In all the years country superstar Blake Shelton has been in the industry, he hasn’t had one quite like 2015. On Wednesday, Dec. 2, Shelton, 39, addressed the whirlwind he has been through during his 2015 CMT Artist of the Year acceptance speech.
The “crazy year” was brought up before Shelton even made it to the stage, as when Trace Adkins was introducing him he joked that the singer can do it all “other than keep his love life private,” referencing Blake’s August divorce from Miranda Lambert and subsequent relationship with Gwen Stefani. “I’ve known Blake personally and professionally for 15 years or so. And his rise to fame has really been incredible to watch. He has been named the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year five times. He has had four albums reach the top of the chart… 15 No. 1 singles in a row…On top of all that, he has still got his day job on The Voice. Not a whole lot this guy can’t do, other than keep his love life private.”
“Let just say that I want to thank my label and thank my entire team,” Shelton said, as he began his speech. “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. So thank you all. This is a great way to end it for me. Thank you so much.”