Miranda Lambert had an ACM Awards to remember. She performed her new single, “Automatic,” for the first time on national television and paid tribute to Merle Haggard and his 50 years in country music by performing “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” with George Strait. She also won her fifth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year award, setting an ACM record for the most consecutive wins in that category.
In all, Miranda took home three ACM trophies, including wins for Single Record of the Year for “Mama’s Broken Heart” and Vocal Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Keith Urban. “Tonight has not even begun to sink in yet. It probably won’t for a week,” Miranda said. “I can’t believe that this is my job. I got a picture with George Strait and Garth Brooks, I hung out with Trisha Yearwood and practically stalked Faith Hill. It was a great night.”
Miranda’s new album, Platinum, featuring “Automatic,” will hit stores on June 3. She is eager for fans to hear her new music which features several guest artists. Carrie Underwood joins Miranda on “Somethin’ Bad,” a song written by Chris DeStefano, Brett James and Priscilla Renea.
“I’m a huge fan of Carrie Underwood,” Miranda said. “She’s such a badass singer. This rocker came across as I was listening to songs, and I decided to send it to her. To me, this song meshes our styles, you know? It gives her time to be ‘Before He Cheats’ Carrie, and it gives me time to take off running and jump to hit some of those high notes.”
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’” features one of Miranda’s favorite bands, Little Big Town. “I’m obsessed with Little Big Town,” Miranda said. “They got pitched this song, too, but I got it first. Karen told me, ‘You have a song I want!’ So I said, ‘If I cut it, will y’all sing on it?’ When I went in to record it, I thought, ‘If Little Big Town wants to sing on my record, we are damn sure taking advantage of it!’ I can’t even imagine what it would sound like without them.”
The Time Jumpers make an appearance on “All That’s Left.” “I went to see Beyoncé in Dallas, and I was driving home the next day by myself, listening to Bluegrass Junction on SiriusXM,” Miranda said. “I heard this song, and I immediately loved it. We decided to record it western swing and get cool harmonies, and have fiddles, which meant we had to have The Time Jumpers on it. They’re the most talented people in the whole world, in one band. It’s ridiculous.”
Platinum is available for pre-order on iTunes.