Photos and video: Miranda Lambert throws shade at Oklahoma during a medley of hits at the ACM Awards
Former Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert blasted back to the past performing a fiery medley of her hits Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
As part of the “ACM Flashbacks,” the native Texan was invited to perform the mashup because she is the most-awarded artist in ACM Awards history with 32 wins.
Dressed in a racy black sequined cat suit, she got the performance off to a blazing start with “Kerosene,” the title track from her 2005 debut album. She followed that one of her signature songs, 2008's “Gunpowder and Lead.” Lambert then blasted through her top five singles “Mama’s Broken Heart” (from 2013’s "Four the Record") and “White Liar” (from 2009’s "Revolution").
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Things got a little controversial when she shifted into her hit cover of Oklahoma-born and bred songwriter Audra Mae’s “Little Red Wagon.” Mae's original version of the song included the line "I'm from Oklahoma," which in the days when she called Tishomingo home, Lambert altered to "I live in Oklahoma."
In the days since her divorce from Oklahoma native and fellow country star Blake Shelton and subsequent exodus from the Sooner State, though, Lambert has often changed that lyric to “I got the hell out of Oklahoma” in concert. And that's what she did Sunday night.
But this was the ACM Awards, not just a run-of-the-mill concert, which means it sparked quite a firestorm on the interwebz. On social media, many Oklahomans took issue with Lambert's choice of words, while others thought it was no big deal.
Interestingly, it was the first time for Lambert to attend a big industry event with her new husband, Brendan McLoughlin, while Shelton, an Ada native who now lives in Tishomingo, was there with his girlfriend and fellow “The Voice” star Gwen Stefani. So, it was a little awkward even without Miranda seemingly throwing shade.
It was a a win some, lose some night at the ACMs for Lambert. Kacey Musgraves won female artist of the year for the first time, breaking Miranda's incredible streak of nine straight victories in the category. But along with her medley, Lambert also got the thrill of joining fellow Texan George Strait in singing his early 2000s hit "Run."
To see of photo gallery of Miranda's happier days in Oklahoma, click here.