Reba McEntire and actor Tim Allen presented this year's CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year award to Blake Shelton. The red-headed songstress was brought to tears as she handed the trophy to her close friend. This marked Blake's third award of the night, but very first honor in the ceremony's top category.

"Man, you can tell this time, I really didn't think I was going to win: I'm still Willie'd out," Blake said as he got to stage in the same outfit he wore for the Willie Nelson tribute. "I didn't even go back and change. Entertainer of the Year? What are you talking about? When I moved to Nashville in 1994, I had two goals: one was to someday have a gold record and one was to someday be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Entertainer of the Year was ... what is this?"

"I don't know how this happened but I freaking love it," he continued. "I try to represent country music as best I can with everything I do, whether it's television, it's touring, it's a lot of things. I love country music more than anybody in this room."

There is no doubt that the party will continue long into the night for the Oklahoma native, who also took home Male Vocalist and Song of the Year, the latter in conjunction with his wife, Miranda Lambert for "Over You."

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