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Jennifer Nettles wears 'Equal Play' frock on the CMA red carpet

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Karen Butler
Jennifer Nettles shows off her dress as she arrives for the 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Jennifer Nettles shows off her dress as she arrives for the 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Sugarland front woman Jennifer Nettles made headlines Wednesday by wearing a white pantsuit with a pink cape emblazoned with a bold message at the Country Music Association Awards gala in Nashville.

One side of the frock bore the words: "Play our [explicit] records. Please & thank you."

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The other side depicted a hand-drawn woman's face and said, "Equal Play."

People.com said the garment was designed by Christian Siriano and featured art by Alice Mizrachi.

The theme of this year's CMA Awards ceremony is female empowerment.

Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire are hosting the ABC broadcast.

About a dozen female artists -- including Nettles -- joined them on stage to open the show and sing a medley of country hits.

Moments from the 2019 CMAs

Left to right, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton perform. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

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