After a year-long hiatus, the American Country Countdown Awards returned on Sunday night (May 1) in a big way. Some of the biggest names in country music showed up looking fabulous to present, perform and take home prizes.

The awards show was broadcast live from the Forum in Los Angeles, Calif., and big name artists battled each other for awards. Blake SheltonFlorida Georgia LineJason AldeanLuke Bryan and Sam Hunt are nominated for the Artist of the Year category. Scotty McCreeryChase BryantMaddie & TaeJennifer NettlesSara EvansDwight YoakamMichael RayCanaan SmithJana Kramer and Chris Lane are lined up as performers for the Sunday night show. That's a lot of names in one room!

But before the live event kicked off, country artists sashayed down the red carpet in some of their best attire. Click through our gallery above to see artists posing before the American Country Countdown Awards!

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