Fans of Miranda Lambert know full well that the country singer is not afraid to speak her mind. Whether she’s belting out feminist anthems or being brutally honest in interviews and onstage, Lambert’s fiery personality is one of the most prominent — and arguably admirable — aspects about her. And while a wealth of country music artists rightly consider her a legend in the industry (she has two Grammys, numerous CMAs, and literally more ACMs than any other artist, after all) others aren’t as supportive of Lambert. In fact, some may say that she has a secret, shady side to her.
Of course, the question that remains here is: why? What exactly has Lambert done to make fellow singers consider her more of an enemy than a friend? And who are these musicians who seem to dislike her?
Below, find out the artists who have expressed disdain at Lambert throughout the years.
Miranda Lambert's ex Blake Shelton threw some shade her way
Blake Shelton fans have long speculated that Miranda Lambert cheated on him while they were still married, thanks to a 2016 song by The Voice coach. “She’s Got a Way With Words” detailed infidelity by an ex-lover.
Two years later, in 2018, Shelton seemed to feel vindicated after The Daily Mail and People reported that Lambert allegedly began a relationship with Turnpike Troubadours musician Evan Felker while on tour when he was still married to his wife. The same day that the article was published, Shelton took to his Twitter account to talk about karma. “Been taking the high road for a long time.. I almost gave up,” he shared. “But I can finally see something on the horizon up there!! Wait!! Could it be?! Yep!! It’s karma!!”
Furthermore, in 2019, a People insider told the magazine that since he got divorced from Lambert, Shelton is “grateful every day.” “He put Miranda in his rear view mirror long ago. Miranda brings nothing positive to his life,” claimed the source. “Their marriage ended and he moved on. Ever since, he is grateful every day.”
Gwen Stefani wants Miranda Lambert to move on
Miranda Lambert’s wins from the American Country Music Awards have made history, but she has also seemingly used the award show to take several jabs at her ex, Blake Shelton. In 2017, Lambert made a comment about “heartbreak” in her Album of the Year speech, something with which Gwen Stefani, Shelton’s girlfriend, reportedly took issue with. “Gwen thinks Miranda really needs to focus on her current relationship and not her ex,” an insider told HollywoodLife. “Gwen gets that Miranda’s split with Blake was heartbreaking but come on, it’s time to move on.” At the time, Lambert was dating Anderson East. The Stefani source added that “none of them need to be living in the past!”
Later, at the 2019 ACMs — where both Shelton and Stefani were present — Lambert’s changed a lyric in her performance of “Little Red Wagon,” which sparked some drama. Instead of singing the line, “I live in Oklahoma,” she sang, “I got the hell out of Oklahoma,” which is where she and Shelton lived where they were married. According to a HollywoodLife source, Stefani felt “embarrassed” for the “Gunpowder and Lead” singer. “She was shocked by Miranda’s public diss of Blake,” said a supposed friend of Stefani’s. “Gwen was embarrassed for Miranda because it seems obvious to her that Miranda is still thinking about Blake even though she is married and appears to have moved on, she clearly hasn’t.”
Yeah, we have a feeling this rumored feud won’t go anywhere anytime soon.
Chris Brown didn't take Miranda Lambert's diss well
At the 2012 Grammy Awards, controversial singer Chris Brown took home the golden gramophone for Best R&B Album, and he also performed. This, as fans know, was almost three years to the day he admitted to physically abusing Rihanna. Miranda Lambert was none too pleased with the music industry’s apparent affection for the “Loyal” singer, tweeting, “And Chris Brown twice? I don’t get it. He beat on a girl…”
Brown allegedly responded to the country artist’s diss, writing in a since-deleted tweet (via ABC News), “Hate all you want because I got a grammy now! That’s the ultimate f*** off.” The outlet reported that Lambert replied on Twitter, “I’m done for now. But not for good:) nite love bugs & remember… Be who you are an [sic] stand for what u believe in. NO MATTER WHAT! Oh and one more thing for all who are asking….I have a Grammy too:)”
She later doubled down on her stance in concert before performing her hit “Gunpowder and Lead,” a song about a woman who is preparing to shoot her abusive husband, according to ABC News. Lambert reportedly held up a sign that read, “Take notes Chris Brown,” and announced, “Listen, I just need to speak my mind. Where I come from, beating up on a woman is never OK.”
Eric Church took major issue with part of Miranda Lambert's past
In a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, country singer Eric Church took aim at his peers in the music industry who have also appeared on reality shows. “Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green turn around in a red chair, you got a deal? That’s crazy. I don’t know what would make an artist do that. You’re not an artist,” he said, referencing the singers’ time as coaches on The Voice. “Once your career becomes about something other than the music, then that’s what it is. I’ll never make that mistake. I don’t care if I starve.” Jeez.
Miranda Lambert, who placed third in the country music competition show Nashville Star in 2003, immediately fired back at Church on Twitter. “Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist,” she wrote, throwing in another dig for good measure: “Your [sic] welcome for the tour in 2010.”
For what it’s worth, Church later offered an apology via Rolling Stone. “I have a lot of respect for what artists like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and my friend Miranda Lambert have gone on to accomplish,” Church claimed. “This piece was never intended to tear down any individual and I apologize to anybody I offended in trying to shed light on this issue.”
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