Scans from Miranda’s cover issue of Marie Claire have been added to the gallery.
Earlier this week Miranda attended the very first American Country Countdown Awards in Nashville on December 15 where she was crowned Female Vocalist Of The Year. She also took the stage twice, once to perform Platinum, the second time she was joined by Kelly Clarkson to honor Reba McEntire by singing her hits How Blue and Take It Back. They were then joined by Reba herself for a group rendition of her hit Fancy. All photos have been added to the gallery.
Miranda Lambert’s new single is … drum roll please … Little Red Wagon! Miranda has exclusively revealed the cover art for her next single to news and gossip site Just Jared. You can also check it out to your left. How amazing is it? Miranda performed the song back in June at the CMA Music Festival which you can view here and in September Miranda performed the song at Fashion Rocks which you can view here. Remember if you haven’t purchased Miranda’s album Platinum you can do so at iTunes.Com and start requesting the song at your local radio stations!
Marie Claire — Miranda Lambert looks like she’s been crying. “It’s just allergies,” the Texas-born, Tishomingo, Oklahoma, resident says, sniffling and leaning back in a lawn chair behind the main stage at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas. She’s dressed in black ripped American Eagle Outfitters jeans, black Freebird by Steven boots, and a gray tank top that reads ON THE ROAD SOMEWHERE. She flattens her newly bobbed platinum hair with her fingertips and roots around in her bag for Claritin and Nasacort. “I’m not afraid of a pill,” she jokes. “I have to take them in the mornings because I drink a lot. Advil helps. So does a Bloody Mary.”
When asked what defines “a lot,” Lambert, 31, bites her cheek and mulls it over. “You know when you have to check those boxes when you go to the doctor? Do you drink every day? Never? Socially? I’m always like, Hmm, the truth or not the truth?” She checks “socially.”
Lambert’s family has traveled with her to Vegas. Her father, Rick; mother, Bev (who runs her fan club); and younger brother, Luke (a software designer who also helps with the fan club). Her husband, blue-state country-music ambassador and amiable coach of The Voice Blake Shelton, left this morning only because he had his own concert in Hollywood, California. Lambert passes around a photo booth film strip from the night before at her MuttNation Foundation charity ball of the two of them hamming it up, the 6’5″ Shelton’s head almost entirely cut off in every frame (she’s 5’4″). She curls her lip. “Well, at least I look cute.”
On writing and singing her own songs: “Early on, an artist told me, ‘Don’t be yourself. Perform and be someone else. And I thought, ‘That seems like exactly the opposite of what I should be doing.’ Then I had people wanting me to adjust my lyrics to be more appealing to the masses or whatever. I said, ‘No, that’s bullshit.’ I’d rather sell four copies of something that’s real than 4 million copies of something that’s fake.”
On marriage: “I’m not sunshine and roses. Blake’s the happiest person on the planet. He pulls me out of my darkness … Literally, everything is the best about being married.”
On her 20-pound weight loss: “When you have to walk out there in front of thousands of people, it does feel good to know that your shit’s not jiggling. I’m just like anybody else, insecure and scared of looking bad or being criticized. But everybody’s making this big, giant thing about it. It’s way too much focus on women’s bikini photos, and I hate it. Why do we care? I want women to love themselves whatever they’ve got going on.”
On her chosen career: “When I first started playing bars in Texas, my parents had to come so I could get in. I didn’t have any other plans. I didn’t go to college. There was no, ‘if this doesn’t work out…’ It was like: ‘This has to work out!’ When I walk into a bar and smell old beer and cigarettes, it smells like home, because that’s where I grew up.”
On lightening up psychologically: “I’m always anxious. I will worry myself into oblivion. I was trying to make everything regimented, and it caused too much stress. I learned everything doesn’t have to be perfect. That sometimes it’s OK to say, ‘I don’t want to be the boss today. I have PMS. Bother someone else.’ I like things better flawed anyway.”
The nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards were announced this week, Miranda is nominated for four awards. Her nominations are as follows:
Best Country Album
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church
The Way I’m Livin’, Lee Ann Womack
12 Stories, Brandy Clark
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Best Country Song
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Gentle On My Mind,” The Band Perry
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood
“Day Drinking,” Little Big Town
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban ft. Eric Church
Best Country Solo Performance
“Give Me Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“Invisible,” Hunter Hayes
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Something In the Water,” Carrie Underwood
“Cop Car,” Keith Urban
CMT.Com — Miranda Lambert performed “Holdin’ On to You” and accepted accolades from two of her friends during Tuesday night’s (Dec. 2) CMT Artists of the Year special in Nashville.
“Our next CMT Artist of the Year is one bad-ass sweetheart,” NASCAR star Danica Patrick said in introducing Lambert’s live performance. “Whatever house built her, it definitely built her to last.
“She can be tough. She can be tender, but she’s always herself, and we love her for it. So it’s a thrill to help CMT celebrate an artist who’s had a big and positive impact on country music — and music, period. Like everything she does, her latest album, Platinum, reflects her talent, her soul and her honesty.”
Dressed in an elegant white dress, Lambert sang the “Holdin’ On to You,” a track from Platinum.
“As she just showed you once again, Miranda Lambert is the real deal,” Monroe said afterwards. “I was honored to write that song with Miranda and Jessi Alexander and very proud to call Miranda my very best friend and a true artist year after year.”
Despite being a consistent winner at major awards shows, Lambert still seems delightfully uncomfortable giving acceptance speeches.
“I’m so nervous,” she said. “I’m glad that’s over. Thank you, Ashley. Thank you, Danica, for being here. Thank you, CMT, for this amazing night in honoring everything we work for so hard all year and all the amazing artists. My husband, I always forget to thank him, but he’s my rock — Blake Shelton.”
After the audience joined her in laughing at the last statement, Lambert continued her comments.
“He’s somewhere on TV right now, I think. But I appreciate it so much. And thank you so much to the fans for buying our music — all of our music — and giving us a great life and letting us live our dream.”
Hello Ran Fans! I have finally gotten around to adding photos from last night’s 48th Annual CMA Awards. It was a good night for Miranda as she not only made history but she came home with FOUR awards. Miranda won Album Of The Year for Platinum, Single Of The Year for Automatic, Musical Event Of The Year for We Were Us (with Keith Urban), and Female Vocalist Of The Year. With all of Miranda’s wins last night she is now the most celebrated female artist in the history of The Country Music Association with eleven trophies! She now also holds the record for most Female Vocalist Of The Year awards, coming in at five! If Miranda’s night wasn’t already busy enough she performed twice, first with pop sensation Meghan Trainor singing All About That Bass, and secondly with Little Big Town performing their duet Smokin’ & Drinkin’ which is on Miranda’s album. Be sure to check out all the photos and thanks so much to Holly and Gabby for donating photos.