Country Music Stars Celebrate the CMT Music Awards at Austin’s Moody Center
The city came alive as country music crooners like Shania Twain, Kelsea Ballerini, Blake Shelton and Cody Belew arrived to celebrate – and Tribeza was in the heart of it all
By Deven Wilson
The world’s biggest country stars arrived in Austin on April 2, after a scheduling conflict ruled out the CMT Music Awards’ usual location of Nashville, Tennessee. Held at Moody Center, the night brought several of country music’s celebrated artists and future stars to the Texas capital.
Along the quintessential CMT Music Awards teal carpet, stars descended upon Austin’s buzzy new venue, welcomed by a crowd of excited fans, The Longhorn Band and even Bevo himself. At the red carpet event, we caught a glimpse of Spencer Crandall, Austinites THEBROSFRESH stunning everyone in their matching cowboy glam and Taylor Holder.
Scroll through the gallery below to see more unforgettable moments from this year’s award show:
We snagged a quick conversation with rising country star Cody Belew who turned heads wearing a custom bedazzled suit. Asked about his first time being in Austin, he said, “I think y’all are all crazy down here. There was this man with a python on the street, and I thought, ‘Well, if that’s allowed, I belong down here.’”
Local blues legend Gary Clark Jr. before the awards show begins.
Along with a performance from Lainey Wilson, Morgan Wade, Alanis Morissette, Ingrid Andress and Madeline Edwards (pictured), other highlights of the night included when newcomer Jelly Roll won Breakout Male Video of the Year and the coveted Male Video of the Year awards.
Later, Shania Twain was honored with the Equal Play Award. She tells the audience how her determination allows her to hold open doors for women, people of color, people of all ages and the queer community to shine in country music.