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She’s the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, and her career is hotter than ever, but Miranda Lambert has had her years as an award-show bridesmaid – and whether or not you walk away with a trophy, Miranda says there’s a sense of camaraderie and family in the country community that make it a great place to be making music.

“I have a kindred spirit with other artists because I know what they’re goin’ through, and they know what I’m goin’ through, and that’s I think why a lot of us get along, with Hillary Scott and with Pistol Annies and with Carrie — we don’t hang out that much, but you know, I really respect her, and…guys, too! I mean, I just feel like if it’s great, there’s room for all of it.   I don’t feel like that you can compare oranges and apples (laughs), you know? I’m way different than Lady Antebellum, and I’m way different than Taylor, and she’s way different than Martina. 

For a while there, I was gettin’ beat out every year (laughs) by Taylor and Carrie — I’m like, ‘Okay, when’s my turn comin’?’ You know? But my turn has come, and when it’s somebody else’s turn, I want to be as gracious as they…especially Carrie was to me when I won, you know?

It’s not a competition — it’s a family. Country music really has a family atmosphere, overall. I think it makes music better, too, because I think that when your peers give you a compliment — I mean, Kenny Chesney took me on tour, and when I first went to one of my first award shows, he was like, ’I love your stuff,’ and so nice, and it was like, when you know someone’s payin’ attention, you’re like, okay, I want to keep creating things that some of these heroes of mine are liking. You know? It makes you feel really good, feel validated.”

Speaking of Miranda’s red-hot career, her new album, Four the Record, is available NOW!!!! Featuring the first smash single, “Baggage Claim,” the album is raking in amazing reviews from all over! Look for it everywhere you find great music! It’s also available in a limited edition physical Deluxe version (with a bonus track and DVD with Miranda talking about the songs), and you can find the digital Deluxe version right HERE, on iTunes!

Miranda is a performer and a double-nominee for tonight’s CMA Awards! She’s up for Female Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “Coal Miner’s Daughter” with Sheryl Crow and the incomparable Loretta Lynn. Catch the show Tonight, November 9, at 8pm, ET, on ABC!