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Style Reigns Supreme at the 2021 CMA Awards

The best part about the Country Music Association Awards is that the timing is perfect. The next award show season picks up in January and we just finished the last of this year’s awards back in September with the VMA’s and the Emmy’s. At the start of the winter months, we are dying for some red carpet fashion coverage and the 2021 CMA Awards are here to save the day.

This year’s pinnacle of country music took place in the promised land for the musical genre — Nashville, Tennessee — and was hosted by the first solo host in 18 years, American Idol judge and CMA Award-winning artist Luke Bryan. While the award show itself was exciting and the performances were heart-wrenchingly wonderful, we all know why we are really here… the fashionable jewelry!

As usual, I was joined by members of Stuller’s talented and stylish fine jewelry team to help me pick the top looks from the red carpet. Not only are we picking our favorite icons of the night, but we are also pairing them with the best accessories inspired by the stars. Join Stuller’s Kristen Ber, Taylor Beadle, and myself as we share which styles we believed shined the brightest at the 2021 CMA Awards.

Caroline Bryan: Hearts are On Fire

CMA Awards host Luke Bryan absolutely killed it as a host and all of his looks for the evening were top notch. But let’s talk about the real hero in the Bryan family this evening — his wife, Caroline Bryan. We were absolutely in love with her heart-themed gown from the red carpet and felt she stole the show. After seeing her, we were the physical representation of the heart-eyes emoji 😍.

With a style that stands out as much as that dress did, we just have to pair it with some heart-themed pieces of our own. From a subtle heart chain to a pair of lip studs that will make you blow a kiss, Caroline Bryan had us simply inspired.


Jimmie Allen: Pretty in Pink

Have you heard of this year’s New Artist of the Year winner Jimmie Allen? Well you will now! Jimmie Allen came to the red carpet to be noticed and we sure did. Showing off in a matching pink vest, pants, and hat, his shirt also featured pink rose statements. There was no way this look wouldn’t be a favorite. Congratulations on the win, Jimmie!

With such a bold look, we had to search for the perfect pop of color. We chose a couple of pieces showcasing Pink Sapphire and Rhodalite Garnet that would accent any bold statement.


Kelsea Ballerini: Classic and Clean

Jimmie Allen is not the only winner we spotted on the red carpet last night. Kelsea Ballerini walked away with not one, but TWO CMA Awards — Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year. We want to add just one more award for this star-studded winner: Best Dressed! We fell in love with her simple and classic, yet trendy all-white ensemble. Another congratulatory shout out to this beautiful CMA Award recipient!

This clean and white look was a no-brainer when we were thinking of pieces that would best complement her style. The new white enameled pieces recently added to 302® Fine Jewelry would look perfect with her outfit and keep her accessories fresh.


Katy Perry: Elegance With Pearls

Surprise! Were you expecting to see Katy Perry at a country music award show? Neither were we… but we are NOT mad about it at all. The award-winning pop sensation wore a brown leather dress that helped make the long pearl necklace she donned the star of her look. This is a perfect example of the modern take on classic pearls and we were obsessed.

If you have been following us this year, you know that we will take every opportunity to feature pearls. These timeless classics are breaking through the younger generations in new and exciting ways. We picked a few pieces that Katy’s red carpet style inspired combined with yellow gold and even a few diamonds.


Maddie and Tae: Green With Envy

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Closing out our favorite picks from the 2021 CMA Awards red carpet is Maddie and Tae. Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye, also known as Maddie and Tae, were the perfect duo in green ensembles. While the pair did not win Vocal Duo of the Year, we are happy to award them with a top red carpet look.

For this matching pair, we felt they deserved a matching look. Combine our Peridot bezel-set beaded necklace and matching earrings for a style fit to walk amongst the stars.


Well that’s a wrap on award show events from 2021! We are happy to see the return of the red carpet this year and noticed that the stars have fully embraced their best fashion this year. Our team is excited for what’s in store next year and you can be sure you’ll be the first to find out.


Taylor Dizor

Staff Writer

Taylor holds degrees in Political Science and Communication from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as well as multiple certifications from GIA. His years in the wedding industry and love of fashion trends helps him write content for the on-trend and creative jeweler.