It was lucky number seven for Miranda Lambert on Sunday night!
The country star took home her seventh straight Female Vocalist of the Year honor at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, and backstage with ET, Lambert was on cloud nine.
“It’s crazy,” she told ET’s Nancy O’Dell. “I'm so thankful. Every time I'm here, I just really can't believe I get to be part of it… It's a community that's so important and I love it.”
Lambert also opened up about her career trajectory, recalling that when she broke through as a finalist on USA’s Nashville Star in 2003, she never expected to win seven straight Female Vocalist of the Year honors.
“I was hoping for one at best!” she said with a laugh. “I was hoping that I would be part of it and get to collaborate with people I respected and loved and write songs that make people feel something, and that’s what I’m doing now."
“I don't take any moment of it for granted,” she added. “All it does is make me want to work harder, honestly.”
After taking a bit of a professional break following her divorce from Blake Shelton last fall, Lambert, 32, says she’s been “writing a ton” and is ready to get back into the studio.
“I've been off the road a little bit, so I’ve been able to kind of go into the creative mode, which is good,” the singer gushed. “I’ve been in Nashville a lot, so I've really been able to write a lot with friends.”
“I'm not rushing trying to get a project done, just taking my time, enjoying it, going to see live music. Just kind of being in it,” she continued. “Just getting creative. That's what I do. That's what I love the most.”
Lambert and her new beau, Anderson East, made their red carpet debut on Sunday, and the singer looked stunning in a bright yellow dress and totally killer heels.
“Yellow's a happy color,” she explained. “I hardly ever wear yellow, but it had some rock and roll to it. And I had on heels with a gun and holster on them -- can we talk about that? Hot pink with a tiny gold pistol, I was like, ‘Yes, these are the shoes!’”
Check out more of the cute couple’s red carpet debut in the video below!