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Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood to perform together at Billboard Music Awards

Billboard has confirmed that Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood will use the Billboard Music Awards stage to debut their first collaboration, a song titled “Something Bad.” The Tuesday afternoon announcement on Billboard’s website was one of the most exciting bits of news country fans have had in quite some time.

Miranda Lambert performs at Country Thunder USA In Florence, Arizona on April 12, 2014 in Florence, Arizona.
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Country music's top ladies team up for performance at Billboard Music Awards May 18
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As Miranda Lambert is quoted as saying, there aren’t many female collaborations amongst country artists, so that alone is exciting news. The fact that it’s the five-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert teaming up with the two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year and 2014 winner of the Gene Weed Special Achievement award, Carrie Underwood, makes the announcement that much more exhilarating.

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood have been at the forefront of country music for a new generation of country fans for about the same length of time and both have excelled in their careers. While Miranda Lambert was a finalist on the show “Nashville Star” in 2003, she didn’t release her first album, “Kerosene” until 2005, the same year that Carrie Underwood won American Idol Season 4 and released her #1 hit “Jesus Take the Wheel.” For nine years, country music fans have embraced both of these talented women and propelled them to the height of their careers.

The duet “Something Bad” came about when Miranda Lambert asked Carrie Underwood if she would be interested in recording together. Miranda Lambert admitted to Country Weekly that she was intimidated at first, but because Carrie Underwood is such an amazing vocalist, she knew she had to ask.

The recorded collaboration will appear on Miranda Lambert’s fifth studio album “Platinum”, set to release June 3. The Billboard Music Awards performance will give fans their first taste of the two powerhouse vocalists’ project and no doubt set the stage for the song to be released to radio and iTunes prior to the album’s release.

The Billboard Music Awards will air on ABC on Sunday, May 18. The show begins at 7 p.m. Central.