December 1st, 2010
11:00 AM ET
It’s hard to sing the praises of Miranda Lambert any louder this year. She’s had three top ten singles. She got engaged to Blake Shelton. She took home female vocalist of the year, album of the year, song of the year and music video of the year at the CMA awards, and on her birthday, no less. Plus, she kind of rocks.
For example, her version of John Prine's "That's the Way the World Goes 'Round," at the CMAs brought the audience to their feet.
"Everybody does their single; it gets kind of predictable," Lambert said in this week's Billboard cover story about her song choice. "It had been a while since I did a crazy performance like that on the CMAs. It was time to make my mark again."
She’s definitely done that in 2010.
"Everybody had said to me, 'This is your year,' and I was thinking, 'I hope you're right,'" she said. "But 2010 has changed my world a lot… Before, I had this slow, steady build, which is completely fine with me because I want to be here forever. But all of a sudden it kicked into gear. Ten years of work is showing up right now, and it's kind of crazy."
Lambert finished third on the 2003 season of "Nashville Star," then released her first album, "Kerosene,” in 2004. The album debuted at No. 1 on the country chart and went on to sell more than 1 million copies in the U.S.
"I feel like I'll always keep moving forward, and I'll change, not only as a woman but as an artist," Lambert said. "But 'Revolution' represented exactly who I was at 26-years-old, who I had become."
Lambert’s manager, Marion Kraft, told Billboard that Lambert has made her a better professional in the music industry.
"You don't have a choice with her,” Kraft said. “You're not allowed to be wishy-washy, because she's so upfront and center. She was never willing to conform to what she thought the world wanted her to be."
Lambert is also a true country star, famous for going hunting with her honey. At the end of the day, Lambert is thankful for what their life together brings her – a sense of normalcy.
"When the red carpet and awards show were over, we went home," she said. "I made cookies and Blake burned a brush pile."
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