In the world of country music, Miranda Lambert is a force to be reckoned with. Known for her powerhouse vocals and down-to-earth personality, Lambert has amassed a loyal fanbase over the years. However, recent events have caused some waves in the country music community. Lambert’s Las Vegas residency, Velvet Rodeo, took an unexpected turn during a recent performance, leading to both praise and criticism.
During her show on Saturday, July 22, Lambert couldn’t help but notice a cheeky T-shirt worn by one of her fans in the audience. The shirt, emblazoned with the words “Shoot tequila, not selfies,” caught Lambert’s attention, and she couldn’t resist commenting on it. “Her shirt says, ‘Shoot tequila, not selfies!'” Lambert exclaimed, pointing towards the fan. The crowd erupted in cheers as Lambert playfully acknowledged the fan’s bold fashion choice. “She did it, I didn’t! That’s badass,” Lambert added.
To further embody the rebellious spirit of the moment, Lambert walked to the edge of the stage and accepted a mini bottle of tequila from the fan. She took a swig and passed the rest to her guitarist, Ethan Ballinger. The playful interaction was captured on Ballinger’s Instagram Story, further solidifying the bond between Lambert and her fans.
The light-hearted moment served as a stark contrast to a controversial incident that occurred just a week prior. During another show, Lambert took a moment to call out a group of fans who seemed more interested in taking selfies than listening to her heartfelt song, “Tin Man.” Lambert’s interruption frustrated her, and she made it known. “I’m gonna stop right here for a second, I’m sorry,” Lambert paused, addressing the distracted fans. “These girls are worried about their selfie and not listening to the song. It’s pissing me off a little bit.”
While some concertgoers cheered in support of Lambert’s sentiment, others were less enthused. Some fans even decided to leave the show after the incident. Videos from the concert circulated online, sparking a heated debate about the appropriate behavior of artists and fans during live performances.
One concert attendee, Adela Calin, spoke out about the incident, feeling personally attacked by Lambert’s comments. “It felt like I was back at school with the teacher scolding me for doing something wrong and telling me to sit down back in my place,” Calin expressed. She believed Lambert’s remarks painted them as “young, immature, and vain,” despite being grown women in their 30s to 60s simply trying to capture a memory.
Although Lambert has yet to publicly address the controversy, insiders close to her share that she has always valued her dedicated fanbase. She believes there should be a level of respect between performers and those in attendance. While Lambert understands the desire to capture moments on social media, she hopes fans prioritize enjoying the show and living in the moment over incessant self-promotion.
In the world of country music, passionate debates and conflicting opinions are inevitable. As Lambert continues her Velvet Rodeo residency, it remains to be seen how the incident will impact her relationship with her fans. Nonetheless, one thing is for certain – Lambert’s talent and dedication to her craft are unwavering, ensuring her continued success in the industry.