The elusive ACM Triple Crown Award is an honor actually worth writing home about.
In order to receive the Triple Crown, an artist must hold this trio of titles: New Vocalist of the Year, Male/Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, making it easy to see why the award is hard to come by.
But Miranda Lambert is the exception to almost every rule, taking home the Triple Crown at this year’s ACMs, making her only the 8th recipient of the award… EVER.
This places her name alongside an elite list of country showstoppers such as Merle Haggard, and newly-reconnected country duo,Brooks & Dunn.
It’s no secret that Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are fans of Miranda, even pulling her out of the audience for a surprise performance at their Bridgestone Arena show earlier this summer. And they didn’t miss out on the opportunity to pay tribute to their close friend on the night of her achievement.
The two stunned on a cover of Miranda’s 2000s hit, “Kerosene,” keeping the crowd at Ryman Auditorium on their feet with their surprise rendition.
And even though we will have to wait for an up-close and personal look at the performance when the ACMs air in September, here’s a sneak peek from social media:
Brooks & Dunn’s song selection also serves as a throwback to Miranda’s breakout 2005 ACM performance of “Kerosene” that got heads turnin’ and people talkin,’ after she, quite literally, set the stage on fire.
Miranda is still known for her head-turning releases and unique brand of country badass-ery years later, and the Brooks & Dunn tribute really highlighted her incredible career in the genre.
She took to Instagram to share some photos from her “special night with friends and heroes,” dawning a neon orange “skirt-suit” and a big smile while standing next to Brooks & Dunn.
The Triple Crown Award brings Miranda’s ACM title total up to 37, making her the most-awarded-artist in ACM history.