OFFSTAGE: Miranda Lambert and Beyoncé Form Mutual Adoration Society

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Whenever the cameras panned across the audience at the recent Grammy Awards show, I noticed how close Miranda Lambert was to Beyoncé. I know how much Lambert loves her, so I asked her what that was like. “I tapped her on the shoulder and just told her I was a huge fan and that she was a big inspiration to me,” Lambert told me. “I just talked to her like a genuine fan — because I am. I was really nervous, but she’s very gracious. She was very, very sweet. And she said, ’I’m a fan of you and your husband.'” So good to know that kind of love goes both ways and that neither one of them is too big of a star to still be a fan. “To me, if I lose my passion for being a fan of other people, then I think I’ve lost my passion for music altogether, and maybe I need to take a break,” Lambert added. She said she also told Beyoncé she was going to her upcoming Dallas show and that it would be her fifth time seeing her. “I love to go her shows because I learn so much from her. Her style is so different from mine,” Lambert said. “Obviously.”