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The stage at the Kennedy Center Honors is a big one — both literally and figuratively.

It was supposed to be a night for the Eagles with the groundbreaking country-rock group sitting in the balcony. However, they had to cancel due to Glenn Frey’s health complications and unfortunately, his subsequent passing in January 2016.

That didn’t stop the producers of this year’s show from tipping their hats to the band by inviting Miranda Lambert to sing one of their biggest hits “Desperado.”

Understatedly stunning in black pants and a black shirt to match, Lambert looked great and sounded even better.  Her warm tone and intimate delivery fit the song perfectly.  At times you could close your eyes and be reminded of a young Linda Ronstadt and other times, there was no question that it was Lambert.

Given that Miranda has displayed such a wide range of vocal styles from songs like “Little Red Wagon” and “Gunpowder and Lead” to “Over You” and “The House That Built Me,” this performance fits nicely smack dab in the middle.

Of course, the subject matter of “Desperado” is all about opening yourself up to love again after heartbreak. That’s quite fitting for Lambert with those rumors she’s dating southern R&B singer/songwriter Anderson East.