Cole Swindell and Courtney Little Make First Red Carpet Appearance Since Engagement
Little flashed her new bling for the cameras!
Cole Swindell, Courtney Little; Photo Courtesy of Gilbert Flores for PMC
Beaming with excitement and dressed to the nines, Swindell and Little showcased their love for one another as they made their way down the red carpet. As they posed for photos, Little showed off her shiny new engagement ring from Ballantyne Jewelers.
Swindell, who is set to perform alongside Jo Dee Messina during Thursday evening’s show, donned his signature Georgia Southern ball cap, a creme-colored suit jacket over a paisley-print blue shirt, and black jeans.
Little, the co-owner of The Little Sisters Boutique, opted for an off-the-shoulder nude dress adorned with rhinestones and a sheer skirt.
Their engagement was announced on Instagram on Monday morning (May 8). Swindell’s post included sweet snapshots from their engagement as he admitted, “Still couldn’t tell ya everything I said down on one knee… All I know is she said “YES”! 💍
The singer/songwriter, added, “We’re so excited!”
Little also shared the news on social media.
“Woke up as future Mrs. Swindell 💍 I’ve never been so happy,” she sweetly shared. “I can’t believe we are ENGAGED!!!!! ”
Courtney Little is a former NBA dancer and 2017 Miss Teen North Carolina.
Swindell has been dating Little for quite some time now and she may look familiar to fans as she appeared in his music video for “Some Habits,” which was released in the fall of 2021.
The couple made their red carpet debut at the 56th Annual CMA Awards.
Swindell is a first-time ACM Awards nominee in three categories including Single of the Year, Visual Media of the Year, and Music Event of the Year, in which he shares a nomination with his collaborator and fellow artist Jo Dee Messina who received her first nomination in 22 years.
The 58th Academy of Country Music Awards will feature performances by Jason Aldean, Jordan Davis, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Dolly Parton, Jelly Roll, Ed Sheeran, HARDY, Keith Urban, The War And Treaty, Lainey Wilson, Bailey Zimmerman and more.
Nine awards will be announced during the live broadcast, including Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Duo of the Group, Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Song of the Year, and Music Event of the Year. Several winners were announced ahead of the show.
Additionally, “Country Music’s Party Of The Year” will feature a star-studded list of collaborations and unforgettable moments. Reigning ACM Female Artist Of The Year Carly Pearce will team up with Trisha Yearwood to perform a special medley of in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Yearwood winning Female Artist Of The Year.
Meanwhile, Cole Swindell will join forces with Jo Dee Messina to deliver an epic performance of the “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” remix and Ashley McBryde will take fans to Lindeville with a performance of “Bonfire At Tina’s.”
Gabby Barrett, BRELAND, Brandy Clark, Jordan Davis, Mickey Guyton, Tyler Hubbard, Dustin Lynch, T.J. Osborne, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, MacKenzie Porter, Dak Prescott, Emmitt Smith, Tanya Tucker, Keith Urban and Trisha Yearwood are scheduled to present during the ceremony.
The two-hour awards show will also stream live for a global audience across 240+ countries and territories exclusively on Prime Video and the Amazon Music channel on Twitch.
Co-hosted by country music icons Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, the 2023 ACM Awards will broadcast live from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas at 7/6c.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.