No doubt about it. Miranda Lambert was again the darling of the ACM Awards. Now the most decorated artist in ACM history (male or female), Lambert completely owned the 2018 Awards. But it wasn’t just her music that took the prize. She also managed to have some epic smackdowns of ex-husband Blake Shelton, showing once again that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. So here’s a recap of the night and how Miranda Lambert came out decidedly on top.
If you think Miranda Lambert lacks grit (and why would you), think again. Though she hasn’t spoken about it publicly, it is clear that her relationship with Anderson East ended earlier this year. Given her silence, there really aren’t any details as to when or why. All we know is that they seem to be over. And adding to that speculation is the fact that Miranda Lambert showed up solo at the 2018 ACM Awards. But that didn’t slow her down.
Lambert’s ex-husband, Blake Shelton, arrived with longtime girlfriend and fellow Voice coach Gwen Stefani. Ironically, Gwen and Miranda both wore red. Shelton and Stefani opted to skip the red carpet entrance. But not Lambert. Standing tall and proud in a dazzling cherry-red gown, the “Highway Vagabond” singer walked the red carpet alone. And looked as though she didn’t need anyone next to her. It was gutsy.
The ACM Awards
To start, Miranda Lambert took home two huge prizes at the 2018 ACM Awards. She won Song of the Year for her beautifully mournful ballad, “Tin Man.” That song is from her 2016 double album, The Weight of These Wings. And she also took home the trophy for Female Vocalist of the Year. For the ninth straight year. That win was particularly impressive, considering that the field was stacked with pretty stiff competition again this year. (She beat out Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood, and Reba McEntire.)
With those two awards in hand, Lambert also became the most decorated artist in ACM history. She was previously tied with Brooks & Dunn for 29 wins, but now she stands at impressive 31. As host Reba McEntire quipped, “I don’t know who said records are made to be broken, but it wasn’t dad-blame Brooks & Dunn!” It will take someone pretty legendary to beat that record now.
So from just the standpoint of the actual awards, she completely dominated the event. But that wasn’t the whole of what made her the crown jewel that night.