Three CMA gongs for Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert marked her 27th birthday by winning three gongs at the Country Music Association Awards.
The country star won the coveted album of the year, while her fiance, Blake Shelton won two gongs and entertainer of the year went to Brad Paisley.
The blond Texas firebrand received her female vocalist of the year trophy from Loretta Lynn, who is celebrating her 50th year as a singer.
"I hope it's the beginning," Miranda said. "I hope that I'm here 40 years from now, handing out an award like Loretta did."
Miranda also won video of the year for The House That Built Me, which also won song of the year for songwriters Tom Douglas and Allan Shamblin.
It's a song that Miranda almost missed out on. It originally was pitched to Blake Shelton, but when Miranda heard it, she immediately broke down because it seemed to perfectly describe her hard-luck childhood.
She asked Blake if she could have the song instead. It went on to become her second number one hit in the States and helped her earn nine CMA nominations, a record for a woman and the second most in CMA history.
"People could've gotten greedy, but I'm glad they didn't," Shamblin said.
Lady A, the second-leading nominee with five, won vocal group of the year and single of the year for Need You Now. Sugarland took vocal duo of the year, and Mac McAnally won musician of the year.