Miranda Lambert turned somethin’ bad into somethin’ good during the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night.
Miranda Lambert Thanks Fans for 'Sharing My Broken Heart with Me' as She Wins ACM Song of the Year
While accepting the award for song of the year for her hit “Tin Man,” the 34-year-old country singer took to the stage to thank fans for their undivided support through the hard times.
The single, which is featured on her latest album The Weight of These Wings, was written shortly after her 2015 divorce from Blake Shelton. Since then, Lambert moved on to date Anderson East, but the pair recently split after more than two years together.
“Thank you guys so much for sharing my broken heart with me,” Lambert said in her acceptance speech for her record-breaking win, making her the artist to beat with the most ACMs ever: 30 victories, breaking her tie with Brooks & Dunn.
With 32 total ACM trophies to her name – including a ninth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year honor – Lambert was quick to recite the lessons she learned by watching her musical forebears.
"I just always try to live in the moment I'm in and make myself better and try to be better every other time," she told reporters in the ACM Awards press room. "I try to reinvent and try to be a better writer and a better singer and a better performer, a better person all around I guess, and so I don't dwell on any of the past."
Lambert admitted those were perhaps lofty goals to keep, but her consistent track record of album sales, critical appreciation, and awards domination was justification enough.
"It's a lot of pressure but I know it's so important I keep that attitude I have," she said. "It's why I'm standing here right now. It's because of amazing women that have stood here before."
Lambert extended that appreciation to her female contemporaries, emphasizing that they'd be able to see the Entertainer of the Year category include more women soon, if they continued to work at the same level. She also stood in solidarity with her "Somethin' Bad" collaborator Carrie Underwood, who has on occasion been painted as Lambert's adversary, for the singer's performance of "Cry Pretty" and public return after a nasty injury in November left her sidelined.
"It makes me proud to be a woman in this industry when I see her sing up there and do that," she said. "She's one of the greatest singers of all time in any genre of music and can sing me under the table. I say that every time and I will continue to say that, but I'm just proud of her and I know how strong she is and how hard she's worked."
This summer, Lambert joins up with Little Big Town on the Bandwagon Tour, which kicks off July 12th in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Published April 16, 2018