Even though Jason Aldean took home the night’s biggest award, Miranda Lambert was the real winner of the ACM Awards on Sunday night (April 15). Before the awards show began, she was tied for most ACM Award wins with duo Brooks and Dunn at 29. By the end of the night she held the record – with 32.
She was named Female Vocalist of the Year for the ninth year in a row – something no one has ever done before. Not only did she makes headlines because she took home the hardware, she also delivered an incredible performance of her newly released single “Keeper of the Flame.”
The single is an ode to all the past, present, and future female country singers, letting them know that she is honored to hold the torch, having been passed it by the legendary female country singers who came before her.
“I have this responsibility from all these women who have come before me who have blazed this trail to make way for me to live this dream and write the songs I want to write and sing and just be an example in life,” Lambert told The Tennesean. “I hope this song translates that way, that I just get to hold the torch for a while and I can’t wait to pass it on to these new singer-songwriters. I just hope that I’m setting a good example.”
Something not many people noticed about Lambert’s performance – until after she was finished – was the writing on her guitar. From far away it just looks like scribble, but when you look up close, you realize that she was trying to make a statement.
The guitar she was playing was signed by country legend Loretta Lynn, and served as a symbol of the “torch” Lambert is currently carrying.
The personal message reads, “I love you Miranda. Love you, honey. Loretta Lynn.”
What a cool detail, and we all almost missed it!
Watch her ACM Awards performance below.