“Wow! That was pretty cool. I had a good feeling,” he said during his acceptance speech for top country artist after sharing a sweet congratulatory kiss with Gwen Stefani in the audience. “I felt like I was the luckiest guy in the room anyway because Gwen is here with me, so I had a good feeling about it.”
The country singer, 40, had his girlfriend, 47, grinning from ear to ear as he went on to thank his fans.
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“I know this award is based on facts and industry things, sales and streaming and radio airplay and all that stuff, but I think … if it weren’t for the fans, we wouldn’t have the sales and ticket sales and the airplay,” he said. “Thank you fans, first and foremost.”
Later in the night, Shelton led a standing ovation for Stefani when she went onstage to present the Icon award to Cher.