On This Day: Miranda Lambert Releases Grammy-Winning Album, ‘Platinum,’ in 2014

by Jim Casey

Miranda Lambert released her fifth studio album, Platinum, on June 3, 2014. The 16-song offering topped multiple charts and became an awards-show darling.

When Miranda Lambert dropped Platinum on June 3, 2014, it had been 31 months since the release of her previous album, Four the Record. And Miranda had plenty of new music to share with 16 tracks, eight of which she wrote/co-wrote. She also featured plenty of her friends, including Little Big Town, The Time Jumpers, and Carrie Underwood.

Miranda Reaches the Top

Platinum was buoyed by lead single, “Automatic,” which was released in February 2014. The tune, which longed for a time when life was simpler, showcased a reflective side to Miranda’s songwriting. “Automatic” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

But Miranda also retained the sass and wit that earmarked some of her earliest songs. To coincide with the album’s June release, Miranda dropped sophomore single, “Somethin’ Bad,” featuring Carrie Underwood, on May 19. The fiery duet burned a path up the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, reaching No. 1 in July.

Meanwhile, Platinum debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. It also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. To this date, Platinum is Miranda’s only album to reach No. 1 on the all-genre chart. The album also spawned Top 20 single, “Little Red Wagon.”

And the Award Goes to . . .

Miranda’s Platinum went on to become her most-decorated album. In addition to being certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million units, Platinum became the star of almost every major awards show. In the year after the album’s release, the Texas native grew accustomed to hearing, “And the award goes to.”

Take a look at some of the hardware Miranda took home thanks to Platinum.

  • 2014 CMA Awards, Miranda won Album of the Year, Single of the Year (“Automatic”), and Female Vocalist of the Year.
  • 2015 Grammy Awards, Miranda won Best Country Album.
  • 2015 ACM Awards, Miranda won Album of the Year, Song of the Year (“Automatic”), and Female Vocalist of the Year.