Brandi Johnson and Cody Johnson. Hallie Ray Light McCollum and Parker McCollum, Kane Brown and Katelyn Brown, Daira Eamon and Lily Rose; Photos by Getty Images for CMT
Country music’s cutest couples dressed to the nines for the CMT Music Awards red carpet, where love was in the air. From new couple Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes to longtime spouses Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, country’s sweethearts made the evening a date night full of love and affection.
CMT Music Awards co-host Kelsea Ballerini made her relationship with Chase Stokes official on the red carpet as the pair lovingly embraced one another.
Married couples Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, along with Kane Brown and Katelyn Brown, graced the red carpet wearing nearly matching outfits.
Newlyweds Lily Rose and Daira Eamon shared their wedded bliss on the red carpet, along with fellow married couples HARDY and Caleigh Ryan, Parker McCollum and Hallie Ray Light McCollum, Jelly Roll and Bunnie XO, and Jon Pardi and Summer Duncan.
Long-time spouses showed off their enduring love, including Wynonna Judd and Cactus Moser, Cody Johnson and Brandi Johnson, Russell Dickerson and Kailey Dickerson, and Charles Esten and Patty Hanson.
Country sweethearts Cole Swindell and Courtney Little also stepped out onto the red carpet to share their love for one another.
With their partners by their sides, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown and Jelly Roll are celebrating more than love, with each artist earning three CMT Music Awards nominations.
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Co-hosted by Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini, the 2023 CMT Music Awards featured performances from Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Cody Johnson, Jelly Roll, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, and Tyler Hubbard.
Additionally, the show included one-of-a-kind collaborations, including a 10th anniversary of CMT Next Women of Country celebration featuring Alanis Morissette with Lainey Wilson, Ingrid Andress, Madeline Edwards, and Morgan Wade. Gwen Stefani and Carly Pearce joined forces for a special collaboration, while Kane Brown and Katelyn Brown teamed up for the television premiere of their chart-topping duet, “Thank God.”
The Black Crowes and Darius Rucker delivered a first-time collaboration of “She Talks To Angels,” and Wynonna Judd and Ashley McBryde will also take the stage together.
The show also included a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan from Gary Clark, Jr. and a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute from Billy Gibbons, Chuck Leavell, Cody Johnson, Paul Rodgers, Slash & Warren Haynes and LeAnn Rimes & Wynonna Judd as honorary “Honkettes.”
Rising stars Avery Anna, Chapel Hart, Jackson Dean, Lily Rose, Nate Smith, and Megan Moroney made their CMT Music Awards performance debut on the Ram Trucks Side Stage.
Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Charles Esten, Dixie D’Amelio, Dustin Lynch, HARDY, Ian Bohen + Jen Landon (Yellowstone), Jon Pardi, LeAnn Rimes, Madison Bailey (Outer Banks), Max Thieriot (Fire Country), Megan Thee Stallion, Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things), Parker McCollum, Peter Frampton, Shania Twain, Steve Howey (True Lies) and Travis Kelce appeared as presenters.
The coveted awards show aired live from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas on Sunday, April 2 at 8/7c on CBS. It was also available to stream live and on-demand via Paramount+.