Miranda Lambert Says a Girl Phase May Be Next in Country Music

Backstage at CMA Awards, She Offers Shout-Outs to Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves

Girls rule. That was my take-away when Miranda Lambert came backstage after her big night of four CMA Award wins on Wednesday (Nov. 5).

First, she talked a little bit about the Reba McEntire effect. Lambert had just surpassed McEntire’s record for the most female vocalist of the year CMA Award wins, an honor that seemed to humble her deeply.

“I don’t even know what to say about that,” Lambert said. “Reba McEntire, every time I’m around her, I try just to shut up and listen because I know that I can learn from everything she says, every move she makes. Because she’s one of the people who paved the way for me to be standing here right now. I’m very thankful to have even gotten to know her a little bit.”

Then Lambert theorized that Kacey Musgraves‘ CMA win for song of the year for “Follow Your Arrow” — which Musgraves wrote with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally — is likely a sign of things to come.

“I feel like everything goes through phases. It was a group phase, or then girls were on top, and then guys took over. I definitely feel like girls do have a lot to say. If you’re married, you know that,” she joked.

“But I feel like Kacey won song of the year, and girls were represented really well tonight. I know that country music appreciates women, and I have to say they always have. And so it’s about to come back to the forefront.”

She added that whatever phase country’s in now, it’s hands down the most popular music.

“Everybody wants a piece of it. Everybody wants to be a part of it. We’re all a family. We’re all doing this together,” she said.

“I really love my job, and I love music, and I love country music.”

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