Superstar Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline took the red carpet by storm prior to the 56th Annual CMA Awards. The lovable pair have had their fair share of red carpets and did not disappoint tonight.
Bryan, who is set to co-host the show alongside NFL icon Peyton Manning, decided to go with a classic, clean black suit paired with a black bowtie. Caroline was adorned in a leopard print dress with a halter neck and keyhole detail. She accentuated her petite figure with a silver studded belt.
Luke and Caroline are one of country music’s favorite couples, as the pair have been married for more than 15 years and have two children together. They also adopted three of their nieces and nephews after a family tragedy. The road to their lasting marriage was rocky for the college sweethearts, which included a breakup that lasted quite some time. Yet, the couple prevailed and seem to be stronger than ever!
While this marks Manning’s first-time hosting “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” Bryan couldn’t stay away and is coming back to serve as a host for the second time.
The unexpected but dynamic duo got fans excited for the awards show with a teaser video released today via Instagram. “Are you ready to host the CMA Awards?” Manning asks Bryan. Bryan responds with “I’m fired up!” Manning then teased Bryan while making a “game plan” for their shared time on the stage.
Bryan, who is up for Single of the Year for his feature on Jordan Davis’ “Buy Dirt,” will take a break from his co-hosting duties during the coveted awards show ceremony to perform his current single, “Country On.”
“When you think about the term ‘Country On,’ it’s a statement that says a lot in those two words,” Bryan explained in an episode (Jul. 8) of Superstar Power Hour with Audacy’s Katie Neal. “From the first time I heard the first lyric, ‘Hey farm boy, keep dropping that plow,’ it really hit me. The song covers so many aspects of country living, and country life — from hard work to the American dream, to being optimistic about the future of the country and how we all must ‘Country On’ to really be one.
He continues, “It’s got patriotism in it, it’s got honoring people that keep us free and people that keep us safe and look after us. I think that’s something the Country music crowd is always very, very appreciative of because so many in Country music are those people.”
The 56th Annual CMA Awards featured performances from Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Cody Johnson, and Carly Pearce.
The show opened with an all-star tribute to the late Loretta Lynn from Underwood, Reba McEntire and Lambert.
Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, and Lainey Wilson joined together to honor the 2022 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Alan Jackson.
Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations from Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce, HARDY and Lainey Wilson, Elle King with The Black Keys, Brothers featuring The War and Treaty, Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry, Chris Stapleton with Patty Loveless, Zac Brown Band, Jimmie Allen and Marcus King as well as Ashley McBryde with Pillbox Patti, Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack and John Osborne.
Mookie Betts, BRELAND, Jessica Chastain, Jordan Davis, Sarah Drew, Cole Hauser, Tyler Hubbard, Wynonna Judd, Lady A, Rex Linn, Little Big Town, Parker McCollum, Reba McEntire, Ben and Erin Napier, Jeannie Seely, Michael Shannon, and Lainey Wilson were on hand to present during the ceremony.
Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the 2022 CMA Awards broadcasted live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and aired on ABC (8:00-11:00 PM/ET).
The CMA Awards will also be available for viewing on Hulu beginning Thursday, Nov. 10.
The 56th Annual CMA Awards was a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton served as the Executive Producer, Alan Carter as the Director, and Jon Macks as the Head Writer.