Proud Texan Miranda Lambert Receives High Honor In The Lonestar State

“It’s really such an honor,” Lambert shared ahead of the gala.


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February 23, 2023


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Miranda Lambert; Photo by Tyler Schmitt

Miranda Lambert was honored during the 2023 Texas Medal Of Arts Awards on Wednesday evening (Feb. 23) in Austin, Texas. 

The Lindale, Texas native was recognized for her contribution to the arts as a singer/songwriter alongside fellow Texas natives Luke Wilson (Dallas) for Film/Actor; Taylor Sheridan (Weatherford) for Film/Production, In Memoriam: Carole Cook (Abilene) for Lifetime Achievement/Musical Theatre, Christopher Cross (San Antonio) for Music; Center for Performing Arts Medicine (Houston) for Arts/Health, Deborah Roberts (Austin) for Visual Arts, Miró Rivera Architects (Austin) for Architecture, Lela Rose (Dallas) for Design, Benjamin Alire Sáenz (El Paso) for Literary Arts and Septime Webre (Brownsville) for Dance. 

“All of us Texans are extra proud anyway, but the fact that this state really lifts up art and arts of all kinds and has a whole celebration for us to celebrate us, it’s really such an honor,” Lambert said, via Fox 7 Austin

Red Carpet Look

Lambert dazzled on the red carpet ahead of the show. Styled by her longtime stylist Tiffany Gifford, Lambert turned heads in a black Ralph Lauren midi dress, black Manolo Blahnik heels, and Misahara jewelry.     

During the awards show and gala dinner, the three-time GRAMMY winner performed “Two-Step Down To Texas” with her collaborators Jon Randall and Jack Ingram from their 2021 project, The Marfa Tapes.

Hosted by Peabody Award Winning Broadcaster, Producer, Director, and Texas native, Elliott Forrest (Midland), the event took place at Long Center for the Performing Arts. It was originally scheduled to take place in 2021, however, it was rescheduled due to the global health crisis. 

Previous Recipients Include Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett

Since its inception in 2001, the Texas Medal Of Arts Awards have honored 118 Texans “who have achieved excellence through their creative talents, as well as those whose generosity has opened doors to artistic opportunity for Texans of all ages.” 

Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Eva Longoria, Lyle Lovett are among the 118 previous honorees. 

In addition to being honored at the 2023 Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Miranda Lambert has been spending some time in her home state while taking a break from her Las Vegas Residency. 

“Lately in Texas….🌮🍺☀️😎🧡,” Lambert captioned a carousel of photos on Instagram. “We Sunday Funday’d and Taco Tuesday’d our asses off.”

The series of images features Lambert in Texas writing songs with Wade Bowen and spending quality time with her brother Luke and brother-in-law Marc. 

“Got to spend some time with little bro @lukelambert and bro in law @marc.allende and some good old friends,” Lambert explained. ”Me and @wadebowen have been friends for over 20 years and we finally sat down and wrote a song together for the first time yesterday in the Texas sunshine. Well actually 2 songs. And one of them we might have rhymed George Strait with chicken fried steak. Prolly my fav rhyme ever! 😂👏 I have a lot of new smile lines after these last few days in ATX! Sorry y’all some of these pics are blurry, but the memories won’t be.”

Miranda Lambert; Photo by Tyler Conrad
Miranda Lambert

Velvet Rodeo

Miranda Lambert is currently celebrating nearly two decades as a country music superstar with a career-spanning set list in Sin City with her Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas Residency. 

The 39-year-old hitmaker recently told Garden & Gun that she has been enjoying her time in Las Vegas as it’s giving her a break from the grueling day-to-day tour life.

“After twenty years of touring, it gets exhausting sometimes. That is one reason I’m so thankful for the Velvet Rodeo shows,” she shared with Garden & Gun. “It is a break from the road, but I still get to do what I love and connect with the fans. This show was so fun to put together because we can bring in some production elements [like pyrotechnics] we haven’t ever had on the road. I won’t be touring much while I’m doing the residency except for a few festivals here and there, so y’all gotta come to Sin City!”

Lambert’s show is a 90-minute celebration of Lambert’s artistry that features tunes from her entire discography from her debut album, Kerosene, to her current project, Palomino.

Miranda Lambert; Photo by John Shearer
Miranda Lambert; Photo by John Shearer

The “If I Was A Cowboy” singer’s residency kicked off on September 23, 2022 and is currently set to run through December of this year.

See a full list of Lambert’s upcoming Las Vegas Residency dates below:

March 2023: 24, 25, 30

April 2023: 1, 2, 6, 8, 9

July 2023: 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22

November 2023: 30

December 2023: 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16

Lambert, Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment are donating $1 of every ticket purchased to “Miranda Lambert: Velvet Rodeo The Las Vegas Residency” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino to Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit that has raised over $6 million since its inception in 2009. The Foundation’s mission is to promote the adoption of rescue pets, support animal shelters across the country, advance spay & neuter and assist with the transport of animals during times of natural disaster.

Miranda Lambert; Photo via Facebook
Miranda Lambert; Photo via Facebook

Y’all Eat Yet?

In addition to her Las Vegas concerts, Lambert is set to release her first book, Y’ALL EAT YET? Welcome to The Pretty B*tchin’ Kitchen, this spring. The book will offer fans a look into the ACM Triple Crown honoree’s life at home and on the road. Readers will also learn more about her Texas roots and how the strong women in her family influenced her life and career.

“Watching my mom and her friends, I saw the way pitching in, working together, loving music and being there for each other is the greatest gift you can have in life. I think my mom inherited that gift from her mom, because they both attracted the most awesome group of girlfriends,” she previously shared.

Y’ALL EAT YET? will also include 50 recipes from her personal kitchen such as Nonny’s Banana Pudding, Paw Paw’s Bar-B-Que Sauce, and Whiskey Cupcakes. The book will be released on April 25, 2023.

Miranda Lambert’s next scheduled tour date is set for March 24 in Las Vegas. For a full list of upcoming shows, click here.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.