Miranda Lambert Opens Up About the Pros and Cons of Performing on Big Awards Shows

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert has performed on big shows like the Grammy Awards and the ACM Awards many times in the past, but she remains thankful anytime she gets a slot on those big TV broadcasts.

She tells The Birmingham News, "I worked very hard to be there, and I want to enjoy every moment."

Singing on television is a different animal from performing the same song during her concerts, though.

"There's always an edit in the song, to fit the timeframe they have available [on the show]," Miranda explains. "On the road, I have all the freedom in the world, to do whatever I want with the song and the arrangement."

While Miranda sometimes watches her TV performances to see what she can improve on, she admits, "I try not to see everything I'm on. I don't think it's healthy. You know, we judge ourselves."

Miranda will perform on the 50th Annual ACM Awards airing live Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. She's the lead nominee with eight nods, including Entertainer of the Year and Album for the Year for Platinum.

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Josh Turner Documents His Intense CrossFit Workouts on Instagram

Image Courtesy CMAJosh Turner is fast becoming one of country music's buffest stars. He's so devoted to CrossFit training, Josh has built what is called a "home box" on his property south of Nashville. Right now, Josh is competing in the Reebok Open 15.2 CrossFit Games, and he's tracking his progress via Instagram videos.

 

Got to complete the next phase of the @reebok Open 15.2 at my "home box." It wasn't easy! #crossfitgames2015

A video posted by Josh Turner (@joshturnermusic) on Mar 11, 2015 at 3:20pm PDT

 

In the latest clip, Josh is seen deadlifting weights and doing pushups. Follow him on Instagram, @joshturnermusic, to keep up with the workouts.

On the music front, Josh's new single, "Lay Low," is climbing the country chart. He's expected to release a new album later this year.

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Reba Premieres New Video for “Going Out Like That”

Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupReba premiered her new video for "Going Out Like That" on NBC's Today Friday morning. You can see the full clip now on Today.com.

Reba will return to the show next month before her new album, Love Somebody, comes out April 14.

In addition to "Going Out Like That," Reba's new album also includes a duet with Jennifer Nettles on "Enough."

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Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” Video Gives the Song a Darker Edge

Image Courtesy Sam Worster/MCA NashvilleSam Hunt's latest single, "Take Your Time," has been certified gold for sales and streams topping the 500,000 mark. Now he's released a very gritty video to go along with the hit song.

While the song is sung from the perspective of a guy trying to spend some time with a girl at a party or a bar, the video finds Sam stepping in to help out a young mother in an abusive relationship. The stark visuals offer a very different take on the song's lyrics.

"Take Your Time" is the latest single from Sam's debut album, Montevallo.

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Blake Shelton Makes Surprise Appearance at Miranda Lambert’s Hometown Concert in Dallas

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert realized a big dream come true Thursday night when she headlined the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, which is 80 miles from her hometown of Lindale, TX. When she still lived in Texas, Miranda passed that arena on her way to the airport in Dallas and often dreamed of bringing her own show to the venue.

To make the milestone even sweeter, Miranda's husband, Blake Shelton, surprised the audience to sing a duet. Miranda posted a photograph to Instagram of the couple kissing onstage at the show. The caption reads, "Still on cloud 9 from last night! Thanks @blakeshelton for surprising everyone in Dallas! #hubby #home #family #Texasproud."

 

Still on cloud 9 from last night! Thanks @blakeshelton for surprising everyone in Dallas! #hubby #home #family #Texasproud

A photo posted by Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) on Mar 13, 2015 at 9:20am PDT

 

Blake performed his hit song "Austin" for the crowd, with Miranda joining him on harmony vocals.

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Gary Allan Rediscovering the Beauty of Vinyl Records with His New Turntable

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleGary Allan's latest single, "Hangover Tonight," was inspired by the classic sounds of Motown, so it's clear Gary has a love for vintage music. He's been indulging that passion recently with the purchase of a new record player.

Gary tells ABC Radio, "I'm surprised it took me so long to buy another turntable. So, I've been, just all over albums."

Gary had a few albums from his parents' record collection he was keeping at his Nashville boutique, The Label. He says, "I think I've got a Willie Nelson in there, Hello Walls, and there was a Bobby Darrin, I think, that I just took."

Gary also swung by Nashville record store Grimey's to pick up some classic rock albums from Neil Young and Bob Dylan. Listening to those records in their entirety makes Gary realize what is lost in today's singles-driven, digital music experience.

"People today don't listen to album cuts," Gary explains. "I mean, everybody has their own little playlist, and it's usually singles, and the depth -- I think that's why we're losing so much depth in music in general is because of that."

"Hangover Tonight" is the lead single from Gary's upcoming studio album, due out in the coming months. No word yet on plans for a vinyl release, though.

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