Getting on stage in front of millions of viewers at the CMA Awards just hours after her ex, Blake Shelton, confirmed his new romance couldn’t have been easy for Miranda Lambert. But she managed to turn the negative into a positive with her powerful ‘Bathroom Sink’ performance, which was the perfect moment of empowerment for women everywhere.
With no single out on the radio right now, Miranda Lambert had plenty of songs to choose from when deciding what to sing at the CMA Awards. But her decision to go with “Bathroom Sink” was incredibly telling because of what she’s been going through with ex Blake Shelton, who was also at the show, and I have to commend her for the brave choice that all women should be inspired by.
“Bathroom Sink” is the only song from her 2014 album, Platinum, that the 31-year-old wrote completely on her own, and she’s been open in the past about how meaningful, but also scary, that is for her. The track was written during when Miranda was feeling down and unconfident, and tells the story of how she got the inspiration to pick herself back up and face the world — which is exactly what she had to do at the CMAs.
Not only did the event mark the first time she and Blake would be seen in public together since their summer split, it also took place just hours after the “Gonna” singer’s relationship with Gwen Stefani was confirmed by her publicist. All of that had to weigh heavy on Miranda — and it showed on her face — but she bravely took the stage and delivered what I consider her most powerful performance of all time.
With this performance, Miranda proved to women everywhere that no matter how hard life seems, you can always get through it. In the song, she sings, “I pray as I get ready/For God to make me steady/And I thank him for his patience/And I take my medication/And bless this day and all it brings.” That whole process had to be exactly what she was going through before the awards show, and the fact that she was able to get up there and tell that story to the world while she was probably hurting so badly is beyond inspirational.
Miranda, thank you for keeping it so raw and real up there, and giving us all the courage to go out and face life even on the toughest days. These moments at the bathroom sink which you describe in this song are ones every woman knows far too well, and you proved firsthand that it is possible to walk away and come to terms with reality, no matter who is watching. Now — most importantly — I can’t wait to hear all the KILLER songs that come out of all this heartache on the next album. Patiently waiting…
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Miranda’s “Bathroom Sink” performance? Do you think it was the best song choice ever?
— Alyssa Norwin