Last night (April 11), Miranda Lambert took home the CMT Music Awards belt buckle for Female Video of the Year. But earlier in the day, she was celebrating a different kind of victory for country females.
Along with roots rocker Elle King, Lambert broke a decades long drought at the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. By hitting Number One with their “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” the friends became the first female-female pair to reach country radio’s pinnacle in nearly 30 years. It’s hard to believe, but the last time that happened was 1993, when Reba McEntire and Linda Davis did it with “Does He Love You.”
Lambert wrote of the achievement on Instagram, calling the long drought “crazy.”
“’Drunk’ is number 1! Elle is one of my favorite artists and one of my favorite people to be around,” Lambert said. “I am proud to call her my friend and I’m so glad she asked me to do song this song with her.
“The fact that a duet by two women hasn’t been a No. 1 in Country music since 1993 is crazy to me,” she went on. “So that we got here today means even more because it’s bigger than us. Thanks Reba and Linda for paving the way. Elle King, I love you and your spirit. Thanks to everyone who played, streamed and sang along with us on ‘Drunk.’ Now let’s get drunk and not wanna go home!”
The track also hit Number One on both Billboard’s Rock Digital Sales Chart and Country Digital Sales Chart, and King has followed up with a new single, “Out Yonder.” Lambert’s new single is the smooth-grooving girl power anthem, “If I Was a Cowboy,” and she also performed the track at last night’s CMT Music Awards. Check out the outdoor performance here, and get more info on the big night.