What do you do when you’re invited to present at the 56th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville just 10 days before the big event? If you’re Erin Napier from HGTV, call Drew Barrymore and ask for help! Erin and her husband Ben leaned on their famous friends to pull some strings and show them the ropes as they headed out to celebrate country music’s biggest night of the year.
How Erin Napier found her beautiful dress
The Napiers received an invitation to present at the CMAs just 10 days before the event. According to HGTV, Ben said they didn’t hesitate when they got the call as they are both big fans of country music.
“We were like, absolutely!” he said.
Not only did they have to pack up their family, including four-year-old Helen and 18-month-old Mae, to head from Laurel, Mississippi to Nashville for the big night on November 9, 2022, they also had to figure out what to wear. Ben told a reporter that he bought his vintage Pendleton cowboy blazer on eBay. He paired it with a denim shirt, Blue Delta Jeans and his father’s vintage boots.
As for Erin, she revealed that she reached out to her new boyfriend, Drew Barrymore, who she fangirled over when the pair appeared on their show via video in February 2021.
“I’ve been your biggest fan in… my whole life, basically, so this is a really big moment for me,” Erin told her.
The Napiers made an in-person appearance on Barrymore’s show in December 2021, and the two women apparently struck up a friendship.
“It’s true,” Erin said before the CMA Awards. “We got to know each other a little bit. I didn’t know how to get a dress that fast and Drew helped me get this one.”
According to HGTV, Barrymore called Marchesa Design house direct who created Erin’s structured floral dress with ruffled sleeves and shipped it to her quickly.
The Napiers have to sit down and celebrate with their friend Chris Stapleton
Before the awards ceremony, Erin posted a photo to their Instagram Stories from rehearsals at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, where she showed the table she and Ben would be seated at, complete with seat signs showing her photos.
The picture revealed they would be sitting with their good friends, singers Chris and Morgane Stapleton, as well as country legend Patti Loveless, who sang with the Stapletons during the awards show. Meanwhile, Keith Urban was sitting directly behind Erin.
Erin and Ben presented the Male Vocalist of the Year Award. As they took the stage, Erin said that all of the nominees in the category were her favorite male entertainers, and then the pair joked that Ben really is her favorite when he sings in his pickup truck.
Stapleton won the award and in his acceptance speech said it was special to receive it from his friends. He also said it was his 12-year-old daughter’s birthday, so he gave her a sweet greeting.
The Napiers daughters were also in Nashville staying with friends while their parents were at the awards ceremony. On the red carpet, Ben said they’d be watching – but that Helen wasn’t that keen on seeing her on TV.
“Helen doesn’t really care about us, she wants to see Carrie Underwood,” he said.
The couple clearly had a great time during and after the show. On Ben’s Instagram StoriesHe uploaded some late-night photos taken by the couple’s personal assistant, including pictures from backstage and an afterparty, complete with cotton candy and cowboy hats.
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