PHOTOS: Country Music Couples Enjoy Date Night At ACM Honors
Wednesday night was date night in Music City as some of country music’s hottest couples ascended upon Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium…
Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin, Chris Stapleton and Morgane Stapleton, HARDY and Caleigh Ryan; Photos by Getty Images For ACM
Wednesday night was date night in Music City as some of country music’s hottest couples ascended upon Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for the 15th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors (ACM Honors).
Special award honorees such as Miranda Lambert, HARDY, and Chris Stapleton had their significant others by their side throughout the evening as their career accomplishments were celebrated by the Academy of Country Music and their peers.
Performers like ERNEST, Trace Adkins, and Jordan Davis also attended the show alongside their wives.
“Not our typical Wednesday date night,” Kristen O’Connor Davis shared on Instagram alongside a photo of the pair on the red carpet.
Two-time ACM Honors host Carly Pearce was busy hosting and performing throughout the night, but her boyfriend Riley King could be seen in the audience supporting her.
Other artist couples not pictured that attended the event include Wynonna Judd and her husband Cactus Moser, Shania Twain and Frédéric Thiébaud, Pearce and King, and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook.
See photos of country couples at ACM Honors below.
Hosted by reigning ACM Female Artist of the Year, Carly Pearce, the star-studded event will air in a two-hour special on FOX on Tuesday, September 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
Dubbed “Country Music industry’s favorite night,” ACM Honors recognized several special honorees, including ACM Triple Crown Award recipient Miranda Lambert, ACM Spirit Award recipient Chris Stapleton, ACM Poet’s Award recipient Shania Twain, ACM Milestone Award recipient Morgan Wallen and ACM Film Award recipient Yellowstone.
Performers and presenters included Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, The Warren Brothers, Brooks & Dunn, Dan + Shay, Eric Church, Jordan Davis, ERNEST, Jesse Frasure, Vince Gill, Ashley Gorley, Mickey Guyton, HARDY, Wynonna Judd, Avril Lavigne, Little Big Town, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson and more.
ACM Award winner and Grammy nominee Trace Adkins was also on hand to perform his cover of “A Country Boy Can Survive,” from the upcoming FOX country music drama MONARCH, in which he stars alongside Susan Sarandon and Anna Friel.
ACM Honors will premiere Tuesday, September 13 at 8/7c on FOX.
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.