PHOTOS: Unexpected CMT Music Awards Couples and Pairings

Remember when Keith Urban took Loretta Lynn to the 2005 CMT Music Awards? Or when Justin Bieber won his first belt buckle with Rascal Flatts in 2011? Those are just a few of the most interesting celebrity pairings who’ve lit up previous CMT Music Awards shows.

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Until then, here’s a look back at some of the night’s most unlikely couples and pairings through the years:

  1. 2004 CMT Music Awards

    Gretchen Wilson (c) walks the red carpet with Heart’s Nancy and Ann Wilson (r).

  2. 2005 CMT Music Awards

    Loretta Lynn gets escorted by her date, Keith Urban.

  3. 2006 CMT Music Awards

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    Scott Gries/Getty Images

    Lisa Rinna and host Jeff Foxworthy dance the night away.

  4. 2010 CMT Music Awards

    Leann Rimes takes John Anderson to the show. That night, Rimes performed a choreographed version of Anderson’s big hit, “Swingin’,” from her album, Lady and Gentlemen.

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    Reba McEntire and Keenan Thompson see double live onstage.

  5. 2010 CMT Music Awards

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    Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

    Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

    Shania Twain and Taylor Swift channel their inner Thelma & Louise for the 2011 show open.

  6. 2011 CMT Music Awards

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    A 17-year-old Justin Bieber and Rascal Flatts live it up at the CMT Music Awards. That night, they shared a win for collaborative video of the year for Bieber’s “That Should Be Me” video.

  7. 2012 CMT Music Awards


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    Hosts Toby Keith and Kristen Bell arrive at the 2012 show riding a mechanical red Solo cup.

  8. 2013 CMT Music Awards

    Hosts Jason Aldean and Bell high five at the 2013 show.

  9. 2015 CMT Music Awards

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    Hosts Erin Andrews and Brittany Snow share the spotlight with Joe Dirt.

  10. 2017 CMT Music Awards

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    Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford live it up with Brett Eldredge at the 2017 awards.

  11. 2018 CMT Music Awards

    Lauren Alaina and Garrett Hedlund

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.