Miranda Lambert has broken her silence regarding a recent video captured by an audience member during her Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas residency concert. The incident occurred on Saturday, July 15, when the 39-year-old singer noticed a couple of girls taking selfies on their phones while she was about to perform her hit song “Tin Man.”
Interrupting the music, Lambert expressed her frustration with the girls, feeling that they were more concerned with taking selfies than appreciating the music. She called attention to the area in the crowd and voiced her displeasure, stating, “I’m gonna stop right here for a second… These girls are worried about their selfie and not listening to the song. It’s p***ing me off a little bit.”
Her remarks were met with cheers from many attendees who supported her stance on the matter. Lambert further emphasized her point, saying, “I don’t like it, at all. We’re here to hear some country music tonight; I’m singing some country damn music.” She asked the group to sit down and suggested restarting the song.
While she resumed singing, the audience’s response was mixed. Some showed their support through hollering, cheering, and whistling, while others chose to leave the arena in protest.
A video of the incident taken by a fan circulated on TikTok, sparking numerous comments and opinions from the online community. Some expressed their love for Miranda while questioning her reaction, while others empathized with her, believing fans should give their full attention to the artists they paid to see.
Despite the divided opinions, Lambert does not appear to have any regrets about how she handled the situation. During another concert at her Vegas residency, she spotted a fan wearing a T-shirt that read: “Shoot Tequila, Not Selfies.” Amused by the reference, Lambert acknowledged the fan, stating, “That’s bada**,” while reading the text on the shirt to the audience, who applauded loudly. It seemed like a lighthearted acknowledgment of the controversy surrounding the original selfie incident.
The singer leaned down to compliment the person wearing the shirt, took half a shot of tequila, and then handed the rest to her guitarist, Ethan Ballinger.
This incident marks the first time Miranda Lambert has publicly addressed the selfie controversy that caused a stir among her fans.