The trio – Charles Kelley (left), Hillary Scott and and Dave Haywood – not only presented for the first time at the ACM Awards but also won, for new duo/vocal group. “Does this mean we get to hang with Kenny Chesney now?” joked Kelley.
The Dancing with the Stars pro and presenter, in a “one of a kind” dress by budding designer Katie Ermilio, says she feels “like the luckiest girl in the world” as she’s about to debut her first country album Tuesday.
On the carpet, Jennifer Nettles (in a Kaufman Franco gown and Kimberly McDonald jewelry) and Kristian Bush were already having a good time – and that was before they picked up two awards, for single and song of the year for their heartfelt “Stay.”
The star is Vegas chic in an MLH minidress and strappy Jill Stuart heels, but by tomorrow her look will be decidely low-key – she’s flying home after the show to catch her soon-to-be stepson’s baseball game.
The country singers bring a little rock ‘n’ roll attitude to the orange carpet. Buxton, who was up for top new female vocalist, later sang backup vocals for Keith Urban’s floor-level performance of “Tu Compania.”