Miranda Lambert Wins Artist, Song Of The Year in The 9513′s 2nd Annual Country Music Awards
By September of 2009, Miranda Lambert had already won over critics and sold more than a million records (a spectacular number, considering the lukewarm support afforded her by country radio). It was Lambert’s third album, however (Revolution, released 09/29/09), that fully (and finally) ascended her into the upper tier of this era’s country music icons. After two widely lauded efforts, Revolution was a revelation–even-handed and mature, the singer/songwriter parted ways with her trademark tales of revenge in favor of a more under-the-skin approach to emotional exposition.
Her gamble–stepping firmly away from the type of song that had won her highest degree of notoriety–proved a wise move, both artistically and commercially: Revolution earned yet more standout reviews while spawning a Grammy nomination (Female Country Performance for “Dead Flowers”) and her first #1 single, “White Liar.”
Lambert edged out Brad Paisley by just 4.9% to capture the title of Country Artist of the Year in The 9513’s 2nd Annual Country Music Awards. Her performance of the Tom Douglas/Allen Shamblin-penned song “The House That Built Me” also claimed “Song of the Year,” topping Jamey Johnson’s “High Cost of Living” by more than 20%.
Lambert was one of three acts to win two awards: Zac Brown Band handily bested its competition to be named New Artist Of The Year, and the Georgia boys impressed voters enough to squeak out a victory in a tight race for Group Of The Year. Elsewhere, western swing outfit Asleep At The Wheel notched two wins—Texas Artist Of The Year and Best Album Cover—on the strength of its collaboration with Willie Nelson (titled Willie and the Wheel). Ryan Bingham’s involvement with Crazy Heart was not a factor during the eligibility period.
While the voice of country’s future took home this year’s big honor, a legendary voice from country music’s past sang his way beyond Revolution to score a win for Album Of The Year. Gene Watson–who notched a #1 hit in 1981 with “Fourteen Carat Mind”–performed well among all three voting blocs to best Lambert in the overall tally by just a few percent.
Ballots for these awards were tabulated from three voting blocs: The 9513’s staff, readers who made 50 or more comments during the eligibility period, and the public at large. Click here to view last year’s full results.
Country Artist Of The Year
1. Miranda Lambert (Winner)
2. Brad Paisley
3. Jamey Johnson
4. George Strait
5. Willie Nelson
Album Of The Year
1. A Taste of the Truth by Gene Watson (Winner)
2. Revolution by Miranda Lambert
3. Willie And The Wheel by Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel
4. Written in Chalk by Buddy and Julie Miller
5. Beautiful Day by Charlie Robison
Bluegrass Album Of The Year
1. Brothers from Different Mothers by Dailey & Vincent (Winner)
2. Destination Life by Rhonda Vincent
3. One More For the Road by Adam Steffey
4. The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo by Steve Martin
5. Circles Around Me by Sam Bush
New Artist Of The Year
1. Zac Brown Band (Winner)
2. Holly Williams
3. Sara Watkins
4. David Nail
5. Dean Brody
Texas Artist Of The Year
1. Asleep at the Wheel (Winner)
2. Charlie Robison
3. Ryan Bingham
4. Dale Watson
5. Robert Earl Keen
Group Of The Year
1. Zac Brown Band (Winner)
2. Asleep at the Wheel
3. Buddy & Julie Miller
4. Dailey & Vincent
Best Album Cover
1. Willie And The Wheel by Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel (Winner)
2. Middle Cyclone by Neko Case
3. The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy by Big Kenny
4. The Crow: News Songs For The Five-String Banjo by Steve Martin
5. Play Time by Brady Seals
Song Of The Year
1. “The House That Built Me” Performed by Miranda Lambert (Winner)
(Written by Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin)
2. “High Cost of Living”; Performed by Jamey Johnson
(Written by Jamey Johnson & James Slater)
3. “Hesitation Blues”; Performed by Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel
4. “An Old Friend of Mine”; Performed by Joe Nichols
(Written by Rick Tiger & Brock Stalvey)
5. “Pretty Flowers”; Performed by Steve Martin (With Vince Gill & Dolly Parton)
(Written by Steve Martin)
Record Company Of The Year
1. Lost Highway (Winner)
2. Sugar Hill Records
3. Capitol Nashville
4. Rounder Records
5. Big Machine Records
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