updated 11/02/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/02/2012 AT 1:15 PM ET
They had a big, emotional night in front of millions at the Country Music Association Awards. Now, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are ready to savor their success with something even more rare – a little quiet time together.
“We’re going home for Thanksgiving,” Lambert said after Thursday’s awards. “We’ll have four days there, and again for Christmas. We never see each other, so we cherish every moment together.”
She added: “We’re in L.A. right now, and Blake is still doing [The Voice]. He has just been working his butt off right now, and his schedule is so crazy but it’s worth it because he’s representing country music.”
It was a special kind of togetherness – an artistic one, channeling family grief – that led to the couple’s biggest success Thursday, as their powerful duet “Over You,” about Shelton’s brother’s death more than 20 years ago, was named song of the year. (The pair also won male and female vocalist of the year, and Shelton was named entertainer of the year.)
Crying All Night
No wonder Lambert, 28, was crying afterward.
“To write a song with your husband about his brother passing away, and then his dad passed away in January, and I got to put it on my record and it went No. 1,” she said. “It’s been my goal since I started writing songs to write the song of the year, and I just won it with my husband. Who could ever dream that up?”