Blake Shelton did not sing a "tribute" to Miranda Lambert at the CMT Music Awards, despite a report. Gossip Cop can separate the fact from the fiction.
As Gossip Cop reported, Shelton performed "Every Time I Hear That Song" at last week's awards show in Nashville. Lambert also performed, singing her song "Pink Sunglasses." These two things were completely unrelated aside from taking place at the same star-studded country music event.
But now a week later, OK! is blaring on the cover of its new issue, "CMT Music Awards Shocker: Blake Sings Tribute To Miranda!" Inside the issue, the tabloid declares, "With his ex Miranda Lambert looking on — and girlfriend Gwen Stefani at home — Blake Shelton performed a searing song about their 2015 split." The gossip magazine claims the track "captures the pain of his divorce," and it was an "awkward situation" to sing it with Lambert sitting in the audience.
Lambert "couldn't believe Blake chose that song," a so-called "source" is quoted as saying, alleging to the outlet that it was "really uncomfortable for her." But the publication contends Shelton was "sending Miranda a message with his choice of material." The tabloid's "insider" maintains, "That song is an acknowledgment of how hard the split was for both of them."
"It was his way of offering some closure," asserts the magazine's alleged tipster, who further claims "it ultimately turned into a bittersweet moment" for Lambert. Says the outlet's purported snitch, "She and Blake had a terrible breakup, but she was touched by the intention behind the song."
But there's a number of problems with the allegations in this story. First off, though Lambert was at the ceremony, there's been no evidence she was actually in her seat watching at the time Shelton performed. More importantly, "Every Time I Hear That Song" is not about her or their divorce. Shelton didn't write the track.
It was penned by Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey, Brad Warren and Brett Warren. And, as all songwriters do, they drew on their own experiences when co-writing it. OK! has made the assumption that just because Shelton's song is about a former flame, he must be singing about Lambert. But not all artists sing songs that are about their own lives. They may just relate or pretend, much like an actor takes on a role in a film.
In addition to misrepresenting the song, the tabloid is also misrepresenting why it was performed. "Every Time I Hear That Song" is Shelton's current single. As Gossip Cop has previously reported, he sung it at the People's Choice Awards earlier this year, as well as on "The Voice" and "The Tonight Show." This was his first time getting to perform it at a country music awards show, and that decision had nothing to do with Lambert and "sending a message" to her.
Shelton didn't sing a "tribute" to her at the CMT Music Awards any more than he did the previous times he performed the track on television. All that's true here is that he sang at the CMTs, and Lambert happened to be at the awards show as a fellow performer and nominee. Everything else is fiction from the same magazine that falsely claimed Shelton was having a baby with Gwen Stefani in 2015.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.