For the fifth year in a row, Miranda Lambert has taken home the coveted Female Vocalist of the Year award, this one perhaps most surprising given how big of a year fellow nominees, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves all had (and the other Nominee Sheryl Crow had a nice year too). So, when she won, she wasn’t exactly expecting to.
"Tonight has not even begun to sink in yet. It probably won't for a week," said an exuberant Miranda. "I can't believe that this is my job. I got a picture with George Strait and Garth Brooks, I hung out with Trisha Yearwood and practically stalked Faith Hill, it was a great night," she laughed.
The night also included her toasting Merle Haggard for his 50 years of success in Country music by performing “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down” and I’m A Lonesome Fugitive” with George Strait. Miranda also took home two other ACM Awards for the night, including Single Record of the Year for “Mama’s Broken Heart” and Vocal Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Keith Urban. Both of those awards were not picked to happen either with Florida Georgia Line’s mega-hit “Cruise” and Tim McGraw/Taylor Swift/Keith Urban’s “Highway Don’t Care” expected to take take the trophies. Still, it gave Miranda the most awards for the night.
The Female Vocalist win is the record-breaking 5th year in a row (Brad Paisley has also done this on the male side) but it’ll take a few more years for ‘Ran to pass Reba for all-time wins in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.
After the wins, Miranda and her label, RCA Nashville, announced the full release details for her next album Platinum. The album, set to be released June 3, is an album that's sure to get much love on the 50th ACM Awards program broadcasting from Dallas, Texas next April.