CMT Music Awards 2022: Red Carpet Evacuated Amid Lightning Storm

The red carpet at the 2022 CMT Music Awards was briefly paused amid a lightning storm in Nashville, Tenn. See the celebs who braved the rain to attend one of country music's biggest nights.

By Gabrielle Chung Apr 12, 2022 12:13 AMTags
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The energy wasn't the only thing that was electric at the 2022 CMT Music Awards.

The red carpet at the April 11 ceremony was temporarily paused due to a storm beating down on the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Tennessee, where the event was held. Celebrity arrivals were just getting underway when guests and crew were asked to briefly evacuate from the carpet due to lightning. 

The awards' official livestream was halted, as well as feed of the carpet from local news outlet The Tennessean.

"The red carpet is being delayed for lightning in Nashville," The Tennessean reported in the chat of its YouTube stream, explaining that "we are just waiting for everyone to get back in place!"

When things were back up and running, stars like Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, LeAnn Rimes and Jessie James Decker made their way down the red carpet.

The weather delay was not the first hiccup the CMT Music Awards experienced this year. Just hours before event, Kelsea Ballerini announced that she cannot attend the ceremony in person and will instead perform her hosting duties, which she'll share with Anthony Mackie and Kane Brown, virtually after testing positive for COVID-19 this week.

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"The good news is that I'm feeling a lot better and the incredible CMT family and my team have brought part of the CMT set to my house, to my little bubble, and set it up to where I can still host and perform," she shared on Instagram. "It is certainly not what we had expected or planned for, but we are doing our damn best."

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As the saying goes: The show must go on! Keep scrolling to see at the stars who braved the rainy weather to attend the CMT Music Awards.

Maren Morris

In Rasario

LeAnn Rimes

In Georges Chakra Couture

Carly Pearce

In SemSem

Miranda Lambert

In Alexandre Vauthier

Jason and Brittany Aldean


Caroline Jones


Walker Hayes

In Boss

Gayle King


Jessie James Decker

In Alex Perry with Aldo shoes

Eric Decker

In Zara and Robert Barakett with Aldo shoes

Thomas Rhett & Lauren Akins


Dustin Lynch

In Valstar, Buck Mason and AG Jeans with Tecovas shoes

Camille Parker

In Bronx and Banco

Lily Aldridge

In Khaite   

Jordan Davis


Brittney Spencer

In Jonathan Kayne

Gabby Barrett


Hannah Dasher


Kelsea Ballerini

In Michael Kors     

Carrie Underwood

In Dolce & Gabbana

Bobby Berk


Danielle Bradbery

In Toni Maticevski

Taylor Lautner


Kane Brown



In Rick Owens

Wynonna & Naomi Judd


Tan France

In Germanier

Riley Green

In Billy Reid



Miko Marks


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