Miranda Lambert is always the one to watch at any country awards show, and this year she’s standing out from the pack at the CMA Awards by singing a hardcore country song.

Rare Country caught up with Miranda as she rehearsed for her performance of “To Learn Her,” a track from her CMA-nominated album, “The Weight of These Wings.”

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She tells us, “This is the country music awards, so I wanted to do a country song. It is country!”

Miranda’s not lying, either. She co-wrote this song with her pals Ashley Monroe and Waylon Payne on a rainy day at Miranda’s house, and the overcast weather led them to create one really sad song.

“We had a beer, and we were just in a country music mood,” Miranda explains. “But the way the song starts is with a steel guitar, and it just gives me chills. It reminds me why I love country music. That steel guitar intro and the piano solo — it brings back all these memories of what made me fall in love with it in the first place.”

Miranda’s stone-cold country performance is sure to put a smile on the face of her heroes, like Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire, who will be sitting in the audience. During the rehearsals, big placards with the big stars’ names and photos are placed in the front-rows of seats where they’ll be sitting during the show. Miranda admits seeing those placards can sometimes make her nervous.

She adds, “I couldn’t see, and that’s good, but then it’s not good, because when I get up there I’ll see them all, and it makes me, of course, so nervous.”

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Miranda did scope out her own seat in the front row next to Faith Hill, which will make her boyfriend, Anderson East, very happy.

She says, “I know that my boyfriend is gonna be sitting next to Faith, and he has a crush on Faith. Who doesn’t? So, I’m going to have to rope him in a little.”

Since she’ll be on the other side of Anderson from Faith, Miranda adds with a laugh, “It’s a good sandwich to be in. There’s worse!”

Look for Miranda’s big performance on the CMA Awards coming up Wednesday night, Nov. 8 at 8 ET on ABC.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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