Ballerini, 30, Stokes, 31, cozied up whereas posing for photographers forward of the annual awards present, which was held at Bridgestone Enviornment in Nashville. Ballerini channeled outdated Hollywood glam in a lightweight pink satin Christian Siriano gown with a excessive slit. She complemented the look with a daring purple lip and wore her blonde locks in smooth curls.
Stokes, in the meantime, was traditional with a twang in an all-black swimsuit with contrasting velvet cloth under the jacket’s lapels that honored the nation music style.
Ballerini is nominated for 2 awards at this 12 months’s ceremony: Feminine Vocalist of the 12 months and Album of the 12 months for her February EP, Rolling Up the Welcome Mat. The popularity comes two years after her first CMA win in 2021 when she took residence the trophies for Musical Occasion of the 12 months and Music Video of the 12 months for her hit single “Half of My Hometown,” that includes fellow Tennessee native Kenny Chesney.
“I’m so proud that my first two CMAs are for a track that represents my roots and likewise celebrates the dream that made me go away to chase it down,” Ballerini mentioned in a November 2021 assertion. “I keep in mind rising up in Knoxville watching the CMAs…So this feels surreal and particular to share this with so a lot of my songwriting buddies, and my hometown hero Kenny Chesney. I can’t consider a greater second to maintain on my shelf eternally.”
Ballerini’s private life has gone by some modifications since her first CMA wins. She and ex-husband Morgan Evans cut up in August 2022 after practically 5 years of marriage. The pair finalized their divorce two months later and Ballerini moved on with Stokes, whom she was first linked to in late 2022.
The twosome made their official purple carpet debut as a pair on the CMT Music Awards in April, the place Stokes was caught dancing and singing alongside throughout Ballerini’s efficiency of “If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too).” He’s since been noticed supporting her within the crowd as she travels throughout the nation for her Heartfirst Tour, and has been by her facet at varied awards reveals.
Earlier this 12 months, Ballerini defined the pair’s determination to forego privateness in the case of their relationship. “The factor that we’ve determined, and to every their very own, is once you’re with somebody that you simply really feel safe with and that you simply’re proud to be with, why not share it?” she instructed StyleCaster in September. “He’s additionally a Virgo; we’re each Labrador Retrievers in human kind. It doesn’t take a lot dialog to be on the identical web page. It’s been half a 12 months and it’s been nice.”
The duo’s flirty — and public — romance has induced them to rapidly turn out to be a fan-favorite celeb couple. Whereas chatting with Nylon final month, Ballerini shared why she and Stokes make such an excellent match.
“We’re each very a lot so golden-retriever vitality more often than not, however we each have a bit chunk in us, and we’re each extremely pushed,” she instructed the outlet in October. “He’s the primary individual I’ve been in a relationship with that I really feel like isn’t my exact opposite.”
The “Penthouse” singer additionally mirrored on the early days of their relationship, saying she felt immediately related to the Outer Banks star even throughout their first date in Los Angeles.
“I actually did [know] as quickly as I met him,” she mentioned of their connection. “And possibly that feels like I’ve discovered zero issues, however I’ve at all times been a heart-first woman and the reality is it’s by no means led me astray. I’ve at all times been the place I wanted to be whereas I wanted to be there.”
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