Miranda Lambert Performs 'Maggie's Song' with Chris Stapleton Instead of His Wife at the ACM Awards

Bettina Dizon
Apr 19, 2021
06:20 P.M.
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Country stars Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton took the stage and left the audience emotional after performing “Maggie’s Song” during the ACM Awards.

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It was a beautiful Sunday for country music fans as singers performed hit songs for the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards. The evening began with hosts Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton’s opening remarks and tribute to the vaccinated frontline workers present.

Several country stars took the stage and flaunted their powerful vocals, including Carrie Underwood, who sang a rendition of “Amazing Grace” among a medley of other tracks from her album, “My Savior.”

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Kane Brown and Chris Young also stepped up to duet their single, “Famous Friends,” while matching in black attires. Brown is the first solo artist in history to win the Video of the Year Award for his music video, “Worldwide Beautiful.”

Miranda Lambert, who also made history as the artist with the most nominations, 68 counts in total, also sang alongside Elle King, performing their rendition of “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).”

Miranda Lambert during the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee. | Source: Getty Images

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Lambert collaborated with another performer during Sunday’s event as she stood by Chris Stapleton to perform his hit track, “Maggie’s Song,” which was originally a duet with his wife, Morgane.

Other artists were included in the lineup, including Charlie Puth, Ashley McBride, and Justin Bieber with Dan + Shay.

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Unfortunately, the 38-year-old had to back out due to a prior commitment she could not refuse. Instead, the “Bluebird” artist filled in for Morgane and performed the emotional song that had viewers in tears. According to Chris:

“I think my sister-in-law is in labor right now. She may be on her way to the hospital. I’m not sure. So my wife was kind of on baby watch -- and for once, not her own baby.”

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Chris added that the evening was special to him and his wife and that he missed her during the event but was grateful that Lambert stepped in at the last minute to give an outstanding performance.

The 43-year-old led the award nominations with nods to Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year. His song, “Starting Over, was also recognized for Song of the Year.

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Previously, some of the greatest country artists were honored and celebrated during the Country Music Awards, which took place on November 11 at the Music City Center in Nashville.

Several other artists were included in last year’s lineup, including Charlie Puth, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Combs, Ashley McBride, and Justin Bieber with Dan + Shay to perform their hit song, “10,000 Hours.”

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