Miranda Lambert, 37, celebrated a new career milestone this week as she was officially inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas.
The superstar returned to her home state with her husband, Brendan McLoughlin, for the ceremony and documented the moment on social media with several photos from the momentous occasion.
“Tuesday October 26 2021 is a day I will never forget as long as I live. That is the day I got inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall Of Fame in Ft. Worth Texas,” she wrote. “It is truly one of the greatest honors of my life. I am beyond grateful to join such an amazing group of women. I’m still processing this and will be for a long time.”
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She admitted that being a part of the club has inspired her to “keep pushing to be better” and to continue to dig deep to find the determination to achieve her goals.
“I have a long way to go to be half as cool the 200 plus cowgirls that have also been inducted over the years but I’m ready for the journey,” she continued. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the @cowgirlmuseum for trusting me with this honor. Thank you to my family and close friends for joining me to celebrate and to Eleanor Green for nominating me. My heart is full.”
Lambert‘s personal items, including her signature pink guitar, are now on display at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame.
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The three-time GRAMMY winner opened up about what the accolade means to her in an interview with NBC 5 ahead of the ceremony.
“I would love for people to take away that I guess, I had to learn being here, too, that I’m not a cowgirl. I don’t. I just learned to ride at 30 years old and I’m still working on it, you know. But I think when reading all about it and realizing what this museum means and this Hall of Fame embodies is, there’s cowgirls of all kinds. And it’s really about grit, determination, drive,” she said.
Lambert joins the 2021 induction class, which also includes influential artist Pop Chalee, Eight-time Women’s Professional Rodeo Association champ Lari Dee Guy, American equestrian and Olympic medalist Kathryn Kusner and renowned cowboy hat maker Lavonna “Shorty” Koger.
“We are honored to welcome this outstanding class of inductees and add their remarkable stories and accomplishments to the amazing group of honorees they are joining in the Museum’s Hall of Fame,” said the Museum’s executive director Patricia Riley. “Congratulations to all.”
Fellow country superstar Reba McEntire is also a member of The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
The honor comes just days after the release of Lambert’s new single, “If I Was a Cowboy.”
The track hit radio with a whopping 103 first week stations adding the song. Written by Lambert with Jesse Frasure, “If I Was a Cowboy” is her first new solo music since 2019.