Miranda Lambert has been named 'Terrifying Woman of the Year' by Esquire magazine in its annual Esky Music Awards. The publication notes Lambert's latest single, 'Gunpowder and Lead,' saying, "Her voice balances raucousness and tenderness so perfectly, it's tough to tell where the insanely violent characters begin and the real Miranda Lambert leaves off."

Sure, the song is about a feisty woman with a loaded shotgun. But Lambert told us it was actually inspired by sad, real-life experiences.

"When I was younger, my parents took in abused women and their kids," she told us in a recent interview. "It's meant to be taken light-hearted in some aspects. But it's also very real to me, because I saw first-hand what damage it can do to a family to be in an abusive relationship."

Lambert also says she's tried to soften her image with autobiographical ballads like 'Desperation' and 'More Like Her' on her 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' album.

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