PHOTOS: Jelly Roll And Wife, Bunnie XO, Are All Smiles On The CMA Awards Red Carpet

The CMA show opener is all smiles as he prepares for a big night ahead.


Madeleine O’Connell

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November 8, 2023

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Bunnie Xo, Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy of CMA

Jelly Roll and his wife, Bunnie XO made their presence known on the CMA red carpet in matching all-black ensembles.

The country star upped his fashion game tonight with help from him and Bunnie XO’s stylist, Krista Roser. He donned a satin custom Musika suit and dress pants with an elegant paisley design, which he accessorized with a dazzling Icebox diamond cross necklace.

Standing right by his side is his stunning wife who turned heads in her long black gown covered in a pattern of glamorous rhinestones. She paired tonight’s outfit with sheer black sleeves and a black bow that added a pop of color in her light blonde hair. 

Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy of CMA
Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy of CMA
Bunnie XO; Photo Courtesy of CMA
Bunnie XO; Photo Courtesy of CMA

Celebrating Seven Years of Marriage

This appearance comes just a few months after the couple celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary. They came together at an intimate vow renewal ceremony at A Stained Glass Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, the same chapel they got married at in 2016.

Sharing a look inside the special moment with fans via social media, Bunnie penned a heartfelt letter to her hubby and reflected on their full-circle moment. In the post, she recalled the night they first said “I do” and the promise that Jelly Roll made to her that memorable evening.

“Before we stumbled in that chapel, you grabbed my hands & looked me straight in the eyes & said, ‘Bunnie, our lives won’t always be like this. You won’t have to do what you do for much longer, we’re going to figure this out. I promise you.’”

Bunnie Xo, Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy Bunnie Xo, Instagram
Bunnie Xo, Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy Bunnie Xo, Instagram

She admitted that she had “no idea” what life would throw at them after their wedding day, but knew she could tackle anything as long as she had Jelly Roll by her side. So far, they have each stayed true to their love for one another, especially as Jelly Roll continues to rise in fame and Bunnie dives into her own business endeavors with her podcast named The Dumb Blonde Podcast. 

The pair have been together since 2015 when they met at one of the Nashville native’s concerts on Fremont Street in Las Vegas at The Country Saloon. Nearly a year later, they tied the knot on August 31, 2016.

Jelly Roll To Open “Country Music’s Biggest Night”

Jelly Roll’s date night will extend into Bridgestone Arena, where he opened “Country Music’s Biggest Night” with a performance of his chart-topping single, “Need A Favor.” Later he will return to the stage and deliver a rendition of The Judds’ “Love Can Build a Bridge” alongside first-time CMA Awards performer, K. Michelle.

Additionally, the country star secured five nods in the categories of Single Of The Year (“NEED A FAVOR”), Male Vocalist Of The Year, Musical Event Of The Year (“Save Me” with Lainey Wilson) and Music Video Of The Year (“NEED A FAVOR”).

Peyton Manning, Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Peyton Manning, Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

57th Annual CMA Awards

Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the 57th Annual CMA Awards are set to air live tonight on ABC (8:00-11:00 PM/EST). The star-studded show will feature performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Jelly Roll, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Jordan Davis, Cody Johnson, Ashley McBryde, The War And Treaty, Morgan Wallen, Chris Stapleton, Lainey Wilson, and more. 

Always known for epic collaborations, the 2023 CMA Awards will feature 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 Wallen, Post Malone, 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 will appear to present during “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” 

Those who are unable to watch the show in real-time can watch the CMA Awards the following day on Hulu. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.