Miranda Lambert Confesses Aversion to Public Speaking
"You've got to be kidding me ... you've got to be kidding me!" Miranda Lambert gasped over and over, making her way to the stage after her name was announced as the ACM's Top Female Vocalist Sunday night in Vegas.
Visibly astonished, Miranda's voice was thick and choked with emotion as she accepted her award, on the heels of having already gone onstage to accept the award for Album of the Year for her critically-acclaimed sophomore album, 'Revolution,' earlier in the evening.
The night before the ACM awards ceremony, Miranda was caught off guard for the first time, when she thought she was attending a radio event to take photos with broadcasters and discovered she was actually there to accept the award for ACM Video of the Year for 'White Liar.'
"It was a total surprise," Miranda tells Nashville's Tennessean newspaper. "I really wasn't sure what I was coming to do -- I was afraid I was going to have to talk in public! I can sing in public ... but I can't talk in public," she confesses.
Miranda "had a blast" filming the video for 'White Liar' -- which on Sunday night, topped Taylor Swift's 'You Belong With Me,' Brad Paisley's 'Welcome to the Future,' Lady Antebellum's 'Need You Now,' and Randy Houser's 'Boots On' videos.
Besides Jamey Johnson "bringing the moonshine," Miranda was able to work her best friend from third grade into the video. Having fun and letting all that tumbling blonde hair down is important to her. A great example would be the song she sings with Jamey on Dierks Bentley's new album 'Up on the Ridge,' called 'Bad Angel.'
"It's fun!" she tells Entertainment Weekly. "I love the fact that Dierks is doing something really different with his music. I loved the song when they sent me the work tape, and they let me do the drinking verse, which was at my request!" she notes, laughing. "It's just a fun vibe. And I'm glad he asked me to be on it.
"I think if people would just do it, and be who they are, they'll realize they'll be accepted," she goes on to reflect. "I just think if you sell who you are, people will believe you. If you're fake ... you won't be there in the long run."
Miranda's current single, 'The House That Built Me,' is one she feels will stand the test of time, finding a place in people's hearts forever.
"It's one of the most special songs ever written," she said backstage at the ACMs, Sunday night. "I'm so lucky I got my hands on it ... because I know any other artist would have scooped it up. "It makes me mad that I didn't think of it!" she says of the song written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin.
"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."
"The only other song that I can actually remember that was so stripped down was Sugarland's 'Stay' ... and I think that kind of opened the door for a song like 'The House That Built Me' to be a single."
Miranda is currently on the road on her "Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour." She will also be performing at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville in June.