By Darlene Evans

Yesss…. Miranda Lambert will receive the “Inaugural Merle Haggard Spirit Award.”

The Academy of Country Music gives this new award for “uncompromising artists in the spirit of Merle Haggard…while acknowledging a man who has figured prominently in ACM history.”

Miranda hit that nail right on the head with her new single “Vice”.    Raw… Truthful and Unfiltered.

Merle and his music were always a big influence on Miranda.   In the newbie stage of her career she sang… “The Fightin’ Side of Me” on Nashville Star.    In the “All for the Hall” fundraiser she sang… “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down.”

The show is tonight at the Ryman in Nashville however…. will air on September 9th on CBS4.   Lady Antebellum will be our hosts.



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