Miranda Lambert makes history as the most decorated female artist in CMA history



BY BRYNN MANNINO

Though country crooner Luke Bryan picked up the much-coveted entertainer of the year award -- his first-ever CMA honor -- Miranda Lambert reigned supreme at the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday night. In fact, the 30-year-old female country performer made history.

According to Associated Press, after last night, the recently-slimmed-down blonde, who lost 45 pounds this past year, is the most decorated female artist in the history of the Country Music Association Awards.

Now the proud recipient of 11 total CMAs, Lambert picked up four alone last night, including Album of the year for "Platinum," single of the year for "Automatic," music event of the year for "We Were Us" with Keith Urban and female vocalist of the year, the latter her fifth consecutive win, beating a record set by herself, Reba McEntire and Martina McBride.

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"I really poured my heart and soul into this one more than ever," Lambert said during her Album of the Year acceptance speech, her second win in the category. "I turned 30 last year and felt I needed to sing about new stuff."

"I wrote with a lot of my friends, sang with a lot of my friends ... and I appreciate you fans supporting it and relating to it," she said.

Looking angelic in a cream-hued gown on the red carpet, Miranda entertained with a number of costume changes, including a girlish bright cocktail dress to perform "All About That Bass" with popular newby Meghan Trainor.

'The 48th Annual CMA Awards': CMA Awards 2014 Musical Performances
'The 48th Annual CMA Awards': CMA Awards 2014 Musical Performances


"I had a four-and-a-half-hour fitting Monday," the singer told PEOPLE in Nashville earlier this week. "I tried on pretty much everything that exists in Nashville. I have five changes to make. I'll be sprinting in my heels backstage."

Lambert also performed her hit 'Smokin' and Drinkin'' with Little Big Town, who she called her favorite band.

"I am a huge, huge fan of theirs. They're so awesome and hot and nice. They're pretty much perfect!" she told PEOPLE.

Little Big Town also snagged its third straight award for vocal group of the year as well as performed with sizzling popstar Ariana Grande, for which the quintet donned light-up outfits.

"I don't know why we're the recipients of all these blessings coming from heaven, but I tell you we don't take it for granted for a second," said Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman.

Lambert's hubby Blake Shelton, who repeated the record for male vocalist of the year, said of the night, "For me and my family, this may be the biggest night of our lives as far as music goes."

"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 to laughing reporters, according to AP.

Other fun performances throughout the night included the Doobie Brothers and Lady Antebellum; George Strait and Eric Church, who performed "Cowboys Like Us"; Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe; and Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, who were hosting for the 7th time and dished out a repertoire of well-received jokes, as they have in past years .

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