Miranda Lambert’s First-Ever ACM Awards: Relive Her Unforgettable 2006 Performance

by Jacklyn Krol

Do you remember Miranda Lambert’s first performance on the ACM Awards?

Miranda Lambert first took the stage in 2006 to perform “New Strings.” She took the stage with her acoustic guitar at hand and band ready to back her up. She donned a pair of hoop earrings, high hair, and tunic with a pair of jeans.

Although “New Strings” didn’t become a chart-topper or boast any critical success, it remains a fan favorite. This performance just proves how much.

The crowd went wild for her performance, and even host Jason Aldean was impressed.

The following year, Miranda Lambert received her first two nominations for Top New Female Vocalist and Female Vocalist of the Year. She took home the Top New Female Vocalist award and beat out Julie Roberts and Carrie Underwood.

Miranda Lambert’s History-Making Wins

In 2016, Miranda Lambert was honored with the first-ever ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award.

In 2018, Lambert became the most-awarded artist in ACM history. At the time, she won three trophies for a total of 32 wins. As of 2021, she has been nominated 68 times.

“I just always try to live in the moment I’m in and make myself better and try to be better every other time,” she told reporters after her history-making wins. “I try to reinvent and try to be a better writer and a better singer and a better performer, a better person all around I guess, and so I don’t dwell on any of the past.” 

She also won the Female Vocalist of the Year award for nine consecutive years in a row. This feat is almost unheard of for any awards show. In 2019, her streak ended when Maren Morris took home the honor. Overall, Lambert is the most awarded artist in that category of all time.

Furthermore, Miranda Lambert took home the ACM Gene Weed Milestone Achievement Award at the 2019 ACM Honors ceremony.

“I am so humbled. I’m standing on this Ryman stage in front of one of my heroes,” Miranda Lambert said, via CMT. “I couldn’t believe that we’d get to live this amazing life and follow our dreams and just be part of this awesome family,” she added. “Some days it feels like I’ve been doing it for two days, and some days it feels like 200 years. And I’ll never get over it.”

Finally, this year, Lambert will be performing at the ACMs and has four nominations. Additionally, she is nominated for Female Artist of the Year for the fifteenth time. “Bluebird” is up for Single of the Year, Video of the Year, and Song of the Year.