Miranda Lambert Feels Validated by Grammy Win

Country Stars Stop by the Grammy Awards Pressroom

Sunday night’s (Feb. 8) Grammy Awards were a pinnacle moment for many artists, and the significance of the event was felt by everyone at the Staples Center in Los Angeles – from the performers to the presenters and, especially, the winners when it all finally began to sink in.

Miranda Lambert not only took the stage to perform her latest single, “Little Red Wagon,” but also took home a Grammy for best country album. In the pressroom, the superstar admitted it was a surreal feeling.

“It kinda validates you to keep doing what you do when you are holding this (trophy),” said Lambert. “That what you do is working and people are paying attention and people are enjoying it and it’s moving people. That’s why we make music — to move people. This makes all that make sense.

“We pour our hearts and souls into these (albums),” she continued. “Every artist does. … But I’ve been doing this with a record deal for 10 years, so I felt like this record, Platinum, was the one that was gonna set up the next decade of my career, sort of launch me into the next phase. So I spent extra time and extra effort and just took so much care in picking the right songs and writing the right songs, and I really wanted it to celebrate where I’d been and where I’m going. And I felt like I did that.”

Rosanne Cash celebrated three wins, and while she took the press podium lightheartedly joking that the trophy was too heavy to accessorize with, its true weight was certainly not lost on the singer-songwriter.

“It’s very encouraging that after 35 years in the business, that tonight I won three Grammys,” she said. “I mean, you couldn’t make that up. You couldn’t. There are second acts in American lives, you know. … Last time I won a Grammy, Regan was president, and I just showed up for work for 35 years and this is what happened!”

Neither The Band Perry nor Carrie Underwood were in attendance to accept their awards, but they made sure to send special thanks via social media.

For more on this year’s country Grammy Awards winners, don’t miss an all-new episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 14-15) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.