Lainey Wilson Teases ‘Hot’ ACM Awards Performance: ‘A Side That I Don’t Get To Show A Whole Lot’

Wilson’s ACM Awards performance is unlike anything she’s ever done.

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Lauren Jo Black

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May 11, 2023

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Lainey Wilson ACM Awards Rehearsals; Photos by Christopher Polk for PMC, ACM Awards

Lainey Wilson is teasing her upcoming performance at the 2023 ACM Awards, which she says will be “hot,” “spicy,” and “sexy.”

Ahead of “Country Music’s Party Of The Year,” Wilson opened up about her performance and what fans can expect. “It’s going to be hot, it’s going to be spicy, it’s going to be sexy,” the 2022 ACM New Female Artist Of The Year shared. 

She went on to promise fans that her steamy performance will be unlike anything she’s ever done. 

“I’m showing you a side that I don’t get to show a whole lot,” Wilson added.

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Lainey Wilson at rehearsals for the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 9, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Christopher Polk for PMC, ACM Awards
Lainey Wilson at rehearsals for the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 9, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Christopher Polk for PMC, ACM Awards
Lainey Wilson at rehearsals for the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 9, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Christopher Polk for PMC, ACM Awards
Lainey Wilson at rehearsals for the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 9, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Christopher Polk for PMC, ACM Awards
Lainey Wilson at rehearsals for the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 9, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Christopher Polk for PMC, ACM Awards
Lainey Wilson at rehearsals for the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 9, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Christopher Polk for PMC, ACM Awards
Lainey Wilson at rehearsals for the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 9, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Christopher Polk for PMC, Getty Images
Lainey Wilson at rehearsals for the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 9, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Christopher Polk for PMC, Getty Images

Red Carpet Look

In an interview with Parade, Lainey Wilson also teased her 2023 ACM Awards red carpet look. 

“It’s a really awesome outfit. I’m so excited to strut my stuff. They definitely elevated the look,” Wilson shared of her signature Bell Bottom style, later adding, ”Sometimes it’s hard to dress up pants but they’ve done it.”

Six-Time Nominee

Additionally, Lainey Wilson is the most-nominated female at this year’s awards show with six nods, including Female Artist of the Year, Album Of The Year (Bell Bottom Country), Single Of The Year (“Heart Like A Truck”), Song Of The Year (“Wait In The Truck” feat. HARDY), and Music Event Of The Year (“Wait In The Truck” feat. HARDY).

“I am so honored to be nominated among some of the best in the business. A few years ago, I wouldn’t even have been able to dream of a day like this,” Wilson shared. “Thank you to the Academy of Country Music for believing in me and my work, this is an absolute honor.”

She was also nominated for Visual Media Of The Year for “Wait In The Truck,” a collaboration with HARDY, which was announced as the winner of that category ahead of the show.

The Louisiana native is also nominated in more categories than any other artist at the event.

Star-Studded Performance Lineup

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, 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.

How To Watch The ACM Awards

Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton; Photo by Art Streiber
Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton; Photo by Art Streiber

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.

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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 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.