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A stream of carefully-screened guests took elevators to the ninth-floor party room of Nashville’s ritzy Icon condominium complex Friday night (Feb. 4) to celebrate Miranda Lambert’s career-spanning musical successes.
From the metallic-tinged guitar that stood atop a pyramid of gourmet cupcakes on a table at the entryway to Lambert’s shimmering, form-fitting dress, the party’s theme was “platinum,” a term in music-industry parlance that signifies a million-selling single or album.
While they waited for the guest of honor to arrive, the celebrants grazed on mini fried chicken fritters on herbed brioche buns, mini corndogs, macaroni and cheese balls, crudité shots with parmesan ranch dressing (vegetable sticks) and the aforementioned cupcakes.
“This is an incredibly special night,” proclaimed Gary Overton, head of Lambert’s label, Sony Music Nashville, when he took the stage to introduce her. “We have multiple awards for Miranda.”
Indeed, he did. The first he presented her was a platinum digital single plaque for sales of “Gunpowder & Lead.” Next came the platinum digital single for “The House That Built Me.”
“There’s so many,” Lambert pouted in mock dismay.
At this point, Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, who wrote “The House That Built Me,” came forward to give her a painting of a house inspired by the song. “You can put that on your bus, maybe,” said Douglas.
Overton had two more trophies to hand out: a platinum album for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and a plaque with images of all three of Lambert’s albums to date — Kerosene, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Revolution — each of which has sold or shipped 1 million copies.
Lambert’s manager, Marion Kraft, stood beside her as she acknowledged members of her support team standing in the crowd. She beckoned producer Frank Liddell, to the stage for special recognition.
Lambert said that when she asked Liddell to produce her first album, he replied, “You’re making the worst mistake of your career.” This didn’t deter her. “I told him I don’t care. I don’t have a career anyway.”
Obviously, things have changed.
Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” and Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” will be included on the 2011 Grammy Nominees album, due Jan. 25 on Jive Records. The 19-track album also features John Mayer’s “Half of My Heart” with Taylor Swift. A portion of the sales will benefit the MusiCares Foundation and the Grammy Foundation. Lady Antebellum landed six Grammy nominations stemming from their album and single, both titled “Need You Now.” Their nominations arrived in the all-genre album of the year, record of the year and song of the year categories, as well as country album, country song and country performance by a duo or group. Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” claimed multiple nominations, including the all-genre song of the year, country song of the year and the country female category. Her additional nominations include country album (Revolution) and country collaboration with vocals (for joining Dierks Bentley and Jamey Johnson on “Bad Angel”). The Grammys will air live from Los Angeles on Feb. 13 on CBS.
Country star Miranda Lambert defends her rebel tendencies on the new song ‘Heart Like Mine,’ the fifth single from her award-winning ‘Revolution’ album.
“I ain’t the kind you take home to Mama,” Lambert warns right away on the mid-tempo track, which opens with gentle acoustic and slide guitars. Lambert doesn’t apologize for smoking cigarettes, even though “Christian folks” want her to quit:
“Cause I heard Jesus, He drank wine / And I bet we’d get along just fine / He could calm a storm and heal the blind / And I bet He’d understand a heart like mine.”
The second half of the song takes on more of a rocking edge with a brief electric guitar solo. Lambert brags about drinking alcohol, getting tattoos and pursuing an artistic career instead of an intellectual one, while confidently asserting that Jesus wouldn’t judge her.
‘Revolution’ is the gift that keeps on giving for Lambert, having already captured Album of the Year honors at both the CMA Awards and the ACM Awards in 2010. Since its release in 2009, the record has produced hits ‘Dead Flowers, ‘White Liar,’ ‘The House That Built Me’ and ‘Only Prettier.’
The song hits radio January 10, 2011!!!!
Now that Miranda Lambert has swept the major country music awards for album of the year, she faces a daunting prospect: Topping “Revolution.”
“I’ll probably be panicked the night before my new record comes out because I love ‘Revolution’ still and I can’t even imagine starting on a new record,” Lambert said in an interview earlier this month.
“But I know I’ve got to and I know that I don’t need to compare myself to myself. I’ve just got to keep doing what I do and moving forward. But, yes, I’m so freakin’ nervous.”
Lambert’s last album, released in September 2009, went platinum, spawned two No. 1 hits and helped her win three awards at the CMAs last week and three more at the Academy of Country Music Awards last April. The good times will continue for Lambert on Dec. 1 when she performs during the hourlong CBS television special when Grammy nominations are announced.
And her tour with Eric Church and Josh Kelley continues into the new year.
It’s on her tour bus with Church and Kelley, brother of Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, where she’s slowly been gathering the songs that might be candidates for her next album. She said the guitar came out the first weekend they were on tour together and so far she’s written four songs with Church and three with Church and Kelley.
“It’s kind of crazy,” she said. “I guess when you have three writers and musicians on a tour together, some music is going to be made somewhere. It’s a blast.”
Church, whose 2009 album “Carolina” drew plenty of attention, is excited about the songs that have come out of those sessions.
“We’re a lot alike,” he said of Lambert. “She’s kind of the female version of me. We grew up listening to the same kind of music and we write great songs together. We do a lot of that, as much as we can on the road. … Hopefully the songs will turn up on each other’s records.”