Fans were shocked when Lainey Wilson showed up on the red carpet for the 2023 ACM Awards with Devlin Hodges instead of her usual companion.
The most nominated female at this year’s awards ceremony, a country music sensation, made her red carpet entrance alongside former NFL quarterback Hodges.
Hodges has a prior contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
They were all smiles as they made their red carpet-appearance and made their love public.
“Yup, yup. I brought me a hot date tonight,” she tells Entertainment Tonight. “I sure did. I mean, he’s looking like a snack over there, ain’t he? I said, ‘You know what, you can be my date but you can’t steal my thunder.’”
Devlin “Duck” Hodges stood alongside Lainey Wilson wearing an olive green jumpsuit with bell bottoms, a baby blue jacket, a white collared shirt with a bolo tie, a cowboy hat, and boots.
“I was like, ‘Hey, look at all these cameras,’” she told the outlet. “Don’t be nervous, boy!”
While playing in Pittsburgh, Wilson wore her boyfriend’s jersey on stage as part of Luke Combs’ World Tour.
Hodges quickly added a flirtatious comment to her post.
“Well you got my number. How about I get yours now?😄,” he wrote.
Wilson will sing “Grease” throughout the performance, so it’s a big night for him.
The Louisiana native pledged to give a “hot,” “spicy,” and “sexy” performance during warm-ups.
“It’s going to be hot, it’s going to be spicy, it’s going to be sexy,” the New Female Artist Of The Year in 2022 ACM revealed.
She continued telling the audience that her sizzling performance would be unlike anything else she had ever performed.
“I’m showing you a side that I don’t get to show a whole lot,” Wilson added.
With six nominations, including Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (Bell Bottom Country), Single of the Year (“Heart Like A Truck”), Song of the Year (“Wait In The Truck” feat. HARDY), and Music Event of the Year (“Wait In The Truck” feat. HARDY), Lainey Wilson is the most nominated female at this year’s awards ceremony.
“I am so honored to be nominated among some of the best in the business. A few years ago, I wouldn’t even have been able to dream of a day like this,” Wilson shared. “Thank you to the Academy of Country Music for believing in me and my work, this is an absolute honor.”
A page on Twitter (Justjared.com) shared a Tweet related to Lainey Wilson and her boyfriend Delvin Hodges being at the ACM Awards. You can see the Tweet below.
Who is Lainey Wilson's hot date she brought to the ACM Awards? Meet her boyfriend, Delvin Hodges!https://t.co/qeVPmalY3R
— JustJared.com (@JustJared) May 12, 2023
Her collaboration with HARDY on “Wait In The Truck,” which was named the winner of that category before the show, was also nominated for Visual Media Of The Year.
Jason Aldean, Jordan Davis, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Dolly Parton, Jelly Roll, Ed Sheeran, HARDY, Keith Urban, The War And Treaty, Lainey Wilson, and other artists will perform at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards.
Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Duo of the Group, Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Song of the Year, and Music Event of the Year are among the nine prizes that will be presented during the live broadcast. Several winners were revealed in advance of the show.
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In addition, “Country Music’s Party Of The Year” will include a long list of memorable collaborations and events with a star-studded lineup. In honor of Trisha Yearwood winning Female Artist Of The Year for the first time 25 years ago, reigning ACM Female Artist Of The Year Carly Pearce and Yearwood will sing a unique medley.
Cole Swindell and Jo Dee Messina will collaborate to sing the “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” remix in epic style. At the same time, Ashley McBryde will transport audience members to Lindeville with a rendition of “Bonfire At Tina’s.”
The following individuals are expected to make presentations: Gabby Barrett, BRELAND, Brandy Clark, Jordan Davis, Mickey Guyton, Tyler Hubbard, Dustin Lynch, T.J. Osborne, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, MacKenzie Porter, Dak Prescott, Emmitt Smith, Tanya Tucker, Keith Urban, and Trisha Yearwood.
A global audience in 240+ countries and territories can watch the two-hour awards presentation live-streamed on Prime Video and the Amazon Music channel on Twitch.
Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks will co-host the 2023 ACM Awards and live streamed from Frisco, Texas’ Ford Center at The Star at 7/6c.