PHOTOS: Lainey Wilson Dazzles At People’s Choice Country Awards
Wilson shared heartfelt gratitude towards her fans following her three wins.
Lainey Wilson; Photos by NBC
Lainey Wilson paid tribute to her fans following her three big wins at the first-ever People’s Choice Country Awards on Thursday evening (Sept. 28).
The Bell Bottom Country queen was one of the evening’s top winners securing the title of The Female Artist of 2023 as well as wins in The Collaboration of 2023 (for “Save Me” with Jelly Roll) and The Music Video of 2023 (“Wait in the Truck” with HARDY).
A Trio Of Wins
Wilson was on hand during the two-hour broadcast to accept the honors on stage.
“I feel like my heart is about to beat out of my chest, and I know a lot of it has to do with this award, but also a lot of it has to do with standing on this Opry stage. Every single time I get to stand on this stage, I feel overwhelmed. I feel honored and humbled, and I feel like I got some very big shoes to fill,” she shared after being presented with The Female Artist of 2023 trophy.
She went on to reflect on her year so far and shout out her fans for their support.
“I’ll say, this year, y’all, we have played every kind of show you can imagine. We have played clubs, we have played stadiums with Mr. Luke Combs, you name it, we have played it. And every single night I look out there and I see a lot of y’all wearing y’all’s bell bottoms and hats, and it’s the craziest thing,” she admitted. “I just want to say thank y’all so much for letting me express myself through my music and even the way that I dress. And I love seeing y’all do the same exact thing. Y’all keep showing up and I’ll keep showing up too. God bless y’all. Thank you.”
Following the show, she also gave a shoutout to her fans on social media as well.
“To my people, @hardy, and @jellyroll615 – I love ridin this ride with y’all. What a dang night! We got to celebrate the first @peopleschoice country awards tonight at the @opry, the home of country music. All fan voted. This is all because of y’all🥂🤘🏻🏻,” Wilson shared alongside a carousel of photos from the show.
Disco Meets Western
The Louisiana native, who was fresh off her “bucket list” performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, turned heads in silver bell bottoms and a matching silver button-up that resembled a disco ball. She topped off the look with a chain belt adorned with charms, stacks of necklaces, and a cowboy hat.
Message To Fans
People’s Choice Country Awards
The first-ever People’s Choice Country Awards took place at the iconic Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday (Sept. 28).
Throughout the show, awards for 12 categories were given out, including People’s Artist of 2023, Male Artist of 2023, Female Artist of 2023, Group/Duo of 2023, New Artist of 2023, Social Country Star of 2023, Song of 2023, Collaboration Song of 2023, Crossover Song of 2023, Album of 2023, Music Video of 2023 and Concert Tour of 2023.
Toby Keith was honored with the Country Icon Award, which was presented to him by Blake Shelton. Wynonna Judd was also celebrated with the Country Champion Award, given to her by Brothers Osborne.
The coveted awards show also featured performances from Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, Dan + Shay, HARDY, Jelly Roll, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Toby Keith, Wynonna Judd and more.
Adam Doleac, Blake Shelton, Brothers Osborne, Carly Pearce, Chris Young, Dustin Lynch, Gabby Barrett, Hunter Hayes, Jessie James Decker, Josh Ross, Kameron Marlowe, Kristin Cavallari, Lady A, Lauren Alaina, Leanne Morgan, Mickey Guyton, Nikki Garcia, Scotty McCreery and The War And Treaty were also on hand to present.
Little Big Town was the host of the show. “We are honored to host the inaugural ‘People’s Choice Country Awards,’ especially on one of our most beloved stages in the entire world,” the group previously shared in a press release. “We look forward to welcoming so many of our talented peers to take the Opry stage for this magical night of music.”
The 2023 People’s Choice Country Awards’ aired live on NBC and Peacock on September 28 at 8/7c simultaneously on NBC and Peacock.
The livestream also aired on Peacock, PCA Twitter, NBC Twitter/Facebook/YouTube, TODAY All Day/Twitter, E! News Twitter/Facebook/YouTube/E!Online, Access Twitter/YouTube, and Circle TV Network and Circle social platforms, featuring red carpet arrivals, backstage chats and more.
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.