Country Throwback: Watch Miranda Lambert’s 2003 Audition on ‘Nashville Star’

by Keeli Parkey

Miranda Lambert first appeared on country music’s radar when she performed on the USA Network show ‘Nashville Star’ in 2003. The singer, then 19 years old, impressed the judges with her voice and skills as a songwriter.

Lambert took to the ‘Nashville Star’ stage in front of judges Robert K. Oermann, Tracy Gerson and Charlie Robison to perform “Greyhound Bound to Nowhere,” a song she wrote with her father.

“The reason we pick the people to be in this contest is because they all are writers, and America, you just heard one of the best of them right there,” Oermann said after her performance.

Lambert went on to take third place in ‘Nashville Star’ and received a record deal. Soon after, her debut album, “Kerosene,” was number one on Billboard’s country chart.

Fast forward to November 2020 and Miranda Lambert is preparing to perform at the CMA Awards. In addition to performing in the show, Lambert is nominated for seven awards, including Entertainer of the Year. Winning that coveted award won’t be an easy task.

“Entertainer’s definitely special. It’s one of those that you kind of work for all your career,” she said.

Also nominated for Entertain of the Year are Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Eric Church and Keith Urban. Lambert has said that competing against another female artist for the award is a good thing.

Carrie [Underwood] and I have come up together through this the last decade. I’m always a supporter of hers, and I would love to see her take it,” Lambert said.

Among Lambert’s other nominations are Female Vocalist of the Year, as well as Musical Event of the Year and Single of the Year.

The 2020 CMA Awards will air at 8 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker will host the show.