“Nobody in country music is more country than Miranda,” the icon said.
Lambert won three CMA awards Wednesday night, including the coveted album of the year, celebrating her 27th birthday by leading a sea change in country music that also included two wins for her fiance, Blake Shelton, and entertainer of the year for long-suffering Brad Paisley.
It’s a song that Lambert almost missed out on. It originally was pitched to Shelton, but when Lambert heard it, she immediately broke down because it seemed to perfectly describe her hard-luck childhood.
“People could’ve gotten greedy, but I’m glad they didn’t,” Shamblin said.
The song might be the perfect symbol for country’s new “it” couple. They’ve shared in almost everything in a year that saw their engagement. Both said it was more special to see the other win.
For Shelton, who was recently invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, the night was not only a validation of his 11-year career, but a sign of acceptance from the Nashville music community. He ended Paisley’s three-year run as male vocalist of the year _ a development Paisley praised _ and won music event of the year for his “Hillbilly Bone” collaboration with Trace Adkins.
“I know this stuff is political and that’s my favorite thing about it right now,” Shelton said. “That’s the hardest thing to do in this town, is to get people on your side.”
And the traditionally conservative voters did just that. Other relatively new acts with wins included Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band.View Entire Story
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