It’s all about the fans — and the stars, too, of course! Stars descended on the red carpet at Austin’s Moody Center on Sunday (April 2) for the 2023 CMT Music Awards, showing off looks that ranged from glamorous to edgy to casual.

Megan Thee Stallion, who is presenting during the ceremony, stunned in a dark blue curve-hugging gown with a cutout and white triangular detail on her left hip, with matching earrings and nails to balance her look. Co-host Kane Brown walked the carpet with wife Katelyn Brown — with whom he’ll be performing during the show — in matching outfits: him in a suit that’s top half was white, and black from the waist down. Katelyn stunned in a strapless white dress with matching gloves.


Performer and co-host Kelsea Ballerini and Outer Banks star Chase Stokes made their red carpet debut as a couple. The country singer was in a figure-hugging corseted high-low gray dress with white straps, while the actor was casual sleek in an unbuttoned black shirt with white piping and matching pants.

Also showing off their looks on the carpet were HARDY, Darius Rucker with Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, Carie Underwood, Ashley McBryde, Bailey Zimmerman, Ingrid Andress, Jelly Roll, Wynonna Judd and many more.

Lainey Wilson has the most nominations going into this year’s fan-voted show, with a total of four. Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson and Brown follow with three each. Ahead of the ceremony, the CMT Music Awards announced that Shania Twain will be honored with the CMT Equal Pay Award.

The 2023 CMT Music Awards begin at 8 p.m. ET/PT; it will air on CBS and livestream on Paramount+.

Scroll down to see photos of the stars at the CMT Music Awards red carpet.

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