LAS VEGAS -- Miranda Lambert told reporters that she was "shocked and overwhelmed" when her album, Revolution, won an Academy of Country Music Award. It's the second time she's captured the ACM's album of the year prize -- and the first time a female solo artist has won it twice. She also won her first female vocalist ACM award as well as a video of the year trophy for the wedding-themed "White Liar."
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Addressing the backstage press Sunday night (April 18) while clutching a tiny rescue dog named Cher, Lambert noted, "You get to see the fruit of what you're doing from the fans every weekend. They come out to the shows, they buy tickets, they come to meet-and-greets, they're out there singing at the top of their lungs to every word to your songs. It's amazing. But you don't see, until something like this happens, what your peers in the industry think of you. It's really emotional. It's really overwhelming. I never cry, but I cried tonight. You cracked me, people! It's unbelievable. I'm shocked and overwhelmed."
Lambert said she was pleased to see so many of her close friends win major awards, including Luke Bryan (top new artist), Lady Antebellum (single, song, vocal group) and Carrie Underwood (entertainer of the year), as well as her boyfriend, Blake Shelton (vocal event of the year).
"It is so much fun to be sitting here at this awards show and be so genuinely happy for people that win because they're your friends," she said. "I think we're the only genre that is genuinely family. We really are not catty. We really are happy for each other, and it's such a great thing to be a part of."
When a reporter later asked her to elaborate about the crossover appeal of contemporary country music, Lambert noted that today's format encompasses a wide range of styles.
"We're just opening the doors wide," she said. "We're kicking them wide open for people to pay attention. There are so many things that country music has to offer. Whatever their stereotype of country was before, they can't say that now. We have so much crossover appeal."
Lambert had won the video of the year award the day before, but the glow still had not faded.
"I love the 'White Liar' video. It looked like we were having fun -- and we were. I got to kiss some random hot model, and that didn't suck," she said with a giggle.
"It was so much fun because it was all my band and crew. My best friend from third grade was the bridesmaid. My parents were in it, and my dad really walked me down the aisle. That's the first time, maybe the last! So it was really fun. Jamey Johnson obviously added a ton. He brought the moonshine. We really did have as much fun as it looked like we were having, so it's fun that people felt that."
During the ceremony, Lambert performed her nostalgic new single, "The House That Built Me." Backstage, she called it "one of the most special songs ever written."
"I'm so lucky that I got my hands on it because I know any other artist would have scooped it up," she said of the song written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin. "It makes me mad that I didn't think of it! Being a songwriter, I never had a reaction to a song like I did with 'The House That Built Me.' I cried for three hours when I heard it. It felt like someone wrote my life in a song, and that's how everyone feels when they hear it. That's one of those timeless, amazing songs that people will relate to for years and years because everybody has a place where they grew up -- a place that made them who they are. I am so blessed and thanking the Lord that I got it!"
View photos from the pressroom at the ACM Awards.