PHOTOS: Sparks Fly Between Jelly Roll and His Wife, Bunnie XO, On ACM Awards Red Carpet

Jelly Roll and his wife, Bunnie XO, turned heads on the 2023 ACM Awards red carpet on Thursday evening (May…

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May 11, 2023

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Jelly Roll and Bunnie XO DeFord at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Gilbert Flores, for PMC, ACM Awards

Jelly Roll and his wife, Bunnie XO, turned heads on the 2023 ACM Awards red carpet on Thursday evening (May 11).

The couple were all smiles as they arrived to the 58th Academy Of Country Music Awards show in Frisco, Texas at Ford Center at The Star dressed to impress. Jelly Roll wore an all black ensemble while his wife opted for a strapless copper gown with a plunging neckline, giving old Hollywood vibes. 

Jelly Roll and Bunnie DeFord (Bunnie XO); Photo Courtesy of Gilbert Flores for PMC
Jelly Roll and Bunnie DeFord (Bunnie XO); Photo Courtesy of Gilbert Flores for PMC

While walking hand in hand down the carpet, the couple stopped and posed for photographers and even shared a kiss.

The appearance marked Jelly Roll and Bunnie XO’s first time walking the ACM Awards red carpet together and follows their red carpet debut at the 56th Annual CMA Awards. 

Jelly Roll, 38, and Bunnie, 43, first met at one of the Nashville native’s concerts on Fremont Street in Las Vegas at The Country Saloon in 2015. Nearly a year later, the couple tied the knot on August 31, 2016.

Jelly Roll and Bunnie DeFord (Bunnie XO); Photo Courtesy of Gilbert Flores for PMC
Jelly Roll and Bunnie DeFord (Bunnie XO); Photo Courtesy of Gilbert Flores for PMC

The couple celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary last August. To celebrate the occasion, the genre-bending star penned a heartfelt message to Bunnie XO thanking her for the immense impact she has had on his life after admitting marrying her was the “best decision I’ve made my entire life.”

“This woman has truly changed my life in every way possible,” he wrote. “She truly changed the lens in which I see life through. These last 6 years have been a testament of the growth two rebels can make when they bring the best out of each other and push each other to the next level. Thank you for coming into my life and calming the storm. Thank you for running wild and free with me.”

Jelly Roll and Bunnie DeFord (Bunnie XO); Photo Courtesy of Gilbert Flores for PMC
Jelly Roll and Bunnie DeFord (Bunnie XO); Photo Courtesy of Gilbert Flores for PMC

Jelly Roll and Bunnie XO continually showcase their unwavering support for each other. Fans who follow them on Instagram often get an inside look at their lives together. 

On Wednesday, Jelly Roll surprised his bride, who is a bonus mom to his 14-year-old daughter, Bailee Ann, with a brand-new car in honor of Mother’s Day. 

They shared the unforgettable moment on TikTok.

@xomgitsbunnie The sweetest man to ever live 😭 #jellyandbunnie ♬ original sound – Bunnie Xo 🪄

Bunnie XO was stunned with the gift and said, “I’m so in shock. Baby, this was a real surprise. I’m going to pimp it out and make it so dope.”

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, Lainey Wilson, Bailey Zimmerman and more.

HARDY, Lainey Wilson, Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, Kane Brown, Cole Swindell
HARDY, Lainey Wilson, Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, Kane Brown, Cole Swindell

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.

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.