When Miranda Lambert made her debut on big awards shows like the ACM Awards and the CMA Awards, she was known for turning in high-energy performances complete with flames surrounding her onstage and other dramatic flourishes.
This 2005 performance of “Kerosene” will give you an indication of what we’re talking about.
But lately, Miranda has traded in those big production numbers for simple, stripped-down performances. She just got everyone’s attention singing the stone-cold country song “To Learn Her” at this year’s CMA Awards in November.
Last April, Miranda delivered her simplest awards show performance ever on the ACM Awards. She took the stage armed with nothing but her acoustic guitar to perform “Tin Man,” and that moment has earned Miranda a Rare Country Awards nomination for Story of the Year.
We caught up with Miranda to ask her why that “Tin Man” performance resonated with viewers so much. She tells Rare Country, “I just think it’s truth. That’s what we do in this genre is tell stories.”
While Miranda has enjoyed delivering larger-than-life performances in the past, she finds herself compelled to keep it simple at this stage in her career.
She explains, “We’ve had fireworks and pyro, and I’ve smashed a guitar before. and we’ve had all these moments, but it seems like lately, my favorite moments are when I strip it back and really get to the heart of the matter, which is the song. ”
Miranda decided to perform “Tin Man” at the ACM Awards just 48 hours before show time. The day before the performance Miranda told us she was “terrified” about singing that song alone on live TV, but you can see she rose to the occasion like a true professional.
The performance of “Tin Man” also gave Miranda a chance to showcase another track from her double-album, “The Weight of These Wings,” which features a ton of music.
“I’m a singer-songwriter,” Miranda says, “and I feel like I have a record out that’s 24 songs, a double record. The only way to get those songs heard is to do them live and hope people grab onto it. I want to get as many of those songs out there and show what this record is.”
Miranda is also up for Female Artist of the Year at the Rare Country Awards. You can vote now through Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. The winners will be announced at a livestreamed concert event in Nashville on Dec. 14.