Cole Swindell And Girlfriend Courtney Little Turn Heads During Date Night At 2022 CMA Awards

Cole Swindell and his girlfriend Courtney Little made their official red carpet debut together at the 2022 CMA Awards on…


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November 9, 2022


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Cole Swindell, Courtney Little; Photos by ABC

Cole Swindell and his girlfriend Courtney Little made their official red carpet debut together at the 2022 CMA Awards on Wednesday evening (Nov. 9) at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. 

The couple strutted onto the carpet dressed to the nines with Swindell wearing an all-black ensemble with a navy blue jacket embellished with rhinestones and Little adorned a shimmering baby blue dress with a high slit. 

Cole Swindell; Photos by ABC
Cole Swindell; Photos by ABC

Ahead of the 56th Annual CMA Awards, Swindell talked with Taste Of Country Nights about bringing his girlfriend as his date to the red carpet.  

“I’m excited, this is our first one together,” Swindell explained. “I haven’t been to an awards show in awhile, so it’s gonna be nice to be there, be nominated and perform.”

He later admitted that this is the perfect awards show for Little to witness as he is not only performing, but is also nominated for several awards, including Musical Event Of The Year and Music Video Of The Year for “Never Say Never” featuring Lainey Wilson.

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“I can’t imagine a better first one for her to see,” Swindell said, before sharing that after the awards the couple will celebrate with a date night.

 “She puts up with a lot on the road, so to be able to take her out, let her get dressed up and just have a good night,” Swindell added. 

Cole Swindell will take to the Bridgestone Arena stage on Wednesday evening (Nov. 9) to perform “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” during the 56th Annual CMA Awards, which will broadcast live on ABC at 8/7c. 

Cole Swindell; Photo by CMA
Cole Swindell; Photo by CMA

The Georgia native is currently nominated for Musical Event Of The Year and Music Video of The Year for “Never Say Never” featuring Lainey Wilson at the coveted awards show.

The 56th Annual CMA Awards featured performances from Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Cody Johnson, and Carly Pearce.

The show opened with an all-star tribute to the late Loretta Lynn from Underwood, Reba McEntire and Lambert. 

Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, and Lainey Wilson joined together to honor the 2022 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Alan Jackson. 

Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations from Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce, HARDY and Lainey Wilson, Elle King with The Black Keys, Brothers featuring The War and Treaty, Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry, Chris Stapleton with Patty Loveless, Zac Brown Band, Jimmie Allen and Marcus King as well as Ashley McBryde with Pillbox Patti, Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack and John Osborne.

Mookie Betts, BRELAND, Jessica Chastain, Jordan Davis, Sarah Drew, Cole Hauser, Tyler Hubbard, Wynonna Judd, Lady A, Rex Linn, Little Big Town, Parker McCollum, Reba McEntire, Ben and Erin Napier, Jeannie Seely, Michael Shannon, and Lainey Wilson were on hand to present during the ceremony.

Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the 2022 CMA Awards broadcasted live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and aired on ABC (8:00-11:00 PM/ET). 

The CMA Awards will also be available for viewing on Hulu beginning Thursday, Nov. 10. 

The 56th Annual CMA Awards was a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton served as the Executive Producer, Alan Carter as the Director, and Jon Macks as the Head Writer. 

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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 and her work being featured on 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.