Carrie Underwood Praises ‘Sister’ Miranda Lambert for Big ACM Win

Has the tide turned toward women in country?

Written by Chris Parton
Carrie Underwood Praises ‘Sister’ Miranda Lambert for Big ACM Win
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 01: Singers Carrie Underwood (L) and Miranda Lambert perform onstage at the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 1, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for ACM)

In a genre still dominated by men, Carrie Underwood knows what it means to be the woman on top of country. So when Miranda Lambert won the 2022 ACM Award for Entertainer of the Year on Monday (March 7), Underwood made sure to call her friend out.

Backstage in the press room after winning Single of the Year with Jason Aldean for their hit duet, “If I Didn’t Love You,” Underwood spoke about her “sister” taking home the night’s top honor. Lambert marks the second female ACM EOTY winner in three years (Underwood shared the title with Thomas Rhett in 2020), and Underwood hoped girl power is finally here to stay in country music.

“It is alway wonderful [when a woman wins EOTY] because there are so many incredibly talented women in the genre, and Miranda is long overdue for winning this award,” Underwood said, dressed in a rainbow-confetti gown and holding her latest trophy. “I couldn’t be more proud of her as a sister in this genre of music. … So yeah, there were a lot of incredible females on stage tonight, and I look forward to more of that happening.”

Lambert was already the most-awarded artist in ACM Awards history coming into the show (male or female), and now extends her lead to a total of 37 trophies. But she had never won the genre’s biggest prize, until now.

Elsewhere in Underwood’s remarks, the superstar also hinted cryptically at when she’ll release new music. In 2020 she released the Christmas album My Gift, followed by 2021’s My Savior gospel album, so fans have not gotten new original country music from her since 2018’s Cry Pretty. But that may change.

“My fans know what I mean when I say “soon,” Underwood said. “Soon.”

Check out Sounds Like Nashville’s full coverage of the 57th annual ACM Awards here.