jumpsuit look.

Hair: The Dry House Nashville, Parlour 3

Makeup: Brittany Aldean

Stylist: John Murphy ( Jason), Cherie Kilchrist (Brittany)


We can’t wait to see what this year’s CMA Red Carpet will bring. The 2017 CMA Awards are scheduled to air on ABC on Nov. 8, at 8PM ET. The ceremony will take place live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.



Written by Taylor Stanford

Taylor holds a BA in Journalism & minor in communication studies.
She has a background in broadcast TV and digital marketing. With a passion for music, she loves to chat with artists about their work. She finds joy in travels, good conversations, & vinyl records.