NASHVILLE, TN Monday May.21.2007 / -- Miranda Lambert wrested the Academy of Country Music's
"Best New Female Vocalist" Award from the clutches of some strong competition Tuesday evening at the 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

After an electrifying performance of her latest single, "Famous in a Small Town," Lambert graciously accepted the honor from last year's winner, Carrie Underwood. This marked her first award as a recording artist. Her increasing success also puts her on the May/June cover of highly respected music magazine No Depression.

Miranda told the press backstage at the ACMs that it was exciting to win on a show she watched as a kid, and to meet one of her female star idols.

"I used to watch the ACMs and I used to have a yellow tablet and write down all the nominees and circle my winners. And I told my parents about 5 years ago that I wanted to win this award one day and here I am, I've won the award. And, I am a country fan and actually I went over before it was announced and bothered Shania Twain and just wanted to introduce myself because I'm just a fan and it's still just surreal for me to be here as a peer with these people, it's amazing."

Look for Miranda on tour with Toby Keith starting in June.

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