Country Music’s Best Couples Entertain at This Year’s ACM Awards
The 54th Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards — one of country music’s biggest nights — took place on April 7 at MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Fan-favorite country stars took the stage, and no other than country diva Reba McEntire hosted the show for the 16th time.
Highlights included performances by Carrie Underwood (who hosted the 2018 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards alongside Brad Paisley last fall), as well as Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, among others. But what really caught fans’ attention? The unique collaborations between a wide range of acts such as Kelly Clarkson’s performances with both Dan + Shay and Jason Aldean, the recipient of this year’s ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award.
Let’s not forget the entertainment that happened before the show, though, as country music’s best celebrity couples made their grand entrance on the red carpet. Here were some of our favorites that stole the show — several of which are newly engaged.
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher
Congrats are in order for this dynamic duo!
Carrie Underwood and husband, Mike Fisher, welcomed their second child, Jacob Bryan, just 10 weeks ago.
Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin
Miranda Lambert has found love again since her public breakup with fellow country music singer Blake Shelton.
Lambert married Brendan McLoughlin this past February in a surprise wedding.
Justin and Kate Moore
Justin Moore and his wife, Kate, go way back to their high school days when they met on their senior trip to Panama City, Fla.
The duo got married years later in 2007, the same day Justin signed a record label contract.
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman have been married 13 years and still looked as in love as ever as they posed for pictures on the red carpet.
Urban was excited to win Entertainer of the Year.
Michael Ray and Carly Pearce
Country music singers Michael Ray and Carly Pearce are still going strong since first announcing their coupledom last summer.
Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell
Chris Lane announced on the red carpet that he and "Bachelor" alum, Lauren Bushnell, will be engaged by the end of the year.
And, yes, he plans to keep it traditional and get down on one knee.
Devin Dawson and Leah Sykes
Singer-songwriter Devin Dawson walked the red carpet with his fiancee, Leah Sykes.
The duo got engaged in San Francisco on March 10, which happened to also be their two-year anniversary.
Tyler Rich and Sabina Gadecki
Not only is Tyler Rich's country music career growing, so is his love life.
He has plans to marry actress Sabina Gadecki some time next spring.
Kane Brown and Katelyn Jae
Newlyweds Kane Brown and Katelyn Jae walked the red carpet together.
The two were married last October in front of 200 of their closest friends and family in Franklin, Tenn.
Lee Brice and Sara Reeveley
Lee Brice and wife, Sara Reeveley, have three children together, and have said they may want more.
Deana Carter and Jim McPhail
Country singer Deana Carter married Jim McPhail in a private ceremony last July.
Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd
Country music singers Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd got married last year after meeting each other in the Nashville, Tenn., music scene.
Tyler Hubbard and Hayley Stommel
Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard walked the carpet with his wife, Hayley Stommel.
The two are expecting their second child later this year.
Granger Smith and Amber Bartlett
Country music singer and songwriter Granger Smith married Amber Bartlett in 2010.
And last year, she starred in his music video for "You're in It."
Jessie James and Eric Decker
Country music star Jessie James Decker married football player, Eric Decker, in 2013.
The two share three kids together.
Chuck Wicks and Kasi Williams
Singer and radio host Chuck Wicks proposed to girlfriend, Kasi Williams, during a romantic getaway to Canada on March 7.
Williams happens to be the younger sister of Jason Aldean, the recipient of this year's Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award.
Dierks Bentley and Cassidy Black
Dierks Bentley met his wife, Cassidy Black, in middle school, but it wasn't until years later that he knew she was "the one."
The two got hitched in 2005 and now have three children together.
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins
Talk about long-lasting sweethearts! Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins met in first grade and have since married and now share two children.
Akins is the inspiration for several of Rhett's famous songs, including "Die a Happy Man" and "Marry Me." Rhett won male Artist of the Year.
Brett Young and Taylor Mills
Brett Young and Taylor Mills got married last November after dating for a decade.
And the happy newlyweds recently announced that they're expecting their first child together.
Jason and Brittany Kerr Aldean
Jason Aldean and his wife, Brittany Kerr Aldean, have been married for four years.
They recently welcomed their second child, Navy Rome Williams, in February.
Ross and Katlin Copperman
Songwriter and producer Ross Copperman won on Sunday night as a producer on Dierks Bentley's "Burning Man," featuring Brothers Osborne, which won Music Event of the Year.
Chris Janson and Kelly Lynn
Country music singers Chris Janson and Kelly Lynn have been married for seven years.
They have four children, two together and two from Lynn's previous marriage.
Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer
Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer met in college when he was a senior and she, a freshman.
They dated a little during that time but then broke up before reconnecting again five years later. They got married in December 2006 and now have two sons together. They are also raising Bryan's sister's son, Tilden, after both of his parents passed away.
Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking
After about two years, Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking got engaged last November.
Chris and Morgane Stapleton
Country musicians Chris and Morgane Stapleton are expecting their fifth child together.
Brantley Gilbert and Amber Cochran
Brantley Gilbert and Amber Cochran got hitched in 2015 and are expecting a baby girl together.
Jon Stone and Brittainy Taylor
Jon Stone and Brittainy Taylor, of "Very Cavallari," have been together four years now.
Scotty McCreery and Gabi Dugal
"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery and Gabi Dugal got married last summer after dating for six years.
The two initially met in kindergarten and are high school sweethearts.
Brandi Carlile and Catherine Shepherd
Brandi Carlile and Catherine Shepherd were married in 2014 and have two children together.
Brian Kelley and Brittney Marie Cole
Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Brittney Marie Cole secretly got married in Nashville, Tenn., in December 2013.
The two have five dogs together.
Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph
Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph, the duo who found love during the most recent season of "The Bachelor," have plans to be engaged before the end of the year.
Reba McEntire and Anthony Lasuzzo
Reba McEntire made her red-carpet debut with boyfriend Anthony Lasuzzo.
The country music icon and the retired oil geologist have been dating since 2017, after being introduced in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Big Kenny and Christiev Carothers
Big & Rich's Big Kenny married Christiev Carothers in 2005.
The two had one son together and adopted a second one in addition to Carothers' two sons from a previous marriage.
Jordan Davis and Kristen O'Connor
Jordan Davis married attorney Kristen O'Connor in March 2017.
Cody and Brandi Johnson
Cody Johnson's hit single, "On My Way to You," is likely about his wife, Brandi, with whom he has two children.
Chris and Kaitlyn Lucas With Preston Brust and Kristen White
LOCASH vocalists Chris Lucas and Preston Brust were nominated for Duo of the Year but lost to Dan + Shay.
Lucas attended with his wife, Kaitlyn, while Brust attended with his wife, Kristen.