Country's Hottest Stars Walk the Rhinestone Red Carpet
November 16, 2005

The Country Music Association Awards made history in the Big Apple Tuesday night, and "Extra's" Tanika Ray was there to talk romance, fashion and award-winning hits with country's biggest stars.

Shania Twain and Lee Ann Womack brought country to the CMAs, while big city boys Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel brought the rock.

Keith Urban was named Entertainer of the Year, but the singer spent much of the night dodging rumors that he and Nicole Kidman are engaged. "I think every one of us has things we want to keep to ourselves," he said. "Things we want to keep sacred."

To start the night off right, "Extra" rode to the show with 3-time CMA winner Womack and her daughter, Aubrie, who apparently wanted to take home a certain celebrity presenter. "If she doesn't get to marry Joaquin Phoenix, she'll stalk him," Womack laughed. "She'll be stalking the man."

In other CMA highlights, Renée Zellweger's ex-husband, Kenny Chesney, made his first award show appearance since the split, Dolly Parton and Elton John teamed up for a dynamic duet, and "American Idol" Carrie Underwood sang a tune from her new CD.

"I am terrified," Underwood admitted before the show. "Honestly, everybody I've ever grown up listening to and idolized myself is sitting right in front of me."

No awards show is complete without some must-see fashions, and country's hottest stars didn't let us down. Wynona Judd made a bedazzling fashion statement in a man's tie, while LeAnn Rimes' husband almost caused a wardrobe malfunction.

"I know, it's easy on, easy off," Rimes admitted. "You see the zipper there?"


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