Why Miranda Lambert Filled in for Chris Stapleton’s Wife on the ACM Awards

She had a prior commitment to take care of.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Why Miranda Lambert Filled in for Chris Stapleton’s Wife on the ACM Awards
Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert perform for the 56TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. Hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, the 56TH ACM AWARDS™ will be broadcast Sunday, April 18 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount +. Photo: Jon Morgan/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

It’s almost always a guarantee that when Chris Stapleton steps out on stage, his wife Morgane will be right next to him, singing by his side. The couple are never far away from one another when it comes to performing, but on the 2021 ACM Awards, Morgane was noticeably absent from her husband’s performance in the Bluebird Cafe.

According to PEOPLE, Morgane’s absence was last minute as a prior commitment had come up, causing her to miss the awards.

“Due to her prior doula commitment, Morgane Stapleton is unable to join Chris Stapleton at the Bluebird as scheduled,” the Academy of Country Music told the publication in a statement.

Stapleton later addressed where his wife was, noting that she was helping with a very important delivery.

“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. But it’s been an interesting night tonight. So lots to celebrate. And, you know, the awards are just part of it,” he told reporters backstage.

“It’s always very special and I miss her very much tonight but I was so happy that Miranda agreed to fill in kind of in the last minute,” he added.

Stapleton didn’t have to sing alone as Miranda Lambert stepped in to harmonize on the heartfelt ode to man’s best friend, “Maggie’s Song.” The Kentucky native wrote it after his faithful companion Maggie passed away. Lambert’s addition to the song makes perfect sense as the singer is an advocate for getting rescue dogs into homes. She, alongside her mother Bev, founded the MuttNation Foundation and its latest Love Harder effort hopes to get pit mixes, senior dogs, black dogs, and dogs with disabilities adopted.