CMAs 2018: Gretchen Wilson hits first red carpet since airplane arrest

Stepping back into the spotlight.

Gretchen Wilson stepped out for the 2018 CMA Awards on Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, marking her first red carpet appearance since being arrested back in August.

The "Redneck Woman" hitmaker looked gorgeous in a black jumpsuit with beaded detailing, cutouts on the sides and a plunging neckline. She capped off the look with a crystal belt and a diamond necklace.

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Wilson, 45, was arrested at a Connecticut airport on August 21 following what had been described as a minor disturbance on an incoming flight. At the time, authorities said that Wilson "became belligerent toward the troopers and caused a disturbance" while they were talking to her.

"I’m saddened by the whole thing," Wilson told Taste of Country of her arrest. "I don’t know that I can say that I’m [embarrassed], I’m embarrassed that the situation got to where it was, but no, not personally. [...] I’m reading all of these headlines and am like, ‘Oh gosh, it’s so wrong. It’s all so wrong!'"

A misdemeanor breach of peace charge was dismissed against the singer several weeks later after Wilson appeared in court and agreed to donate $500 for injured crime victims.

Wilson shot to fame with her hit "Redneck Woman," which garnered her a Grammy for Female Country Vocal Performance in 2005.

See more photos of Gretchen Wilson from throughout her career:

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Gretchen Wilson during CMT 2004 Flame Worthy Video Music Awards - Press Room at Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. (Photo by Frank Mullen/WireImage)
Gretchen Wilson during 39th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Backstage and Audience at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Ron Wolfson/WireImage for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli)
NEW YORK - JUNE 03: (U.S. TABS OUT AND NO SALES TO A.M.I) Country Singer Gretchen Wilson poses for a portrait on June 03, 2004 in New York City. (photo by Todd Plitt/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2731 -- Pictured: Musical guest Gretchen Wilson performs on June 18, 2004 -- (Photo by: Dave Bjerke/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Gretchen Wilson and Trace Adkins during ASCAP 2004 Country Music Awards - Arrivals at Opryland Hotel and Resort in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. (Photo by Frank Mullen/WireImage)
Gretchen Wilson during 32nd Annual American Music Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Gretchen Wilson, winner of Female Country Artist of the Year and New Country Artist of the Year (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Gretchen Wilson, winner Favorite Female Artist (Country) (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
Gretchen Wilson during The 40th Annual CMA Awards - Arrivals at Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 23: Singer Gretchen Wilson arrives at the 41st Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 21: Singer Gretchen Wilson performs during the Academy of Country Music celebrity motorcycle ride in and concert held at 3rd Street Stage, Fremont Street Experience on May 21, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Singer Gretchen Wilson and musician Kid Rock arrive at the 41st Annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center on November 7, 2007 in Nashville Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Singer Tim McGraw and singer Gretchen Wilson backstage during CMT Giants honoring Hank Williams Jr. at the Gibson Amphitheatre on October 25, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. **EXCLUSIVE** (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
NASHVILLE - JUNE 10: Gretchen Wilson performs at the CMA Music Festival on Sunday, June 10, 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 12: Gretchen Wilson performs during the 18th annual Chicago Country Music Festival at Soldier Field Parkland in Chicago, Illinois on October 12, 2008. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 04: Gretchen Wilson performs during Farm Aid 2009 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on October 4, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
Recording Artist Gretchen Wilson performs during the GRAMMY Salute to Country Music Honoring Loretta Lynn presented by Mastercard and hosted by The Recording Academy at Ryman Auditorium on October 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. ***EXCLUSIVE*** ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage for NARAS)
Gretchen Wilson attends the 2011 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
CLARKSTON, MI - JUNE 27: Gretchen Wilson performs at the DTE Energy Center on June 27, 2012 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 10: Gretchen Wilson performs at Motor City Casino on November 10, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Gretchen Wilson attends the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 13: Vince Gill and Gretchen Wilson attend the Honors and Awards Ceremony during the IEBA 2015 Conference - Day 3 on October 13, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Musical artist Gretchen Wilson attends the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 17: Gretchen Wilson performs onstage at the WME Party during IEBA 2017 Conference on October 17, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for IEBA)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 22: Recording Artist Gretchen Wilson performs on stage during a private concert for Pediatric Cancer research on April 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for John Rich)
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