Stunning Looks from the 56 Annual CMA Awards


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE- Last night the 56th Annual CMA Awards, also known as Country Music’s Biggest Night™, was live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and the red carpet looks were stunning. Who says Country Music stars don’t know how to dress and mix their Country Western styles with red carpet glamour. The Awards were broadcast live on TBEN from 20-23h/ET, and can be viewed on Hulu on Demand tonight through May 2023.

Red Carpet Looks

As usual, the women of Country Music shone in sequins, rhinestones and color.

Kelsea Ballerini

Ballerini stunned sky blue dress with attached gloves and keyhole back.

Small big city

During the ceremony, Little Big Town presented on stage. While the men in the group wore sharp suits, the women stood stunned in an elaborate dress. Karen Fairchild wore a fiery orange mermaid cut dress with details on the bodice and feathers on the bottom, while Kimberly Schlapman wore an off-the-shoulder light pink dress with details all over.

Lainey Wilson

Wilson’s golden bell bottom suit from Laura Citron brought a contrast to the red carpet. Her shoes are from Sam Edelman and her handbag is from Alexis Bittar.

Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain

Actors Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain presented the Entertainer Of The Year award. Chastain was named for her role in playing Tammy Faye Baker, for which she won Best Actress at this year’s Academy Awards. She wore a shimmering blue and black v-neck dress.

Katy Perry

Perry wore matching blue jean pants and an off-the-shoulder deep v-neck top.

Lionel Richie

Richie wore skinny pants and a long leather jacket, while his girlfriend Lisa Parigi wore a long blue velvet dress.


Midland, the Texas trio were sharp in their Western-inspired attire of cowboy boots and hats.

Miranda Lambert

Lambert wore a Morphew Vintage dress and wore a Tyler Ellis Signature Lee Pouchet Small in Black Diamond Crushed in Velvet, styled by Tiffany Gifford.

Wynnona Judd

Gloves were a trend. Judd wore a flowing sequined coat with black undertones.

The ceremony

A tribute opened for three-time Grammy winner, CMA winner, Academy of Country Music winner and Country Music Hall of Fame legend Loretta Lynn, who passed away on October 4. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire sang Lynn hits as Miner’s daughter.

Singer Luke Bryan and former NFL star Peyton Manning take the stage as hosts. Manning called the CMA Awards the Super Bowl of Country Music. Comical, they poked lightly at each other and made the audience laugh.

Jimmie Allen was due to take the stage and perform with The Zac Brown Band and Marcus King, but sent a message on Twitter earlier in the day that he was confused.

Kelsea Ballerini sang with Carly Pearce and Kelly Clarkson. Luke Combs took the stage in all his stage clothes, a black Columbia fish shirt to sing The kind of love we make. And Carly Pearce also paid tribute to Loretta Lynn by signing her song Dear Ms Loretta. He wore a yellow sequined chiffon dress, the cut was aloof from a 1970s dress, and the song’s sound was reminiscent of 1970s country music.

Carrie Underwood and Morgan Wallen both also took the stage, with the latter performing his last song you prove. And Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry took to the stage to sing their newly released song Where we started. Cole Swindell got the crowd going when he sang his hit song with Jo Dee Messina, Heads Carolina.

Luke Bryan sang his latest single ‘Country On’. Bryan changed his tuxedo and brought the audience to their feet. Miranda Lambert, who has three nominations this year, including CMA Entertainer of the Year, performed “Geraldene,” from her latest album palomino. Morgan Wallen, who is eligible for the same award, performed “You Proof.” For the stage, he wore jeans and a t-shirt, but changed back into his auburn suit with black lapels. Wallen dressed the suit with a black collarless shirt.

Lainey Wilson and HARDY take the stage to sing their duet Wait in the truck, to which the audience gave a standing ovation. It was a big night for Wilson, who had the most nominations of six this year, including New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. She was on stage a lot throughout the night and also paid tribute to Alan Jackson with Dierks Bentley, Carly Pearce and Carrie Underwood; and she recognized retired men and women who have turned to music as a means of healing.

One of the most cherished performances was Patti Loveless’ You’ll never leave Harlan, performed with Christ Stapleton got everyone on their feet.

Nominations went to a mix of first and reining CMA Award winners. Song of the Year went to Jordan Davis’ Buy dirt. Vocal Duo of the Year was awarded to Brothers Osborne. Old Dominion won Vocal Group of the Year. Reindeer Games 2’s actress Sarah Drew and Tyler Hubbard presented the Single of the Year award, which went to Cody Johnson’s Until you can’t. The album of the year was awarded to To grow up, by Luke Combs. Lainey Wilson won New Artist of the Year and again she won Female Vocalist of the Year.

Produced by the Country Music Association, under the direction of Robert Deaton as executive producer, Alan Carter as director and Jon Macks as lead writer. The inaugural CMA Awards was in 1967 and was a banquet and show. It was broadcast live in 1968, making it now the longest-running annual music awards program seen on network television. It has aired on TBEN since 2006.