Miranda Lambert's no longer only famous in her small town of Lindale, Texas. As a matter of fact, she's pretty well known all over the nation these days. And it would be an understatement to say 2010 has been a pretty good year for the feisty, ass-kickin', gun-slingin' singer-songwriter.
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Just this Wednesday (June 9), Lambert landed her first CMT Music Award for her tongue-in-cheek video, "White Liar." And in April, she took home three ACM Awards for female vocalist of the year, album of the year and video of the year. And unless you've been living under a rock, you've also heard she's recently engaged to long-time boyfriend and country singer, Blake Shelton.
Thursday afternoon (June 10), Lambert held her annual fan club party at the Nashville Palace for hundreds of her hardcore "Ran Fans" who came from all over the country to show their support and appreciation for the rising star. Dressed casually in comparison to her eye-catching ensemble the night before at the CMT Music Awards, Lambert sported a form-fitting black tank top, vest, jeans and black, sky-high heeled boots. Her father, Rick Lambert, who handles much of her merchandising, began the annual party with a prayer as Lambert's mother, Bev, who's also her fan club president, watched in the wings.
In her usual upbeat fashion, Lambert and her full band charmed the audience with music from her award-winning album, Revolution as well as an a cappella version of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads." As her brief set came to a close, Lambert's father again joined his daughter onstage to end the musical afternoon with the 1981 David Frizzell and Shelly West hit, "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma." The singer noted the significance of the classic as the first song she and fiancé Blake Shelton ever sang together. The two met and performed the duet during a taping of CMT's Top 100 Greatest Duets in 2005.
Before her annual club party began, Lambert -- who still beamed with glee from her win at the CMT Music Awards -- spared a few minutes to speak with reporters.
"Last night was a big night, but I had a really big year," she grinned. "I'm just trying to take it all in, and it was my first belt buckle ... so that was cool for me. Actually, it was my first time to perform on the CMT Music Awards. It feels good today, but I don't really have time to think about it because my day's already packed again today and tomorrow."
Moreover, Lambert is not only scheduled to play not only Friday night's (June 11) CMA Music Festival concert at LP field with Julianne Hough, Josh Turner, Keith Urban and Reba McEntire, she's also making her way to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival in Manchester, Tenn., for an appearance Sunday (June 13). The Bonnaroo lineup includes an eclectic array of musical styles and artists including the Dave Matthews Band and Jay-Z.
"I have no idea what to expect at Bonnaroo," she said. "I've never been or played there. This will be cool, though. It's a whole different deal. We've been on every different country music tour almost and CMA Fest is just hard country, hard-core country fans, but Bonnaroo is a whole different world. I feel fortunate to be there because maybe I could play music to people that had never seen me before or heard of me."
As far as her upcoming wedding is concerned, Lambert revealed she's hired planners to help her through the process but hasn't nailed down any definite details. When asked if she would prefer a large or intimate setting she said, "I have no idea yet. We have not gotten that far." And when one reporter jokingly asked if she ever became jealous, Lambert nonchalantly replied, "Blake likes to push buttons -- but my buttons aren't pushable. I just move right on past it. He does have a huge crush on the girls from Fox News, though."
And for the little girl who used to attend Fan Fair (now called the CMA Music Festival) in hopes of seeing and hearing her favorite artists perform, Lambert is now able to experience this excitement from the other side. She has become one of the stars. And who does she thank? Her parents.
"My mom's my fan club president, so she kind of has to be here," she said. "If she wasn't here, it would all fall apart. Mom and Dad are a huge part of my career and really gave everything up for me to be able to do this. ... I knew I wasn't going to go to college, so everything they were going to spend on my college, they spent helping me get on the road and put a band together and make some demos."
"They've been with me every step of the way and the best part about it is -- they were there before and they will be there after."
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