There were countless eyes set on Miranda Lambert on the night of the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas this year.
First off, she was up yet again for Female Vocalist of the Year honors, which she took home before the night was over. She also attended the awards show for the first time with her new boyfriend, Anderson East.
Yet, it was her performance on stage that had everyone on the edge of their seats. And the blonde bombshell didn’t disappoint, rocking a rousing version of ZZ Top’s “Tush” alongside Keith Urban.
But the story behind the performance just might be the most intriguing of all.
“Miranda was working on new music to premiere on the show with the single dropping right after, but they ended up just not being ready,” explained ACM Awards Executive Producer RAC Clark in the April 18 issue of Country Aircheck. “She still wanted to perform, and we talked about covers she might be doing in her live show. “Tush” came up and that was perfect. It’s a rocking 2:30 that Miranda can bring her great energy to. She texted Keith Urban to play guitar and he said he’d like to include another player. I took it upon myself to check Billy Gibbons’ availability and he had one night off on his tour – the night of the show. So he got in about 2 a.m., they all did an off-site rehearsal that morning, did the dress rehearsal and did the show. “
And now you know.