ACM Awards 2010: Miranda Lambert Stuns With Stripped Back Performance Of “The House That Built Me”

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With the ACM Awards coming up tomorrow, we’ve been taking a look back at some of the most memorable moments in the shows history.

From Travis Tritt and actor Joe Pesci performing together in 1992, to Ashton Kutcher looking like a clown in 2012 and Alan Jackson’s hilarious middle finger to the show’s producers back in 1994, there have been some good times on the show throughout the years.

And while Miranda Lambert throwing shade at Blake Shelton’s native Oklahoma back in 2019 was hilarious and I absolutely loved it, she had a much more serious moment at the 2010 ACM Awards show when she performed her mega hit, “The House That Built Me”.

The song, written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, was originally intended for Blake Shelton to record. But once Miranda heard it for the first time on a CD demo he played, it resonated so deeply that she knew she had to record it herself.

She included it as third single from her 2009 third studio album, Revolution, where it eventually peaked at #1 U.S. Billboard US Hot Country Songs chart and remains the fastest-rising single of her career.

She won three ACM’s at that 2010 show, including one for Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Revolution and Video of the Year for “White Liar”. The following year, she won three more ACM’s for “The House That Built Me”, including Song of the Year, Single of the Year, and Video of the Year.

It’s still one of my favorite songs of all time, there’s just somethin’ about the stripped back production and simplicity of Miranda’s performance here that’ll still bring a tear to your eye almost 10 years later.

The emotion in her voice is palpable, and she even received a standing ovation from the whole audience of her peers at the end… it’s that damn good:

The Nominees

The dynamic duo of Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks will co-host the show for the first time on May 11th at 8:00 PM EDT exclusively on Amazon Prime, livestreamed from The Star in Frisco, Texas.

And with all that being said, here are the nominees:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Morgan Wallen

Female Artist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Carly Pearce
Lainey Wilson

Male Artist of the Year

Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Jordan Davis
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen

Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Maddie & Tae
The War and Treaty

Group of the Year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

New Female Artist of the Year

Priscilla Block
Megan Moroney
Caitlyn Smith
Morgan Wade
Hailey Whitters – WINNER

New Male Artist of the Year

Zach Bryan – WINNER
Jackson Dean
Dylan Scott
Nate Smith
Bailey Zimmerman

Album of the Year

Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville – Ashley McBryde
Bell Bottom Country – Lainey Wilson
Growin’ Up – Luke Combs
Mr. Saturday Night – Jon Pardi
Palomino – Miranda Lambert

Single of the Year

“Heart Like A Truck” – Lainey Wilson
“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde
“She Had Me At Heads Carolina” – Cole Swindell
“Thank God” – Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown
“‘Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson

Song of the Year

“Sand In My Boots” – Morgan Wallen
“She Had Me At Heads” Carolina – Cole Swindell
“‘Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson
“wait in the truck” – HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson
“You Should Probably Leave” – Chris Stapleton

Visual Media of the Year

“HEARTFIRST” – Kelsea Ballerini
“She Had Me At Heads Carolina” – Cole Swindell
“Thank God” – Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown
“‘Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson
“wait in the truck” – HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson
‘What He Didn’t Do” – Carly Pearce

Songwriter of the Year

Nicolle Galyon
Ashley Gorley
Chase McGill
Josh Osborne
Hunter Phelps

Music Event of the Year

“At the End of a Bar” – Chris Young with Mitchell Tenpenny
“She Had Me At Heads Carolina [Remix]” – Cole Swindell & Jo Dee Messina
“Thank God” – Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown
“Thinking ‘Bout You” – Dustin Lynch feat. MacKenzie Porter
“wait in the truck” – HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson

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