OFFSTAGE: Miranda Lambert Picks Ponies Over Studs

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There’s no way Miranda Lambert would have a bachelorette party with cliché male strippers and naughty-themed cakes and pole-dancing lessons. At least, I don’t think she would. That’s just not her style. So it looks like, instead, she and some girlfriends headed to Louisville on Friday (May 6) for the Kentucky Derby and its fabulous pre-party, the 23rd Annual Barnstable Brown Gala . (Fun Fact: If the name Barnstable sounds familiar, think back to the days of the Doublemint gum commercials. Patricia and Priscilla Barnstable played one set of Doublemint twins back in their heyday.) And while there are no sordid details on Lambert’s night, I do know she took the stage for a little background vocal magic on Aretha Franklin’s “Think.” Montgomery Gentry, Wynonna, Niki Taylor, Guy Fieri, Kate Gosselin and all kinds of other celebrities were there as well to fete the Derby and to raise money for the Diabetes & Obesity Center at the University of Kentucky. I hope Lambert had fun on her last weekend as a single girl. Her wedding is this Saturday (May 14) when she will officially become Blake Shelton‘s old ball and chain. View photos from the Kentucky Derby.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.