Slimmed-down Miranda Lambert makes history at 2014 CMAs

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Miranda Lambert has reached new heights as a female country performer: The fiery singer is the most decorated female artist in the history of the Country Music Association Awards.

Lambert's four wins Wednesday night give the 30-year-old a total of 11 CMA trophies throughout her career, putting her ahead of any other female act. Lambert's fifth consecutive win for female vocalist of the year Wednesday beat a record set by herself, Reba McEntire and Martina McBride.

Lambert also took home album of the year for "Platinum," single of the year for "Automatic" and music event of the year for "We Were Us" with Keith Urban.

"It's really unbelievable," she said backstage. "I felt like this whole night was about really celebrating music."

Lambert's transformation:

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NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 02: Recording Artist Miranda Lambert attends the 2014 CMT Artists Of The Year at Nashville Symphony Hall on December 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for CMT)
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert arrive at the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Miranda Lambert accepts the female vocalist of the year award on stage at the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Miranda Lambert, left, and Meghan Trainor perform on stage at the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 02: Miranda Lambert performs at the 2014 CMT Artists Of The Year at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on December 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Singers Blake Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert attends the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert attend the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Miranda Lambert attends the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Miranda Lambert attends the 47th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Sara Kauss/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Miranda Lambert attends the 47th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Sara Kauss/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01: Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton attend the 46th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 1, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01: Miranda Lambert attends the 46th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 1, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 09: Recording artist Miranda Lambert poses in the press room at the 45th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 09: Miranda Lambert poses with award at the 45th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 09: Recording artists Blake Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert arrive at the 45th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 09: Recording artist Miranda Lambert arrives at the 45th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Miranda Lambert attends the 44th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 10, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 10: Singer Miranda Lambert attends the 44th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 10, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
THE 44TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS - RED CARPET ARRIVALS - 'The 44th Annual CMA Awards' will be broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Andrew Walker/ABC via Getty Images) BLAKE SHELTON, MIRANDA LAMBERT
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 11: Singer Miranda Lambert arrives at the 43rd Annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center on November 11, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 11: Singer Miranda Lambert attends the 43rd Annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center on November 11, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 12: Musician Miranda Lambert attends the 42nd Annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center on November 12, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 12: Musician Miranda Lambert attends the 42nd Annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center on November 12, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 07: Singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert arrives at the 41st Annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center on November 7, 2007 in Nashville TN. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 07: Singer Miranda Lambert arrives at the 41st Annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center on November 7, 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Singer/songwriters Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton arrive at the 41st Annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center on November 7, 2007 in Nashville TN. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
Miranda Lambert (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Miranda Lambert attends the 40th Annual CMA Awards at the Gaylord Entertainment Center November 6, 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Miranda Lambert during The 39th Annual CMA Awards - Arrivals at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Miranda Lambert during The 39th Annual CMA Awards - Arrivals at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
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Lambert lost the night's top award to Luke Bryan, giving the 38-year-old his first CMA. The win for entertainer of the year marked a shift in the genre, which has shunned the party-boy singer who is the leader the contemporary pack of bro-country performers, which includes acts like Florida Georgia Line.

"I have longed and sought after to get one of these in my hands ... To get the respect of the CMA board ... is a ginormous deal," a happy Bryan said backstage. "I am really humbled. I think about the hard work it took to get here. I am so blessed this is from the CMAs and I will never take it for granted."

Bryan beat out George Strait, Blake Shelton and Urban for entertainer of the year, and his successful year included the top-selling album "Crash My Party," a string of hit songs and a top-grossing tour.

Bryan also was named last year's entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. He was snubbed when the Grammy Awards revealed their nominees last year, but his CMA win could help him earn some love from the Recording Academy when they announce their nominations next month.

Lambert, too, could be bringing home some Grammy gold since she was the reigning queen of Wednesday's awards show. She stole the night with fashion choices that were winners, too, and performances. She sang twice onstage, including a country-tinged version of "All About That Bass" with breakthrough singer Meghan Trainor, where Shelton looked up and bopped his head.

Shelton, like his wife, made CMA history: He tied Strait and Vince Gill for five wins for male vocalist of the year.

"For me and my family, this may be the biggest night of our lives as far as music goes," Shelton said backstage.

"I told my wife when we were walking off the stage, I go, `Miranda, I'm sorry, you only won four CMAs tonight. I mean, I'm really sorry," he said as reporters laughed.

The theme of the CMAs seemed to be paired performances: Shelton sang with Ashley Monroe; the Doobie Brothers performed with Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes; Strait and Eric Church performed "Cowboys Like Us"; and pop diva Ariana Grande sported a mini top and skirt as she sang the hit "Bang Bang" alongside Little Big Town, who won vocal group of the year.

But the night's best collaboration was Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. The white-hot duo, hosting the CMAs for a seventh time, earned laugh after laugh for jokes that ranged from Ebola to Taylor Swift to Underwood's baby bump.

Swift's switch to pop from country was referred to as "Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder," or PPTSD.

"President Barack Obama doesn't care about PPTSD!" Paisley yelled. Underwood followed with: "I'm pretty sure it's why the Democrats lost the senate."

Underwood and Paisley sang a version of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," calling it "Quarantine." Paisley also earned roaring laughter when he noted that the ABC series "Black-ish," which airs Wednesdays, would not be airing because of the CMAs.

"If you were expecting to see the show `Black-ish,' this ain't it ... I hope you're enjoying `White-ish,'" he said.

Kacey Musgraves, who won two Grammy Awards earlier this year, won song of the year for "Follow Your Arrow," which she co-wrote with Brandy Clark, who is openly gay and was among the contenders for new artist of the year. "Follow Your Arrow" features the lyrics, "So make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls, if that's something you're into."

"For a song that I was told could never, and would never, be a single, it just blows my mind," Musgraves said. "It's just an anthem for all kinds of people so I could not be more proud."

Musgraves switched gears backstage, closing with a story about a malfunction before her performance Wednesday night.

"Just saw y'all now, my panties totally came off," she said as reporters laughed. "They were the stick-on kind. Look at this dress, there's not much to work with."

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