LeAnn Rimes Thought About Sex to Stop Crying During Patsy Cline Tribute

Leann Rimes crying on stage at the American Country Awards
LeAnn Rimes says she thought about sex "a lot" during her tribute to Patsy Cline at the American Country Awards on Dec. 9 Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Well, that's one way to turn off the waterworks. LeAnn Rimes was overcome with emotion at the Dec. 9 American Country Awards, where she performed a medley of songs in tribute to the late Patsy Cline. She ended up breaking down in tears at the end of her performance, and she would have broken down sooner if not for one thing — sex.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight about the show, the 31-year-old singer revealed that she'd been thinking about sex in an effort to keep from crying.

"It was intense…and about halfway through 'Crazy,' you see people start to cry, and then you're like, 'Oh my God,'" Rimes said of her performance, which included renditions of several Cline hits, including "If You Got Leaving on Your Mind," "Walkin' After Midnight," "Crazy," and "Sweet Dreams of You."

"My guitar player, he's always giving me the tricks that work — [one is] always think about sex when you start to cry," she shared. "I was thinking about sex a lot throughout the whole thing."

Ultimately, though, the emotion proved too much for the "What Have I Done" singer, whose voice has often been compared to Cline's. (Cline died at age 30 in 1963.)

"By the end of it, it was just such an emotional moment for me," Rimes confessed to ET.

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