Best: Miranda Lambert's "Tin Man" Proves Less Is More
Seeing Miranda Lambert alone onstage singing "Tin Man" from The Weight of These Wings wasn't really a surprise, given how quickly it's become a fan favorite and staple of her live sets. But she sure stole the show with it. All the schmaltz and star-studded duets that Nashville could muster couldn't hope to compete with Lambert's devasting, raw performance, her voice quavering as it echoed from the otherwise empty stage. She carried on that understated dignity as she accepted her two awards for Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, the latter of which you never would've known she had won for a record-setting eighth-consecutive time (breaking her own record, no less). Her acceptance speech was succinct and selfless: "I'm glad to see females kicking ass this year. I'm so proud to be a part of that." J.G.