Miranda Lambert may have broken a longstanding record Sunday night (April 2) when she took home the ACM Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, but it was her Album of the Year win for The Weight of These Wings that had her talking about her personal life.
After divorcing Blake Shelton in 2015, Miranda poured her heart into songs for the whole world to hear on her double-disc album.
“I really used my stories. It’s basically like my diary won Album of the Year,” Miranda said backstage after her win. “That’s what it was. My dad had the title The Weight of These Wings for a song and we never wrote it. So I asked permission from him to use it because I thought it was beautiful and very fitting—it was very special.”
The “Vice” singer surpassed Reba McEntire by winning her eighth Female Vocalist of the Year trophy, which is her eighth consecutive win in the category. While Miranda continues to dominate the category, she enjoys being a voice for women in the industry, and when it’s time for the next lady to take her place, they’ll be no hard feelings from the Texas native.
“It’s a record. I think it’s eight. I can’t believe I can even say that to be honest,” Miranda said. “I’m really so thrilled that I can still help lead the charge for women in this business on any level of this business—singer/songwriters, anybody behind the scenes, managers—whatever it is, I just am so thrilled that i can keep pushing forward and keep making way for other women to do the same thing. I’ll be happy as a clam when it’s somebody else’s turn, I really will. I’m just really humbled by it.”
photo by Jason Simanek