We can’t blame busy guy Blake Shelton for taking the night off and skipping the 2016 CMA Awards — especially since he KNEW his ex, Miranda Lambert, would be in attendance. So, how did he spend the evening instead? HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE scoop!
“Blake didn’t even watch the CMAs. He’s been out in the woods in and around his ranch in Oklahoma,” an insider tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “He’s been spending time with his guy friends, hunting and having guy time. He decided to remove himself from the show and focus on a drama-free vacation at home instead. He is set to return to work on The Voice soon and this was his only downtime, so he chose to use it doing what he loves best.”
Indeed, The Voice goes live on Nov. 7, so he’ll have to be in L.A. at the beginning of every week until mid-December for the show. Amidst all that, Season 12 will be taping, so it’s about to be a busy few weeks for the country superstar. Plus, he wasn’t nominated or on the performer’s list at this year’s CMAs, and with Miranda Lambert, 32, as a confirmed attendee, it simply didn’t make sense for him to show up.
Still, it was the 50th anniversary of the awards ceremony, and all of the biggest names in country music were in Nashville to make an appearance, so it definitely felt like there was an empty space without the 40-year-old.
For Miranda, though, it was a great night — she stunned on the red carpet with her new man, Anderson East, 28, and took the stage to perform her song “Vice.” Things must be uncomfortable between these two, but we’re so glad to learn that Blake just skipped to enjoy his downtime…and not because of the breakup!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Blake skipping the CMAs? Do you think his plans were better anyway?