carrieunderwood cma2009 300 Carrie Underwood's 'Cowboy Casanova' comes to the CMA AwardsHaving been whole-heartedly embraced by the country music community, sometimes Carrie Underwood seems like our forgotten “American Idol.”

Which is a shame because the girl has got it going on.

When she welcomed us to Wednesday (Nov. 11) night’s Country Music Awards alongside Brad Paisley we made note that she’s managing to be just as sparkly as country divas Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker and Loretta Lynn, but still looks kind of classy as well.

Then, after a disastrous opening by country darlin’ Taylor Swift, Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova” was a refreshingly solid effort by a pro. She was sexy in her rhinestone boy shorts without being skanky and she can actually make it through an entire song without getting out of breath.

Well played, Carrie. Well played.

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Brill Bundy has spent her entire career covering TV and pop culture. This is what happens when your parents try and limit your viewing habits to three shows a week. Likes: seasons with no more than 13 episodes, anti-heroes and binge-watching. Dislikes: when cartoon characters make out, when TV shows name check their titles, drawn out premieres and finales. TV words to live by: "If every porkchop was perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs."