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The No. 1 celebration for Miranda Lambert’s standout hit “Mama’s Broken Heart” at Cabana restaurant in Nashville featured all the ritual presentation of accolades, but there was something a little different this time around.
In addition to Miranda, a significant number of the people behind the song—songwriters and publishers alike—were female, quite a change from the usual boys-only lineup at these events. It also seemed like an incredibly close group of friends who encourage one another’s talents.
“Mama’s Broken Heart,” penned by leading CMA Awards nominee Kacey Musgraves, along with CW favorite Brandy Clark and red-hot songwriter Shane McAnally (who produces Kacey), was initially slated for Kacey’s album. Miranda actually paused her own wedding celebration to have the discussion with Kacey about recording it.
“I loved the song so much I was willing to fight for it if she didn’t want it,” said Miranda, regarding her exchange with Kacey. Ultimately, Kacey graciously gave it to Miranda on the condition that she could sing backup on the recording, and the rest is history.
Miranda called the song “epic and classic,” praising the writers’ hard work. The songwriters of Nashville spend their time “writing a million songs in hopes that someone cuts them,” she said. “I have one cut by another writer and it’s [Blake] and I had to sleep with him to get it,” she quipped.
Blake was indeed spotted in the crowd along with American Idol runner-up (and close friend to Kacey) Kree Harrison.
Kacey, celebrating her first No. 1, noted it was a “crazy moment” for her. She, along with seemingly everyone else on the stage, also praised the bold, exciting music coming from co-writer Brandy.
Brandy returned the love for her fellow females, gesturing to Miranda and Kacey. “[There are] not a lot of them on the radio right now , but the two best are standing up here right now.”