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Lionel Richie, 72, makes a rare appearance with girlfriend Lisa Parigi, 32, at the CMA Awards

They have kept a low profile since their relationship was revealed in 2014.

Yet Lionel Richie, 72, and girlfriend Lisa Parigi, 32 looked more smitten than ever as they attended the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday.

The American Idol judge and his longtime girlfriend put on a stylish display as she turned up to support Lionel who was hosting the show. 

Cute couple: Lionel Richie, 72, made a rare appearance with girlfriend Lisa Parigi, 32, at the Country Music Awards as he stepped out to host the event on Wednesday 

The music icon looked slick in an all-black ensemble at the biggest event in country music. 

He wore a long blazer coat which he paired with smart trousers and black shirt, completing he outfit with patent brogues.  

Lisa, who is 40 years his junior, stunned in a canary yellow floor length evening gown that nipped in at her waist and featured a small train at the back.

Glamorous: The American Idol judge and his longtime girlfriend put on a stylish display in a rare appearance at the event in Nashville, Tennessee

Glamorous: The American Idol judge and his longtime girlfriend put on a stylish display in a rare appearance at the event in Nashville, Tennessee

Stylish: The music icon looked slick in an all-black ensemble and patent brogues

Stylish: The music icon looked slick in an all-black ensemble and patent brogues

Stunning: Lisa stunned in a canary yellow floor length evening gown that nipped in at her waist and featured a small train at the back

Stunning: Lisa stunned in a canary yellow floor length evening gown that nipped in at her waist and featured a small train at the back

Glam: The entrepreneur accessorised with a circular diamanté bag, gold bracelets and teardrop shaped chandelier earrings

 Glam: The entrepreneur accessorised with a circular diamanté bag, gold bracelets and teardrop shaped chandelier earrings

She wore her raven locks down in a soft curl and opted for a glamorous makeup palette of shimmery gold eyeshadow with a peach blush.

The entrepreneur accessorised with a circular diamanté bag, gold bracelets and teardrop shaped chandelier earrings.     

Lisa and American Idol judge have been together since 2014 but very rarely make public appearances.  

Couple: The pair have been together since 2014 but very rarely make public appearances

Couple: The pair have been together since 2014 but very rarely make public appearances

Behind the scenes: Lionel hosted the award show alongside American Idol costars, country music artist Luke Bryan and superstar Katy Perry (pictured right)

Behind the scenes: Lionel hosted the award show alongside American Idol costars, country music artist Luke Bryan and superstar Katy Perry (pictured right)

Wow: Katy, 37, turned up the heat in a figure hugging Vivienne Westwood leather dress that was cinched in at the waist and had a one-shoulder design

Wow: Katy, 37, turned up the heat in a figure hugging Vivienne Westwood leather dress that was cinched in at the waist and had a one-shoulder design

Selfie: She accessorised with a long pearl necklace which fell down the front of her dress and wore her dark tresses pinned back

Selfie: She accessorised with a long pearl necklace which fell down the front of her dress and wore her dark tresses pinned back

Lionel hosted the award show alongside American Idol costars, country music artist Luke Bryan and superstar Katy Perry.  

Katy, 37, turned up the heat in a figure hugging Vivienne Westwood leather dress that was cinched in at the waist and had a one-shoulder design.

She accessorised with a long pearl necklace which fell down the front of her dress and wore her dark tresses pinned back while opting for a glamorous makeup look.  

The 55th Annual Country Music Awards marked the events return to the red carpet as the first event since the pandemic began. 

Costars: The 55th Annual Country Music Awards marked the events return to the red carpet as the first event since the pandemic began, pictured with Luke Bryan and Katy Perry

Costars: The 55th Annual Country Music Awards marked the events return to the red carpet as the first event since the pandemic began, pictured with Luke Bryan and Katy Perry

Awards: Lionel joined his fellow American Idol judges to hand out the first award of the evening to singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton

Awards: Lionel joined his fellow American Idol judges to hand out the first award of the evening to singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton

Winner: Chris walked away with the most trophies at the 2021 CMA Awards, winning Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year

Winner: Chris walked away with the most trophies at the 2021 CMA Awards, winning Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year

The Grammy winner joined his fellow American Idol judges to hand out the first award of the evening to singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton.   

Chris walked away with the most trophies at the 2021 CMA Awards on Wednesday night, but Carly Pearce and Luke Combs also stole the show as well.

He won Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year at the annual event, held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The artist said in a speech, ‘Wow, okay. Thank you. Thank you very much. So many wonderful songs in here, I’m going to give it over to one of my heroes, Mike Henderson, who I have written more songs with than anybody in Nashville, Tennessee. This man knows how to write songs.’ 

2021 Country Music Awards: WINNERS

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR 

Eric Church

Luke Combs – WINNER

Miranda Lambert

Chris Stapleton

Carrie Underwood

On top: Luke Combs took home top honor of the night: Entertainer Of The Year

On top: Luke Combs took home top honor of the night: Entertainer Of The Year

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton – WINNER

Hands full: Chris Stapleton earned the most trophies with four

Hands full: Chris Stapleton earned the most trophies with four 

 

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR  

Brooks & Dunn

Brothers Osborne – WINNER

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie & Tae

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

29, Carly Pearce

Dangerous: The Double Album, Morgan Wallen

Heart, Eric Church

Skeletons, Brothers Osborne

Starting Over, Chris Stapleton – WINNER 

 

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR 

“Buy Dirt,” Jordan Davis, Luke Bryan

“Chasing After You,” Ryan Hurd, Maren Morris

“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” Elle King, Miranda Lambert

“Famous Friends,” Chris Young, Kane Brown

WINNER: “half of my hometown,” Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney

Double duty: Kelsea Ballerini earned two including duet with Kenny Chesney called Half Of My Hometown

Double duty: Kelsea Ballerini earned two including duet with Kenny Chesney called Half Of My Hometown

 

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR 

Jenee Fleenor – WINNER

Paul Franklin

Aaron Sterling

Ilya Toshinskiy

Derek Wells

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 

Gabby Barrett

Miranda Lambert

Ashley McBryde

Maren Morris

Carly Pearce – WINNER

What a night: Carly Pearce had a shocking win in the Female Vocalist Of The Year category

What a night: Carly Pearce had a shocking win in the Female Vocalist Of The Year category

 

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR 

Lady A

Little Big Town

Midland

Old Dominion – WINNER

Zac Brown Band

Squad goals Old Dominion won for Vocal Group Of The Year

Squad goals Old Dominion won for Vocal Group Of The Year

 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Jimmie Allen – WINNER

Ingrid Andress

Gabby Barrett

Mickey Guyton

HARDY

What a moment: Jimmie Allen got emotional as he earned New Artist Of The Year

What a moment: Jimmie Allen got emotional as he earned New Artist Of The Year

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR 

“Famous Friends,” Chris Young, Kane Brown

“The Good Ones,” Gabby Barrett

“Hell Of A View,” Eric Church

“One Night Standards,” Ashley McBryde

Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton – WINNER

 

Song of the Year

“Forever After All,” Luke Combs, Drew Parker, Robert Williford

“The Good Ones,” Gabby Barrett, Zach Kale, Emily Landis, Jim McCormick

“Hell Of A View,” Casey Beathard, Eric Church, Monty Criswell

“One Night Standards,” Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde

“Starting Over,” Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton – WINNER

 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“Chasing After You,” Ryan Hurd, Maren Morris

“Famous Friends,” Chris Young, Kane Brown

“Gone,” Dierks Bentley

“Younger Me,” Brothers Osborne

WINNER: “half of my hometown,” Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney 

 

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