Remember When Miranda Lambert Emotionally Performed ‘The House That Built Me’ at the GRAMMYs?

On this day in 2011, country superstar Miranda Lambert performed “The House That Built Me” in front of music’s biggest…

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 13, 2022

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Miranda Lambert, 2011 GRAMMY Awards; Photo Courtesy CBS

On this day in 2011, country superstar Miranda Lambert performed “The House That Built Me” in front of music’s biggest superstars at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. 

After being introduced by her then-husband, Blake Shelton, Lambert delivered a poignant performance of the emotional song. 

“This song tonight is for all the great artists that’s come before us,” she said. “They set the stage for us to be here where we are right now.” 

Sporting gold heels and a strapless leather dress, Lambert delivered a goosebumps-inducing performance as photos of iconic musicians appeared on the screens behind her. 

The performance concluded with photos of Lambert as a child as the audience applauded her vocal abilities. 

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This memorable performance marked Lambert’s GRAMMY stage debut. 

That night, Lambert took home her very first GRAMMY award with Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “The House That Built Me.” She was also nominated for Best Country Album for Revolution and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Bad Angel” with Dierks Bentley. 

The Texas native is now a three-time GRAMMY winner and has received a total of 23 career GRAMMY nominations. 

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“The House That Built Me” was written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin and appears on Lambert’s third studio album, Revolution. The song was originally pitched to Shelton, however, Lambert fell in love with it and ended up recording it for herself. 

The music video was directed by Lambert’s longtime collaborator, Trey Fanjoy, and featured Lambert returning to her childhood home re-living the special memories that took place there. 

“This was one of those videos that needed to be really obvious … [The director] found a house that looked a lot like the house I grew up in. There’s no drama in the video. It just is what it is. It represents the song in such a great way,” she previously shared with The Boot

It later became Lambert’s first No.1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. 

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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.