Why viewers are calling out the CMT Music Awards for this striking double standard

The 2022 CMT Awards faced some roadblocks. It started when co-host, Kelsea Ballerini, tested positive for COVID-19 and couldn’t make it to the show (via AP News† However, she pretty much hosted from her home.

Her co-host, Anthony Mackie, shared: “I know you’re all looking forward to seeing Kelsea Ballerini on stage here tonight, but she’s a little under the weather,” adding: “But just like the NFL backup QBs, here at the CMA Awards we have backup KBs.” By backup KB, Mackie meant his assistant host, Kane Brown.

While Ballerini may have been absent from the ceremony, there was another female country star in the audience who wasn’t as involved in the industry as he used to be: singer and songwriter LeAnn Rimes. After she won “The Masked Singer,” many fans wondered what happened to LeAnn Rimes after being reminded of why she was so famous for so long – her extreme talent (per Weekly entertainment† However, personal life drama got in the way of Rimes’ success, but now fans are calling it a double standard.

Other country music stars haven’t been treated like Rimes despite the same scandals

LeAnn Rimes went from being a country star to being forced out of the industry over a scandal. According to We Weekly, she was involved in an adultery with her now-husband, Eddie Cibrian. The couple have been happily married for over a decade now, but the drama has ruined two marriages and put a dent in her career.

At the time, Rimes was married to Dean Sheremet, while Cibrian was also married to “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Brandi Glanville. Due to the scandal, Rimes was not invited to many country music events.

There seems to be a double standard here as noted by a fan on Twitter when it comes to who is not invited to country events due to cheating and who is still. The fan wrote: “D**n time you’ve had LeAnn come back since YES SAME, SHE DID NOT WORSE, but you’ve been blackmailing this amazingly talented woman for ages for cheating.”

She was, of course, referring to Jason Aldean, who cheated on his first wife with his now-wife, Brittany Kerr (via distract† Although Aldean was never prosecuted for his cheating scandal, Rimes was practically expelled from the industry.

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