She may be up for one of the biggest awards of the night, but Maren Morris chose not to walk the red carpet at the 2022 CMA Awards.
After the September interview with Los Angeles Times in which the country star expressed his displeasure with the annual award, fans wondered if Morris, 32, would show up at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night. His latest album, Humble Questnominated for album of the year.
She and husband Ryan Hurd arrived just in time for the album of the year. After Luke Combs took home the award, Morris gave his teammate a standing ovation, then left the field.
Morris later gave fans a look at her outfit in a cheeky 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,” said the post, adding a “cheers” emoji.
During his speech with The timeMorris, 32, said she had mixed feelings about going to the CMAs, and said she often feels “uncomfortable” at such events.
“Honestly, I haven’t decided if I’m going to go,” he said at the time. “I’m very honored that my record was chosen. But I don’t know if I feel it [at] at home right now. A lot of people I love will be in that room, and maybe I’ll make a game-time decision and go. But right now, I don’t feel comfortable going. ”
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He continued: “I think I was more sad to go last year. Some nights are fun. Some I’m just crawling out of my skin. I’m not good at those events because I worry. But this time I seem to feel at peace with the idea of not going.”
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The CMAs speech came a few weeks after the “Circle Around This City” singer publicly criticized Brittany Kerr Aldean – the wife of country star Jason Aldean – for making a transphobic statement in an Instagram video amid ongoing controversy and attempts to restrict access to women- to strengthen expectations.
“I really want to thank my parents for not changing my health when I went through my tomboy phase. I love this girl’s life,” Brittany explained in a makeup video in September.
Morris responded on Twitter: “It’s easy, like, to be rude? Sell your clip-ins and zip it up, Insurrection Barbie.”
The exchange sparked some back-and-forth between Morris, Brittany, and other stars like 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 “Lunatic Country Music. Man.”
Morris then plastered the line 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 are live Wednesday night from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.