Blake Shelton Wins 2011 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year
Blake Shelton has won his second CMA Award for Male Vocalist of the Year! The 'Honey Bee' singer, and husband of reigning CMA Female Vocalist Miranda Lambert, beat out Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban for the top spot.
"I didn't really prepare anything to say at all," Blake told the crowd before thanking Miranda, his managers, Warner Music Nashville and longtime buddy Reba. "But most of all, all you freakin' crazy people out here!"
Blake's latest hit, 'God Gave Me You,' has taken a meteoric rise to the top of the charts, surpassing his previous record-breaking tune, 'Honey Bee.' With this giant win, it seems that this singer has a lot to thank the man upstairs for.
"It's no secret, Miranda and I have had our ups and downs over the years and this was definitely at a low point at our relationship," Blake tells The Boot of hearing the song for the first time. "I was flipping through stations and landed on a contemporary Christian station, and that song came on and I almost had to pull the truck over. I felt like I was hearing that song at that moment for a reason."
This is Blake's second win in the Male Vocalist category after claiming the title last year. He went into the award show with a total of five CMA nominations. Blake had the big honor of kicking off tonight's broadcast with the first performance of the night -- a country-fried version of 'Footloose' with the iconic Kenny Loggins.