A lot of websites track the “style evolution” of a particular star. We prefer not to, feeling that evolution is a big word*. Moreover, few stars have really changed the way we understand red carpets, though an arid group they are: Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett and, for better or worse, Lady Gaga. They’re risk-takers, individuals with a unique aesthetic vision, unafraid to experiment and even fail. But, after seeing Carrie Underwood in sparkly gold Abed Mahfouz at this weekend’s Academy of Country Music Awards, we knew it was time. Without further ado, here is the red carpet style evolution of Carrie Underwood.

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*Nearly ten letters long, no less.

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