The Academy of Country Music confirmed something Ran Fans already knew: nothing over the past nine years topped the musical quality and emotional depth of Miranda Lambert's 2010 single "The House That Built Me."
Per a press release, Lambert and the songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin received the ACM Song of the Decade award in late August during a surprise backstage presentation at the 2019 ACM Honors event. The award criteria considered "success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, creative integrity, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition."
At a time when new material from Lambert's upcoming album Wildcard reflects her rebellious rock 'n' roll tendencies, the award serves as a good reminder that she equally excels when embracing her tender-hearted side.
Nine years after its release, the song holds up so well that one of the greatest living country artists, Tanya Tucker, decided to cover it for her recent Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings-produced album.
Lambert probably needs a trophy shelf just for "The House that Built Me." It's her first-ever number one hit, a double-platinum single, a winner of multiple CMA and ACM awards and the Grammy winner for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
It's the second brand-new and decade-specific ACM special award handed out this year. Back in April, Jason Aldean was honored in April with the Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award.
The winners of five additional decade awards (Album of the Decade, Breakout Artists of the Decade, Single of the Decade, Songwriter of the Decade and Music Event of the Decade) will be announced in the coming weeks.