She may be up for one of the night’s biggest prizes, but Maren Morris chose not to walk the red carpet at the 2022 CMA Awards.
After the September interview with Los Angeles Times where the country star expressed his displeasure with the annual awards show, fans wondered if Morris, 32, would perform at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night. His latest album, The Pursuit of Humilityhas been nominated for the best album of the year.
She and her husband Ryan Hurd arrived just in time for the album of the year category. After Luke Combs accepted the award, Morris gave his fellow country star a surprise, then left the hall.
Morris later gave fans a peek at her outfit in a saucy video shared on Twitter that showed her strutting down the aisle with a bottle of Dom Pérignon in hand to Taylor Swift’s “Karma.”
“BYOB, CMA,” he captioned the post, adding a “cheers” emoji.
During his conversation with TimesMorris, 32, said she had mixed feelings about attending the CMAs, and said she often feels “confused” at such events.
“Honestly, I haven’t decided if I’m going,” he said at the time. “I’m very honored that my record has been nominated. But I don’t know if I feel it [at] at home right now. So many people I love will be in that room, and maybe I’ll make a game-time decision and go. But so far, I don’t feel good going.”
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She continued: “I think I was sadder to go last year. Some nights are fun. Some nights I just crawl out of my skin. I’m not good at those events because I’m a mess. But this time I’m busy. feeling at peace with the idea of not going.”
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The CMAs discussion came just weeks after the “Circle Around This Town” singer publicly criticized Brittany Kerr Aldean — the wife of fellow country star Jason Aldean — for making emotional comments in an Instagram video amid ongoing debate and efforts to prevent Access to gender-affirming care.
“I would really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase. I love this teenage life,” Brittany captioned a makeup video in September.
Morris responded on Twitter: “It’s so easy to, like, be a thug? Sell your clips and zip, Rebel Barbie.”
The exchange sparked a feud between Morris, Brittany and other stars such as Cassadee Pope, Lindsay Ell and others, and when Brittany appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show to discuss the situation, Carlson called Morris a “Country Music Lunatic”. Man.”
Morris, in turn, emblazoned the phrase on T-shirts and sold them to fans, eventually raising more than $150,000 for Trans Lifeline and GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program.
The 2022 CMAs hosted by Luke Bryan will air live Wednesday night from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.