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Miranda Lambert and rising star Kacey Musgraves (shown here) both took home prestigious awards: Mineola-native Musgraves picked up her first-ever CMA Award when she was titled, 'New Artist of the Year.' Miranda Lambert and rising star Kacey Musgraves (shown here) both took home prestigious awards: Mineola-native Musgraves picked up her first-ever CMA Award when she was titled, 'New Artist of the Year.'

East Texas was heavily represented at the Country Music Awards Wednesday night. Miranda Lambert and rising star Kacey Musgraves both took home prestigious awards: Mineola-native Musgraves picked up her first-ever CMA Award when she was named 'New Artist of the Year.'

For Musgraves' old music teacher, who taught her how to play and write songs,being proud is an understatement

"She's worked hard for it," said JohnDefoore, the music teacher for both Musgraves and Lambert. "It's attractive to hear her singing, and her songs are not typical songs."

Since the CMA's, it's Musgraves' fame and success that has caused quite a stir in Mineola .

"It was mainly a lot of Facebook, texting, and tweets about her,"said Defoore. "Everybody's real excited about how she did."

Of course, you can't forget about Lindale superstar Miranda Lambert. She was crowned,'Female Vocalist of the Year' for the fourth year in a row.

Lambert fans flocked to her Lindale store, the Pink Pistol.

Darla Sanders, a Lambert fan, says she threw a CMA watch party just for Lambert.

"We're so excited. We were all screaming and yelling when she won,"said Sanders.

For DeFoore, who also worked with Lambert,  he says he's not surprised to see her win yet another CMA award.

"It's not fair to Miranda, but by now you already know she's going to win something because she always does," said DeFoore. "So most of the excitement right now is about Kacey and her first big win."

The odds of two small town girls from East Texas making it big puzzles DeFoore,but he hopes to continue to see East Texans in the spot light.

"It's interesting, and I'm hoping it's going to be even more than that because I have several other people we're working with," said DeFoore.

Miranda Lamberts famous husband Blake Shelton snagged some awards himself at last night's CMA's. Shelton won 'Male Vocalist of the Year' and 'Album of the Year' for "Based on a True Story."

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