Thomas Rhett’s Daughters Will Walk the CMA Awards Red Carpet

Thomas Rhett is bringing a few very special guests to the CMA Awards red carpet on Wednesday – his daughters,…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 11, 2019


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Thomas Rhett is bringing a few very special guests to the CMA Awards red carpet on Wednesday – his daughters, Willa Gray and Ada James.

The superstar revealed his plans for Wednesday night’s CMA Awards while speaking with radio host Sam Alex on Monday morning (Nov. 11).

“Our girls are gonna walk the red carpet with us for the first time ever, which is cool,” Rhett shared with a smile. “We’re excited, man. They just love to dress up in their princess dresses. This just gives them an excuse to do that.”

Don’t expect to see Willa and Ada in the audience during the live telecast, however. Rhett says they are “probably not” going to stay for the show.

“I don’t think they’re gonna make it past 8:30,” he laughed.

Rhett is nominated for two CMA Awards: Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for his latest project, Center Point Road. The singer/songwriter, who is expecting his third daughter with wife Lauren Akins in early 2020, is scheduled to perform during the show.

The 53rd Annual CMA Awardshosted by Carrie Underwood with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, will air live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on ABC.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.