Miranda Lambert brought the ACM audience to their feet with this performance YouTube
Miranda Lambert arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, songs have a way of finding their right homes.

“The House That Built Me” was originally intended for Blake Shelton. As Miranda and her then-boyfriend were driving in his truck, Blake was playing some songs his team had forwarded for him to consider for his next album.

Once he played this one, fate stepped in.

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“It was beautiful,” Lambert told Today. “I just started bawling from the second I heard it. He was like, ‘If you have a reaction to this song like that, then you need to cut it.’”

In the end, everything shook out the way it was meant to. The song ended up with Miranda and propelled her to unbelievable heights. It swept the 2010 ACM Awards winning Single, Song and Video of the Year, and she took home the Female Vocalist of the Year trophy that year as well.

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That also happened to be the song she chose to perform at the ACM Awards that year, and she delivered a stunning rendition. As the fading spotlight silhouetted her gorgeous smile at the end of her performance, the crowd rose to their feet giving her, and the song, the standing ovation they both deserved.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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