Country Throwback: George Strait & Miranda Lambert Whip Crowd into Frenzy with ‘Run’ at 54th ACM Awards

by Kayla Zadel

One thing that we especially love to watch award shows for is collaborations. These wouldn’t otherwise happen if it weren’t for these big nights that bring the brightest stars together. Take this goosebump-inducing performance by George Strait and Miranda Lambert.

Strait’s and Lambert’s voices blend beautifully together on his 2001 George Strait hit “Run.” The two Texans performed the duet at the 54th American Country Music Awards, backdropped by the night lights of the Dallas skyline.

What’s more, the crowd filled with recording artists and lucky fans, loved the performance.

Strait and Lambert finish holding the last note together, and then Strait ends the song with one more “Oh baby run.” Lambert looks at Strait with such admiration and yells to the crowd, “That’s the king y’all. George Strait.” The King of Country Music, being a true gentleman cowboy, credits Lambert by saying, “Miranda,” as the crowd erupts with cheers.

George Strait and Miranda Lambert’s History

Believe it or not, this isn’t the first or last time that the two Texas natives shared the stage. As a matter of fact, George Strait and Miranda Lambert have been friends since they met in 2006. Lambert toured with Strait after her stint on “Nashville Star,” but never sang with him.

It wasn’t until 2014 that Strait asked Lambert to join him on stage. According to Strait, Lambert chose to sing “Run” and “How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls.”

“I thought it was a great choice for her,” Strait says. Then he pays her the ultimate comment, which coming from the King, is definitely worth its weight in gold. “I was really excited about doing them with her, and she just killed it.”

“She’s got that attitude and she showed it that night in Dallas,” George Strait continues. “It was really fun.”

These two are electric when they’re together on stage. The chemistry that they share is toxic and it permeates the crowd. Their voices harmonize so perfectly together in the chorus when they sing, “How ’bout them cowgirls? Boys ain’t they somethin.'”

“How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls” is George Strait’s 2007 hit. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. 

Furthermore, Strait and Lambert performed “Run” with their duet marking the end of “The Road Less Traveled” tour. The final concert took place at Jerry Jones’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on June 7, 2014.

Then the two teamed up again and Lambert performed with Strait during his George Strait’s Hand in Hand Texas: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief concert. Strait and Lambert, alongside Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen took the stage at the Majestic Theatre on September 12, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.