ACM Awards 2018: Stars hit the red carpet and stage
The Academy of Country Music Awards kicked off its 53rd annual show Sunday April 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sunday in Las Vegas. Carrie Underwood gave an emotional performance of her new song 'Cry Pretty,' her first public appearance since a fall that left her with 40 stitches in her face.
Jason Aldean returned to Vegas for the awards ceremony, the first time country music's biggest names went back since last fall's mass shooting left dozens of festivalgoers dead. He posed with wife Brittany Kerr on the red carpet.
Aldean won the entertainer of the year award during the show.
Reba McEntire returned for the 15th time as host for the evening, stunning in a black figure-hugging gown.
Lauren Alaina brought home the award for new female vocalist at the ACM Awards.
Alaina hit the stage with Kane Brown for an emotionally-charged performance of their song 'What Ifs.'
Miranda Lambert brought home a Song of the Year win for 'Tin Man' and won Female Vocalist of the Year, becoming the top artist in the history of the ACM Awards.
Kelsea Ballerini took the stage at the ACM Awards on Sunday night.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban looked sleek on the red carpet, with Kidman in a gold dress and Urban in a gray jacket over an all-black outfit.
Keith Urban, alongside Carrie Underwood, accepted the vocal event of the year award.
Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntir belted out McEntire's 'Does He Love You.'
Kenny Chesney performed during the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards.
Blake Shelton performed his new single 'I Lived It' and participated in the ACMs' series of 25-year throwback performances.
Maren Morris hit the ACM Awards red carpet in a strapless dress and silver heels.
Morris did a quick outfit change before gracing the stage in a plunging strappy gown.
Luke Bryan and wife Caroline Boyer added to the stunning country couples on the red carpet.
Luke Bryan performed a hope-filled rendition of 'Most People are Good.'
Darius Rucker looked dapper in a gray three-piece suit and pink tie on the red carpet.
Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum hit the the red carpet, just months after Haywood and Scott welcomed babies to their families.
Jake Owen debuted a bright ensemble on the red carpet, stepping out in a magenta suit.
Kane Brown looked chic on the red carpet in a maroon velvet jacket.
Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina brought the star-filled audience to its feet during a performance of their nominated 'What Ifs.'
Chris Young performed during the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Brett Young donned a blue plaid shirt during his ACM Awards performance.
Chris Janson ended the night on a high note with electric show-closer 'Redneck Life.'
Phillip Sweett, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town color coordinated in black looks on the ACM Awards red carpet.
Brantley Gilbert donned a sleek blue and black jacket on the red carpet.
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of musical group Dan + Shay hit the red carpet.
Cassadee Pope is the new queen of the power suit. She wore a black velvet pantsuit with a plunging neckline on the red carpet.
Eve arrived on the red carpet in a light pink dress with a thigh-high slit.
Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach and Jess Carson of music group Midland rocked cowboy hats on the red carpet.
Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell posed together on the red carpet.
Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi of musical group Old Dominion looked sharp in suits on the ACM Awards red carpet.
Lindsey Vonn went bright on the red carpet in a yellow long-sleeved ballgown.
Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean rocked an eggplant suit on the red carpet.
Sam Elliot joined Ashton Kutcher on the red carpet at the 53rd ACM Awards.
Clay Walker and Jessica Craig got flashy on the red carpet, with Walker in a cowboy hat and Craig in a Jessica Rabbit-esque sequined red dress.
Chris Lane unbuttoned a few buttons on his silky patterned shirt for his red carpet look at the ACM Awards.