Jelly Roll Reveals Why His Private Plane Had to Make an Emergency Landing

While attending the CMT Music Awards 2024, Jelly Roll shared insight into the scary situation he and his wife Bunnie XO experienced with their private jet in an exclusive interview with E! News.

By Alyssa Morin Apr 07, 2024 11:49 PMTags
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Jelly Roll is counting his blessings.

While attending the 2024 CMT Music Awards April 7, the "Son of a Sinner" singer opened up about the scary situation he and his wife Bunnie XO recently experienced with their private jet, in which they had to have an emergency landing three days before heading to the award show.

"What happened was the screen cut out," Jelly Roll said on the red carpet at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas (See more of the CMT Music Awards on E! News April 8). "The pilot was like, 'I'm not even risking this.' He had to manually fly the plane back. He had to fly like it was the 1960s again. He was shooken."

The 39-year-old praised the pilot for getting them back on land safely, before adding, "It was incredible. We're blessed."

Jelly Roll also expressed just how surreal his music career has been. "I made my award show debut a year ago," he said, "and I showed up here kind of a stranger. And I came back a year later like family."

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The "Save Me" musician has a lot to celebrate at the CMT Music Awards, too. In fact, he received four nominations tonight, including in the categories Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year and CMT Performance of the Year for "Need a Favor."

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But before the ceremony kicks off with Kelsea Ballerini returning as host and we wait to find out if Jelly Roll goes home a winner, keep reading to see all of the fabulous and fierce red carpet moments.

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