Grammy Awards 2021: Miranda Lambert Wins Best Country Album For ‘Wildcard’

by Jacklyn Krol

While there was some strong competition for Miranda Lambert, the smash-hit album “Wildcard” took home her first major award early.

It’s hardly a surprise in some ways, as “Wildcard” debuted at the No. 4 spot on the Billboard 200. Further, it reached No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. Technically released in 2019, it was Lambert’s first album since 2016’s “The Weight of These Wings.”

While it features a plethora of quality and sound Miranda Lambert has been known for, its single “Bluebird” was the standout performer. The song is nominated for a further two Grammy Awards in this year’s ceremony.

Other Grammy Awards Nominees for Best Country Album

Firstly, Ingrid Andress was a first-time nominee this year. She is up for the all-genre Best New Artist, Best Country Song for “More Hearts Than Mine,” and Best Country Album for Lady Like. She was previously nominated for her single and as a new artist at the ACM Awards, CMT Awards, and CMA Awards.

Secondly, Brandy Clark was recognized for her Your Life Is a Record album along with being recognized in the Best Country Solo Performance category for “Who You Thought I Was.” Clark has eight Grammy nominations under her belt but sadly no wins.

Thirdly, WILDCARD by Miranda Lambert is nominated in this category. This year, “Bluebird” was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song. However, she did not win either category. Miranda Lambert has been nominated for Grammys 21 times and has taken home two of the titles. “Kerosene” was her first Grammy nomination back in 2006 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Her first win was in 2010 in the same category for “The House That Built Me.”

Little Big Town has a nod for their record, Nightfall. “Sugar Coat” was nominated this year for Best Country Duo/Group Performance but unfortunately lost to “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber. The quartet has fifteen nominations and three wins. Their first nominations were back in 2006 for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Boondocks” and Best Country Album for The Road To Here. Finally, their first win was in 2012 for “Pontoon” in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category.

Finally, Ashley McBryde was recognized for her Never Will album this year. Overall, she’s been nominated four times for Grammys. Her first nomination was in 2018 in the Best Country Album category for Girl Goin’ Nowhere.