Miranda Lambert Says Female Representation at the CMA Awards “Is a Little Bit of a Step in a Good Direction”

Miranda Lambert Says Female Representation at the CMA Awards “Is a Little Bit of a Step in a Good Direction”

Miranda Lambert recently added a new bullet point to her impressive résumé: most nominated female artist in CMA Awards history. Miranda leads all artists this year with seven nominations at the upcoming 54th CMA Awards on Nov. 11, bringing her total number of career nominations to 55, which surpasses Reba McEntire’s 51 nominations.

Miranda’s seven nominations include: Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year (“Bluebird”), Album of the Year (Wildcard), Song of the Year (“Bluebird”), Musical Event of the Year (“Fooled Around And Fell In Love”) and Music Video of the Year (“Bluebird”).

In addition, Carrie Underwood is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, marking the first time since 2000 (Faith Hill and The Chicks) that two female artists/acts are nominated in the night’s most-coveted category.

As Miranda told Nights With Elaina host Elaina Smith, the female representation at the CMA Awards is a “little bit of a step in a good direction,” but she’s not getting complacent in her mission to champion female artists.

“I do feel like it’s taken a little bit of a step in a good direction,” says Miranda. “I kinda hope that it’s not just because everybody is tired of hearing about it, but I feel like that’s part of the reason. So that part of it kinda keeps me from getting too excited, because we put so much focus on it for so long that I think it will balance out soon, but either way, I’m glad to have a spot there [as Entertainer of the Year] and that it’s happening, and I know we’ve earned it, so that’s what gives me peace about it.”

Tune in to the CMA Awards on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.

photo by Arroyo/O’Connor, AFF-USA.com

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter