Miranda Lambert Rides In to the 2022 CMT Music Awards With ‘If I Was a Cowboy’

Check out one of the night's smoothest moments.

Written by Chris Parton
Miranda Lambert Rides In to the 2022 CMT Music Awards With ‘If I Was a Cowboy’
Miranda Lambert; Image Courtesy of CMT

Female Video of the Year winner Miranda Lambert galloped through one of the night’s smoothest standouts at the 2022 CMT Music Awards, performing her current single, “If I Was a Cowboy.”

Taking the outdoor stage on Nashville’s Lower Broadway, the superstar was decked out in pink hat and form-fitting black Nudie suit, embroidered with clouds and cacti and with neon fringe falling off the arms. She dropped with grace into a loping country groove while fireworks exploded over neon lights, and delivered the laid-back Western electro anthem with all the swagger of a true outlaw. It was a fitting reminder to everyone watching at home that when Lambert’s around, it’s a cowgirls world.

The track is part of her upcoming Palomino album, which is due on April 29, and earlier in the day, the superstar was celebrating a big moment for female country artists — hitting Number One on the country radio charts with Elle King on their “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” duet.

Incredibly, the hit marks the first Number One in country by two women in nearly 30 years, going all the way back to 1993 and “Does He Love You” by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. Lambert spoke of the achivement, calling King “one my favorite artists and one of my  favorite people to be around.”

“The fact that a duet by 2 women hasn’t been a number 1 in country music since 1993 is crazy to me,” Lambert said. “So the fact that we got here today means even more because it’s bigger than us. Thanks @reba and Linda for paving the way.”

The 2022 CMT Music Awards aired live from Nashville on CBS, marking the first time the genre’s only fan-voted awards show was broadcast on network television. The night was co-hosted by Kelsea Ballerini, actor Anthony Mackie and last-minute addition Kane Brown after Ballerini tested positive for COVID-19. Featuring a stacked lineup of featured performers, this year’s event also included Jason Aldean, Gabby Barrett and The Judds, plus collaborations between Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson, Jimmie Allen, Monica and Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, and many more. For more information including a recap of the night’s winners, click here.