Lainey Wilson Continues Award Show Domination, Gives Boyfriend A Sweet Shoutout

Wilson performed a medley of her biggest hits and won the award for Female Country Artist Of The Year with her boyfriend, Devlin “Duck” Hodges by her side.

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 18, 2024

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Lainey Wilson, Lainey Wilson and Davlin “Duck” Hodges; Photos by Rich Polk/NBC

Lainey Wilson enjoyed a big night at the 2024 People’s Choice Awards, taking home the title of Female Country Artist Of The Year and performing a medley of her biggest hits during the show.

Wilson Performed A Medley Of Hits

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Rich Polk/NBC
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Rich Polk/NBC

Wilson’s “iconic” performance took place amid a Western-style backdrop and showcased her biggest solo hits, including the just-released “Country’s Cool Again,” as well as previous chart-toppers “Things a Man Oughta Know,” “Heart Like a Truck” and “Watermelon Moonshine.”

The Louisiana native added a touch of cowboy charm to her performance look, sporting a black cowboy hat, a studded leather jacket, black bellbottoms adorned with brown fringe, and a crop top. She finished off the look with cowboy-inspired accessories.     

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Continuing to dominate the award show circuit, Wilson was crowned Female Country Artist Of The Year and took to the stage to accept the honor from Glen Powell, Natasha Bedingfield, and Sydney Sweeney. 

Who Was With Lainey Wilson At The People’s Choice Awards?

On her way to accept the honor, she gave her boyfriend, Devlin “Duck” Hodges, a high five. They both had huge smiles on their faces as she leaped out of her chair. 

Lainey Wilson Photo by Rich Polk/NBC
Lainey Wilson Photo by Rich Polk/NBC

Wilson, fresh off her big GRAMMY Awards win, admitted, “These last couple weeks have been crazy. Really, really crazy!” 

She went on to express her excitement over the current generation of country music.  

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Rich Polk/NBC
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Rich Polk/NBC

“I feel like everybody looks different and sounds different and has a different story and comes from different walks of life, and it truly is the storytelling of Country music that keeps drawing people to it, and I know that,” the 31-year-old stated. 

She thanked fans for letting her tell her story and finding themselves within the lyrics. 

“Country music makes you feel at home, and I think everybody wants to feel at home,” she pointed out.

Lainey Wilson and Devlin 'Duck' Hodges attend the 2024 People's Choice Awards
Lainey Wilson and Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges; Photo by Rich Polk/NBC

Thanked Those Who Mean The Most To Her, Including Her Boyfriend

Before leaving the stage, she shared heartfelt thank yous to those who support her in life and in her career. 

“Thank you to my mama, my daddy, my family, my hometown, my team, Mandelyn, I love you so much. Duck, I love you back there,” she gushed. “My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I will say I could not do this without him guiding me every single step of the way. Also, I want to thank the fans. I’m telling you right now, I couldn’t do this without y’all, my wild horses. Y’all keep showing up, and I’ll keep showing up too!”

Lainey Wilson; Photo by: Rich Polk/NBC
Lainey Wilson; Photo by: Rich Polk/NBC

Wilson turned heads on the People’s Choice Awards red carpet where she sported a daring Roberto Cavalli leopard print jumpsuit and Sam Edelman shoes. She topped off her look with a Charlie 1 Horse hate and jewelry by Le Vain. For glam, Wilson rocked a “dusty cowgirl vibe.” 

The 2024 People’s Choice Country Awards aired live on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, Peacock, and E! from Santa Monica’s 35,000-square-foot Barker Hangar venue.

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Lauren Jo Black

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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.