I’ve added 6 photos of Miranda rehearsing for the The 44th Annual CMA Awards to the gallery.
I’ve added 6 photos of Miranda rehearsing for the The 44th Annual CMA Awards to the gallery.
On the night Blake Shelton got invited to join the Grand Ole Opry in September, he told the audience: “I don’t know what I’ve done in the past year and a half to get Nashville’s attention.” From the back of the hall, a woman piped up: “Miranda Lambert!”
Country music’s “it” couple, up for a combined 13 nominations at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday, have been together about five years. The relationship hasn’t hurt either’s career.
“We’re both in the public eye, so it’s kind of a two-for-one deal,” Lambert says. “Usually, when somebody talks about one, they talk about the other.”
Lambert has nine nominations, the most of any nominee this year. Shelton has four. They compete in three categories: single, video and musical event.
Both singers have had career years. Nominees White Liar and The House That Built Me gave Lambert No. 1 singles on USA TODAY’s country radio chart. Shelton topped the chart with Hillbilly Bone and All About Tonight. He also released two six-song albums and a greatest-hits set, out today.
The two, who plan to be married in the spring, have made key contributions to each other’s careers.
Lambert suggested Shelton go on Twitter, a place where he found his (often contentious) voice, along with more than 140,000 followers.
“It’s my fault,” she says. “I said, ‘You’re funny; you should tweet.’ Now I completely regret it.”
Shelton gave Lambert a song that could bring her a trophy.
Shelton was considering recording The House That Built Me when he played it one night for Lambert as they drove from Dallas to their home in Oklahoma.
“It was dark, and she wasn’t saying anything,” he says. “I looked over, and I could see from the dash lights that she was seriously bawling. I said, ‘If that song means that much to you, you should record it.’ The crying tripled after that.”
Neither has won a CMA award. Lambert figures Shelton has the edge for musical event, where he and Trace Adkins are nominated for Hillbilly Bone. “I think they’ve got that one in the bag,” she says, “and I’m in the category.”
For Shelton, The House That Built Me is an easy call: “If that song doesn’t win, that’s ridiculous.”
Sheryl Crow went in to the studio for a very special tribute to a music icon.
ET is with the singer while she shoots a video for her new single that pairs her with country legend Loretta Lynn for the November 9 release of Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn.
“As a songwriter, she liberated us,” Sheryl says of Loretta. “She gave us carte blanche to write about everything. She’s the godmother of us all.”
On a personal note, she gushed about getting to spend the day with one of her idols, saying, “It’s an honor to be here and it’s a blast! It’s so much fun to hang out with her. The stories and how generous she is … It’s just wonderful.”
The title track and first single, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” features Loretta, Sheryl, and Miranda Lambert.
“I love both these women,” Miranda tells ET. “They’re huge influences to me, so I’m just like dang glad to be here. This is a good day.”
Loretta chimes in on the love fest, saying, “I love these girls. I’ve known Sheryl for a long time in my life and when I first met her, I fell in love with her. I just thought she was great.”
The album features an all-star group of artists personally chosen by Loretta to sing a dozen of her classic songs, including some of her award-winning duets with Conway Twitty.
Thanks a bunch to CatherineBellFan.com for donating scans of Miranda in the latest People Magazine. There is a beautiful new photo of Miranda and she talks about all her recent success, her relationship with Blake, and their upcoming wedding. Check out the scans of Miranda in the gallery!
If you’re looking for that perfect gift for a country music fan or a beautiful coffee table book for yourself look no further. Photographer, Melanie Dune traveled from New York to L.A. and from Canada to St. John, US Virgin Islands to capture an amazing collection of legendary and future legendary country stars. It’s no wonder why this Chicago native is sought out to shoot CD packages and magazine spreads. We caught up with Melanie in New York to find out how this self described “full blown Yankee” pulled off 50 photo shoots in 9 months.
“My Country all started back in September 2003, when my phone rang and Kenny Chesney was on the other end. We had just done a magazine shoot. Two thoughts ran through my mind. First I thought, what if he didn’t like the shoot, and second, where did he get my cell phone number? It turned out he was calling to tell me, ask me, or rather insist that I come and shoot his new album cover on the island of St. John in two weeks’ time. The shoot was my introduction to world of country music. I could get used to this, I remember thinking; nice, grounded people with real vision.”
Although Melanie came up with most of the ideas in the book, some of the ideas actually came from the stars themselves. While interviewing Miranda Lambert she asked her to “describe your ultimate musical performance”. Miranda said she would love to perform at a women’s prison because it would be amazing to hear the prisoner’s stories. So Melanie decided that the old decommissioned Tennessee State Prison would be perfect.
Melanie also captures these artists in ways that you would not expect. The always-jovial Blake Shelton looks as though he was caught in a reflective, serious moment behind a mixing board. Gretchen Wilson, looks completely vulnerable in a tastefully done semi-nude shot that is a stark contrast to her normal redneck woman attire. And it almost looks as though you’re looking into Charley Pride’s soul in his dramatic close-up.
When asked if there were any challenging moments Melanie remembered having a total of 5 minutes to shoot David Allen Coe in front of the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Holiday Inn where he was about to perform. ” He was a great subject and a fantastic interview but it was very fast.” And then there’s Kenny Rogers, “Kenny Rogers is a photographer and a very good photographer so it was very nerve-racking shooting him. ”
“I will miss visiting Nashville regularly to meet the artists and people who trusted me and allowed me to shoot them. I am thankful that I had the chance to dip into a world that I knew nothing about. It really is a special place for me”
The Hatch Show Print typography is the perfect extra touch for this book and something tells us this isn’t the last time Melanie will be spending time in Nashville. Nashville.com gives this book five stars out of five stars! Click here to order.
Miranda is on the Style Bistro list as one of country music’s most fashionable women. I have to agree with them! Check out what they had to say about her below:
With songs like “GunPowder and Lead” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” it’s safe to say that Miranda Lambert is newest bad girl of country music. Cleaning up at the Grammy’s and CMA’s, this edgy vocal star is one to reckon with. Despite her tough lyrics, Miranda is always dressed elegantly on the red carpet. She shows an array of glamorous styles and isn’t afraid to try new silhouettes and varying colors.
On a sidenote, she’s not racking up Grammy’s…yet. Maybe in the upcoming year!
Miranda Lambert has two videos that are up for voting on GAC’s Top 50 Videos of the Year. Vote now for Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” and “Only Prettier” every day to help them climb the list.
GAC’s Top 50 Videos of the Year are 100% fan voted, so get your votes in! Voting runs from November 1st – 30th, 2010. The countdown will begin airing on Monday, December 27 at 8/7c on GAC. Let’s get Miranda’s videos on that list!
Nov. 10 will be a very big night for Miranda Lambert.
Not only is it her 27th birthday, it’s also the night of the Country Music Awards, and Lambert is going into the CMA’s with a record nine nominations, including Best Album and Entertainer of the Year.
“I don’t think it’s really even hit me yet that I have nine nominations and it’s history making,” Lambert told Robin Roberts. “I sometimes think if I sit down and see it on paper, I’m going to get overwhelmed.”
Roberts caught up with the hottest star in country music over some down-home cooking at Hill Country Barbecue in New York City. It was a taste out of Lambert’s childhood growing up in rural Texas.
She had an unusual upbringing as the daughter of two private investigators who sometimes struggled to pay the bills.
“I had a great childhood,” Lambert said. “My family is awesome.”
Her parents brought home tales of custody battles and bitter divorce cases and on occasion the Lamberts sheltered battered women and their children.
It all made a lasting impression on young Miranda, and later informed her songwriting. One of her biggest hits, “Gunpowder & Lead,” tells the story of an abused woman seeking vengeance.
“I started writing songs at 17,” she said. “So what experience did I have to write about? So I just used what I had seen in life, what I had seen my parents go through. We had some hard times.”
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