Country superstar could have another record-setting night on CBS
Setting records at the Academy of Country Music Awards is a tradition for Miranda Lambert … and she may be about to do it again.
Named female vocalist of the year each of the past eight times, the famously fiery singer-songwriter might make it nine with one of her four nominations in the 53rd event, which CBS televises from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 15. Reba McEntire will host the show, in which Lambert could add even more to her record ACM take of 29 awards (tying her with Brooks & Dunn) if she also wins song of the year as both performer and a writer of “Tin Man” and/or video of the year for “We Should Be Friends.”
“The ACMs have always been great experiences for me,” the friendly Lambert confirms. “It’s nice to be rewarded and sort of acknowledged for working your a… off. When your peers and people in the business note that, it means the world. I never take it for granted. When I look back at it, it’s kind of fascinating. I usually only do that when somebody brings it up, then I’m like, ‘I can’t believe this is real!’ ”
Lambert also is among those set to perform at this year’s ACM Awards. So are Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line.
Recognition of her writing is especially gratifying for Lambert, who says, “ ‘Tin Man’ is a special song to me. I wrote it with two of my friends (Jack Ingram and Jon Randall), and it’s cool to get to share those moments, for sure.” As she moves forward, she remains grateful for the ongoing response to such earlier hits as “Gunpowder & Lead,” “Kerosene” and ACM winner “Mama’s Broken Heart”: “Doing them live every night, I’m not tired of them. They’re part of my journey, but I still have such fire for what I’m doing. I have more fire now than I have in a long time.”
That’s also evident from Lambert’s latest concerts, which have drawn heavily from her ACM-honored 2016 double album “The Weight of These Wings.” She recently wrapped her “Livin’ Like Hippies Tour” and this summer, she’ll team with Little Big Town for “The Bandwagon Tour,” which they’ll co-headline.
“It’s so fun,” Lambert enthuses of the latter event. “We’ve been talking about doing this for years. We’ve all been friends a long time, and we kind of have the same musical tastes, so I’m glad we’re finally doing it. We’ve sung together on each other’s records, and I’m just ready to be out there with my buddies.”