Blake Shelton Reflects on His ‘Crazy Year’ During CMT Artist of the Year Award …

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Blake Shelton References “Crazy Year” During CMT Artist of the Year Award Speech.

Country star Blake Shelton interrupted the lovefest on the CMT Artists of the Year show with a slightly profane mini-roast of his good friend Luke Bryan. His divorce from Miranda Lambert and his new romance with Voice costar Gwen Stefani were all subjects Shelton, 39, referenced and was also included in Trace Adkins’ joke during his introduction of the honoree. “I’ve known Blake personally and professionally for 15 years or so. From co-hosting awards shows to interviewing each other for ET, the country stars always have each other’s backs. “You know what I don’t know, he won’t tell me,” Bryan responded jokingly when asked if Stefani was attending the event with Shelton. “He doesn’t want me to hug her or anything.

After being introduced by Trace Adkins, who joked that Shelton can do it all “other than keep his love life private,” the Voice coach, 39, hinted at his divorce earlier this year from ex-wife Miranda Lambert. “Let me just say that I want to thank my label and thank my entire team,” Shelton started out. “There’s too many people to stand up here and name, but more importantly, I want to say that this has been a crazy year, from the way it started to how it’s ending is so awesome for me. Womack is one of the dozens of artists who have cut songs penned by Stapleton, whose year included a memorable performance with Justin Timberlake during the CMA Awards telecast last month. He has had four albums reach the top of the chart, 15 No. 1 singles in a row.” “This is awesome, I’ve never gotten one of these from CMT before and been jealous over the last few years.

This a great way to end it.” The show featured performances of the year’s biggest country hits, including Shelton’s Neon Lights, Bryan’s Kick the Dust Up, and a steamy duet between pop singers Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis on a cover of Girl Crush, by honourees Little Big Town. Girl Crush ran into a bit of controversy early on when the lyrics were misconstrued as describing a relationship between two women, but many in the country music world showed their support for the ballad, which went platinum. Cheshire was married to Bryan’s sister Kelly, who died in 2007. “It’s certainly been on my mind today,” the singer said of the tragedy on Wednesday. “It’s kind of that time of year, but I take from that night just how supportive country music artists are.” Country stars Lady Antebellum and Chris Stapleton stepped in for Bryan when he couldn’t attend last year’s awards, performing his hit, “Drink a Beer,” as a tribute.

The stage turned sombre for a moment, with band members Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild absent from the awards show, because Westbrook’s sister, Joyce, had died on Sunday. Cast members slated to accept the honor will be Clare Bowen (“Scarlett”), Connie Britton (“Rayna”), Chris Carmack (“Will”), Will Chase (“Luke”), Charles Esten (“Deacon”), Jonathan Jackson (“Avery Barkley”), Sam Palladio (“Gunnar”), Audrey Peeples (“Layla”), Lennon and Maisy Stella (“Maddie Conrad” and “Daphne Conrad”). Kenny Rogers will receive an Artist of a Lifetime trophy from former CBS news anchor Dan Rather. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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