Miranda Lambert to Replace Chris Stapleton’s Wife Morgane During ACM Awards Performance

Chris Stapleton’s wife, Morgane, will not be by his side during his ACM Awards performance on Sunday evening (April 18). …

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April 18, 2021

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Chris Stapleton’s wife, Morgane, will not be by his side during his ACM Awards performance on Sunday evening (April 18). 

According to People.com, Morgane, had a “prior doula commitment,” and will no longer appear. Instead, Miranda Lambert will take her place. 

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

Stapleton will perform “Maggie’s Song,” a track that he previously labeled his “most personal song” to date. The song is a tribute to his beloved dog, Maggie, who passed away in 2019. 

“She deserved a tribute of a song,” Stapleton explained ahead of his performance. “Now, whether or not I did her justice in the song, I don’t know, but she was a dog that deserved a song so I wrote a song about her the day after she died.”

Lambert is a longtime dog lover and will undoubtedly do the song justice on stage alongside Stapleton. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.