She shares her success with her husband, country's current entertainer of the year Blake Shelton, and they're both proud to carry the banner for the music genre.
"Country is actually a community. We're nice people. We have good values. I think country music just came from good stock," said Lambert. "When you're in a category with someone, like female vocalist, and Carrie Underwood gives me a hug when I win, it's real. It's not fake. We're actually happy for each other, because there's room for all of us. We're not trying to kick each other out of the way."
The Texas native is nominated for an American Music Award, alongside Underwood and Taylor Swift in the favorite female artist category. Even after just winning the CMA Award for female vocalist of the year, these events still put her on edge.
"I always have the jitters. I get nervous about the awards, nominations, the performances, everything," said Lambert.
I reminded her that she always walks away with some kind of award.
"I just know there's going to come a time when it's time to pass the torch and I'm totally fine if I never win another award. I'm not greedy. I'm thankful for everything," said Lambert. "I've worked to get here, and I'm going to continue to work until I'm like Loretta Lynn, still singing on the Opry. I'm so glad to see that there's other girls working just as hard as me and that are just as talented."
Lambert will be heading out on her "Locked & Reloaded" tour in 2013.