While Lainey Wilson may be achieving new milestones at the 2023 CMA Awards, her style remains unchanged.
The country star—who received a whopping nine nominations this year—kept it true to her country roots for the biggest night in country music but with a festive twist.
Wilson stepped out in an eye-catching black strapless jumpsuit with mega-flare bottoms featuring satin ruffles. She paired her look with a matching cowboy hat and statement jewelry.
n August, Wilson spoke about her signature style, saying, “I thought, ‘What can I wear that makes me feel like I can take on the whole damn world?’ For me, it’s bell bottoms.”
Wilson’s retro style has carved its place on many red carpets. This year, the “Heart Like a Truck” singer made a statement at the People’s Choice Awards and the 2023 ACM Awards (where she debuted her new relationship with Devlin ‘Dak’ Hodges). Hodges, who also hosted the biggest night in country music, coordinated with her in all-black at the CMA Awards.
Wilson chose a velvety version of her look at last year’s CMA Awards, where she celebrated her six nominations—the most of any artist that year. Wilson ultimately took home the awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year.
Tonight, Wilson is once again leading the pack in nominations within the group, with more nods than any other artist.
Ahead of the awards ceremony, the Country Music Association announced two early wins for Wilson. Her collaboration with HARDY on “Wait in the Truck” earned them the honors for Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year.
Her other nominations include Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. Wilson will also be performing at the event alongside artists like Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Wallen.
Wilson shared her thoughts on the pace of her career with people, saying, “It’s been like a rocket ship this year.” “As soon as we hit a certain place and we’ve kind of arrived, it feels like we’re almost instantly transported to the next level and have to go up in a different way.”
A lot has changed for Wilson since she moved to Nashville in her camper trailer in 2011. She lived on the road for three years, distributing demos and CDs in the “Up and Down Music Row.”
Now, the “Watermelon Moonshine” singer is one of the biggest names in country music.
Wilson said, “I grew up in a city where country music is life: we eat it, sleep in it, and breathe in it.” “I’ve loved it with my whole heart, and I feel like country music has finally started to love me back.”
The 2023 CMA Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, will be live-streamed from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and will be specially streamed on Hulu the next day.