LeAnn Rimes was thinking about sex during her entire emotional tribute to Patsy Cline at the American Country Awards. Her breakdown during her performance of the Cline medley made sense to anyone who know how strongly Rimes feels about the country legend: The first single that Rimes released, "Blue," was written for Cline, who died in a 1963 plane crash.
Cline passed before Rimes was born, but there was definitely a deep connection between the musicians that night at the ACAs. The ACA medley included "Crazy" and "Sweet Dreams of You," and as her performance ended, she was heard saying, "I love you Patsy. Thank you."
But the singer tried to hold back the tears throughout her performance. "It was intense. And about halfway through Crazy, you see people start to cry and then you're like, 'oh my God,'" Rimes told Entertainment Tonight. Her method to stop crying? Think about sex. "My guitar player, he's always giving me the tricks that work — always think about sex when you start to cry," she explains to ET. "I was thinking about sex a lot throughout the whole thing." Apparently, it didn't exactly work. She added, "By the end of it, it was just such an emotional moment for me."
But LeAnn Rimes might have broken down even sooner if it wasn't for her guitarist's trick. The rehearsal was also an emotional experience for Rimes.
Just finished rehearsal for the #ACAs I'm so excited to honor my favorite woman. Feels like it's coming full circle after 20 years.
— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) December 10, 2013
"I've just been compared to this woman, to Patsy Cline, for so many years. Since I was a baby," she told Fox News. "To be asked to do something like this on the fiftieth anniversary of her death, it means a lot, you know? I have a definite connection there that's like no other."
Watch the emotional performance below: