American Music Awards 2012: Carrie Underwood Stuns in Purple Sequin Gown (PHOTO)

AMAs 2012 Performers
Celebs who will take the stage at American Music Awards 2012.
AMAs 2012 Nominees
Who will win big at the 2012 American Music Awards?
It’s the purple reign of Carrie Underwood.

The country superstar stunned in a sequin-embellished, floor-grazing, eggplant-hued gown as she strutted down the red carpet at the 2012 American Music Awards on Sunday.

Letting the intricate creation take center stage, Underwood kept her accessories understated: a metallic clutch and dangling earrings.

Leading up to the big night, Underwood was readying to take the stage at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. “On stage rehearsing for the #AMAs!,” she tweeted on Saturday. “It’s going to be fun! I heard about some of the other performances…can’t wait!”

Underwood joins a star-studded line-up that includes pop idol Justin Bieber, country darling Taylor Swift, R&B superstar Usher, pop-punk band No Doubt, raptress Nicki Minaj, punk-pop singer Pink and American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson.

Underwood is also nominated for two honors during the ceremony. The singer will go head-to-head with Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert for the Favorite Female Artist trophy; and she will face off against Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan in the category of Favorite Country Album.

Check out all the red carpet arrivals at the 2012 American Music Awards.