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Miranda Lambert, songwriters Allen Shamblin and Tom Douglas, the staff of her label, Columbia Nashville, and a host of other industry well-wishers gathered at Nashville's Sambuca restaurant last night (Aug. 3) to celebrate Miranda's four-week No. 1 hit, "The House That Built Me."
After accepting various awards, including plaques from ASCAP, BMI and the Country Music Association, Miranda thanked the songwriters for penning a song that she connected with. "Tom and Allen, I just want you to know that this song means the world to me," she began. "It really, really does. I cry every single night onstage singing it live. I can't sing this song without crying. To me, it's a timeless song and it should be Song of the Year. I can't take credit for that. I can just try to get up there and deliver it the best I can."
She also took a moment to thank her fiancé, Blake Shelton, and his producer Scott Hendricks, who was also in attendance.
"No matter how many awards this song wins, it's all because of Scott Hendricks and my 'financee.' I like to call him my 'financee.' But I guess I'm going to finance him now after this," she quipped, to the applause and howls of the crowd.
She went on to recall how "The House That Built Me" was originally intended for Blake. "Scott gave the song to Blake, and we were driving home from the airport one night late, about midnight. Our house is two hours from the airport. We were listening to a pitch CD of mine and I didn't find anything. I'm a songwriter, so I like my stuff the best," she joked. "Then we listened to Blake's CD and he said, 'Maybe you'll find a song on my pitch CD.' I was like, 'Yeah, sure, ’cause our music is so much alike.' And it turned out that 'The House That Built Me' was the third song [on the CD] and I sobbed for two straight hours. I think we called Scott and [my producer] Frank [Liddell] at 2 in the morning and asked to switch the hold from Blake to me."
Miranda ended by thanking her beau again for letting her record the song. "Blake, thank you for giving me this song. I mean, really, you could have been selfish and kept it for yourself because it is amazing. But I know you wanted to live, so thank you very much."