For much of her career, Miranda Lambert has been country music’s go-to girl with a gun who’ll kick your ass (and set your house on fire). But with the success of her biggest hit (the heart-tugger “The House That Built Me”) and the forthcoming release of her new album, “Platinum,” the country queen is proving she’s ready to make nice. “‘Hey, I have this other side. I love pink and puppies, too,'” she tells Billboard in a new cover story. But don’t worry folks, she’s not abandoning her fiery side. “That is who I am,” she asserts. “I’m just a Texas girl that speaks her mind, and sometimes that gets me in trouble.”
THIS A-LIST STAR STILL LIVES IN A SMALL TOWN. When not touring, Lambert and husband Blake Shelton hang their hats in Tishomingo, Okla. (pop. 3,100), where she owns a women’s western wear store — The Pink Pistol — and is preparing to open a bed-and-breakfast. She begins most mornings by feeding the couple’s animals and saddling up her horses. “I love the slow pace, the normalcy that it gives me.”
SHE’S MORE THAN JUST A GUN-SLINGING TOUGH GIRL. “With success, I’ve been able to sort of calm that down and go, ‘OK, I don’t have to be guns a-blazin’ all the time. People are listening, so I can open up my softer side and show people who the whole Miranda is.'”
SHE’S PERPLEXED BY THE LACK OF WOMEN ON COUNTRY RADIO. Despite the surging popularity of country music in general, femaie artists are barely getting played on radio. “I don’t know what’s going on with all the other great female artists,” she says. “This is just one of those waves where females are struggling a little bit, but we’ll come back around and be a force to be reckoned with.”
SHE AND SHELTON LAUGH OFF THOSE TABLOID RUMORS. “I think I’ve had like five sets of twins in the last two years, and we’ve been divorced four times, and one of us had a $100 million divorce.”
YEAH SHE LOST SOME WEIGHT… SO WHAT? A svelte Lambert showed up at last month’s Academy of Country Music Awards and all tabloid-hell broke out. “It just feels like you can’t do anything for yourself anymore,” she says. “Have you ever thought I might just be turning 30 and trying to get a little ahead of the game? Isn’t that just a normal thing to do?”
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, two of the most dynamic women in country music, have been announced as performers at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, being held Sunday, May 18 in Las Vegas
The two singers will make the television debut of their new duet, “Somethin’ Bad,” which appears on Lambert’s upcoming album “Platinum” (due June 3). “I’m a huge Carrie Underwood fan,” Lambert says. “‘Somethin’ Bad’ is a meshing of our styles and there aren’t many female collaborations in our format so I’m really excited to be debuting it on the Billboard Awards.”
They join previously announced performers including Miley Cyrus, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, 5 Seconds of Summer, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Derulo, Imagine Dragons, Luke Bryan, John Legend and OneRepublic. Presenters for the event include Jordin Sparks, Kelly Rowland, Pete Wentz and Wiz Khalifa, among others.
To call Lambert and Underwood the leading ladies of today’s country music would be an understatement. Between the two of them, they’ve have scored 16 No. 1 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart, and 8 leaders on Top Country Albums (9 No. 1s if you count Lambert’s Pistol Annies band). Underwood has sold more than 15 million album worldwide, and Lambert has seen each of her first four albums debut atop the charts.
Underwood is also a finalist for the 2014 Milestone Award presented by Chevrolet, given to an artist who has achieved a notable chart milestone over the past year. Fans can vote for their favorite artist online atBillboard.com/milestone.
The BBMAs, which are produced by dick clark productions, will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. Yahoo will be streaming this year’s red carpet show. For additional information on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards visit us at billboardmusicawards.com or the Billboard hub at billboard.com/bbma.
On (May 03) Miranda attended 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Miranda looked stunning in a red dress with matching hat, clutch and shoes. Check out 9 high quality photos in the gallery now!
Thanks to her friends in country music, Miranda Lambert leads the Country Music Television nominations by pairing with her husband Blake Shelton, her girl group Pistol Annies and good friend Keith Urban.
She’s up for two individual awards for her video “Automatic,” two for collaborating with the Annies on Shelton’s song “Boys ‘Round Here” and two more for her duet with Urban on “We Were Us.”
Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line have five nominations each, and Urban and Taylor Swift are tied with four nominations.
Lambert will be hard to beat this year, with three videos in the top category of Video of the Year and two in the Collaborative Video of the Year category.
Voting begins Monday at CMT.com and continues until June 1. The awards show will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 4.
Yesterday (May 02) Miranda attended the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala at Barnstable Brown House in Louisville, Kentucky where she took the stage with Dierks Bently. I have added 20 high quality photos from the event to the gallery. Check them out!
First and foremost I want to apologize for the lack of updates on the site, especially missing photos from the ACM Awards. I will try to get those photos added to the gallery tomorrow along with the others missing. Until then enjoy these photos of Miranda from this week in Texas launching her Miranda by Miranda Lambert Shoe Collection! And don’t forget to watch the video above!
Miranda Lambert and George Strait will perform a tribute medley in honor of Merle Haggard’s prolific 50 years in country music, including “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive.” Additionally, Garth Brooks will present Haggard with the Crystal Milestone award.
Miranda finally joined Instagram and already has over 76,000 followers, if you aren’t one of them make sure to follow her now by clicking here. And if you haven’t voted for Miranda for Entertainer of The Year be sure to do so by clicking here!