Miranda Lambert has rewritten the country music history book. The singer who received nine CMA Award nominations this year took home her fifth consecutive award as the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year. Her victory in the category puts Lambert ahead of both Reba McEntire and Martina McBride, who have won the trophy four times each. McEntire earned the award each year from 1984 to 1987, while McBride’s wins were non-consecutive (in 1999 and from 2002 to 2004).
“I can’t believe that this is my job,” Lambert remarked from the stage, tearing up. “Damn it, I cry every time. Thank you so much for letting me live my dream and believing in my art. To all the other amazing female artists out there…I’m trying to represent for you girls. Thank you so much, I love you.”
Lambert, who told told Rolling Stone Country this week, “I don’t think it’s set in that I have nine nominations,” started her CMA-winning ways early this morning, some 12 hours before the official ceremony began. In a segment for ABC’s Good Morning America, the Texas native was announced as co-recipient, with Keith Urban, of the award for Musical Event of the Year for their duet on “We Were Us,” a track from Urban’s Fuse album. She also won Single of the Year for “Automatic” and Album of the Year for Platinum.
Lambert’s win ties her with five-time CMA Male Vocalist Vince Gill, who won that award each year from 1991 to 1995 and was recognized with the Irving Waugh Award of Excellence at tonight’s ceremony. But most importantly it also ties her with husband Blake Shelton, who, despite predicting Luke Bryan would triumph, scored his fifth Male Vocalist of the Year trophy tonight.