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Best-Dressed Stars Over 50 at the Country Music Awards

Jo Dee Messina, Wynonna and Lionel Richie brought their A game to the all-star event

(Left to right) Jo Dee Messina, Wynonna Judd and Lionel Richie
(Left to right) Jo Dee Messina, Wynonna Judd and Lionel Richie
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Sequins, fringe, plunging necklines and cowboy hats of all hues and styles took center stage at the 56th annual CMA Awards in Nashville. But the night’s most fashionable looks were not limited to the newcomers. Some of country music’s most-established names took the red carpet by storm.

Reba McEntire attends The 56th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Reba McEntire, 67

Country superstar McEntire was fancy indeed in a royal blue velvet gown with a plunging V neckline. The Big Sky actress performed in an opening medley with Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert dedicated to the late Loretta Lynn.

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Wynonna Judd attends The 56th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Wynonna Judd, 58

Judd glittered in a shimmery gold ensemble with train from RVNG Couture. The songstress, who lost her mother and former duo partner Naomi Judd to suicide in April, tearfully thanked the audience for their support, saying, “I am humbled and honored tonight to still have a seat at the table of country music.”

Lionel Richie and Lisa Parigi attend The 56th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Lionel Richie, 73

Music icon and American Idol judge Richie was the night’s newest man in black, sporting a long jet-black dress jacket, black shirt and trim black trousers. The recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was joined on the red carpet by girlfriend Lisa Parigi.

Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town attends The 56th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Kimberly Schlapman, 53

Pretty in pink: Little Big Town’s Schlapman turned heads in a monochromatic Azzi & Ostapale pink gown with lace overlay and matching elbow-length gloves.

Jo Dee Messina performs "She Had Me at Heads Carolina" during the 56th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
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Jo Dee Messina, 52

Messina went the short (and sexy) route. She took the stage for a surprise duet of “She Had Me at Heads Carolina” with Cole Swindell decked out in a brown leather jacket, suede fringe skirt and an animal print top.

Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town attends The 56th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Karen Fairchild, 53

Fairchild stood out in a brilliant orange Alaia form-fitting illusion gown with a feathered skirt. The Little Big Town singer joined her bandmates in presenting the Vocal Duo of the Year award to the Brothers Osborne.

Honorable Mention:

Luke Bryan at the 56th Annual CMA Awards
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Luke Bryan, 46

Sure, he not quite 50. But the evening’s affable cohost (with retired football star Peyton Manning, 46) took home the MVP award for sartorial style on country’s biggest night. He sported multiple looks — from classic black tux to burgundy velvet dressing jacket to forest green suede blazer and matching tonal shirt — each look better than the last.