Miranda Lambert performed alongside Christ Stapleton at last night’s ACM Awards. The two took the stage at the awards ceremony to sing an emotional duet. Some fans wondered why his wife Morgane wasn’t singing with him. Morgane Stapleton was not able to attend the event.
Just hours before the live event started on Sunday, April 18, the Academy of Country Music announced that Miranda Lambert would be taking her place. The country singer already had a big night ahead of her. She opened the show with fellow singer Elle King. Then, she performed music from her upcoming album, The Marfa Tapes, for the first time live.
Now, Miranda had a new song to prepare for. Read on to find out what happened to Morgane.
Why Miranda Lambert stepped in for Morgane Stapleton
The ACM shocked the fans with its statements hours leading up to the awards show. According to the statement, Morgane Stapleton had a “prior doula commitment,” which means that she wasn’t able to perform with her husband Chris Stapleton at the 56th Academy of Music Awards. Instead, Miranda Lambert would take her place and perform with the legend for the duet “Maggie’s Song.”
Fittingly enough, the two performed on the Bluebird stage. Morgane and Chris wrote the song, which they released in 2020. The emotional ballad is a tribute to their lab-terrier, which is also fitting for Miranda, who’s also a dog lover. “Maggie’s Song” is featured on Chris’s album, Starting Over. It tells the story of how the couple adopted their dog and how she cared for their five children until she passed away.
Located at Nashville’s historic Bluebird Cafe, Chris Stapleton sang the ode to his family dog of 14 years complete with acoustic guitars and a drum kit. Miranda provided backup vocals on the track. Before joining him for their performance at the Bluebird Cafe, the songstress opened the show with “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” with Elle King.
Chris Stapleton had a huge night at the 2021 ACM Awards
Chris Stapleton was nominated for four ACM Awards, including Album of the Year (Starting Over), Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year (“Starting Over”). He ended up winning Album of the Year for his critically acclaimed new album. This adds to the already incredible year for the country artist, who will kick off his “All-American Road Show” this summer.
Chris extended the tour with new stops at Atlanta’s Cellaris Amphiteatre at Lakewood, Detroit’s DTE Energy Music Theatre, and Houston’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, just to name a few. He will also feature other celebrity guests, including Caylee Hammack, The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, Dwight Yoakam, Elle King, The Highwomen Jamey Johnson, Kendall Marvel, The Marcus King Band, Nikki Lane, Willie Nelson and Family, and Yola.
The 2021 All-American Road Show tour will kick off on July 7 in Milwaukee. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, April 30.