Here’s Why Miranda Lambert Replaced Chris Stapleton’s Wife at ACM Awards

Chris Stapleton was scheduled to perform at the 2021 ACM Awards along with his wife Morgane Stapleton but she was forced to pull out at the very last minute.

“Due to her prior doula commitment, Morgane Stapleton is unable to join Chris Stapleton at the Bluebird as scheduled,” the ACM said in a statement. “Miranda Lambert will instead take the Bluebird stage with Chris tonight for ‘Maggie’s Song’.”

“Maggie’s Song” is a tribute written for Stapleton’s rescue lab terrier that passed away.


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Miranda, of course, is a huge animal lover and her MuttNation Foundation just launched a new campaign titled “Love Harder.” It’s an attempt to get dogs that are “easy to love, but harder to get adopted,” like Pitbull mixes, black dogs, older dogs and others with special needs.

“The truth is these dogs are the easiest to love, maybe because they need us the most,” Lambert added in a statement. “But with so many misperceptions, people sometimes shy away from adopting them. I want to people to see the strong bonds and the special love that can be shared with these harder to get adopted dogs. So, I’m asking anyone who has adopted or is fostering a senior dog, a dog with disabilities, a pit mix or a wonderful big black dog, to send us their pictures and stories and help pave the way for others who may be considering giving one of these great pets a second chance and a forever home.”

Watch the full performance: