The 2017 ACM Awards were an exercise in freedom of expression, and a few artists may have pulled a muscle. The Best Dressed were daring, while these four Worst Dressed artists were reckless.

Group cohesion gets one duo on this list, while too much color nabs a country newcomer. Not enough color gets Sam Hunt busted — seriously, a dash of crimson or emerald would have lifted his look. Some of these artists may have made your best dressed list (click to see ours below), and that's fine. Some people like vanilla ice cream, and some like spinach.

Reader comments and Taste of Country staff opinion helped shape this list of the worst dressed at the 2017 ACMs/ Over 100 artists walked the red carpet on Sunday night (April 2), with perennial Best Dressed nominees like Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert playing it relatively safe. Newcomers were the risk-takers, pushing the boundaries of country fashion much like they do the music.

Read our explanations, then decide your own Best and Worst Dressed. Be sure to check out even more of the dresses, suits, hats and gowns at the 2017 ACM Awards in Las Vegas in the gallery below.

 

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