Every May, the Kentucky Derby takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Although the big horse race is (of course) the marquee event, it's also worth watching the festivities to see what attendees are wearing. After all, it's a Derby tradition to sport a fancy hat of some sort along with a formal outfit.

This scene regularly draws country musicians to the party; in recent years, Miranda Lambert, Terri Clark, Travis Tritt and Eddie Montgomery have all been spotted in Kentucky for the annual race. However, even on non-Derby days, country music's superstars outdo themselves with funky, classic and cutting-edge haberdashery -- including cowboy hats, snapbacks and beyond.

In honor of the Kentucky Derby, flip through the photo gallery above to see some of the best headwear ever donned by country artists. The 2018 Kentucky Derby -- the 144th annual running of the race -- takes place on Saturday (May 5).

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