Just a few days after becoming the most decorated female in the history of the CMA Awards, Miranda Lambert has another reason to celebrate: she turns 31 today (November 10th). At last week’s CMAs, the superstar took home four new trophies, including Female Vocalist of the Year, while husband Blake Shelton was crowned Male Vocalist — marking the fifth year in a row for both to win. Their first mutual victory was back when they were engaged; they tied the knot six months later, on May 14, 2011.
The Lambert-Shelton nuptials came more than six years after meeting. The two were barely acquaintances before they were paired for the 2005 CMT special, 100 Greatest Duets. In the clip above, the two channel David Frizzell and Shelly West on the 1981 hit, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma.” Trading lines on the verses and sharing the chorus, the two are beaming as they lock eyes for the majority of the performance. By the end of the song, they’re wrapped in a fervent embrace. At the time, Shelton was a mullet-sporting married man, so this palpable chemistry was fodder for the country music water cooler. (The “Austin” singer divorced first wife Kaynette Williams less than a year later.)
“I’ve never had that kind of experience with anybody,” Shelton recalls.
“He’s hilarious. We had instant chemistry,” Lambert echoes.
Today’s birthday girl has 11 career CMA awards, one Grammy, seven chart-topping hits and multi-platinum album sales, among a laundry list of other accolades… and Blake Shelton. She is the fifth female country artist ever to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.