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Carrie Underwood's Leggy Look and More Celeb Style From the CMA Awards

Here’s how the red carpet stars prioritize their health 

Country music's hottest stars along with other A-list celebrities heated up the red carpet in Nashville on Wednesday night at the CMA Awards 2021. Nicole Kidman, Katy Perry, and Carrie Underwood were just a few of the top stars who showed off their country strong style and flaunted their best assets in designer duds. What did everyone wear to the swanky soiree and how do they keep themselves fit and healthy? Read on for 7 of the best looks of the night—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!


Nicole Kidman

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Abfab at 54, Nicole Kidman flaunted her svelte figure and rock hard midsection in a cutout gown. In addition to exercise, her secret to health is eating what she wants…in moderation. "I'm just not someone that believes in denial," she explained to Women's Health, about her 80/20 approach to diet. 


Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood flashed major leg in a high slit, metallic tinsel gown. One of the country star's stay-fit secrets? She switches her workouts up by the season. "I want to listen to my body and do what I'm in the mood for. On different days, that means different things. I'm a bit of a seasonal workout person. If you think about it, in the winter, we're all bundled up, and we all want to be warm, comfortable, there are a lot of holidays," she told Shape. "So, I'll lift more and do less cardio then and make use of all those extra holiday food calories and build some muscle. In the summer, I want to feel lighter. I want to run and sweat, so I use the temperature and that feeling to lean up a bit and do more outdoor cardio things."


Miranda Lambert

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Miranda Lambert opted for a simple but sleek black Versace cocktail dress. The singer maintains that ditching diets helped her get into the best shape of her life in 2014. "You get tired of any diet. I've tried everything," she told Women's Health. "I just literally would make grilled chicken breast, sweet potato salad. There was no miracle." Instead, started eating more veggies, discovered cardio exercises she actually liked, and sought fitspiration by none other than Britney Spears.


Kelsea Ballerini

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Kelsea Ballerini also rocked a leggy look, opting for a white, sleeved Valdrin Sahiti gown slit to her waist. "I've always been an 80/20 person as far as food and drinking. I try to do what's good for me 80 percent of the time. The other 20 percent of the time, I just enjoy my life," she told Shape about her diet. "I run through the McDonald's drive-through once a month, and it's fine. Sometimes I'll have a little too much wine, and that's OK too. I've spent so much of my life feeling guilty for things that I eat or having an unhealthy relationship with food or the gym or whatever. So I just try to be nice to myself and do what's good for me. And when I don't, I start again the next day."


Maren Morris

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Maren Morris' flat abs were on display in her white tuxedo jacket, which she wore without a shirt underneath. The singer trains with Erin Oprea (who is also responsible for Underwood's fit figure!) Her workouts start with jumping rope before strength training movies, such as front and side planks, pushups, squats, lunges, and combinations. "Squat lunges are the worst," she told Women's Health. "They're so hard because that's the area I need it most—my thighs and butt." She moves to the BOSU ball and does crunches and core work, then lifts free weights for arm strength.


Katy Perry

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Katy Perry flaunted her tiny waist in a brown leather Vivienne Westwood strapless gown. The mother-of-one claims she eats healthy…most of the time. Most stars maintain they follow an 80/20 diet, her approach is more lax. "Let's be honest," she told Prevention, "it's 60/40."


Jennifer Hudson

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Jennifer Hudson's strong arms were the center of attention with her lace bustier and silky skirt look. Healthy eating is what keeps the singer in great shape. "I don't really have time to do much [working out], so I really just watch what I eat," she told Good Housekeeping. "I'm very careful and cautious of what I'm eating, so I just try to pace those meals throughout the day. I'm very conscious of what I put in my body."


Leah Groth
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