Miranda Lambert’s ‘Bluebird’ Takes Home Song of the Year Award at Nashville Songwriters International Awards

by Suzanne Halliburton

Congratulations, Miranda Lambert for earning songwriter of the year as selected by the folks who write the songs.

Lambert’s Bluebird won Song of the Year from the Nashville Songwriters Awards International. The awards ceremony was Tuesday night. It was held remotely and could be streamed on Facebook.

Miranda Lambert, via her official Twitter account, announced the news, while honoring the other writers for the delightful Bluebird.

“Bluebird,” written by Miranda, Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick won “Song of the Year” last night at the NSAI official Songwriter Awards. Check out the livestream of the show here. – Team ML https://bit.ly/BluebirdNSAI

While Lambert won for song of the year, Luke Combs earned the trophy for songwriter-artist.

Also, Ethan Hulse became the first songwriter in the Christian music genre to be recognized as NSAI’s songwriter of the year. According to Billboard, Hulse picked up hits with Andrew Ripp’s Jericho, Cain’s Rise Up (Lazarus), Cory Asbury’s The Father’s House and Josh Baldwin’s Evidence.

Miranda Lambert Released Bluebird in late 2019

Miranda Lambert released Bluebird in December 2019. It represented her second single off the album Wildcard.

The song was big-time successful. She earned the CMA for video of the year, as well as nominations for single and song of the year. Lambert also picked up nominations at the Grammys for best country solo performance and best country song.

There’s always a story behind a song, a detail that inspires the words or lyrics. Co-writer Natalie Hemby said the song was based on a poem written by Luke Dick.

“And it was just talking about how you keep the bluebird in your heart,” Hemby said in an interview with Apple Music. “And he actually came up with that chorus, with most of it. He was like, ‘I don’t know if you guys like something like this.’

“And then of course Miranda and I were like, ‘Um, yes, and thank you, and please.’ And you know what? Whenever I get around them, those two are from Oklahoma-Texas area, and they have the same quick wit about them.”

Miranda Lambert, with Hemby and Dick, put the final touches on Bluebird three days before she married Brendan McLoughlin.

“It’s a song like I’ve never written before and I’m so proud to be a part of it,” Miranda Lambert said when she released Bluebird. “Since I wrote it, I’ve been seeing bluebirds everywhere… Now, seeing a bluebird sitting on a branch means so much more to me. I see a little piece of hope there, sitting with wings, and it’s a reminder.”

When the song hit No. 1 in summer, 2020, Lambert tweeted:

“I’m celebrating happiness and artistic freedom in a time when where we all feel a little caged.”