Power couple Maren Morris Ryan HurdThe 2022 CMT Music Awards stole the show before they even got on the stage.
The “Circles Around the Town” songstress, 32, stunned in a custom Rasario silver, metallic crop top and sexy red skirt while attending the Nashville awards show on Monday, April 11. Her look was completed with Norman Silverman jewels. Hurd, 35 years old, chose a dusty pink suit, Bruno Maglio shoes, Jonas Studio accessories, and a Cartier watch.
The lovebirds, who were set to share the stage for their “Chasing After You” duet, teased their performance from the red carpet. “We wrote this song back in 2021. We were in Hawaii. This song was sort of our therapy,” Morris said on Monday, revealing the couple were fighting the morning before they wrote the track.
Morris is especially proud of the ballad’s success, as she was songwriter in Nashville with Hurd. “[Ryan’s] always been a creative collaborator in my life, that’s how we met,” the “Circles Around This Town” singer told Us WeeklyOnly in March 2019. “We were paired together six years ago to write a song.”
Two years after the meet cute, Morris and Hurd began dating in 2015 and the “Love in a Bar” performer popped the question in July 2017. They got married in March 2018. UseAt the time, confirmed.
“We didn’t know each other and it just kind of grew from there,” Morris recalled to Use. “So, music has always been really intertwined in our love for each other, and now that we aren’t just songwriters, we’re artists, the timing of being married and also touring is very chaotic at times.”
At the time, the “Rich” singer revealed that she looked to fellow country superstar Keith UrbanYour wife Nicole Kidman for advice on how to keep your relationship strong. “I’ve learned so much from [them]. They’ve got the two week rule; he’s got his kids out on the road. They just make it look so normal and it makes me and Ryan feel like this could be normal as well,” Morris told Use. “We do a pretty good job at constantly keeping in contact, lots of FaceTime. … Especially now that we’re married, it’s a little bit more important to us to see each other. We try to have a good balance.”
The duo who share 12-month-old son, Hayes — have continued to collaborate through the years, with Hurd contributing lyrics to all three of Morris’ albums. In October 2021, he praised the “Girl” musician for her support as he was recording his debut album, Pelago. “It’s such a mountain crest, to get to the point where you have a big enough single to put out a full album in Nashville. It’s a big deal and not something I take for granted. I’m thankful for my team for sticking with me this long and for Maren,” Hurd told E! NewsAt the time.
He continued: “The album wouldn’t be existing without her doing this song [‘Chasing After You’]I have been privileged to have them as my supporter for the past two or three years. I think it’s my best writing and I’m really excited about it. I just love it.”
Hayes is already following in his parents’ footsteps thanks to his cameo on Morris’ song, “Hummingbird.”
“I was pregnant the day I wrote ‘Hummingbird,’ but when I started recording it, he was starting to talk,” the “My Church” singer told Vulture last month. “Him saying ‘Mama’ was right during that moment in time, so that felt really full-circle, too — just being able to put this song on the record and have that moment. He’s the only feature on the whole project.”
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