Last night the Pistol Annies attended the 2012 CMT Music Awards. The girls sang Takin’ Pills! Congratulations also go out to Miranda for winning Female Video Of The Year for Over You. She truly deserved it! I’ve added all the photos to the gallery, be sure to check them out!
Award Shows > 2012 > 06/06/12 – CMT Music Awards – Arrivals
Country star Miranda Lambert has a lot to celebrate.
The 28-year-old Texas native is in the middle of her mega-successful On Fire tour, she won both Female Vocalist and Album of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, and she and husband Blake Shelton recently celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary.
Lambert, 28, talked to PARADE about girl power in country music, settling into married life, and sharing success with her talented spouse.
On being a woman in country music.
“Right now it seems like the girls are drawing more attention to country music. The tides are turning a bit. We are popular music now. Every other genre is starting to come over to our genre now because it’s the cool one! I think the females are leading that, and I have to give a lot of that credit to Taylor Swift for having crossover fans come our way.”
On being a role model to her young fans.
“It’s absolutely important to me. The girls who come to the show are really proud to be women and proud to be strong.”
Miranda sat down with W Magazine for an interview and a new (stunning, gorgeous, breath-taking) photoshoot. I’ve added part of the interview below, but be sure to head to wmagazine.com to finish reading and show support!
It’s four hours before Miranda Lambert is due onstage at the BOK Arena in Tulsa, and she’s running late. She’s on her tour bus stuck in traffic, driving the two and a half hours from her farm in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, where she lives when she’s not crisscrossing America headlining sold-out shows. Five years ago, Lambert bought the 750-acre property because it was 10 miles away from the 1,200-acre spread of country superstar Blake Shelton, her then boyfriend. Although Shelton and Lambert got married a year ago, making them country music’s reigning power couple, Lambert didn’t sell her farm. “Hell no,” she tells me later. “We mostly live at Blake’s, but, if you’re pissed, 10 miles away is far enough. If we have a fight, I can say, ‘Go home’ or ‘I’m going home.’?”
That tough-chick-in-a-soft-package persona is Lambert’s particular brand of girl power. From the beginning of her career, playing bars in her native Texas, Lambert, now 28, advocated an aggressive sort of female empowerment in her songs. She didn’t write the usual break-up-and-shed-a-few-tears tunes—instead, the woman in Lambert’s songs got her dignity back by torching his house and packing a gun. The message in her music has always been consistent: Be strong, be true to yourself, and don’t be afraid to take on a man. “I ain’t the kind you take home to mama,” Lambert sings in “Heart Like Mine,” her hit from 2011. “I ain’t the kind to wear no ring.”
And yet, while she stomps and rages, Lambert is an appealing contradiction. In the great tradition of country women like Loretta Lynn, Lambert is curvy and could look like the cheerleader she was in high school, but she resists the stereotype. “The tough-girl thing comes naturally to me,” she says. “When I started out, I’d only wear jeans and tank tops. No dresses. I didn’t want these dudes in the bars that I was playing to look me up and down because I’m a blonde girl with blue eyes. I wanted to be heard, not seen. That’s how it all started.”
When Lambert first appeared on the scene, country music, which, unlike any other genre, exists in an old-school, pre-Napster, radio-rules-and-fans-buy-records time warp, did not know what to think of her. She didn’t fit any of the usual molds: Her singing and stance were a little too rock ’n’ roll for conventional country radio. If anything, country was going in a softer, more pop direction. Female artists like Shania Twain, who was really a mainstream Top 40 singer masquerading as a country artist, had opened the door for new superstars like Carrie Underwood, who in 2005 won season four’s American Idol, and Taylor Swift, who pushed a much friendlier form of self-acceptance than Lambert did. It is nearly impossible to imagine Swift, who grew up wealthy on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, aiming a gun at an errant lover. Still, Swift and her catchy, almost anthemic songs about teenage angst transformed country music. Her 2008 album, Fearless, was a multiplatinum, award-winning crossover hit. “Taylor Swift is a pop singer,” Lambert tells me. “But she really helped country music. When she hit, I was thinking, Thank God Taylor’s out there to show people we’re not cheesy. Some people still think that country music is twangy and cheesy, and they pigeonhole us. But I thought if they’re looking for Taylor’s videos or songs, they might see or hear other people they like. If her fans are watching for her, they might like me too.”
Miranda has been nominated for Choice Female Country Artist on the 2012 Teen Choice Awards!
Starting today, fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day per category for their favorite TEEN CHOICE 2012 nominees at www.teenchoiceawards.com. Host(s), performers, presenters and additional nominees will be announced soon. Tune in on Sunday, July 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
Miranda is Self Magazine’s June cover girl! And she is looking fabulous! She talks about not being too thin, exercising, and Blake. I have also added 3 very pretty new photos to the gallery, let’s hope there is more and be sure to pick up your copy of the magazine!
On not wanting to be too thin:
“I don’t care about being stick-thin. I don’t want stuff to jiggle. Really skinny actresses make me hungry—I see them and think, Honey, you need to eat! I’m lucky I don’t have to live like that. I feel my best when I’m a toned, not flabby, size 8. Women come up to me and say, ‘You’re beautiful and confident, and that makes me feel I can be, too.'”
On her distaste for exercising:
“I absolutely hate exercise. I love it afterward, of course. But my trainer is so nice, I want to do push-ups to please him!”
On not getting much time with husband Blake Shelton:
“Blake and I barely see each other. We got married [last May], and we each had so much travel, it was, like, See you next year! There have been challenges the first year, but we faced them. We’re individuals, but together we’re a force to be reckoned with.”
On finding a happy medium:
“I won’t give up what I enjoy to look perfect. I want to find a happy medium between feeling good about my body and still having a beer and some barbecue.”
On not holding back:
“I say what I think. My song ‘Gunpowder and Lead’ is about domestic violence. When I saw [Chris Brown perform] at the Grammys, it upset me. I felt like the entertainment industry wasn’t sending a good message. So I tweeted about it. [“He beat on a girl…. Not cool that we act like that didn’t happen.”] I could have kept it to myself, but I’m glad I didn’t. If I saw him, I’d say, ‘We need to talk about you not doing this ever again.’ And I might have to use some curse words to get my point across.”
– Photoshoots > 2012 > Self Magazine (x003)
Thanks to friend of the site Nikie who owns Blake-Shelton.Us and Oklahoma-Girl.Org (Reba) for passing along scans from the March 5th issue of Country Weekly. Be sure to check them out if you didn’t get a chance to snag your copy!
– Magazine Scans > 2012 > Country Weekly – March 05, 2012 (x007)