“To say that 2010 has been an exciting and amazing year seems like an understatement,” says country music’s latest darling, Miranda Lambert. She’s not kidding. This year alone, the 26-year-old has gotten engaged to country singer and soon-to-be-inducted Grand Ole Opry member Blake Shelton; recorded a version of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” with Loretta Lynn and Sheryl Crow (“She told me I was feisty!” Lambert told Rolling Stone about Lynn); scored an unprecedented nine Country Music Association Award nominations; and is deep into a North American tour that will see her through the end of the year.
“It’s now about fans buying a ticket with my name on it,” Lambert, who checked in with Rolling Stone on the eve of the tour’s kickoff last month, said of ascending to the ranks of tour headliner. “It’s important I deliver a great show and a good time.” She delivered both in spades: From the moment Lambert stepped onto the stage (as Steve Earle’s “The Revolution Starts Now” played in the background), Lambert bore the look of someone who knows she’s made it to the big time — and couldn’t be more ecstatic about it.
Her set is certainly arena-sized, as Lambert and her five-piece band tore through a rollicking 20-song, 90-minute setlist heavy on tunes from her 2009 CMA-nominated album Revolution — which was certified platinum just last week — along with several covers sprinkled in. She pays homage to her idol, Merle Haggard, with a reverential rendition of “Misery and Gin.” (“After Blake [Shelton] and I get married and divorced, I’m going to marry Merle Haggard,” Lambert joked to the New York crowd, “he just doesn’t know it yet!”) She also rolled out Dwight Yoakam’s “Long White Cadillac” and Rick Derringer’s “Rock & Roll Hootchie Koo.”
Lambert acknowledges her country and Southern rock forebears in her cover tunesbut she — and the audience — really come alive on her own songs. On the foot-stomping crowd-pleasers like “Sin for a Sin,” “Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go” and “Kerosene” — the title track from Lambert’s platinum-selling debut album — the Texas native doesn’t hesitate to let loose. At times she just dances in a frenzied circle, clapping her hands excitedly, as if she knows she’s on top of the world and still can’t believe it’s actually happening. Indeed, despite Revolution being her third album, she still seems giddy about the perks of fame. She even tweeted a photo of her wineglass while on a first-class flight recently.
“I still don’t think of myself as famous,” Lambert tells RS. “I think it’s also easier for me as I live on my farm in the middle of nowhere in a very small town in Oklahoma where people know who I am, but to them I’m just Miranda.”
I’ve added 26 photos to the gallery of Miranda performing yesterday (October 17, 2010) at Dierks Bentley’s – 5th Annual Miles & Music For Kids Celebrity Motorcycle Ride And Benefit Concert. Be sure to check out the photos!
EDIT: Below I’ve added a video of Miranda, Dierks Bentley, and Jerrod Niemann singing “Bad Angel”
After half a century in the music business, Loretta Lynn is to be honored at next month’s CMA Awards, when Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow deliver a special performance of Lynn’s signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Lambert and Crow also sang a version of the 1970 hit with Lynn on a tribute album due out Nov. 9. The two were among an eclectic group of artists chosen for the album by Lynn herself – who hand-wrote personal notes to each asking them to participate – among them, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Kid Rock, the White Stripes, Paramore, Alan Jackson and Steve Earle.
Lynn, who was voted the CMA’s first female Entertainer of the Year in 1972, told PEOPLE she admires how Lambert (nominated for nine CMAs, including Entertainer of the Year) brings the “sassy” to her vocals. “I absolutely love her,” says Lynn, 75. “You have to stop and watch her when you see her.”
The 44th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Underwood and Brad Paisley, will air Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Lambert, Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Underwood, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson.
Miranda has been nominated in five categories at the American Country Awards. This award show is COMPLETELY FAN VOTED! So click HERE to start voting now!!! You can vote everyday until November 10, 2010. The award show will air live from Las Vegas Monday December 06, 2010 (8:00 PM ET Live/PT Tape-delayed) on FOX. You can learn more about this new award show by clicking here. Also, check out the 5 categories she’s nominated for below:
Artist Of The Year
Female Artist Of The Year
Album Of The Year (Revolution)
Single By A Female Artist (White Liar)
Music Video By A Female Artist (White Liar)
Miranda Lambert’s latest album, Revolution, has been certified platinum for shipments of 1 million copies. Released in 2009, the album’s hits include “White Liar” and “The House That Built Me,” as well as her current single, “Only Prettier.” Lambert said, “Revolution has been just that in my life — a revolution. This past year since it came out, my life has changed tremendously. This project started with me on my couch at home holding my guitar. I knew it was really important that it be something special, so I poured everything I had into writing and singing with heart on every note and track. I wrote so personally, it actually scared me that I was putting it on tape for all to hear. But that is what it takes. I am so blessed to have the people that wrote, played and produced this record with me because they share the same vision and passion I do. Thank you to the 1 million fans that share it, too.” Lambert is headlining this year’s CMT on Tour with Eric Church and Josh Kelley. The tour stops Friday (Oct. 15) in Columbia, S.C., and Saturday in Perry, Ga.
The ICM awards took place last night and sadly Miranda did not win either award she was nominated for. She was beat out by Carrie Underwood, who took home the award for Inspirational Country Music Video and Craig Morgan who took home the award for Mainstream Inspirational Country Song. Congratulations to those artist.
Congratulations to Miranda for snagging herself and an American Music Award Nomination in the category Favorite Female Country Artist against Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift. If I’m not mistaken this is her first nomination at this particular award show! Voting will end on November 12 and the show will air November 21, 2010. You can vote for Miranda by clicking here. There is also a link in the sidebar! Good luck to her!
Speaking of award shows – The 16th Inspirational Country Music Awards are tomorrow and Miranda is nominated for two awards, Mainstream Inspirational Country Song and Inspirational Country Music Video for “The House That Built Me” We’ll keep you updated on the results!
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