Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert at the CMA Awards: What You Didn't See on TV
Country music's former power couple sat about 10 seats – and one aisle – away from each other
Despite sitting in the front row, Shelton, 39, and Lambert, 31, did not interact on Nashville’s big night.
With her ex-husband about 10 seats and one aisle away, Lambert bonded with Luke Bryan‘s wife Caroline Boyer and took in the performances. Meanwhile, Shelton spent time with his manager. (Hours earlier, he and Gwen Stefani, 46, who flew with him to Nashville on Tuesday but was not seen at the show, confirmed they were officially dating.)
Both Shelton and Lambert were in their seats with drinks in hand when it came time for Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley‘s show opener, during which the co-hosts made light-hearted jokes about Shelton and Lambert’s divorce in July. True to form, Shelton was a good sport, laughing and smiling when the camera cut to him in the audience. (He predicted the moment in an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers last month, saying there’s “gotta be a joke about me and Miranda.”)
The former spouses left the audience following the opening but reappeared for Reba McEntire‘s performance with Brooks & Dunn, which got Lambert got out of her seat as Shelton also stood and watched on.
However, Shelton was not in his seat when the time came for the entertainer of the year award, for which Lambert was nominated. Despite losing, Lambert was focused on celebrating Bryan’s win: she wrapped her arms around Caroline while Bryan honored his wife in a sweet acceptance speech.
Lambert also got social with fellow country stars Eric Church and Keith Urban, from whom she received huge hugs after the show. The singer, who stunned on the red carpet in a sexy look earlier in the night, had a lot to celebrate given her well-received performance of “Bathroom Sink” and win for female vocalist of the year.
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“Hi guys, thank you so much,” Lambert said in her acceptance speech. “Man, I appreciate it. I needed a bright spot this year, so thank you.”
Shelton also stole the spotlight with a rocking rendition of his song “Gonna.” He later summed up his perspective on Twitter, writing in part, “Awesome night tonight. So many great things happening in my life.”
• Reporting by NANCY KRUH and MELODY CHIU