Elle King and Miranda Lambert Team Up For Fiery ‘Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)’ Performance at BBMAs

Elle King and Miranda Lambert joined forces for a performance of their chart-topping hit, “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go…

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Lauren Jo Black

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May 16, 2022

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Miranda Lambert, Elle King; Photo by: Rich Polk/NBC

Elle King and Miranda Lambert joined forces for a performance of their chart-topping hit, “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday evening (May 15). 

The pair sported custom coordinating outfits with Lambert donning a black jumpsuit adorned with fringe and colorful accents and King wearing a custom pant and jacket set with a green bustier.  

King’s outfit even paid homage to her baby boy, Lucky, with patches on her pant legs. 

Surrounded by lights, the superstars strutted onto the stage for a sassy performance of their chart-topping hit. King and Lambert traded verses before blending their signature vocals together for the chorus as fire erupted in the background.

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Ahead of the fiery performance, the longtime friends walked the red carpet together, posing for photos along the way. 

King and Lambert recently brought “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” to the top of the country radio charts, marking the first solo female duet to reach No. 1 on country radio since Reba McEntire and Linda Davis’ “Does He Love You” in 1993. 

Miranda Lambert and Elle King; Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC
Miranda Lambert and Elle King; Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC

Earlier this year, King and Lambert were surprised with a platinum plaque commemorating one million sales of “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” while backstage at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. 

Co-written by King and Martin Johnson, “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” took the country music scene by storm.

The collaboration went No. 1 on both Billboard’s Rock Digital Sales Chart and Country Digital Sales Chart upon release. The single has also gained King the honor of being the first female artist in music history to secure four radio No.1 tracks on formats including Adult Pop Songs, Adult Alternative Songs, Alternative Songs and Country Airplay charts and became the top-selling song. 

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“The true story of this song sums up our wild friendship,” Elle King previously shared in a press release. “Miranda is someone I have looked up to as a songwriter, musician, performer, and human being for a long time. So our tumbleweed snowball story of getting to know each other is the ultimate real deal kinda thing.  Nobody revs me up, kicks my ass on stage, or treats me more like family than Miranda Lambert.  Our rowdy reputations precede us, so who else could sing this song together besides us? Crawling out of such a crazy year, still full of so many unknowns, I ultimately couldn’t think of another person I’d rather come out singin’ and swingin’ with than the most badass chick I know. Miranda.”

The superstars brought the song to life with a rowdy music video showcased the pair at a 1980s-style wedding. Click above to re-live the clip.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.