From East Texas To The Big Stage: Miranda Lambert Takes Home Album Of The Year

It seems like only yesterday when then 19-year-old Miranda Lambert packed up her bags and headed to Nashville to be a star.

"This is going to be a huge step in my career....give me tons of exposure," she told us back in 2003.

And it was exposure she got, winning third place on USA Network's "Nashville Star." But that was then and this is now.

"Thank you!  I don't know what to say I didn't expect this at all sitting right behind Kenny Chesney, I didn't expect this...but thank you so much to my fans and the industry for accepting me so much," Miranda said Sunday while accepting her award.

She took home "Album of the Year," her first major win from the music industry.

"She's come a long way. She's writing great songs, which a lot of the songs on that album are hers which I really appreciate," says guitar instructor John DeFoore.

He was her instructor years ago- before she hit it big.

"She was willing to do what it took, she didn't have excuses," he adds.

"She's taken a chance, she's gotten out there," says Mineola resident, Jeff Galloway.

"I watched her on Nashville Star and I was so glad when she did so well," says Emily Moore from Lindale.

"I'm so proud of her and everyone here is so proud of her," adds Peggy Simmons, a long-time Lindale resident.

No matter what stage she takes, Lindale native Miranda Lambert will always be famous in this small town.

Miranda was also nominated for Top Female Vocalist and single of the year for "Famous in a Small Town."

Tracy Watler, Reporting