Miranda Lambert’s gutsy move at the ACM Awards is still giving us chills Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Miranda Lambert performs "Tin Man" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

When it comes to awards shows, artists usually pull out all the stops for their performances, as they’ll try everything in their power to keep viewers engaged during the long program.

But this past April at the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards, the real highlight came when Miranda stepped out onstage solo for her performance.

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Miranda didn’t rely on a backup band, or smoke machines, or pyrotechnics for that matter. Instead, she kept it simple while she delivered a raw and emotional rendition of “Tin Man” from her double album, “The Weight of These Wings.”

Not only did Miranda show bravery in singing the ballad accompanied by just her acoustic guitar, but her vocals on the tune also earned her a standing ovation, and she walked away with the night’s prestigious Female Vocalist of the Year award.

Now, that unforgettable moment has earned her a new nomination for Story of the Year at this year’s Rare Country Awards.

Interestingly enough, Miranda didn’t expect to perform “Tin Man” for the ACMs. She actually had planned on singing her bubbly song, “We Should Be Friends.” But she changed her mind just a few days before the show.

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“I’m nervous. I’m terrified, is the word I’m using,” she told Rare Country during rehearsals for her performance. “I changed my song at the last minute, like, less than 48 hours ago.”

If you’d like to reward Miranda for showing her bravery in performing her vulnerable song on live television, you can go to Voting begins Nov. 13 and goes until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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