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It isn’t every day you see a celebrity desperate to shine the light on their fellow artists, but then again, Miranda Lambert isn’t your everyday celebrity.
Over the course of her career, the country singer has become one of the leading ladies in the heavily male-dominated genre. While many would try and maintain the spotlight on themselves, Lambert takes any opportunity she has to shine a light her fellow female artists, including close friend and collaborator Carrie Underwood.
Appearing on the cover of the November issue of Redbook, the country singer discussed everything from writing her latest album, The Weight of These Wings, life in the spotlight, and the unfair treatment of female artists in the industry by country radio.
“It’s B.S., straight up! Carrie Underwood still struggles, and that just blows my mind because she’s got a million hits and she’s Carrie Freakin’ Underwood,” shared Lambert. “I tell them at the radio stations, ‘Just play one of us; it doesn’t have to be me. Then we all win.’ I’ll fight for it until I can’t no more.”
Lambert and Underwood teamed up back in 2014 to create chart-topping single “Somethin’ Bad,” the girl-power duet quickly earning them a No.1 hit on country radio. “Somethin’ Bad” becoming the first duet between two women to achieve such a feat in over two decades on Billboard’s country chart.
While the “Vice” singer is no doubt one of the most famous singers in modern country music (holding the record for most consecutive wins for “Female Vocalist of the Year” at the ACM Awards), Lambert confesses she’s never been one to enjoy the attention.
“I’m not actually a very good famous person at all. I hate cameras. I don’t love the spotlight. It was a big shocker to me that the music business is 80% business and 20% music. I was like, ‘I didn’t know I signed up for all this other stuff’,” Lambert continued.
You can watch Lambert and Underwood’s video for “Somethin’ Bad” below.