Post Malone Channels His Inner Cowboy On CMA Awards Red Carpet Alongside Morgan Wallen

Prior to putting on a must-see collaboration with Morgan Wallen and Luke Combs, Post Malone strutted down the red carpet at the 2023 CMA Awards in style.

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Originally from Southern California and currently residing in Music City, Melanie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Journalism before beginning her career as a music and entertainment journalist. Beginning to write for Music Mayhem in August of 2023, she has also contributed to Holler, Country Now, Country Chord, Celeb Secrets, Celeb Secrets Country, We Got This Covered and Decider throughout her career thus far. When she is not writing, Melanie enjoys going to concerts and music festivals, binging her favorite television shows, spending time with her friends and family and cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners (of course).

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Posted on November 9, 2023

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Post Malone, Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of CMA

With a red carpet look that caused jaws to drop, Post Malone is channeling his inner cowboy on Wednesday evening (Nov. 8) at the 57th Annual CMA Awards, prior to putting on a can’t-miss performance alongside country superstars Morgan Wallen and HARDY later this evening.

Walking the carpet with a red solo cup in hand, stopping to snap a trio photo with both Wallen and HARDY along the way, the hip hop artist embraced the fact that the CMA Awards is “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” rocking a classy black suit with a little bit of extra western-inspired flair.

Pairing said suit with a nude-colored cowboy hat, as well as a bolo tie with detailing of a bald eagle, the rapper looked like a true cowboy.

Post Malone; Photo Courtesy of CMA
Post Malone; Photo Courtesy of CMA

Post Malone Makes CMA Awards Debut

Despite making his CMA Awards debut this evening — marking his first time performing at a country music awards show in general — this is not his first time dabbling in the country music industry. In fact, Post Malone has admitted to being an avid fan of the genre on numerous occasions, even considering releasing a country album at some point in the future.

Covering Brad Paisley’s “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song),” Sturgill Simpson’s “You Can Have the Crown,” and more during performances in the past, Post Malone’s collection of country covers will expand tonight after putting on a medley of country classics alongside both Wallen and HARDY on the CMA Awards stage.

HARDY, Post Malone, Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of CMA
HARDY, Post Malone, Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of CMA

Watch HARDY, Morgan Wallen And Post Malone’s CMA Awards Collaboration Below

In what will likely go down as one of the most iconic moments in CMA Awards history, Morgan Wallen, HARDY, and Post Malone teamed up for an unforgettable two-song tribute to the late Joe Diffie during the 57th Annual CMA Awards. 

Wallen and HARDY kicked off the buzzed-about moment with Diffie’s 1993 hit, “John Deere Green.” The spirited performance found the artists backed by Wallen’s touring band while in the middle of the Bridgestone Arena floor.

Next, the longtime friends and tour mates were joined by Post Malone for a rousing rendition of Diffie’s “Pickup Man.” Sporting skinny jeans, an orange jacket, and a trucker hat, the genre-bending star held his own alongside HARDY and Wallen as the crowd sang along in unison.

While Post Malone was not nominated for any awards himself, his collaborators were among the most-nominated of the evening. Morgan Wallen were nominated for Entertainer Of The Year, Male Vocalist Of The Year, and Album Of The Year for One Thing At A Time, while HARDY is up for Single Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Musical Event Of The Year, and Music Video Of The Year all for “Wait In The Truck.”

Later this year, Post Malone will perform at Stagecoach, where he will perform country covers.

The 57th Annual CMA Awards

Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the 57th Annual CMA Awards are set to air live tonight on ABC (8:00-11:00 PM/EST). The star-studded show will feature performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Jelly Roll, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Jordan Davis, Cody Johnson, Ashley McBryde, The War And Treaty, Morgan Wallen, Chris Stapleton, Lainey Wilson, and more. 

Always known for epic collaborations, the 2023 CMA Awards will feature a Jimmy Buffett tribute from Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Mac McAnally, and Zac Brown Band, a not-to-be-missed performance of country classics from Wallen, Post Malone, and HARDY, a performance honoring The Judds from Jelly Roll and K. Michelle, plus special duets from Carly Pearce and Chris Stapleton, Old Dominion and Megan Moroney, and Little Big Town with Tanya Tucker.

HARDY, Post Malone, Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of CMA
HARDY, Post Malone, Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of CMA

Paula Abdul, Bill Anderson, Nate Bargatze, Kevin Cahoon, Jordan Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Sara Evans, Brian Kelley, Lady A, Martina McBride, Parker McCollum, Craig Morgan, Darius Rucker, Corey Seager, Gerry Turner, Keith Urban, Hailey Whitters and Chris Young will appear to present during “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” 

Those who are unable to watch the show in real-time can watch the CMA Awards the following day on Hulu.

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Originally from Southern California and currently residing in Music City, Melanie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Journalism before beginning her career as a music and entertainment journalist. Beginning to write for Music Mayhem in August of 2023, she has also contributed to Holler, Country Now, Country Chord, Celeb Secrets, Celeb Secrets Country, We Got This Covered and Decider throughout her career thus far. When she is not writing, Melanie enjoys going to concerts and music festivals, binging her favorite television shows, spending time with her friends and family and cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners (of course).

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