LeAnn Rimes sang ‘Amazing Grace’ for four presidents yesterday: ugh or amazing?

Yesterday was LeAnn Rimes’ birthday. She spent all of her pre-birthday celebrations drinking and tweeting in a bikini, of course, but she spent her actual birthday traveling to Washington, D.C. and then performing “Amazing Grace” at the 50th anniversary March on Washington event, also known as the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. I can’t believe the anniversary coordinators wanted LeAnn to sing “Amazing Grace”. If done correctly, “Amazing Grace” is probably one of the most beautiful, spiritual and soulful songs ever. While LeAnn has the voice for it, she lacks… what’s the word? Soul. She lacks soul. Here’s her performance:

I have to ask… why doesn’t anyone ever ask Ani DiFranco to sing her version of “Amazing Grace” at major events??? Ani 4 Eva.

Yeah. Obviously, I don’t care for LeAnn’s version. But whatever. I’m still in shock that she was invited to perform. After she sang, LeAnn tweeted: “Such an honor to have sung for our past 4 presidents since I was a baby. Beautiful day. Now it’s bday party time!!” Yes, let’s not forget what’s important, LeAnn. I have a dream that one day a famewhore and her kept man will get hammered on her birthday in one of Washington’s finer dive bars. I HAVE A DREAM TODAY.

As for the march/event… I watched some of the coverage. I thought Oprah’s speech was kind of meh, right? Maybe she prepared a longer speech but she didn’t want to stand in the rain for too long. I missed Bubba’s speech (but I saw Bubba kissing and hugging all of the ladies of MLK’s family, for what it’s worth) and I watched Obama’s speech. Let’s see if I can find those videos… oh, Obama’s video is way too long, so I’ll just include Bubba. Good ol’ Bubba.

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  1. Nev says:

    Ani DiFranco!!!!! Yayyyy!!!! Love it.
    Good for her and Leanne too!! Kool gig.

  2. Sonia says:

    So why wasn’t she tweeting non-stop about singing at this for the past month? Was she a last minute replacement? I’ve said it before and I will say it again, the girl can sing but she has such an ugly soul I will never be a fan.

    • emmie_a says:

      She wasn’t tweeting about it because MLK’s contributions to society aren’t nearly as important as her 31st birthday.

      It’s always all about LeAnn. Never forget that!

    • briargal says:

      I really do believe that she was a last minute replacement. No way would she have let this gig go unnoticed for long as she would have loved to flaunt it in our faces and especially in Brandi’s face about how important Washington thinks she is to perform at such an important event. Her ego would not have allowed it.

    • Arock says:

      She must have been. It seemed I little out of pace to have a young country singer with her on going publicity, regardless of voice, sing at such an event. And yes, we would have heard about it fooooooorrrreevvveeerrrrrrr before hand.

      Love ani defranco- bestill my retired riot grrl heart. Ani 4 ever.

      • Jennifer12 says:

        Mort, Ani wasn’t exactly a riot grrrl, but I think her feminism spoke to a lot of them (I like her, but not her music). Her music just didn’t match what we listened to. Sleater Kinney! Babes in Toyland!! Bratmobile!!!!!! And Hole during their Pretty on the Inside genius days. (And Crunt, which was a great band.)

    • Funcakes says:

      Someone wrote yesterday that she must have been a last minute choice because someone bigger must have cancelled.

      Miss Leann would have been tweeting about this event daily from the moment they called to the minute she hit the podium.

    • surfing2day says:

      Maybe she volunteered? I remember reading in Brandi’s book, or perhaps it was in an interview, she stated that Eddie went to Washington quite a bit for work related reasons. Maybe horsey finds singing engagements so she has reason to go too without making her look stalkerish. She has done lots in the area.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @arock, I fail to see a connection between Ani DeAfranco and the riot grrrl movement. She’s certainly a feminist icon but she’s no riot grrrl. Bikini Kill and L7 were riot grrrls Ani Defranco was not.

      • Arock says:

        @mortitians- I was referring to myself. I’m sorry for the confusion, must have been blinded by a semantic argument waiting in the wings by someone who is really hardcore.

        Per topic- Jezebel (someone check with morts to see if that’s legit enough) had a really funny roll going on her pic at the memorial. Oh, wewe.

      • Jennifer12 says:

        Ack, my comment posted in the wrong spot. Ani spoke to a lot of riot grrls because of her feminism and strong attitude. I personally didn’t like her music, but I did like her attitude. Oh, the days…. Crunt, Hole, Babes in Toyland, Sleater Kinney, Bratmobile….

      • Arock says:

        Please excuse spelling, my iPad is super grumpy

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @jennifer12, love babes in toyland! Met Kat back in 1996 when I was 16! Love her.

        @arock, still harboring some negativity toward me I see *yawn* Some things never change 😘

      • Jennifer12 says:

        @Mort, you really met her? I am squealing like a 1D fan!! I worshipped her; I can still scream along to “Bruise Violet” and “Handsome and Gretel”. The music still speaks to me. She seemed to fall apart to an extent once her second marriage fell apart. I **loved** Crunt; that album was epic. Avril, Kristen, Miley…. they should crawl to kiss the hem of her baby doll dress. And Hole, back in the day…. I still have lots of my Sassy magazines.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @jennifer, they were playing in a very small venue in Philly called the TLA and she jumped off the stage and into the audience. I ran right up to her and she hugged me! I’ve read some interviews where she said she struggles with bipolar disorder, so I think that and the dissolution of her second marriage really did do her in.

        My name is Gretel, yeah, I’ve got a crotch that talks, it talks to other c*cks, it spams 12 city blocks….hehe

      • Arock says:

        @mort- wha? Harboring? I can’t think of what you’re speaking of. Nothing but time and space here on the interwebs. When I leave the office, I wipe it clean, including this. Too bad about what ever butt burn you’ve felt, I’m sure it’ll pass. ;)
        @jen- that’s what I ment, the cross over factor/appeal.

      • Cirque28 says:

        @Jennifer12: Did you seriously just say CRUNT? OMG! My ex and I almost wore the vinyl off their record! No kidding. We listened to it constantly for years. Huge Kat Bjelland fan here.

        Why oh why can’t we all live in the same town and hang out at the coffeeshop in our thrift shop dresses, black tights and mary janes? Celebitchy Grunge Girls Unite!

      • Cirque28 says:

        @Mort: “Yooouuuu got this thing that really makes me HOT! Yooooouuuu got a lot and more when you get CAUGHT!” Except Babes in Toyland meant hot = angry. Not hot as in sexy. Not hot as in “here are my labia cuz I’m a gangsta like that, now watch me become a billionaire.” Sigh.

        Did you read Neal Karlen’s book about them? I loved that book.

      • Jennifer12 says:

        My aging riot grrl heart is pounding joyfully! Cirque, I don’t know anyone else who listened to Crunt; most people had Kat pigeonholed in Babes, whom I adored, but Crunt was awesome. So funny that the people I like most on the Leann threads are people I could’ve run into at shows in the 90s. We were on vacation this week, and some teenager was wearing a Nirvana shirt and I said offhandedly, “Oh, they were great live” and she was like, “Oh, wow, old lady, you actually saw them??” Ok, she didn’t say that, but when she heard I saw them in 1990, she was like, “OMG, awesome, I wasn’t even born then!” I liked Katastrophy Wife with Glenn, but don’t love it now with her new boyfriend. Where are all the girl punk bands now? I looked through an old Youtube video of Sleater Kinney playing Central Park recently, trying to spot myself in my Girls Kick Ass shirt. Couldn’t. Halcyon days.

      • Cirque28 says:

        @Jen12: You like some heavy music! I can’t believe I’ve encountered another Crunt fan! Just like you with Sleater Kinney, I look for myself in the scenes of Hole playing Lollapalooza in Washington state. Courtney kept pulling girls up on stage.

        You were back east? Wait, wait, did you see Screaming Trees at CBGB in… 1993? (Or late ’92, but I’m pretty sure ’93.) Did you see a girl and a crazy looking guy dancing on a table? Me and my ex! A perfect combination of band + venue. Best show of my life. So far.

      • Cirque28 says:

        Getting back on topic… While we were listening to good music, this is what Cheeseball Cibrian was doing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shwgB3lLNyc

        (Not that they even let him sing much.)

      • Jennifer12 says:

        @Cirque, I cannot believe I encountered another Crunt fan, either. Whenever I see babies in Nirvana (inevitably Nirvana) shirts, I make them listen to a list of other bands and Crunt is top of the list. I tried another post, but everything keeps disappearing. I hear that Kat is waitressing to make ends meet in MN, which is heartbreaking. I liked Screaming Trees, but I was upstate for school in 93. Soundgarden at the Ritz in 89? Red Hot Chili Peppers at Roseland in 90? Nirvana at the Marquee in (I think) 90 and (I think) Roseland or the Ritz in 92 or 93? I miss those days.

      • Jennifer12 says:

        I just clicked on the EC link and wish I could unsee it. Maybe we could send Stu Spasm after him…. Pretty on the Inside is one of my absolute favorite albums EVER. I liked Hole better than Nirvana at that point; I still do, to be honest.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @jennifer @cirque, since you took me back, I just did a search and found a new interview with Kat and they have the Bruise Violet vid at the bottom.


        Didn’t Crunt break up because Kat’s husband was cheating on her with Kristin from Hole?

        Either of you fans of The Distillers? It’s newer late 90′s punk, but it’s great and Brody’s voice is unique and amazing. She was married to Tim Armstrong from Rancid, then Josh Homme from Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age.

        @Cirque, I’m going to see if I can find that book!

      • Cirque28 says:

        @Mort: YES Distillers! Brody Dalle is a genius!

        @Jennifer12: Alice in Chains & Screaming Trees at Roseland in 92? (Mark Lanegan came out onstage and growled something like, “Alice in Chains didn’t know what they were in for when they took us on.”) Jane’s Addiction on their Nothing’s Shocking tour in hmmm… late 88? In some tiny club in Cleveland. Brilliant.

        That is heartbreaking about Kat. I’ve heard that she struggles to get by. Of course for every Courtney, there are hundreds of Kats, but it’s so damn unfair. I never saw Nirvana live because I was more of a Hole fan too! Nirvana was great, but Pretty on the Inside just reached inside my soul and knew me.

      • Jennifer12 says:

        I like the Distillers, but tend to cling to my beloved old music. Thanks so much for the Kat link- she sounds a million times better than when she was living with that younger guy who would video her and then post it to youtube. Katastrophyt Wife was a good band, too. Never saw Alice in Chains, but the Violent Femmes about a million times; Jane’s Addiction in 89 at Limelight (I think, clubs are hard to remember) and again in 91 at Lollapalooza (east coast, forget where). L7 somewhere in NJ, of all places (love them so much). I believe I saw Hole in 1990 in NYC, but can’t remember where. Fatima Mansions in 1990 at the Ritz (I think). Can’t you just see Leann trolling this site and then running to youtube to see if she could spot any of us? Bahahaha!!

      • Cirque28 says:

        @Jen12: Loved L7. This is how into that music I was: my ex & I married in ’93 in NYC (yes, I was a child bride. OK, not really, but I was seeing some of these shows with fake ID) and I had his wedding ring inscribed inside “My Best Friend” b/c Courtney and Kurt would always use that phrase about each other. It was also true, but I totally ripped it off from Kurtney! :)

      • Jennifer12 says:

        @Cirque, you’re officially cooler than I originally even thought. :) You and I probably went to a lot of the same shows. If you want a huge laugh, I ended up married to the world’s biggest Bon Jovi fan. I kid you not the stupidest hair metal groups’ biggest fan (we are talking Skid Row, Poison, etc). He is forbidden from listening to music around me. I bet you remember Mother Love Bone as well. But my top 4 are Crunt, Hole, Babes in Toyland and L7. My youth came flooding happily back in this thread; THANK YOU.

      • Jennifer12 says:

        P.S. Okay, I can’t take it- one more- do you remember Hater?

      • Cirque28 says:

        @J12: MOTHER LOVE BONE! I adored them. I just had an entire Mother Love Bone fest the other day. (Temple of the Dog too!) I do remember Hater but I can’t remember any of their songs, but I will check them out again!

        Wow, a hair metal guy. This is worse: I dated a guy who was handsome, fit, smart, funny, annnnd… a huge Billy Joel fan. Maybe if he’d been older. I could probably accept that from a boomer. But you’re my age and the only musician that has captured your imagination for the last 25 years is Billy Freaking Joel??

        You would like Candy 500, a long-defunct NW band headed by brilliant, gorgeous Courtney Love pal Ursula Wehr. People in the Pacific NW still remember Courtney. Rarely with fondness. I’ve heard many stories in passing about how she still owes them $50 or was inappropriately naked or tried to burn their cousin’s friend’s house down. (I say, “Sure, but what a lyricist.”)

      • Jennifer12 says:

        @Cirque, will check them out ASAP. I can believe it about Courtney; she is like that Lord Byron poem about wit and madness oft allied. She is a genius, of that I am sure, but probably not a nice person. Her own daughter stays away from her. Hater was great: Mona Bone Jakon, Who Do I Kill (my theme song). I went to school in upstate NY and bought 45s (you know how old *I* am) from a teeny record shop called ERL Records. I had 45s of Drown Soda, Retard Girl, etc. Wish I’d kept them, but I moved so many times…. Did you like Mudhoney? I adored them.

      • Jennifer12 says:

        P.S.- I MARRIED the Bon Jovi fan; you jut dated the Billy Joel guy. He hates my music. We both like Metallica, and that’s about it.

      • Jennifer12 says:

        Hey, I forgot PJ Harvey, mother of us all. Listened to Dry until the cassette tape (ducks head as age is revealed) basically unwound, saw her at the Ritz in 90 (maybe 91 but I think 90).

  3. Jennifer says:

    I am not going to waste time clicking on LR video when I know I will not like her performance because I do not like her. I heard Heather Headley gave one heckuva performance…where’s that clip?

  4. brin says:

    “She lacks soul”…that’s it, Kaiser.

  5. Minty says:

    She does have a lovely voice. Sometimes I forget. Too much drama.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    Correction, she lacks A soul.
    I think Sonia might be on to something with the last minute replacement thing.
    The only other explanation I can think of is that the person who books these things hasn’t been on the internet in about 3 or 4 years.

  7. lem says:

    ZOMG must she warble through everything she sings! i’m sorry but she doesn’t have the range to sing the song the way she is attempting to sing it.

  8. Toot says:

    Sorry, prefer LeAnn’s version. Whatever LeAnn’s issues, she still has a great voice.

  9. Elisabeth says:

    She blocked all the presidents on Twitter already

  10. Sunshine says:

    LR was not as good as it seemed. Eddie is so using Leanne as a leverage to get noticed. These pics says he is trying to stay relevant in Hollywood. He needs to a freaking Job support your own family.

  11. janie says:

    Sorry…. I think she looks beautiful and her rendition was nice. She seems to have forgotten how she got to where she is.. her voice. She spends every waking moment picking fights and babysitting Ed. Such a waste of talent.

  12. Ok says:

    I think she did a fantastic job. She has a wonderful voice.

    She looks really really pretty in that pic where she is cuddling with Eddie. She has beautiful skin

  13. Jayna says:

    Great job. Acapella for that song and never off key or pitchy. Plus needing nerves of steel for an event like that. The odd thing is she kind of looked like her old self. It is, honestly, the first time I thought she kind of looked like the old LeAnn, except her new teeth with those spaces. But she actually looked pretty up there and not big fat cheeks. Nice dress for the event.

  14. My_Truth says:

    She technically did not sing for the President. First off, the President was not even there yet, secondly, this was an event that was organized by the King family & speakers were invited to speak. It was the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech not an Obama event so she need not get it twisted & once again make it all about her & her need to exaggerate everything!

  15. ncboudicca says:

    Is she just dragging that garment bag behind her on the floor? Ugh.

  16. L says:

    And she can’t count-there were 3 presidents there. Carter, Clinton, and Obama. Was she maybe counting the statue of Lincoln?

  17. Kiddo says:

    I still hate those pants and shoes.

  18. Ellen says:

    There have been five presidents since her birth:
    GHW Bush
    GW Bush

    Did she sing for the Bush presidents at other events?

    She sang for Reagan at some point?

    Carter left office 18 months before she was born.

    Keep up, Leann. You’re using the Internet, take a look at Wikipedia. It’s very useful in situations like this.

    • lenje says:

      Well, protocol wise, all former presidents are still entitled the “president” title for the rest of their life, and security protection several years after they leave office, no?

      • Ellen says:

        But she seemed to be counting Carter as one of the presidents who SERVED in her lifetime.

        If she’s counting presidents who were ALIVE in her lifetime, we can add Nixon (d. 1994) and Ford (d. 2006) to the list.

        Look, most people would need to look this stuff up. But if you’re going to brag about singing for a lot of presidents, at least get the facts correct. You’re on Twitter, so it’s not like it would be hard to get the numbers straight.

    • Jayna says:

      She sang for George W. Bush. I have no clue about the others. Clinton was in office when LeAnn was a big deal, young with a big voice, purer voice back then, so she probably did sing during one of his terms.

  19. lenje says:

    She’s a gifted singer.

    But for an acapella version of Amazing Grace, nobody has ever topped the late Eva Cassidy :(

  20. Jayna says:

    I love Clinton. His speeches are always amazing, and his love of this country and his passion for politics and global and domestic issues always translates into an interesting speech or interview when imparting knowledge concerning an issue, instead of it coming across dry as dust.

  21. Jayna says:

    This was LeAnn at an event during Bush’s re-election in 2004 back when her voice was so beautiful and before she ruined her looks. It’s hard to reconcile this LeAnn with what she’s become.


  22. Relli says:

    You know whats funny? Her performance wasn’t a big enough deal to be shown in the broadcast news bits, at least none that I saw and i watched two different programs. Usually they will show little clips of the performances but not this time. And yes Oprah’s speech was meh.

  23. Jenny says:

    Why wasn’t this post about Bubba? His speech was great. That’s all I got.

  24. lady mary. says:

    yeah now i understand what Kaiser meant,she has a strong voice ,but it sounds very technical ,no flow ,no soul ,but its way better than all the mileys and beibers ,too bad she is such a bitch ,ppl would have appreciated her more if she possessed bit of morality

  25. Rinny says:

    Maybe I’m seeing what I want to see but does Eddie always look so OVER HER?!?! His smirk where she’s holding his face! Says “Sweet baby jeebus get me out of here!”

  26. Shy says:

    Sorry that was a weak performance. Where is Adele when you need her. Too bad she isn’t American.

  27. Cindy says:

    Happy Bday Leann, you did a good job and looked good too. You look much happier this year than at this time last year. Much healthier too. That’s why it’s important to continue with your positive life changes. Please consider dropping the lawsuit. It’s so negative and unhealthy for you. You seem to be running from the deposition and the mudslinging to come will not be good for you. Get rid of this last resentment, you don’t need it. Be free to live and love your life without this hanging over your head.

  28. roxy750 says:

    Ani is incredible. I thought LeeAnn did a great job though–I really hate to say it b/c I cannot stand her but she has a nice voice.

  29. qtpi says:

    I’d love to know who she replaced. That or she came really really cheap.

  30. Rita says:

    “I have a dream that one day all people will be judged by the content of their character.”

  31. KatieD says:

    I can’t stand her but thought her voice sounded great, and it does take a great voice to do acapella the way she did here.

  32. girlnbayou says:

    You know, call me crazy but I think he looks genuinely happy with Leanne. Maybe he is happy for all the wrong reasons but he does in fact look happy. He is not that great of actor so I doubt he can put on for 3 years (or how ever many) so there has got be something……but I have no clue what… ahem* no clue at all.

    • NerdMomma says:

      I’ve been thinking this for a while too… he looks happy, and their body language seems pretty comfortable. I have been suspecting for some time that he is perfectly happy in this marriage, and we’re all maybe at least a little bit wrong. He’s still a cheater, don’t get me wrong, but he may not LOATHE her as some people seem to think he does.

    • Deanne says:

      Why wouldn’t he be happy? She provides him with a very luxurious lifestyle that he wouldn’t have without her. They take high end vacations about once a month. She’s kept him in the spotlight and pays for his PR and management. She buys him mansions, sports cars and expensive watches. She pays his parents rent and his child support. She does the dirty work when it comes to sticking it to Brandi via the kids and since Brandi had the gall to kick him out due to his affairs, he’s more than happy to allow it. She worships him and thinks she won the ultimate prize. She’s insecure and he can control and manipulate her because of that. He’s probably thrilled. They are both really nasty people and that really is the glue that keeps them together.An added bonus is the fact that she has taken the brunt of the criticism regarding the affair and aftermath. Toss in the fact that he always seems to be intoxicated and she seems determined to keep him happy, regardless of the cost and you’ve got a mighty happy Eddie.

    • SouthernGal says:

      I’ve been married 22yrs and Eddie isn’t a happy man. He’s happy about what her $$$ can do for him but happy husband..NOT. The life he had with Brandi was freedom. With LeAnn and her insecurities he has to deal with her being clingy. It is ALWAYS LEANN draped all over him and if you pay attention he never engages her. Body language says it all.

    • Funcakes says:

      This man looks trapped. I would love to see one picture were he willingly holds her with genuine affection instead of looking as if he was photobombed.

  33. Stacey says:

    She is a very talented singer, who makes her own money and has found international success during her career. I can see that sincerely being attractive to Eddie and helping compensate for her unfortunate looks. And I am an Brandi supporter and will not give a penny to anything Leann Rimes does. I think these days, men are attracted to successful women who can pay their own way. And a Bonus to Eddie is Leann can pay his way too now!HA

    I bet a lazy guy like him was unhappy and resented supporting his wife Brandi and children all on his own. Brandi has a lot going on now, has had several writing gigs over the years and is famous in her own right but before all this she was nothing but a stay at home wife and eventually a mother. There is a huge lesson to learn in what happened to her. Never make a man your whole life, have your own hobbies and interests. Because once he leaves you, what will you have left if he is your whole world? A man should never be your whole identity. I love B but she didn’t have anythin’ going on besides her looks and eventually her children. No hobbies (that weren’t shallow and centered around her looks like working out/spa treatments), no education, no career. She sounded really boring. How can you stimulate your mate when you have nothing going on?? Talent and success are attracive. Clearly he isn’t a trohy wife type guy since he ditched Brandi for Leann.

    I also bet the kids love her, like Brandi says. I’m sure she spoils them rotten and they will grow up feeling that she was always nice to them. They might actually grow up and still like her even after finding out the whole story because she’s always been nice to them, despite what she has done to their mother which I think sucks.

    Leann could almost have it all if she wasn’t such a nasty person. She will never find inner peace and true happiness as long as she remains a cruel cold hearted bitch.

    • lady mary. says:

      “Never make a man your whole life, have your own hobbies and interests. Because once he leaves you, what will you have left if he is your whole world?”
      SO TRUE!!!!!

    • Emily C. says:

      Husbands won’t normally leave you on purpose… but they most likely will die before you do. And they’re more likely to leave before dying if they feel suffocated, just as women are. Also most of them are not going to be interested in a boring person without a life of her own in the first place. Unless she’s rich, I guess, but then you end up with someone like Eddie, ick.

    • Karma says:

      Found this blast from the past on Twitter today and Brandi, herself, makes most of the points you have.


      However, if Brandi was just shallow, stupid, dull, and boring. He wouldn’t have begged her repeatedly to take him back. He wouldn’t have continued to bed her while he was living with LeAnn, and still begging to be taken back. He wouldn’t have married her in the first place.

      In that email war many months ago, Brandi threw in his face what their mutual friends told her, that Eddie was miserable. I believe that before anything LeAnn tweets.

      However, I have no doubt that he’ll probably try and stick it out until the kids are 18. But Eddie is on a leash now and that’s torture to a man-whore.

      You can see it in every pic LeAnn posts and it’s bizarre that she can’t.

      But those eyes don’t sparkle like they did. Something is gone in Eddie. This marriage is the one that bores him. And those most recent Cabo pics of him tell the tale. A neutered man caught on film. He never looked like that prior to LeAnn.

      • briargal says:

        LOL–”neutered man”! I guess I just don’t understand how any man would put up with this child bride. Does he have no pride at all? He must know what a vast majority of people are saying about him and yet he just doesn’t care??!! No pride or ego, I guess. I also thought a good reputation with respect was important. But I guess to EC money is more important. Does he not know that people are not snickering behind his back but openly laughing at him. I would think it would bother him having his manhood questioned. $$$$ more important. What a sad situation!

      • Karma says:

        I don’t understand it either. Actors usually want to maintain some level of mystery to play their roles and she has stripped that all away.

        Like you said, he has to know what people are saying and that they are laughing at him for being a kept man. I think Brandi even commented that Eddie is smart enough to know the damage LeAnn is creating to his career.

        A few weeks back I wanted to check on Q ratings/Q score and see where his (and hers) was now vs his years with Brandi. But it’s a paid service so no luck on that front. Didn’t even bother to find out how much it was but I can’t imagine the Playboy Club flop doesn’t weigh on potential employers’ minds.

        And get this, Eddie and LeAnn offered Brandi a spot on their reality show….LOL


      • Zooyork says:

        I totally agree ladies, and I have wondered those exact same questions about Eddies (lack of) pride, Briargal!
        Its shocking to me how he can show his face.

  34. betty says:

    Leann cannot sing a soulful version because she has no soul but she did a decent job. But it didn’t deserve any extra praise because Heather Headley was the one that had the moving and stirring performance.Leann is so starved for that look at me attention everything has to be about her although it had nothing to do with her.

  35. Ginger says:

    I can’t watch the Amazing Grace vids no matter how much I do like Ani. That song was played on the bagpipes at my grandfather’s funeral and will forever remind me of that sad but poignant moment. It’s too much and I cry instantly. BUT on a more positive note…I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Bubba since I voted for him. I have always loved what a great public speaker he is and his charm. I won’t ever forgive him for being a cheating bastard but I still feel he was a good president. (Apologies to the Republicans on this site…I’m a life long Democrat)

  36. alex says:

    I have a question…I’m new to reading this site and I used to be a lurker on these boards and now I actually comment haha

    But why does LeAnn get so many things written on her? Is she relevant anymore? or is it just cause she’s ridiculous?

  37. judyjudy says:

    I thought she sounded nice.

    And I don’t get all the birthday celebration hate. I think it’s fun to celebrate birthdays. I know some people don’t care but my friends and I always live it up for our b-day.

    • Karma says:

      I think the problem is the ‘birthday month.’ Which was shortened to a ‘birthday week’ this year, but she had already trained her fans to know she preferred the ‘birthday month.’ So they complied this year with b-day wishes all month.

      It’s one thing if you can’t see friends on your day and celebrate while they are in town/not busy. That type of thing is normal but it’s entirely different when family, friends, and fans are expected to comply to a month of b-day excitement/dinners/ego stroking.

      However, my biggest complaint is those kids. In my book kids b-day celebrations should be the bigger deal in households. And not for a month, because that would also be wrong, but that LeAnn puts more importance on her’s than the kids’ celebrations is creepy. Her efforts for the kids b-days is just to twitter-rub Brandi the wrong way and if you’ve seen the pics, stand between Eddie and Brandi.

      Eddie married a selfish child bride.

  38. Shelley says:

    “Uh-HUH mayZEEING grace…” No!!’ I’ve said this before, and this is a blatant example of it: she stomps all over a song with no sense of delicacy or moderating volume, no sensitivity to the integrity of the song. This was awful. “I’m loud and I’m proud” is *not* what this beautiful song is about. The incessant note-warping, her odd breathlessness, and the weird flapping hand are Incredibly distracting. *Could* she have done a better job with this song? Yes, of course. If she’d let the song *as written* guide her approach, yes. And that’s just maddening.

    • NerdMomma says:

      THANK YOU! I was wondering if I’m crazy or something, scrolling through comments about her vocal talent. I genuinely do not find her voice to be pleasant, I think the vocal acrobatics are silly and insincere, and I just don’t see all of this supposed “talent.” Even when she was a kid with her early hits, I thought her voice was pretty unpleasant. I don’t dislike LeAnn as strongly as many here do, but I’ll be the last to ever say she’s a good singer or deserves fame at all.

    • Dubois says:

      I thought she was pretty restrained. Can you imagine if Christina Aguilera had sang it? Uh-uh-uh-ma-a-a-zee-ee-eeing gaaa-raa-ace. The screeching would have ran rampant. Leann’s runs (I think that’s what they call them) were appropriate.
      What bothered me more was her hand motions and when she touched her earpiece.

    • SouthernGal says:

      Thank you!!! I don’t care for her singing but I never really liked her singing much anyway. Amazing Grace is a beautiful song but her enunciation of words and all of that hand flapping ruined it. Sorry!!!

    • Ming says:

      The flapping hand when she sings has always bugged me too.

  39. Happy21 says:

    And then when she went home she couldn’t fit her fat head through the door…

  40. Emily C. says:

    Why Leann? Not only is she just about the whitest person alive, she also does no charity work that would make her a good fit for this, and she also doesn’t have an incredible amazing voice or great musical style or anything else that would make her an okay match. I have to guess that the person who was originally going to sing dropped out on such short notice that they literally couldn’t get anyone else… but couldn’t they have gotten a local choir or something? I just don’t see how someone comes up with Leann Rimes for this.

  41. Memphis says:

    She can’t enunciate for sh!t but she does have a good voice..BUT that voice doesn’t change the fact that she’s such a vindictive, narcissistic, hateful raging bit%h-wh0re.

    She was defiantly a last minute add/replacement or we would have been hearing about it for months!!!!!

  42. Meg says:

    anniversary of MLK’s i have a dream speech and they have a black guy holding an umbrella for leann? am i the only one who thinks that sends the wrong message?

  43. TheTruthHurts says:

    Omg, it has become “where’s waldo” with Kiki. They can never go anywhere without the babysitter. LOL

  44. Maggie says:

    She looked and sounded beautiful!

  45. Shelley says:

    She doesn’t typically go off-key and she is loud, but that does not constitute having a good voice. I know she can do better than this – but she’s choosing instead this highly mannered, grating approach to a song that should be sung with both strength and delicacy. The words to this song – which were often incomprehensible due to her note-warping – are exquisite. It’s a growing pattern with her that I wish she’d examine and stop. “How can I live without you,” as someone above mentioned, is another example. Over and over again she sings it as “how can I LEEEVE without you?” Horrible version. I’m not saying she doesn’t have taken but its buried under mannerisms and arrogance – again, being able to blow out a mike is not a virtue. Reba McEntire is another one who does this and is intolerable – but unlike Reba, LeAnn can do much better work than this. This is lazy, misguided and ugly work.

    • Zooyork says:

      Omg yes Shelley! I totally agree. Leann’s voice and her atrocious pronounciation drive me crazy!
      I liked the movie/ Piper Perabu version of Can’t fight the moonlight soooo much better than Leann’s froggy/twangy/annoying version which was played on the radio.

  46. Zombie Shortcake says:

    That was one of her best performances in a long time. She also remembered to thank the guy for holding the umbrella.

    This was her childhood rendition:

  47. Katie says:

    I think she did a good job with the song. Her face though is just…yuck.

  48. dorothy says:

    She’s an amazing singer, but a narcissist. Not to mention a total loon.

  49. TheOriginalWaffle says:

    That was awful. I promise I gave it a chance.

    But keep singing “Blue” for me, LeAnn, because I will happily listen to you sing that.

  50. Dirty Martini says:

    Whatever else you think of LAR, girlfriend is musically talented IMO and has a powerful voice, I enjoy listening to her. Doesn’t mean I find her antics excusable. But I don’t like Brandi or Eddie either. LAR is the only one with any talent and any contributions to make accordingly

    • Jane says:

      What the????? She butchered the daylights out of that song. For the love of God, the 75 year old gospel singer and organist at my friend’s church sang that song with more feeling, clarity and soul than Leann at a funeral 2 years ago. Gees! Leann had no right being up there.

      • Dirty Martini says:

        Completely disagree with you. By the way….so does ABC News.

        “Singer LeAnn Rimes took to the podium today to deliver a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace” in front of the thousands of people who descended upon Washington’s National Mall to commemorate the 50th …….”

        We all have musical tastes …….

  51. d b says:

    For once I am really impressed with Miss Leann. The organizers of this could have gotten pretty much anyone (I would imagine) and they chose her. I’m not a fan and even I have to say she sounded great.

    Ok, I have to snark a bit — please with the bedazzled microphone

  52. skeptic says:

    I love looking at pictures of MeAnn and Ediot together. Wonder how he likes being her “accessory”?

  53. lindy loo says:

    Does no one find it ironic that falcor is singing at Martin Luther’s anniversary speech while a black man holds her umbrella?

  54. Christina22 says:

    The first 3 words she sang sounded great, soft and controlled. The rest sounded forced and dry and sung with absolutely no emotion. Not at all getting all the compliments to her voice, it’s definitely not what it used to be.

  55. Winter says:

    So, it didn’t occur to her that while performing at the MLK 50th anniversary of all places, that maybe she shouldn’t have had a black man as her umbrella holder!

  56. Sal says:

    As a non-American, there is something I don’t understand. Why can’t they organise things so that functions are held in a place with cover, out of the rain? Having people hold umbrellas over a celeb/pollie as they’re speaking seems so, 3rd world. I’ve noticed it also with Obama, and Bush before him. What is this stubborn determination to hold things outdoors in the elements? If it looks like rain, hold the function indoors with a big screen for those outside. Its just so weird how your people stand out in the rain. I don’t understand.

    • Jane says:

      MLK’s speech was at the famed Abraham Lincoln Memorial-a former president who basically freed the slaves. I assume out of respect for MLK (and Lincoln)they had the presentation there. Yes, they could have sent it elsewhere, but the Memorial had massive meaning because of the thousands of people who showed up for his speech decades ago and it’s historical significance.

      • Sal says:

        Then I don’t know why they couldn’t have put a marquee cover/tent up for the speakers/singers. Thats what most normal organisations do. I just don’t understand it.

      • Karma says:

        Most importantly, it would block the historic building behind them. And they were trying to keep it visually similar to MLK’s original speech.

        Any type of awning or modern cover would also interfere with pics of the event. Almost making it cheesy in comparison to the original. Which was about people coming together and demanding change.

        Lincoln and the civil war freed the slaves. While MLK’s speech and civil rights fight was about living up to the constitutional ideals. Obviously comfort was never part of that struggle.

        So a cover for comfort would almost be inappropriate considering how many people died to honor those ideals. And placing a plastic awning/marquee cover at the monument to Lincoln would be gauche.

        It’s like asking for a plastic awning/marquee cover to be placed on Buckingham Place or the Eiffel Tower. It’s just not going to happen.

  57. brin says:

    Leann’s concert in Sheridan, WY is canceled…shocking! I’m sure the four people who have tickets will be disappointed.

    • Deanne says:

      I guess that the offers of three tickets for the price of one didn’t bring in any takers. It’s funny, garbled lyrics and flailing arms, just aren’t the draw they once were. Don’t those ingrates know that she was a child PRODIGY? They should be honoured that she even considered gracing them with her presence. After all, she has depositions to avoid and Nobu leftovers to eat. She’s probably claiming to have another “earache”.

    • briargal says:

      I am not very knowledgeable (sp) about the music industry, concert bookings, etc., but is there insurance provided in case a celeb cancels? If so, who provides the insurance–the celeb or does the vcnue obtain it? Maybe a doctor’s slip should be a requirement for any illness. Of course, LR could just pay her Dr to write anything up. She always goes so overboard with any illness she may or may not have. But then the illness could just be in her mind. It’s impossible to believe anything she says as she has lied sooooo much in the past.

  58. Jane says:

    @Karma Very well said! I applaud you.

    • Karma says:

      Thank you, I liked your response as well.

      I just hope Sal doesn’t think I was implying they were gauche for suggesting it. It was a good question. ;)

      • Jane says:

        Thank you for the compliment.

        Newsflash people: Leann has an illness that is probably in her mind of catastrophic proportions and had to cancel two shows. She is blaming one of her bonus boys for the illness. Amazing-considering she was just fine a couple days ago. Strange how she is NEVER “sick” for her birthday celebrations…..

        I say BS. She had some fall-out because of the MLK issue and now wants sympathy, or she didn’t get all the presents she wanted from people and wants “Get Well” gifts to cheer her up.

        On the other hand-she could be upset that Miley is getting all the buzz in the news and Leann just cannot stand it.


  59. Deanne says:

    Apparently, LeAnn and Eddie had their people approach Brandi’s agent about her appearing on their scripted reality show. So now, not only have they gone back on the “we’d never do reality because we are both total savants who ooze talent”, they have the nerve to ask the woman who they have both treated terribly and accused of needing them to remain relevant, to appear on their show. So who needs who? They are both such complete hypocritical jokes. LeAnn is claiming she has “tonsillitis flu” with pink eye. Tonsillitis and pink eye aren’t symptoms of the flu and if she really was as sick as she claims to be, she wouldn’t be tweeting like a maniac. She’d be sleeping. A sore throat and pink eye aren’t debilitating illnesses for the majority of the public. Every little ailment is portrayed by LeAnn as catastrophic. I’m going to guess that if she and Ediot ever reproduce, she won’t be going for a drug free, natural delivery. She has a lot of nerve. Maybe she’ll ask Brandi to carry the baby and give birth to it for her. You know, she could be LeAnn’s bonus womb.

    • Jane says:

      This really aught not to surprise us as Leann does incredibly ridiculous things to garner attention. It’s her histrionics coming out in full force. She is incredibly predictable. In a couple days we will see her either shopping at Whole Foods or romping around in a bikini.

      BTW: @ Deanne–love the “Bonus Womb” dig. That gave me a much needed chuckle in the morning.

  60. Jane says:

    For a person who is so incredibly sick she is tweeting up a storm already. It’s only a 1/3 into the day and she has tweeted over 20 times. Now she is gushing over Travis Tritt who took over for her in her cancelled appearances. Bless him for saving the day.

    God, I really wish Twitter would light up with tens of thousands of people Tweeting to call her out personally on the BS that has been pulled.

    • Leslie says:

      Wonder if her real reason for canceling was because Ediot wouldn’t go with her and she didn’t trust him home alone. She knew he’d hook up with one of his side pieces.

      • Jane says:

        Leslie, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if that was true. She is such a sicko that her possessiveness can easily get the best of her.

        On a different note…I took a look at the picture above and both of them look so rough and haggard-especially Eddie. I recall a picture taken of them about 5 years ago. Leann looked so much younger and had this sh**- eating grin on her face as if she caught the catch of the century. God, I wish I could locate it again. There needs to be a side by side of these two from 2008ish-9 and now. They could be poster children for what it looks like to be stressed out for cheating.

  61. Leslie says:

    Ha Ha Ha…this is funny. Cheap LeAnn and Ediot are using CraigsList to find actresses and writers for their DOOMED reality show. And I’d bet money someone did approach Brandi about being on the show.


    • briargal says:

      Hilarious! Absolutely hilarious. I laughed so hard I had tears rolling down my cheeks. EC and LR are so pathetic!!

      But you know–if Brandi does refuse to be on the show–and she should–LR will blame her for the show failing!!! LOL!!

    • Jane says:

      And she has the last laugh because turning THEM down was the best thing to do. Leann once again was outwitted by Brandi. Leann has tweeted over 100 times today (just a guess). She knows something is up and trying to come off sounding “cool” and popular, but in reality she is just looking worse and worse by the minute.

      Now all Brandi needs to do is get that book she is writing to be another best-seller and let Leann have a meltdown.