updated 05/15/2014 AT 6:15 PM ET
•originally published 05/15/2014 AT 4:30 PM ET
Three years from the night Miranda Lambert said ‘I do’ to Blake Shelton on a ranch in Boerne, Texas, the country music superstar stood in the rotunda of Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and celebrated another milestone: receiving her very own exhibit.
“I can’t believe I’m here!” she told the VIP crowd at the invitation-only preview opening of “Miranda Lambert Backstage Access.” “When you’re a little girl standing in front of your mirror singing into a hair brush you never could imagine something like this. Even when you start having success, you think something like this is way down the line.”
“This” is a linear exhibit behind glass on the Museum’s second floor, chronicling a year of her professional life in gowns, costumes, boots, accessories, photos, awards, guitars and merchandise – narrated by the singer’s own printed-out Tweets. “Whoever thought Tweeting could lead to the Country Music Hall of Fame?” she said, laughing. “I don’t remember saying a lot of those things but none of them are embarrassing. Be careful what you Tweet!”
The exhibit begins with the plunging Roberto Cavalli gown Lambert wore on the red carpet of the 2013 Grammy Awards and ends with another glamorous style statement: the The Blonds gown she donned for the cover of her upcoming album, Platinum, which will be released June 3.
In between are the dresses she wore in her “Mama’s Broken Heart” video, a rolling pink wardrobe case from her 2013 Locked and Reloaded tour with Dierks Bentley, the pink-flame embellished corset she wore onstage at the 2013 CMA Music Fest, bottles of wine from her private label, a Double J Saddlery leather belt with “Mrs. Shelton” in rhinestones and a re-creation of her backstage Vibe Room with a set list, tour laminates and a day sheet.
“The last year-and-a-half of my life has been such a whirlwind and things that happen in that time seem like a dream almost. Seeing the exhibit made it real and brought back such great memories of those nights, those moments,” Lambert said.
She admitted that finding the items the museum curators requested was challenging.