Miranda Lambert won Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards for the very first time on March 7. Unfortunately, she couldn’t be there in person to accept the honor. Host Dolly Parton announced Miranda as the winner and revealed that she would be making her acceptance speech virtually because she was “working overseas.” Miranda is performing at the C2C Country To Country Festival in London on March 11, so she’s been in Europe getting ready for the show.
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“Oh my Gosh, I cannot believe I’m not there to celebrate,” Miranda said in her virtual speech. “I’m in London, I have shows this week. It’s my first time missing the ACMs in 17 years, so my heart’s a little broken, but I’m happy to be where I am. I’ve been waiting for this for a really really long time. I actually never thought it would happen. Thank you so much to the country music family for embracing me all these years and continuing to support me, and the Academy for everything. This one goes out to all the singer/songwriter girls out there who are putting their blood, sweat and tears into their guitar strings. This one’s for us!”
Miranda was up against Eric Church, Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood in the EOTY category. Additionally, she and Elle King won for Music Video of the Year for their song “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).” Miranda was also up for Album of the Year, which went to Morgan Wallen and Female Artist of the Year, which was won by Carly Pearce.
Over the years, Miranda has won 31 awards at the ACMs, including Female Vocalist of the Year nine times. However, this is her first time taking home the Entertainer of the Year award, which went to Luke Bryan in 2021 and Thomas Rhett/Carrie Underwood (a tie) in 2020.