Beyonce steals the show in a low-cut sheer number as she performs with The Dixie Chicks at 50th Annual CMA Awards
- The Queen Bey performed a folksier version of her hit Daddy Lessons
- Taylor Swift presented biggest award of the night: Entertainer of the Year
- Carrie Underwood Female Vocalist of the Year for sixth consecutive year
- Chris Stapleton was top winner: Male Vocalist and Music Video of the Year
- Dollie Parton took home the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award
- Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey and Peyton Manning presented
It may have been country music's biggest night.
But it was Beyonce who stole the show.
The 35-year-old singer was a featured performer at the 50th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday night.
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Angelic: Beyonce was a featured performer at the 50th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday night
Collaboration: The 35-year-old star was joined by legendary group The Dixie Chicks - pictured from left to right Emily Robison, Natalie Maines, and Martie Maguire - at the gala event
She was joined by legendary group The Dixie Chicks for a folksier version of her hit Daddy Lessons at the event held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
The wife of Jay Z looked absolutely stunning as always in a shiny white see-through gown.
The dress featured a low-cut detailing which showed off her cleavage in addition to puffed out sleeves around the shoulders.
Wow factor: Beyonce looked absolutely stunning as always in a shiny white see-through gown
Showing her style: The dress featured a low-cut detailing which showed off her cleavage in addition to puffed out sleeves around the shoulders
Having fun: Beyonce gave Natalie Maines a hug during the perfromance
Familiar material: They did a folksier version of Beyonce's hit Daddy Lessons
Turn heads in an embellished gown like Beyonce's
Tonight Beyonce has proved that she dominates in every single musical category. We didn't expect to see her at the Country Music Awards. But not only did she show up, she rocked the stage in a rousing performance with the Dixie Chicks!
Bey walked the red carpet in a floor length long sleeve dress that was embroidered with pastel colored beads and crystals.
It hails from Australian designers J'Aton Couture and we adore those exaggerated sleeves and that subtle train. Beyonce gave new meaning to the word 'Flawless'!
It's no surprise that you won't find this couture look anywhere online, but don't let that stop you from emulating Beyonce's signature style.
Check out the lookalikes we've selected below and prepare to slay all day like Beyonce!
Comfortable customer: At one point during the perfromance Beyonce leaned back onto Emily Robison
In tune: It was one of the best performances of the night
Beyonce accessorised with several pearl necklaces and a pair of blinged out gold earrings.
Her blonde locks were straightened as they were worn down flowing over her shoulders.
The Single Ladies hitmaker let her natural looks show with complimentary make-up including shiny lip.
Styling and profiling: Beyonce accessorised with several pearl necklaces and a pair of blinged out gold earrings
Stunning: Her blonde locks were straightened as they were worn down flowing over her shoulders
Quite the appearance: The Dixie Chicks were dressed in all black as Beyonce showed off her dancing skills alongside members of the longtime band
All love: Beyonce put her arm around Martie Maguire during the performance
Hugging it out: The two talented women shared a sweet embrace at the end of the performance
The Dixie Chicks were dressed in all black as Beyonce showed off her dancing skills alongside members of the longtime band.
Rumors that Beyonce would attend the show started only a few hours before it started and show organizers would not say when or what she was going to do.
Beyonce was not the only A-lister at the event as Taylor Swift made her return to the CMA Awards to present the biggest award of the night: Entertainer Of The Year.
The 26-year-old 1989 hitmaker stunned in a see through patterned halter gown featuring a thigh-high split down the middle.
She's back: Taylor Swift made her return to the CMA Awards to present the biggest award of the night: Entertainer Of The Year
Gorgeous: The 26-year-old 1989 hitmaker stunned in a see through patterned halter gown featuring a thigh-high split down the middle
Happy to be there: Taylor said: 'It's almost been 13 years since I came to Nashville to become a songwriter and recording artist and I've learned so much about what it means to be an entertainer from the remarkable artists in this arena tonight'
Proud: She wore her blonde locks down flowing over her shoulder as her make-up was complete with a swipe of her signature bright red lipstick
Superstars: Ultimately it was Garth Brooks who earned top honors as he and Taylor shared a cute moment while accepting his shiny new trophy
She wore her blonde locks down flowing over her shoulder as her make-up was complete with a swipe of her signature bright red lipstick.
Taylor said: 'It's almost been 13 years since I came to Nashville to become a songwriter and recording artist and I've learned so much about what it means to be an entertainer from the remarkable artists in this arena tonight.
'That's one of the reasons I feel so honoured to present this award to any one of these five outstanding nominees for Entertainer of the Year and be apart of this historic night we will always remember.'
Star of the show:Not to be outdone Carrie Underwood did not just host and was not just a part of the early star-studded medley but she also had a solo performance
It's a hit: She did recent single Dirty Laundry
Scintillating: She wore a tattered and torn white dress along with black accents
Racy: The outfit featured a black leather belt with matching suspenders, tie, large bracelets and studded leather boots
Pin parade: Carrie's signature legs were on full display
High-energy: She fronted an all-female band for the performance
Ultimately it was Garth Brooks who earned top honors as he and Taylor shared a cute moment while accepting his shiny new trophy.
Not to be outdone Carrie Underwood looked fantastic in a shiny mini as she joined Brad Paisley for their hosting gig during the opening monologue.
The blonde stunner showed off her flawless legs in a sparkling sheer grey mini dress featuring a cape over one shoulder.
She teamed the look with a pair of shiny metallic silver heels as her blonde locks were worn down into curls.
Dynamic Duo: Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley looked great as they hosted the 50th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday night
Working relationship: Carrie and Brad had a very entertaining monologue as they cracked plenty of jokes about the presidential election
Having a blast: They did a particularly entertaining bit involving a 'basket of deplorables' featuring items including Willy Nelson's potted meat and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Barbie and Ken dolls
The two had a very entertaining opening monologue as they made several references to the US Presidential election.
They did a particularly entertaining bit involving a 'basket of deplorables' featuring items including Willy Nelson's potted meat and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Barbie and Ken dolls.
She did not just perform hosting duties as she won one of the biggest awards of the night - Female Vocalist of the Year - which she has taken home six-consecutive years.
Big night: She did not just perform hosting duties as she won one of the biggest awards of the night - Female Vocalist of the Year - which she has taken home six-consecutive years
Looking good: 'Glory to God, thank you Jesus,' said a teary Underwood, who also thanked her husband and son while stunning in a gold dress
Ravishing in red: She had many outfit changes throughout the night as she and Brad paid tribute to famous looks from the award show's 50 years
'Glory to God, thank you Jesus,' said a teary Underwood, who also thanked her husband and son while stunning in a gold dress.
It was a busy night for the stunner as she slipped into something even sexier for a performance of recent single Dirty Laundry.
She sported a tattered white number featuring a black belt, suspenders and tie while joined by her all-female band.
What a tribute: Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Jennifer Nettles, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Lily Tomlin - pictured from left to right - on stage as the six women honoured Dolly with a tribute performance
Sunny day: The 70-year-old legendary singer earned the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award
Later on in the night, Carrie joined Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Kacey Musgraves, who all sang a rousing rendition of I Will Always Love You.
The emotional performance was to honour Dolly Parton who earned the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
'I would have cried, but I didn't want to mess up my eyelashes,' said 70-year-old Parton, sporting a bright yellow dress.
Shining star: The 33-year-old singer was even a part of the star-studded opening medley of the show as she did Tammy Wynette's Stand By Your Man
Gorgeous: Carrie scintellated in the shiny mini dress
A-lister: Reba McEntire was also a featured act in the medley
Crooners: Brad was joined by Roy Clark for one of his several performances in the medley
Fantastic four: Carrie, Brad and Reba were just some of the performers that culminated the star-studded performance as they flanked Randy Travis
The award show began with a high-energy medley featuring several of country's biggest stars as it started off with a Merle Haggard tribute by his son Ben and Vince Gill, before moving on to Brad Paisley with Roy Clark, then Carrie Underwood.
The performance medley continued Charley Pride singing Kiss an Angel Good Morning alongside Paisley, then Alabama followed by Charlie Daniels, then Reba McEntire.
Pretty: Jennifer Garner was one of the stars presenting for the occasion as she did Best New Artist of the Year
Showing her style: The 44-year-old actress sported a sequined strapless top tucked into flowy black trousers
Milestone moment: Maren Morris was overcome with emotion as she took home the Best New Artist of the Year prize
It continued rolling on with Dwight Yoakam doing Guitars And Cadillac, not to be outdone Clint Black hit the stage, then Ricky Skaggs joined Paisley for 'Country Boy', Alan Jackson then took over with 'Don't Rock The Jukebox'.
The culmination of the star-studded opening medley found all the performers singing together while flanking Randy Travis for 'Forever And Ever, Amen'.
Chris Stapleton, who won big at last year's show, was the night's top winner with two: He took home male vocalist and music video of the year.
Alright, alright, alright: Matthew McConaughey was one of the presenters as he sported double denim
Touching: The 46-year-old actor had a touching speech about being humble as he introduced his friend and country legend Tim McGraw
The man in black: The 49-year-old singer gave a rousing performance of Humble And Kind
Final Five: Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, and Aly Raisman - pictured from left to right - were the first presenters of the night
No chicken parm tonight: Peyton Manning introduced his pal Kenny Chesney
'What a wonderful night ... I've cried just watching everybody,' said Stapleton, who walked into the show as the top nominee along with Eric Church and newcomer Maren Morris.
The first presenters of the night were the 'final five' Team USA Women's Gymnastics Team featuring Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez and Simone Biles.
They gave the first award of the night for Single Of The Year to Thomas Rhett for his song Die A Happy Man.
The woman in black: Miranda Lambert performed Vice
Stunning: The 32-year-old singer wore a black suit over a lacy top
Up-and-comer: Kelsea Ballerini was the first solo performance of the night as she did her hit Peter Pan
Stunning: Her vocal talents were on display as dancer's behind her performed acrobatic acts
Kelsea Ballerini was the first solo performance of the night as she did her hit Peter Pan featuring dancers performing an acrobatic number complete with flying.
Jennifer Garner was also a presenter at the event as she gave the New Artist of the Year to Maren Morris.
An adorable moment came when real life couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed their own medley of classic country songs.
Loved up: Real-life couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed together
Hand-in-hand: They did a medley of classic country songs
Just the two of us: Elle King and Dierks Bentley did their track Different For Girls track together
Talented: The 27-year-old daughter of Rob Schneider rocked a circus-inspired number
Having fun: The two were definitely in tune for the great performance
Doing what he does best: Keith Urban was another performer
Aww: He appeared to blow wife Nicole Kidman a kiss
2016 Country Music Association Awards Winners
Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks - WINNER
Male Vocalist of the Year
Chris Stapleton - WINNER
Female Vocalist of the Year
Carrie Underwood - WINNER
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town - WINNER
Zac Brown Band
Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osbourne - WINNER
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Joey + Rory
Maddie & Tae
New Artist of the Year
Maren Morris - WINNER
Single of the Year
"Die a Happy Man," Thomas Rhett - WINNER
"Humble and Kind," Tim McGraw
"My Church," Maren Morris
"Nobody to Blame," Chris Stapleton
"Record Year," Eric Church
Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
"Die a Happy Man," Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett, Joe Spargur
"Humble and Kind," Lori McKenna - WINNER
"My Church," busbee, Maren Morris
"Record Year," Eric Church, Jeff Hyde
"Burning House," Cam, Tyler Johnson, Jeff Bhasker
Album of the Year
Hero, Maren Morris
Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church - WINNER
Storyteller, Carrie Underwood
Black, Dierks Bentley
Ripcord, Keith Urban
Musical Event of the Year
"Different for Girls," Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King - WINNER
"Home Alone Tonight," Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
"The Fighter," Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood
"Think of You," Chris Young (duet with Cassadee Pope)
"You Are My Sunshine," Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton
Music Video of the Year
"Fire Away," Chris Stapleton - WINNER
"Humble and Kind," Tim McGraw
"Record Year," Eric Church
"Somewhere on a Beach," Dierks Bentley
"Burning House," Cam
Musician of the Year
Dann Huff - WINNER
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