Miranda Lambert Kicks Off 2021 CMA Awards Fiery Performance Of Her Biggest Hits

Miranda Lambert celebrated her 38th birthday as she kicked off the 55th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 10) with…


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November 10, 2021


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Miranda Lambert celebrated her 38th birthday as she kicked off the 55th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 10) with a medley of her biggest hits. 

While sporting an outfit that gave a nod to her chart-topping hit, “Bluebird,” the Texas native opened her performance with her iconic hit, “Kerosene,” as pyrotechnics fired off around her. She went on to perform “Mama’s Broken Heart,” “Bluebird,” “Little Red Wagon” and “Gunpowder and Lead.” 

As Lambert performed, her peers nodded and sang along from the audience as she concluded her performance with a standing ovation. 

Lambert was introduced to the stage by Gabby Barrett, Mickey Guyton and Carly Pearce

Ahead of her performance, she teased fans while also revealing that she is excited to kick off the show as she will get done early and will be able to relax for the remainder of the evening.

“I’m also done at 7:05, so I get to sit and enjoy my night, which is amazing,” Lambert admitted.

Lambert, who holds the record for the most CMA Female Vocalist of the Year wins, had three nominations for tonight’s ceremony, including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year.

Ahead of the show, Lambert expressed how grateful she is to still be able to attend the awards nearly two decades later. 

“I’m so thankful to still be coming to the CMAs, it’s been like a decade and a half, and I’ve gotten to be a part of it for a really long time,” Lambert shared. “It never gets old.”

She also added that she loves getting to reunite with her friends.

“It’s also one of those nights where you just get to reunite with friends. You know, we make all these friends over the years, but we don’t get to see each other as much when we’re all on the road, so it’s a really cool night,” the Texas native said.

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The 55th Annual CMA Awards also featured performances from Luke Combs, Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Jennifer Hudson, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.

Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations by Chris Young and Kane Brown, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, Mickey Guyton, Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, BRELAND and HARDY. 

Country singers Trace Adkins, Ingrid Andress, Kelsea Ballerini, Deana Carter, Russell Dickerson, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Lady A, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Lainey Wilson, and Trisha Yearwood were on hand to present during the ceremony.

Lauren Daigle, Faith Fennidy, Freddie Freeman, Amy Grant, Dulé Hill, Elle King, Zachary Levi, Hayley Orrantia, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Susan Sarandon, Saycon Sengbloh and Kurt Warner also made special appearances throughout the broadcast. 

Hosted by Luke Bryan, the 2021 CMA Awards broadcasted live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8/7c on ABC.

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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.