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ACM Queen Miranda Lambert Dishes on Her Good-Luck Charm for the Big Night and the Bro-Country Trend: 'There's Room for Everyone'

Miranda Lambert performs "Little Red Wagon" onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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Miranda Lambert performs "Little Red Wagon" onstage during The 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the at the Staples Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 

The Academy of Country Music Awards has a yearly tradition: Miranda Lambert winning. The singer, 31, has 18 ACM trophies, including a record five in a row for female vocalist of the year, to her name. When the 50th ACM Awards -- once again hosted by Lambert's ­husband Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan -- take place April 19 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Lambert will be up for a leading eight awards, including entertainer of the year.

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After 18 wins and 43 nominations, are you starting to feel like the Meryl Streep of the ACMs?

I get butterflies every time I hear my name. I'm pinching myself: "Is this real life?" Growing up, I used a yellow legal pad to write down all the nominees, circle who I thought was going to win before the show and see how many I got right. But I never imagined this at all.

Any good-luck charms for award shows?

My grandmother gave me a ring for my 30th birthday, an amethyst with ­diamonds. I wore it to the Grammys and [Country Music Association Awards], so I'll ­probably wear it on ACMs night. It has been good luck so far!

Grammys 2015: Miranda Lambert Performs 'Little Red Wagon'

You're the only woman up for ­entertainer of the year, perhaps the result of so-called bro country's popularity. What do you think of that trend?

I don't know where "bro country" came from or what it really means, but a lot of those guys are my buddies and I ­support their music. Within ­country there are lots of styles: stone-cold country, like Brandy Clark, and there's Florida Georgia Line with what they do, which is completely different and bringing a whole new audience. There's room for everyone.

This story originally appeared in the April 18th issue of Billboard