Miranda Lambert cried at the ACM Awards Sunday night while accepting multiple awards. Lambert took home four trophies, including those for female vocalist of the year and song of the year.
The wins were a huge shock for Lambert, who admitted she is somewhat of a pessimist. Lambert revealed of the female vocalist of the year award:
“I mean — I really, truly was rooting for Carrie [Underwood]. She really, truly is an inspiration to me as a vocalist, and I love her and I really wanted her to win tonight.”
Along with being named top female vocalist, Miranda Lambert also won single record and song of the year for “Over You,” which she co-wrote with husband Blake Shelton. Lambert took home three awards for the song, while Shelton took one.
Miranda Lambert’s crying spell also did something to her image. She admitted, “My tough girl image is out the window.”
But that’s okay. Lambert wasn’t the only artist to shed tears on stage during Sunday night’s ceremony. Reba McIntire wiped away tears while speaking about Dick Clark and Luke Bryan took more than a minute to compose himself after winning entertainer of the year.
Sunday’s show was the fourth time Lambert has won top female vocalist. But the emotional “Over You” song, written about Blake Shelton’s older brother who died in a car crash, put the singer over the edge. Shelton joined his wife onstage to accept the single record of the year award. But the songstress took the stage on her own to accept her third and fourth awards.
While accepting the award, Miranda Lambert cried and said:
“Having your song lyrics recognized by your peers is about as good as it gets. Thank you for accepting me as a songwriter and not just a singer, that means the world to me.”
Blake Shelton also used his acceptance speech to honor his wife, explaining:
“I’ve learned so much from this human standing next to me — a lot of things about myself. I used to think I was a decent songwriter until I started working with her, and this is proof of it.”
Were you surprised to see Miranda Lambert crying during Sunday’s ACM Awards?