Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Once Revealed the Real Reason They Became Such Close Friends

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood are major country stars in their own right, but the two women have had similar country music journeys. Over the course of 15 years, Underwood and Lambert have become close friends. But, of all the country stars in the world, what brought Underwood and Lambert together?

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert perform at the CMT Music Awards in 2014
Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert perform at the CMT Music Awards in 2014 | Terry Wyatt/FilmMagic

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert have different country music styles

Each of these country ladies has a different place in the music industry. When Underwood stepped onto scene after winning American Idol back in 2005, her first hit was “Inside Your Heaven,” a ballad-type love song. Following that, she sang more upbeat tunes, often with religious undertones, as well as more somber songs such as “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”

Lambert, on the other hand, always had an edgier sound. Though she did produce softer hits, such as “Heart Like Mine,” she has built a reputation on those edgier hits, such as “Gunpowder and Lead” and “Fastest Girl In Town.”

Fast forward nearly 15 years, and Lambert has stuck to her no-BS songs, such as “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” while Underwood has gone the more religious route, recently releasing a Christian album titled “My Savior.”

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert in 2014
Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert in 2014 | Christopher Polk/ACMA2014/Getty Images for ACM

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s timing in the spotlight is what brought them together

Though Lambert and Underwood share different visions of the music they produce, they’ve remained close friends since their rise to fame. And it’s mostly because they stepped into the country music spotlight at almost the exact same time. In 2005, Underwood won American Idol, and her songs were instant hits in the country sphere. Around the same time, Lambert released her second album, “Kerosene,” which finally cemented her as a country artist.

Over the last 15 years, both women have shot to fame, and their similar journeys have brought them close. In 2019, Lambert opened up about why she and Underwood became such good friends — and why she felt Underwood deserved to win Entertainer of the Year at the CMAs. “I just felt … this emotion was welling up in me that was so supportive,” Lambert said, according to PopCulture. “Because we started at the same time. Both of our first records and songs came out in 2005. And so much has happened in that 15 years.”

Underwood has equally gushed about Lambert. In a 2019 Instagram post, Underwood wished Lambert a happy birthday, adding that she was, “Gonna raise my glass to you and all the good times we’ve shared over the years!”

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert in 2010
Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert in 2010 | Kevin Winter/ACMA2010/Getty Images for ACMA

Underwood and Lambert don’t see themselves as competitors

Though the women have technically competed for recognition, having both been nominated for many of the same awards, they don’t seem to let it affect their friendship. After all, Lambert felt Underwood was the perfect fit for Entertainer of the Year. She even posted a lengthy message to social media about why Underwood should win the award. (Garth Brooks ultimately won that year.)

In 2014, Lambert and Underwood recorded “Something Bad” together. That same year, they performed the hit at the Billboard Music Awards.