Lainey Wilson’s presence — or performance — at the 2023 CMA Awards was possibly the most anticipated.
With a record nine nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, the 31-year-old singer was this year’s most nominated performer at the Wednesday, November 8, presentation.
(She was also the most nominated artist previous year, winning awards for Best New Artist and Female Vocalist.) Wilson’s awards are the cherry on top of his country music cake.
“I grew up watching the CMAs and dreaming of being a part of it as a little girl, so this year’s nominations were definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment.”
“It’s surreal,” the “Heart Like a Truck” singer told Us Weekly exclusively. “When I look back on the year I had with my band and crew, it feels like all of our hard work is finally paying off.” I adore country music, and I am receiving the love in return.”
Wilson was honored with victories for Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Music Video of the Year, and Music Event of the Year alongside Hardy at the CMAs.
But Wilson, who also appears in Yellowstone, is known for more than just her acting abilities. She’s well-known for her fashion sense.
“When it comes to fashion, I always want to stay true to myself but also make a statement,” Wilson told the media.
“As my fans are aware, I stick to what I love: bell bottoms and a hat.” It’s my signature look, and I believe in wearing comfortably.”
Wilson wore a Carolina Herrera black strapless jumpsuit with show-stopping ruffled bell bottoms, Sam Edelman shoes, and a black hat from Wilson’s Charlie 1 Horse collection on the CMAs red carpet.
A jaw-dropping patriotic necklace from Haybelle Co. with an eagle and stars dripping in diamonds topped off the look.
“I know there are two important boxes to always check when dressing Lainey: bell bottoms and a statement hat.”
“It’s fun to riff on her signature style,” Wilson’s stylist, Cherie Kilchrist, told Us. “Because Lainey has a classic country voice, I was inspired by legendary country music ladies like Dolly [Parton] and Reba [McEntire].”
My red carpet concept was a sleek, gloomy cowgirl. To be loyal to her cowgirl heritage, I went to brands like Wrangler for performance.”
Wilson delivered a fierce rendition of her single “Wildflowers and Wild Horses” while dressed in a Wrangler crop top with floor-length fringe details and distressed wide leg Understated Leather pants.
She wore a weathered version of her iconic hat from her own line for a tough rodeo queen look.
“When it comes to performance attire, we always try to mimic the overall vibe and narrative of the song we’re performing.”
“For ‘Wildflowers and Wild Horses,’ we wanted to create a look that was a nod to my roots in Louisiana while also adding some country with a twist,” Wilson explained.
“It was really fun to get creative on the looks for this year’s award show.”
“It’s very important for my clients to feel like the best version of themselves,” says Kilchrist. “I love that Lainey knows exactly who she is and stays true to where she comes from.”