The Somethin' Bad hitmaker will follow in the footsteps of previous honourees Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Tim MCGraw when she picks up the prize, which is presented to the individual who best exemplifies the harmonious spirit of the city's musical community.

Symphony Ball fundraiser co-chairs Laura Niewold and Sarah Reisner state, "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.

"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."

Lambert adds, "I have always felt that music is universal no matter what genre, and being recognised by the Nashville Symphony as a Harmony Award recipient is an honour. 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."

The singer will pick up the Harmony Award and perform with the Nashville Symphony at the 31st annual Symphony Ball at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on 12 December (15).