Country music spitfire Miranda Lambert will make her acting debut on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Lambert, who is married to Blake Shelton, a coach on NBC’s hit singing competition The Voice, will play an actress who claims to have been sexually assaulted by a reality show producer. Michael McKean (Laverne &Shirley, This Is Spinal Tap, Smallville) will play the alleged sleazebag in question. Given that Lambert’s album and song titles include Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Kerosene and “Gunpowder & Lead,” he’d better watch his back!
News of Lambert’s casting comes a day after the NBC procedural announced that singer-actor Harry Connick Jr. will play a love interest for Mariska Hargitay’s Detective Benson in a four-episode arc. Connick will also appear in Lambert’s episode.
Lambert, 28, won a Grammy in 2011 and has received numerous other awards from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. She first rose to fame on USA’s Nashville Star, a reality singing competition on which she placed third. Her most recent album, Four the Record, was released in November 2011.
Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC. Lambert’s episode has not yet been scheduled.
When the second season of ‘The Voice’ begins next month, co-host Blake Shelton won’t just get to hang out with pal Kelly Clarkson, who recently signed on to mentor singers on his team. The country star will also spend some quality time with wife Miranda Lambert, who has also joined the cast.
Joining Clarkson and Lambert as mentors on the new season, which kicks off Feb. 5, are Jewel and Lionel Richie, who will offer guidance to members of Christina Aguilera’s team; rocker Alanis Morissette and soul man Robin Thicke, who will work with Adam Levine’s squad; and R&B stars Ne-Yo and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, who will dispense wisdom to Cee-Lo Green’s cadre of showbiz hopefuls.
The mentor pairings were announced Friday (Jan. 7), though it’s likely Clarkson, the Sheltons and Levine discussed them last week, when the off-screen friends partied together on New Year’s Eve.
Christina Aguilera may have gotten off to a rocky start in 2011, but her troubles seemed far behind her when she celebrated her 31st birthday at L.A.’s Spare Room Saturday.
Joined by her fellow Voice mentors Adam Levine, 32, and Blake Shelton, 35, (with wife Miranda Lambert, Aguilera and guests dined on mini-sliders and quesadillas during the intimate soiree.
Aguilera invited 50 close friends and family members to fete the occasion. “Adam, Blake and Miranda all bowled,” a source tells Us Weekly. Other guests played board games like Connect Four, checkers and backgammon.
“Christina’s really competitive and wanted games to be part of the party,” the source explains.
At midnight, Aguilera’s boyfriend Matthew Rutler surprised her with a Marie Antoinette cake from Hansen’s.
“Christina loves costumes and period pieces so it was perfect,” the source says of the Burlesque star. “Everyone had a great time.”
It is two days before the 45th annual CMA Awards, and reigning Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert still hasn’t chosen what to wear on stage to perform live.
“Whatever it is,” she told PEOPLE with a laugh, “it probably shouldn’t be something flammable!”
“Baggage Claim,” the first single off her new album Four The Record, may be a scorching kiss-off to a no-good man, but it was the on-stage pyrotechnics that had the Nashville Fire Department concerned during Monday’s rehearsals at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
After a couple of run-throughs, an announcement came from the production staff: “All right everybody, this time we’re going to fire up the propane.” Moments later, as Lambert ripped through the chorus, a wall of flames shot up behind her and the band.
“We need to watch the hair spray!” she warned.
The day after Wednesday night’s show (8 p.m. ET on ABC), the singer will enjoy another fired-up celebration, lighting 28 candles on her birthday cake. Last year, her birthday fell on show night and she was gifted with four trophies. This year, she is hoping for something a little smaller – and sparkly.
“Some diamond earrings from Blake [Shelton] would be nice,” she said with a smile.
After the CMAs, Lambert is looking forward to time off the road at home with her husband, a rarity since they were married last May in Texas.
“I think the longest time we’ve spent at home together since the wedding is about five days,” she said. “It’s been an amazing year, but we’re looking forward to the holidays to reflect on it all with our families.”
Shelton will open the CMAs performing his rendition of “Footloose” with the song’s originator, Kenny Loggins. Co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will sing their duet “Remind Me,” and Faith Hill will make her first CMA performance since 2006, singing her power ballad “Come Home.”
Miranda Lambert covers Billboard Magazine for the second time with a gorgeous new picture! Be sure to go pick up your copy! Scans will be added to the gallery as soon as they become available!
Rachel from the band Gloriana recently did an interview where she was asked about her dream duet choices and Miranda was one of her choices! Check out her comment below! If you want to read her whole interview, go here!
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Rachel notes that she would love to do her dream duet with country mega-stars Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban. “Miranda is absolutely amazing and she is just herself. I love her voice, creativity, and what she does and what she stands for. I’ve seen Keith many times in concert and I think everything he does is wonderful! I love his energy and his whole vibe as well,” Rachel remarks.
Last night (September 24), Miranda performed after the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. I’ve added 10 MQ photos to the gallery, check them out!
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