Miranda Lambert has won the Female Vocalist of the Year award from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. She's won the prized album of the year trophy from both organizations, as well – from the ACMs for her second record, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and from the CMAs and ACMs for her third, Revolution. She received the Top Country Female Vocal Performance honor at the Grammy Awards for "The House That Built Me." And, lest all her honors be so high-minded, she's been named one of People magazine's Most Beautiful People and one of Maxim's Hottest Women of Country.
In 2010 she finally earned the triple crown – love from the music industry, critics and radio – when she bagged her first three No. 1 singles with "White Liar", "The House That Built Me" and "Heart Like Mine."
The fascination with Miranda began in earnest when she was a humble yet feisty runner-up on Nashville Star in 2003, standing out as the most independent and least likely of all reality-show contestants. Sony Nashville quickly signed her with the understanding that, even though she was still a teen, she had the moxie and know-how to write many of her own songs and pick her own team, like co-producer and fellow Texan Frank Liddell. Reflective singles including "Famous in a Small Town" proved her wise beyond her tender years, and rowdy ones like "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" proved her bold beyond all expectations of just how fresh a country freshman should be.
"I didn't have any other plans. I didn't go to college. There was no 'If this doesn't work out...' It was like, "This has to work out!'"