Lainey Wilson and Boyfriend Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges Turn Heads In Coordinated Black Ensembles At 2023 CMA Awards
After winning Entertainer of the Year, Wilson sweetly gave her boyfriend a shout out from the stage.
Lainey Wilson and Boyfriend, Devlin Duck Hodges; Photo by Jamie Schramm/CMA
The couple, who made their red carpet debut at the 2023 ACM Awards earlier this year, radiated confidence as they posed for photos together. For her look, the CMA Awards top nominee took her Bell Bottom Country style to the next level with large ruffled black bell-bottom pants. She topped off her look with silver jewelry. Hodges sported a bolo tie and they topped off their coordinating looks with matching black cowboy hats.
Wilson and Hodges have been dating for over two years, but only took their relationship public earlier this year. In recent interviews, the Louisiana native revealed that her relationship with Hodges has inspired love songs for her next album.
When Lainey Wilson arrived to “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” she was already a big winner, taking home two trophies this morning ahead of the show. She and her friend and tour mate, HARDY, earned two trophies: CMA Musical Event of the Year and CMA Music Video of the Year. Both wins are for their duet, “wait in the truck.”
The 31-year-old was vying for a total of nine trophies: Entertainer Of The Year, Single Of The Year (“Wait In The Truck” with HARDY & “Heart Like A Truck”), Album Of The Year (‘Bell Bottom Country’), Song Of The Year (“Heart Like A Truck”), Female Vocalist Of The Year, Musical Event Of The Year (“Save Me” with Jelly Roll and “Wait In The Truck” with HARDY) and Music Video Of The Year (“Wait In The Truck” with HARDY).
She swept most categories, taking home a total of five big wins, including the night’s top honor, Entertainer of the Year, as well as Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year.
“This is all I’ve ever wanted to do. It’s the only thing I know how to do,” she told the crowd during her final acceptance speech. “We have played just, I think at the end of the year, we have played about 186 shows this year, and we’ve worked our butts off this year and so many years in between. I’ve been in this town for 12 and a half years, and it finally feels like country music, it is starting to love me back. I love it with my whole heart.”
She later showcased her gratitude for her team, family and gave her boyfriend a sweet shoutout: “I love you, Duck!”
During the show, she took the stage for a performance of “Wildflowers and Wildhorses.”
Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the 57th Annual CMA Awards aired live on Wednesday, November 8 on ABC (8:00-11:00 PM/EST). The star-studded show featured performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Chris Stapleton, Jordan Davis, Cody Johnson, Ashley McBryde, The War And Treaty, and more.
Always known for epic collaborations, the 2023 CMA Awards also featured a Jimmy Buffett tribute from Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Mac McAnally, and Zac Brown Band, a not-to-be-missed performance of country classics from Post Malone, Morgan Wallen, and HARDY, a performance honoring The Judds from Jelly Roll and K. Michelle, plus special duets from Carly Pearce and Chris Stapleton, Old Dominion and Megan Moroney, and Little Big Town with Tanya Tucker.
Paula Abdul, Bill Anderson, Nate Bargatze, Kevin Cahoon, Jordan Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Sara Evans, Brian Kelley, Lady A, Martina McBride, Parker McCollum, Craig Morgan, Darius Rucker, Corey Seager, Gerry Turner, Keith Urban, Hailey Whitters and Chris Young appeared to present during “Country Music’s Biggest Night.”
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.