Maren Morris and her husband, Ryan Hurd, had us all in our hearts Sunday night!
The couple first performed together at an awards show at the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards, singing a beautiful rendition of “Chasing After You.” Singing from the Ryman Auditorium, Morris walked over to her husband as he stood in what appeared to be a field of pampas grass, reminiscent of the music video for their hit song. The performance was nothing short of ethereal, with the couple lovingly gazing into each other’s eyes as they sang.
ET caught up with the couple before Sunday’s awards show, where they talked about acting together for the first time. For Hurd, it was not just his first performance with his wife, but his first time on the ACM stage.
“This is my first opportunity to perform at ACMs, so for me it’s really cool and to be able to do it with Maren, it’s even better and it takes all the pressure off me,” shared Hurd. “I don’t know if that adds pressure or takes it away, but I don’t feel much right now.”
For the new mom, having her husband on stage means she doesn’t have to scan the crowd to look Hurd in the eye, as he’s right there with her.
“I’m so excited, because I’m usually trying to find him in the crowd if I’m performing on stage,” Morris explained. “I like having someone I can make eye contact with, and now it’s very easy to find him because he’s on stage with me.”
The song means a lot to the couple who admit that they chased each other at different times before they finally broke up together.
“That’s why the song feels so good to us, because it feels a bit like that beginning of us and I know people look at us a little bit and say, ‘Oh, they’re married and they have a family, what Is this? How important is this song? ‘But it really is and it was our story, “Hurd explains.
Morris has six nominations at this year’s awards show, including Female Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for her song, “The Bones,” and the singer-songwriter took home the Song of the Year award for the multi-track. nominated.
As ET previously reported, Morris, 31, and Hurd, 34, tied the knot in 2018, but despite their long musical and personal history, Hurd told ET in February that he never “expected to make” a song with his wife. The two welcomed their first child together, their son Hayes, last March.
“I’ve always worked with Maren and wrote songs with Maren. That’s how we really met, we had a creative partnership before it was anything else,” he explained. “This is really fun to me. It feels like a full-circle musical moment. I still haven’t realized we’re doing it.”
Recording the song was “a family affair” for Hurd and Morris, along with producers Aaron Eshuis and Teddy Reimer.
“We record all the vocals in our basement, which is crazy to think of these things, like making hit records where you sleep. It’s nice,” Hurd said. “The whole thing doesn’t even feel real. I don’t know if it’s because of the pandemic or because we haven’t worked in so long … but it’s strange the journey something like this takes.”
The ACM Awards are broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 18, as well as live and on-demand on Paramount +, from three iconic Nashville venues: Grand Ole Opry House, the historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. .