The Nashville Symphony has named Miranda Lambert as this year's recipient of its prestigious Harmony Award.

Symphony Ball fundraiser co-chairs Mrs. Charles (Laura) Niewold and Mrs. Frederic (Sarah) Reisner announced Lambert's selection in a press release Thursday (Sept. 3). The Harmony Award is presented each year to "an individual who best exemplifies the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s musical community."

“Miranda Lambert’s numerous contributions to the Nashville community, including her recent establishment of a scholarship program for women at Belmont University, illustrate her commitment to Music City and demonstrate exactly why she is such a worthy addition to the list of previous Harmony Award winners,” Niewold and Reisner state. “An immense talent who is also passionate about making Nashville a better place, Miranda embodies everything that this award represents, and we are forever grateful to her for how much she has given back to this city we all love so much.”

“I have always felt that music is universal no matter what genre, and being recognized by the Nashville Symphony as a Harmony Award recipient is an honor,” says Lambert. “And the icing on the cake is I get to perform a few of my songs with the symphony orchestra, which is such a rare and out-of-this-world musical opportunity. I look forward to an amazing night and a heartfelt thank you.”

Lambert is slated to receive the award at the 31st annual Symphony Ball on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where she will also perform with the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony. The gala is one of Nashville society's most prestigious winter social events, and serves as one of the symphony’s two annual fundraisers. The ball has raised more than $7 million for the symphony since 1985, helping fund the organization’s mission of "achieving excellence in musical performance and educational programs, while engaging the community, enriching audiences and shaping cultural life."

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