Miranda Lambert gave a stripped down performance of her latest single “Settling Down” at 54th CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 11).
“I’m just doing a stripped down version of ‘Settling Down,’ my single, I really enjoy playing live live,” Lambert said ahead of her performance. “so I always ask for the spot where I can not pre-tape or live to track, I really just love playing music so I’ve got my friend Luke Dick, who I wrote the song with and one of his buddies. We’re just simple, we’re just gonna get up there with two guitars and sing our song.”
“Settling Down” is the latest single from Lambert’s seventh studio album, Wildcard, and was co-written by Lambert alongside Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby.
Lambert led the pack of CMA nominees with an impressive seven nominations, making CMA Awards history as the female artist to accumulate a record-breaking 55 total career nods. The record was previously held by Reba McEntire, who earned her 51st career nomination this year. Among the superstar’s seven nominations is a nod for the night’s top honor, Entertainer of the Year.
The 54th Annual CMA Awards also featured performances from Chris Stapleton, Rascal Flatts, Morgan Wallen, Maren Morris, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Jon Pardi, Keith Urban, Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Old Dominion and Kelsea Ballerini.
Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations by Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, Reba McEntire featuring Darius Rucker, Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth, Carly Pearce with Charles Kelley, Thomas Rhett together with McEntire, Chris Tomlin and Hillary Scott, as well as Darius Rucker featuring Lady A. The show opener featured an all-star performance from Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Jenee Fleenor and Ashley McBryde paying tribute to the late Charlie Daniels.
Hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, “Country Music’s Biggest Night” aired on Wednesday, November 11 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on ABC.