Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes Make Their Red Carpet Debut at 2023 CMT Music Awards

Before co-hosting the 2023 CMT Music Awards, Kelsea Ballerini walked the red carpet with her boyfriend and Outer Banks star Chase Stokes. Keep reading for the scoop on their date night.

By Mike Vulpo Apr 02, 2023 11:05 PMTags
Watch: Chase Stokes Officially Confirms He's Dating Kelsea Ballerini

Time for a red carpet debut? Yeah boy! 

Before co-hosting the 2023 CMT Music Awards with Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini got the party started early when she walked the red carpet outside the Moody Center in Austin, Texas. But for this award show, the 29-year-old wasn't alone. 

Kelsea stepped out with boyfriend Chase Stokes, 30, for their first red carpet together as a couple. 

The "If You Go Down" singer sparkled in a Dolce & Gabbana silk gown with David Yurman jewelry. Her evening look was styled by Molly Dickson while hairstylist Peter Lux perfected her hair using Great Lengths and OGX.

"The inspiration for the look was '90s supermodel with an easy elegance and lots of movement," Peter shared. "I wanted the hair to look and feel super healthy with a high shine."

As for the Outer Banks star, he looked handsome in navy pants and a matching, short-sleeve shirt.

It's another big step for the couple who first sparked romance rumors in January after they were spotted at a college football game at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. It wasn't until last month, however, when Chase confirmed he was dating the country music singer.

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"Absolutely I'm a fan," he told Today's Sheinelle Jones when asked about Kelsea. "Who isn't a fan?"

So, how did this romance begin? According to Kelsea, she slid into Chase's DMs.

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"He shoots in Charleston and my manager lives there and he put the bug in my ear," Kelsea revealed on the Call Her Daddy podcast. "I've never seen the show but I just knew of him and I followed him and he followed me and I just swan dove right on in. His handle is @hichasestokes and I said, 'Hi Chase Stokes.'"

Since then, the pair has been spotted at a New York Rangers hockey game. And when Kelsea performed on Saturday Night Live, Chase was spotted backstage offering support.

"Kelsea is a lovely, lovely girl. She's great," Chase told People. "We're having a good time."

Keep reading to see even more star sightings from the 2023 CMT Music Awards.

Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani

Gwen in Valentino

Tyler Hubbard
Chase Stokes & Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea in Dolce & Gabbana


Hannah Ellis

In Marc Fisher LTD

Ashley Cooke

In Mac Duggal


In Viggo; Scott in Scott Bros. by Kendra Scott Beck box chain necklace

Lainey Wilson

In Michael Costello with Standard Hat Works hat

Kane Brown & Katelyn Jae Brown

Kane in Alexander McQueen and Scott Bros. by Kendra Scott box chain necklace and Hicks band ring; Katelyn wearing Halston 

Shania Twain
Connor Saeli & Jenna Palek

Connor in ZARA and Cuts Clothing; Jenna in Sherri Hill

Megan Thee Stallion

In Defïence

Carrie Underwood

In Dolce & Gabbana

Ingrid Andress

In Khosrov

Bailey Zimmerman
Darius Rucker & Chris Robinson
Noah Schnapp
Chapel Hart
Madison Bailey

In Dolce & Gabbana

Jon Pardi & Summer Pardi
Travis Kelce
LeAnn Rimes

In Pamella Roland 

Dustin Lynch
Cactus Moser & Wynonna Judd
Cole Swindell
Steve Howey
Alanis Morissette
Carly Pearce

In Miss Sohee

Dixie D'Amelio

In Kendra Scott Cailin silver crystal earrings and Cailin band rings.

Gary Clark Jr & Nicole Trunfio
Priscilla Block

In Lonon Couture

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