Monday afternoon (Nov. 3) was definitely a thrill for superstar Miranda Lambert. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year teamed up with pet food company Pedigree to help spread the word about the adoption of shelter dogs. The event, held at Nashville's Music City Center, featured Lambert and many of man's best friends.
"It's an awesome way to spend the day," the singer told Billboard. "What a better way to chill out before the CMA Awards than to play with puppies?"
Animal rescue is one of Lambert's strongest passions, and she appreciates getting to work with a company that is of a like mind. "I started MuttNation Foundation back in 2009, and Pedigree came to us with a proposal a couple of years ago to work together. I realized that the goals we have are about the same -- to raise awareness for sheltered pets, and to help improve shelters, to encourage people to adopt. It was the perfect partnership. The fact that a big company like this is really pushing people to adopt from shelters makes me so happy."
Lambert admits she has had a soft spot for animals since the beginning. "I had a big yellow lab named Cooter Brown laying under my crib when I was born. I remember dressing him up in bonnets and bringing him to tea parties, and he was such a great dog. I've had a lot of great dogs and cats in my life, as far back as I can remember. Living in the country, people would just dump off dogs, and we would take them in as our own. When I got to a good place in my career, and could do a charity, this was my passion. I wanted to do something different. We decide where every dog goes, and we know where every dollar is spent. My mother is the president, and she screens every email. We've been able to give away money to shelters in need," she said, beaming with pride.
Lambert does more than just lend her name to the cause. She participates in many of the events that MuttNation takes part in. "I just did an adoption drive in Tulsa, and I just love it. Nothing makes me happier than when you see a person and a dog meet, you know the dog has its forever home, and both of them have a smile on their face. It brings me so much joy."
Lambert could very well be expressing a similar emotion Wednesday night as the 48th annual Country Music Association Awards will take place in Nashville. The native Texan leads all artists with nine nominations, including Female Vocalist of the Year. Should she win that category, she would make history by becoming the first artist to win the award five times.
"To win it once at all is such an amazing feeling," she said. "I'm such a fan of country music. I love it, and I love all the artists. I look out there, and I see all these people that I am such a fan of. To know that I'm there with them is just crazy. It never gets old, and I still have butterflies. I'm so happy that this is my life. I work very hard, but I am very blessed."
Lambert will be performing multiple times on the ABC telecast, including a performance with pop sensation Meghan Trainor on "All About That Bass." She said she's a big fan. "We haven't met in person, but we've texted back and forth. I love that song so much. It was our tour song this year, and I bet we played it a thousand times on the road. We would crank it up before we went on stage. I also love the message. It's a fun way to say 'Be yourself, and be proud of your body,' which is what I've been about anyway. So it's a perfect match." She will also perform her current single, "Smokin' and Drinkin," with Little Big Town.
Having just wrapped up the first leg of her Platinumtour, one would think Lambert would be slowing down a little bit, but she's diversifying quite a bit these days with a few non-musical projects. "I have a store called the Pink Pistol in Tishomingo, Oklahoma -- where Blake and I live. There's this old beautiful building across the street from it, which has been empty since the '50s. I bought it and renovated it for a year, and we just opened it as a bed and breakfast called the Ladysmith. I don't know anything about a bed and breakfast, but I'm learning every day. I'm having a blast. Then there's the shelter in Tishomingo, and we just took it over. It opens on the 22nd, and it's called Redemption Ranch. It's the old city shelter, and we took it over and renovated it."
She told Billboard she loves being busy -- whether on stage or not. "I like a project. I'm not a sit-around type of girl."