Miranda Lambert continued her hot streak at the CMA
Awards on Thursday night (Nov. 1), winning her third female vocalist trophy as well as the song of the year award for
writing her hit, “Over You.” She shared that latter win with her
husband, Blake Shelton.
Backstage, she admitted she really wanted
to win song of the year, but what she’d truly like are more contenders for that female vocalist category.
every woman in the category because [they’re] amazing,” she told the reporters backstage, after being asked about her acceptance
speech. “But we’re very few right now. We had like a jolt of women in country, and it seems like we’re just kind of there
now. The young females are not existent right now, and I refuse to accept that. I’m one of those girls right now that’s on
top, and I’m so thankful to be the reigning female vocalist three times in a row and to be standing here, but I know it’s
going to be time to pass that trophy on to the next.”
She continued, “I hope there are enough females to put in that
category. There’s some great talent out there, and we’re going to accept it. I kicked the door open, and I’m gonna hold my
leg in there. I’m keeping the door open for all these amazing female singer-songwriters that are coming out. I have the Pistol Annies. I’m a big fan of females in this business. We’re going to
do it. We’re going to keep plowing through. It is a man’s world a little bit. And we love the guys, but we’re awesome, too,”
she concluded with a giggle.
However, Lambert confessed she couldn’t remember exactly what she said in her acceptance
“I had to be reminded by my people because I never know what I said or know what I’m going to say,” she said.
“I’m sitting there in glam, getting touched up from crying because I cried all night like a tick bag. Yes, that’s me. My tough
exterior is now disheveled.”
Lambert spent most of the time backstage talking about her working relationship with Shelton.
They are only the fourth married couple to win the CMA Award for song of the year, which is presented to the songwriters.
love getting to celebrate together as artists and musicians and songwriters,” she told reporters. “Song of the year was special
to us. We really wanted to take that one home secretly. I spoke it out to the universe that I would love to take it. But he
has this thing where he won’t say it because he thinks you’re hexing it or something. I’m the opposite: Say it to the universe!
‘We’re taking song of the year!’ And we did.”
Commending Shelton’s win for entertainer of the year, the night’s biggest
honor, Lambert reflected on her nomination in that category two years ago.
“One year, I was nominated for entertainer
of the year, and I didn’t think I deserved it. So I started to research what I thought entertainer of the year meant,” she
said. “And I realized that it meant not only touring numbers, not only ticket sales or how much production you had, but the
way that you represented country music within a year. The media that you do and the work that you do and the TV shows that
you’re on and how you represent yourself and how much you speak out about country music. And when you think of it that way,
Blake Shelton deserved to win that trophy tonight. He’s on national television every single week, two nights a week, representing
us as a genre, and I’m so proud of him to take it home.”
Later in the interview session, she spoke about being wed
to someone whose career is thriving at exactly the same time as hers.
“It’s really ironic to be married and to be celebrating
at the same time. You have a career, and you start as a business person. And you work your way, you reach this peak, and you
know the time’s going to come when you go back down,” she said with a laugh. “But I have so many goals as a singer-songwriter,
and I’m just getting started. I feel like I’ve reached this amazing place, but I have so many more goals to reach. And I know
he does, too, personally and professionally.”
She added, “When people see us on camera acting shocked, it’s not an
act. I mean, I’m not an actress. We can’t believe it because we’re sitting next to people that we know deserve it, too. And
we’re so thankful to celebrate it. You know, we’re newlyweds, and when people say the first year of marriage is hard, they’re
not kidding. We’ve just been married a year and a-half, and we’ve been apart. He’s been on The Voice, and I’ve been
on tour. And we work our butt off to be here, and to be celebrated for that is really something. … We’re very appreciative.”
and Shelton wrote “Over You” about his late brother, who was killed in a car accident at age 15. Much later in life, Shelton’s
father encouraged Shelton to remember his brother in a song. Sadly, Shelton’s father died earlier this year, and Shelton honored
their memory in the evening’s most touching acceptance speech, causing Lambert to weep openly at the podium.
is a passionate person, and he is a very strong person. In January, he lost his father, and I think that the emotions that
came back up from losing his brother 15 years ago gave him a boost. Like, ‘You know what? I’m going to do this.’ He sort of
took on the male role of our family — of his family and our family — because we’re a family now, me and him.
he’s just a hoss. I mean, we’re Oklahoma people. I’m from Texas, and we got married and moved to Oklahoma. When we’re at home,
we’re just country folk. And when he’s at work, he is absolutely a workaholic and he represents himself in the best way possible.
I’m so proud to be his date tonight. I’m so proud of him, and he’s the most humble human being you’ll ever meet in your life.
the first thing he did after he walked offstage was call his mama. And that’s who we are,” she concluded with a smile.