Miranda Lambert Recalls Terrifying First CMA Experience
Miranda Lambert is one of the CMA Awards’ most nominated artists, coming in third in total nominations for her career behind Alan Jackson (81 noms) and George Strait (83 noms). Miranda has had 61 total CMA nominations in her career and many wins as well. She started to win the Female Vocalist of the Year award in 2010 on her fourth nomination in the category.
Lambert went on to win Female Vocalist for the CMA six times, winning her last trophy in that category in 2017. She has been a nominee in the category ever since, including a nominee for this year’s Female Vocalist among tough competition from Lainey Wilson, Kelsea Ballerini, Ashley McBryde, and Carly Pearce.
We’ve talked to Miranda many times over the years about her CMA nominations, wins, and performances. Not long ago, she recalled her very first CMA experience, which happened in 2005. She told us, “I was terrified to get on that stage. It was the year (2005) it was at Madison Square Garden, so not only was it my first time in New York City to perform, but it was the CMAs, and everybody I ever loved was sitting in the crowd, not to mention the television aspect of it.”
Lambert added, “It was sort of our first time to say, ‘Hey, here’s who I am as an artist.’ And so I felt like a lot was riding on that performance, and we had a fire…these huge firewalls, and I was afraid my hair was gonna catch on fire. There was a million things going through my mind.”
While Miranda has yet to win the CMA’s top honor of Entertainer of the Year, she has been nominated in the category six times, although she is not in the category this year. Considered a CMA darling, she has won many other CMA awards over the years, including the coveted Album of the Year award in 2010 for Revolution and again in 2014 for her album Platinum. She won the CMA’s Music Video award twice, Single of the Year in 2014 for “Automatic” and Song of the Year in 2012 with then-husband Blake Shelton for “Over You.”
Even though she has had her share of love from the CMA over the years, with yesterday’s (11/7) announcement of a new record label home, she could very well be on a winning CMA Awards roll once again in her fantastic career.
The 2023 CMA Awards will be broadcast live on ABC TV and will be given out starting at 8 PM ET.