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Miranda Lambert 'Backstage Access' exhibit to open at Country Music Hall of Fame

Hard to believe that Miranda Lambert didn’t win the TV show “Nashville Star” in 2003. Lambert placed third in the show's inaugural season.

Miranda Lambert 'Backstage Access' exhibit to open at Country Music Hall of Fame
Blu Sanders
Miranda Lambert 'Backstage Access' exhibit to open at Country Music Hall of Fame
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But she has certainly gone on to win a ton of other top awards, including four-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year.

Now the County Music Hall of Fame and Museum is set to launch a special exhibit exploring a year in the life of the Grammy Award-winning entertainer. “Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access” will open May 16 and run through Nov. 9 at the Nashville museum.

"The Country Music Hall of Fame is a place to cherish what country music is all about, and I'm so honored to have an exhibit in this treasured hall," Lambert said in a news release.

Born Nov. 10, 1983, in Longview, Texas., Lambert went to a Garth Brooks concert with her parents when she was nine. That eye-opening concert is said to be what sparked Lambert’s interest in performing country music.

The Nashville museum exhibit will feature gowns, stage costumes, awards and much more. To make it even more special and interesting the exhibit will be highlighted by a narrative thread of the singer’s life in 2013 – provided by Lambert herself in Tweets.

"Miranda Lambert is one of contemporary music's most popular and acclaimed artists, and for good reason," Museum Director Kyle Young said in a news release.

"She's a dynamic performer; an emotive and powerful vocalist whose voice is equally at home with lyrics tough or tender; and a songwriter with a deft touch for feeling and place,” Young said.

Lambert’s numerous hits, from empowering anthems like "Gunpowder and Lead" to introspective set pieces like "The House That Built Me," are “rich contributions to country music's storytelling tradition,” Young said.

“We are looking forward to taking our visitors behind the scenes with Miranda during her amazing successes in 2013."

Lambert’s last album, “For the Record,” made history when it debuted atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, making Miranda the first country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of her first four albums debut at No. 1. All four of those albums have also been certified platinum.

Lambert’s newest album “Platinum” is set for release on June 3. But the first single, “Automatic” from that fifth album has already been released and is soaring. The autobiographical song talks about the olden days of pay phones, recording the country countdown on her cassette recorder, learning to drive a stick shift, and driving to Dallas to buy an Easter dress. The song was written by Lambert, Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby.

It had been almost three years since Lambert’s last LP. Why so long? Lambert married fellow county music star Blake Shelton in 2011. As if she didn’t already have enough to do with touring, recording and a new marriage, Lambert teamed up in 2011 with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley to form the female country trio Pistol Annies.

The group released Top 5 album, “Hell on Heels,” and the sophomore follow-up, 2013's “Annie Up.”

Lambert also has designed a shoe line available at DSW and other retailers. In addition she owns two lifestyle boutiques named the Pink Pistol in her hometown of Lindale, Texas, and in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

Lambert is also active in her MuttNation Foundation, which has raised more than $1.5 million to aid groups whose purpose is to build animals shelters for better care, increase pet adoption and encourage responsible pet guardianship; rehabilitate sick or unsocialized animals; fund spay/neuter programs; and reduce and eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals.

For more information: Contact the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at (615) 416-2001 or

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