Country's finest stepped out in their Saturday best on Wednesday night (June 10), hitting the red carpet outside Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for the 2015 CMT Music Awards. As they do, stars like Jana Kramer and new mama Carrie Underwood strutted their stuff pre-show, making an already scorching hot summer night in Music City even hotter.

The CMT Awards aren't country's fanciest shindig, but that's part of their charm. The artists try new things, experiment with fashion, dress a little more like themselves and just generally have a blast. There were three things country fans looked forward to leading up to the event: Underwood's return to the stage after having baby boy Isaiah, and boy did she look phenomenal! She dazzled in a little white dress. Reba McEntire fans also knew that the Queen would take the CMT Music Awards stage for the first time in 10 years, and that it was sure to be an important moment. Keith Urban was a man of the night, performing his new single "John x3" for excited fans.

The evening was a little different, too, as country artists didn't play hosts — Brittany Snow and Erin Andrews led the evening. Check out all the pre-show highlights from our gallery of 2015 CMT Music Awards red carpet pictures above!

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