Things were all going so well. “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” had gone off without a hitch, with fans gushing over the night’s emotional performances and heartfelt tributes. In true country fashion, everyone was acting like one big family.
But just like in any family, sometimes those moments don’t last for long.
Female Vocalist of the Year winner Miranda Lambert caused quite a stir on Nov. 10 with a remark she made on her boyfriend’s Anderson East’s Instagram account, commenting on Entertainer of the Year winner Garth Brooks’ candid backstage admission that he lip synced his CMA performance due to being under the weather and his voice not in top form. Garth also said he was trying to save his voice for a run of shows in Spokane, Washington.
Anderson got the ball rolling when he posted a comment on Nov. 9 in response to a news article about Garth’s revelation. “I keep a lot of my opinions to myself and respect anyone making music,” he wrote, “but as a person who tries to put on the best and most honest show I can night after night … this truly offends me. I was told country music is three chords and the truth.”
“High five on this babe,” Miranda responded in a comment to Anderson. “If you can’t sing then don’t. It’s better to be honest than to pretend. I think it’s bullshit. My favorite performances in the show were live live. The truth.”
The comments from Miranda and Anderson come just a couple of days after Garth praised Miranda in the backstage press room following the show. “Let me tell you who fought the good fight tonight in my opinion … Miranda Lambert,” he told a room full of reporters, including Rare Country. “She’s one of few females that we play, so you’d think she’d want to play it safe. She came out and she stuck country music in all of our faces tonight, traditional country music. So she’s fighting the good fight.”