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TALKING WITH Blake Shelton

With two No. 1 hits, three CMA nominations and an engagement to boot, country’s newest Opry member looks back on the year he calls his ‘victory lap’

My happiest moment this year was…when I asked Miranda Lambert to marry me and she said yes.

My proudest moment was…becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. It’s like winning the Super Bowl if you wanted to be a football player your whole life.

The best advice I got…was probably, “Hey man, why don’t you just stay in your room tonight, and let’s avoid the bars.”

The worst advice I got was…”Man, I think we should book some shows during deer season.” That’s bad advice!

My favorite trend was…guys flat ironing their hair. It gives me so much ammunition to say how stupid they look.

My favorite video was…”Only Prettier” by Miranda Lambert. Not only is she in it, but her hot friends are in it!

My most embarrassing moment was…every morning when I looked at what I wrote on Twitter the night before.

My biggest pet peeve…When somebody walks up to me with their cell phone and wants me to say hi to whatever stranger is on the other end. I usually hit the end button as I’m putting the phone up to my ear, and I’ll say, “You must have lost ’em!”

HIS RESOLUTION FOR 2011?

“To stop my hair from getting any grayer,” jokes Shelton, who just released Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton.

TIM HELPS RAISE FUNDS FOR FOOD BANKS

Tim’s New Cause

“Faith and I both come from families who struggled to put dinner on the table,” says Tim McGraw, explaining his new work with Hamburger Helper’s “Show Your Helping Hand” campaign. (The company donates money to food banks for each code redeemed from their products.) “With all our resources, there’s no reason for children to go hungry.”

COUNTRY ON TV!

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

SUN., NOV. 21, 8 P.M. ET ABC

Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band all have nominations.

TAYLOR SWIFT-SPEAK NOW!

THURS., NOV. 25, 8 P.M. ET NBC

The singer’s first network special, with performances in N.Y.C. and L.A.

CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

MON., NOV. 29, 8 P.M. ET ABC

Brad Paisley, Reba and other stars celebrate the season and share their holiday traditions.

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

WED., DEC. 1, 10 P.M. ET CBS

With a live concert!

CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR

FRI., DEC. 3, 8 P.M. ET CMT

Honors go to Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady A and Zac Brown.

AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS

MON., DEC. 6, 8 P.M. ET FOX

Lady A and Easton Corbin lead the nominations at this new fan-voted award show.