Miranda Lambert kind of freaked out when she saw all her awards together for the first time Getty Images/Frazer Harrison
Getty Images/Frazer Harrison

Miranda Lambert was a big winner at our inaugural Rare Country Awards in 2016, taking the Fan Moment of the Year category. This year, she’s got two more nods at the fan-voted awards show. You can help her take some more hardware home by casting your vote at

Should she win, there’s a good chance Miranda will add her next Rare Country Awards trophies to her already-massive trophy collection. She just took home her 14th CMA Award in November to go along with her 28 ACM Awards and two Grammy Awards. That’s a lot of hardware, and it even took Miranda by surprise when she saw all her trophies together for the first time.

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She tells Rare Country, “I didn’t realize it until I moved back to Nashville in 2015, all the work I had done. I never had all my accolades, if you will, like, out for anybody to see. I just had them in different places. When I got a new house in Nashville, there was a huge bookshelf, so I just used it for [awards]. I kind of looked at it, and I texted my mom and dad in a group text. I was like, ‘Holy shitballs!’ Like, I’ve worked really hard.”

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Though she’s accomplished quite a lot since she hit the country scene in 2005, Miranda isn’t one to look in the rearview mirror and dwell on those past successes.

She adds, “It’s also, like, I kind of shut the door ’cause it’s in the past, and I want to still have fire and hunger and keep going.”

That fire to keep growing as an artist was apparent when Miranda delivered a solo acoustic performance of her song, “Tin Man,” on the ACM Awards. That moment is up for Story of the Year at the Rare Country Awards. Miranda is also up for Female Artist of the Year. Vote now through Dec. 13 at Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville. Voting gives you an opportunity to enter a contest and win a trip to be there in person.

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