Why did Miranda Lambert replace Chris Stapleton's wife Morgane at ACM Awards? Truth behind 'Maggie's Choice' act
Miranda Lambert joined Chris Stapleton during his performance of 'Maggie's Choice'
Iconic country musician Chris Stapleton and his wife, Morgane Stapleton, were set to perform ‘Maggie Song’ at the 56th edition of the Academy of Country Music Awards. However, fans were taken by surprise when they saw Miranda Lambert sitting next to Chris while performing the hit song. For a good period of time, no one knew why Lambert was sitting in for the number. But now, we finally know why Morgane was not performing with her husband at the ACM Awards.
According to a statement obtained by People, Morgane was unable to attend the ACM Award due to a “prior doula commitment”. The statement also revealed that Lambert will be taking Morgane’s place during the performance.
“Due to her prior doula commitment, Morgane Stapleton is unable to join Chris Stapleton at the Bluebird as scheduled. Miranda Lambert will instead take the Bluebird stage with Chris tonight for 'Maggie's Song,’” the statement read.
Lambert’s sudden inclusion in the performance means she was a part of three different performances during the star-studded ceremony. The iconic singer and Elle King performed “Drunk (And I Don’t Want to Go Home)’ to kick off the ceremony. On the other hand, she also joined Jon Randall and Jack Ingram for a performance of ‘In His Arms’.
As far as the awards are concerned, Stapleton took home the Album of the Year award for ‘Starting Over’. While receiving the award, he said, “We worked really hard to make music. And we think a lot about it. It means a lot. It really does.”
The musician edged out albums like Luke Bryan's ‘Born Here Live Here Die Here’, Kane Brown's ‘Mixtape Vol. 1’, Ashley McBryde's ‘Never Will’, and Brothers Osborne's ‘Skeletons’.
Stapleton accepted his ninth ACM trophy. He was also up for the entertainer of the year title, which Luke Bryan won.
The 56th ACM Awards took place on April 18, Sunday, in Nashville, Tennessee, from 8 pm ET/7 pm CT at CBS.